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Task Force Danger Soldier Killed, Two Wounded Near Kirkuk

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2004 – A Task Force Danger soldier was killed and two others were wounded when insurgents attacked a combat patrol today near Kirkuk, Iraq, military officials in Baghdad reported.

According to military reports, insurgents used an improvised explosive device in the attack that happened about 9:50 a.m.

The wounded soldiers were taken to a Multinational Force Iraq medical facility for treatment. There was no word on their condition. The names of the soldier killed and those wounded are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

In other news from Iraq, coalition soldiers continue efforts to round up anti- Iraqi forces responsible for violence throughout the country.

Today, soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 1st Infantry Division detained five insurgents after they attacked coalition and Iraqi security forces near the town of Khalis.

Those arrested were taken to a Multinational Force detention facility for questioning. Today's arrests come a day after coalition and Iraq forces in northern Iraq arrested 53 people suspected of anti-Iraqi activities there Dec. 2.

The Dec. 2 arrests were made by Iraqi security and coalition forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) during a major cordon-and-search operation in the village of Biaj, near the Syrian border. According to the military, Biaj is a suspected staging area for insurgent fighters in northern Iraq and foreign fighters coming from Syria.

In a separate incident, military officials reported that a "high value" suspect was taken into custody at a vehicle checkpoint near Balad. Soldiers from the 81st Brigade Combat Team, Task Force Danger, made the arrest. Military officials did not make clear what importance the individual had to the insurgency.

In northeast Mosul, seven people suspected of planning and conducting car-bomb attacks were arrested by U.S soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, after a search of their residence turned up six AK-47s, one rocket- propelled grenade, one hand grenade, and one small missile.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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