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Soldiers, Marine Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2006 – Nine soldiers and a Marine were killed yesterday in various incidents throughout Iraq, military officials reported, and the Defense Department released the identities of seven soldiers who were killed recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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

-- Three Task Force Lightning soldiers assigned to 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, were killed and one was wounded as a result of enemy action while conducting operations in Diyala province. The wounded soldier was transported to a coalition hospital.

-- A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died when terrorists attacked his patrol with small-arms fire in northern Baghdad.

-- A Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7 died from wounds suffered due to enemy action while operating in Anbar province.

-- Four Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb struck the vehicle they were riding in west of Baghdad.

The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, DoD released the identities of seven soldiers who were killed recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

-- Army 1st Lt. Joshua Deese, 25, of North Carolina, and Army Sgt. Jonathan E. Lootens, 25, of Lyons, N.Y., died Oct. 15 in Balad, Iraq, after a roadside bomb detonated near their vehicle in Kirkuk. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

-- Army Pfc. Keith J. Moore, 28, of San Francisco, died Oct. 14 in Baghdad of a non-combat-related injury. Moore was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

-- Army 1st Sgt. Charles M. King, 48, of Mobile, Ala.; Army Staff Sgt. Joseph M. Kane, 35, of Darby, Pa.; and Army Spc. Timothy J. Lauer, 25, of Saegertown, Pa., died Oct. 14 of injuries suffered when a roadside bomb detonated near their vehicle in Baghdad. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

-- Army Capt. Mark C. Paine, 32, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., died Oct. 15 in Taji, Iraq, from injuries suffered when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle. Paine was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

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

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