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Violence Claims U.S. Marine, Iraqi Security Forces

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2004 – A U.S. Marine, seven Iraqi police officers and four soldiers from the Iraqi Intervention Forces are the latest casualties of violence in Iraq.

The Marine, assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, was killed in action Aug. 8 in the Anbar province while conducting security and stability operations, a Multinational Force Iraq news release reported today.

Seven Iraqi police officers were killed when a vehicle bomb detonated in Balad Ruz this morning, another release reported. The explosion occurred near the home of the assistant governor for administration and services of Diyala province, Hakil Hamid Barias. He was taken to a multinational force medical facility for treatment, and was reported to be in stable condition. Task Force Danger soldiers responded to support Iraqi police in conducting an assessment and to assist in evacuating casualties, the release said.

Four Iraqi Intervention Forces soldiers were killed, six were wounded and three Task Force Baghdad soldiers were wounded Aug. 8 while thwarting an attack on the Al Thawra district council in Sadr City, another release reported today. The building received rocket-propelled grenade fire and small-arms fire.

"The IIF performance there was exemplary," said Col. Robert "Abe" Abrams, commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, as quoted in the news release. "Because of their courage and tenacity, the militia's attack was repelled."

Iraqi police, acting on a tip, discovered a vehicle containing an improvised explosive device in Mosul Aug 8, another Multinational Force Iraq release reported. The police secured the area and requested help from a multinational force explosive ordnance disposal team. The bomb specialists disarmed and disassembled the bomb. The police detained one suspect for questioning, and no injuries were reported.

Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division detained seven people after receiving information about possible improvised explosive devices from a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane near Samarra around 11:35 p.m. Aug. 8. The soldiers searched the suspected house and confiscated $4,000, one shotgun, one rifle and other unidentified small arms. The individuals were transported to a multinational force detention facility for further questioning.

The reconnaissance and search efforts are part of Operation Cajun Mousetrap II, an ongoing operation to eliminate anti-Iraqi forces from around Samarra and provide a safe and secure environment for the Iraqi people, officials said.

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