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Marines, Soldiers Killed in Iraq, Previous Casualties Identified

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2006 – Two Marines and five soldiers were killed in Iraq yesterday, military officials in Iraq reported, and Defense Department officials have identified four earlier casualties.

-- Two Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 died from enemy action while operating in Anbar province.

-- A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier was killed when a roadside bomb struck the vehicle he was riding in north of Baghdad.

-- Two Task Force Lightning soldiers assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, were killed and two others were wounded as a result of enemy action while conducting operations in Kirkuk province. The wounded soldiers were transported to a coalition hospital.

-- Two Task Force Lightning soldiers assigned to 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, were killed as a result of injuries suffered due to enemy action while conducting operations in Salah Ad Din province.

The servicemembers’ names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Meanwhile, the Defense Department has identified the following previous casualties:

-- Army Sgt. Nicholas R. Sowinski, 25, of Tempe, Ariz., died Oct. 11 in Baghdad from injuries suffered when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle. Sowinski was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

-- Army Pfc. Kenny F. Stanton Jr., 20, of Hemet, Calif., died Oct. 13 in Baghdad from injuries suffered when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle. Stanton was assigned to the 57th Military Police Company, Waegwan, Korea.

-- Air Force Airman 1st Class Leebenard E. Chavis, 21, of Hampton, Va., died Oct. 14 while performing duties as a turret gunner with the Iraqi police near Baghdad. Chavis was assigned to the 824th Security Forces Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga.

-- Cpl. Luis E. Tejeda, 20, of Huntington Park, Calif., died Sept. 30 in Asad, Iraq, of injuries suffered when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle during combat operations in Hit, Iraq. Tejeda was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany.

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

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