Two Marines killed in Iraq ID’d as Raiders fighting ISIS

Two Marine Raiders were killed during a raid on an ISIS cave complex in north central Iraq, part of an operation to assist Iraqi military forces in driving the Islamic State remnants out of the country.

Capt. Moises A. Navas of Maryland and Gunnery Sgt. Diego D. Pongo of California were identified by the Defense Department as the two KIAs that occurred during the March 8 raid against ISIS holdouts in the Qara Chockh Mountains.

During the protracted firefight, the United States hit the Islamic State remnants with airstrikes from F-15E Strike Eagles, AH-64 Apache gunships and drones.

According to NBC News, four US troops were wounded during the operation.

The names of the two Marines have been withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.

Determined to rebuild the Islamic State, ISIS remnants have reportedly been hiding out in the mountains, biding their time until they can regain strength and begin re-taking lands that they lost in recent years.

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