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Two Marines Killed in Iraq; Soldiers Detain 13 Suspects

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2005 – Two Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), were killed in action July 10 by indirect fire while conducting combat operations in Hit, Iraq.

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

Elsewhere in Iraq, Task Force Liberty soldiers detained 13 people suspected of making and emplacing improvised explosive devices during a pair of raids in north-central Iraq July 10 and 11.

Nine people were detained near Tikrit after soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team received a tip from a civilian.

Three of the people tested positive for contact with explosives, and the group was in possession of weapons, ammunition and IED-making materials.

Iraqi and coalition Forces soldiers detained four suspects with IED-making materials and diagrams near Mansuriyah, in Diyala province.

All the detainees were taken to coalition forces bases for questioning.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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