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Roadside Bombs Kills Four Soldiers; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2006 – Roadside-bomb explosions in Iraq killed four U.S. soldiers yesterday, and the Defense Department has identified 11 other servicemembers who died in Iraq in recent days.

Three Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers died and two others were wounded yesterday when a roadside bomb detonated near their night combat patrol. Earlier yesterday, a roadside bomb killed a Multinational Division Baghdad soldier and wounded another west of the Iraqi capital.

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

Meanwhile, the Defense Department has identified 11 U.S. servicemembers killed earlier in Iraq:

-- Army Staff Sgt. Kristofer R. Ciraso, 26, of Bangor, Maine, died of injuries suffered Dec. 7 when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad. Ciraso was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

-- Army Staff Sgt. Henry W. Linck, 23, of Manhattan, Kan., and Army Spc. Micah S. Gifford, 27, of Redding, Calif., died Dec. 7 when a roadside bomb detonated near their unit while on patrol during combat operations in Baghdad. Both soldiers were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

-- Marine Corps Maj. Megan M. McClung, 34, of Coupeville, Wash., died Dec. 6 while supporting combat operations in Iraq’s Anbar province. McClung was assigned to 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

-- Army Capt. Travis L. Patriquin, 32, of Texas, and Army Spc. Vincent J. Pomante III, 22, of Westerville, Ohio, died Dec. 6 in Ramadi, Iraq, of injuries suffered when a roadside bomb detonated near their Humvee during combat operations. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Giessen, Germany.

-- Army Sgt. Jesse J.J. Castro, 22, of Chalan Pago, Guam; Army Cpl. Jason I. Huffman, 23, of Conover, N.C.; Army Spc. Joshua B. Madden, 21, of Sibley, La.; Army Spc. Yari Mokri, 26, of Pflugerville, Texas; and Army Pfc. Travis C. Krege, 24, of Cheektowaga, N.Y., died Dec. 6 in Hawijah, Iraq, of injuries suffered when a roadside bomb detonated near their vehicle while on patrol. Castro, Huffman, Madden and Krege were all assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Mokri was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

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

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