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Two Soldiers Killed; Guard Fatally Shoots Attacking Detainee

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2005 – Two U.S. soldiers died in combat in separate incidents in Iraq Sept. 22, military officials reported today.

One 1st Corps Support Command soldier was killed and one was wounded by an improvised explosive device while on a combat logistics patrol at about 9 p.m. near Taqaddum.

Elsewhere, a soldier assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed by small-arms fire in Ramadi.

The soldiers' names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

In other news, a male Iraqi detainee was shot and killed Sept. 20 after attacking a Marine at an entry-control point in Fallujah, military officials said.

The man, who had been detained for suspected terrorist activities, was brought to a screening room for questioning. There, he tried to attack an armed Marine guard. The Marine "exercised his right of self-defense" and shot the detainee once in the chest with his 9 mm pistol, military officials said in a written statement. The man died a short time later.

A thorough investigation will be conducted to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident, officials said.

Elsewhere, Task Force Liberty soldiers, acting on a tip from an Iraqi citizen, conducted a raid around 10:30 p.m. Sept. 22 south of Duluyiah and detained one suspect. The patrol received small-arms fire while en route to the house and returned fire, killing two terrorists.

In other developments, an Iraqi driver failing to yield the right of way to a U.S patrol led to the capture of eight terror suspects on the afternoon of Sept. 21.

After cutting off the patrol at a traffic intersection, the driver of the car turned around and fled. The patrol, from 2nd Battalion, 70th Armored Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, chased down the car and detained the vehicle's five occupants.

When the soldiers searched the car, they found two assault rifles, two anti-aircraft missiles, a mortar tripod and a bag of ammunition. While searching the car, troops noticed three men leaving a nearby house. Upon seeing the U.S. patrol, the men tried unsuccessfully to run away.

After capturing the men, the soldiers searched the house and found an IED made out of three 60 mm mortar shells wired together with detonation cord. The soldiers detained all eight men, and an explosive ordnance disposal team destroyed the ammunition.

In other operations, Task Force Baghdad soldiers found a weapons cache while conducting offensive operations to disrupt terrorist activity north of Baghdad. The soldiers, from the 70th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, discovered the cache at 6:40 a.m. Sept. 21 after receiving a tip from an Iraqi citizen.

The cache consisted of one shotgun, one rifle, two bolt-action rifles, a 9 mm pistol, a mortar sighting device, a rocket-propelled-grenade launcher sight, 12 rocket-propelled grenades, 20 60 mm mortar fuses, two grenades, an ammo belt of automatic rifle rounds, 275 AK-47 magazines and ammunition, and a machine gun mechanism.

The unit confiscated the equipment while an explosive ordnance disposal team destroyed the ammunition.

In Taji, Task Force Baghdad soldiers captured a terror suspect and seized bomb-making materials from his home during a cordon-and-search operation Sept. 20.

The soldiers, from 1st Battalion, 13th Armored Regiment, also seized 20 flares, four rocket-propelled grenades and additional evidence indicating the suspect had been building bombs.

The soldiers took the suspected terrorist into custody for questioning.

In the air war over Iraq, coalition aircraft flew 32 close-air-support and armed-reconnaissance sorties Sept. 22 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities, and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

U.S. Air Force F-16s and F-15s provided close air support to coalition troops in the vicinities of Baghdad and Tikrit.

Nine U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. U.S Air Force and Royal Air Force fighter aircraft also performed in a non-traditional ISR role with their electro-optical and infrared sensors.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and U.S. Central Command Air Forces Forward news releases.)

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