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Two Soldiers Killed in Anbar Province; Earlier Casualties Identified

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2006 – Two soldiers assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 28th Division, died due to enemy action yesterday while operating in Iraq's Anbar province, Multinational Force Iraq officials announced today.

Officials provided no further details. The soldiers' names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The Defense Department has identified four other soldiers who died recently in Iraq:

  • Spc. Antoine J. McKinzie, 25, of Indianapolis, died March 21 in Baghdad when his Humvee came under enemy small-arms fire. McKinzie was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany.
  • Staff Sgt. Ricardo Barraza, 24, of Shafter, Calif., and Sgt. Dale G. Brehm, 23, of Turlock, Calif., died March 18 in Ramadi, Iraq, when they came under small-arms fire by enemy forces. Both soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Lewis, Wash.
  • Pfc. Amy A. Duerksen, 19, of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., died March 11 in Baghdad from a noncombat related injury. Duerksen was assigned to the 4th Combat Support Battalion, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Defense Department news releases.)

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