Nine Coalition Servicemembers Killed in Iraq, Afghanistan; Officials Identify Casualty
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Apr. 22, 2006 Five Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers died in Iraq and four coalition troops died in Afghanistan today, U.S. officials announced.
The MNDB soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack while on a combat patrol south of Baghdad. No further details were available.
In Afghanistan, the coalition soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb while on an armored patrol in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of these soldiers," said Brig. Gen. David Fraser, commander of Combined Task Force Aegis, about the servicemembers who died in Afghanistan.
"While we are saddened by their loss, we will not forget them or their sacrifice," he said. "We will redouble our efforts in southern Afghanistan in their memory."
The names of the deceased from both countries are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Defense officials have identified a soldier previously reported killed in Iraq. Army Pfc. Patrick A. Tinnell, 25, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., died in As Siniyah, Iraq, April 19, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated during a dismounted combat patrol. Tinnell was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan and Defense Department news releases.)