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Five Troops Die in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualty

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2006 – Five U.S. servicemembers died yesterday in Iraq, military officials reported, and the Defense Department released the identity of one servicemember killed recently supporting the war on terror.

-- Three Marines assigned to 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing died yesterday from wounds suffered during combat in Anbar province.

-- One Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7 died yesterday from non-hostile causes while operating in Anbar province.

-- One soldier died of apparent natural causes yesterday near Diwaniyah. The soldier lost consciousness and was transported to a troop clinic, where medical personnel were unable to revive him.

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

Meanwhile, DoD released the identities of a Marine killed recently in Iraq. Marine Lance Cpl. Cody G. Watson, 21, of Oxford, Ala., died Dec. 6 from a non-hostile incident in Anbar province. Watson was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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

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