Marines, Soldier Added to Death Toll in Iraq
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, July 7, 2004 Four U.S. Marines and a soldier were killed in two separate incidents in the past 48 hours, military officials reported.
The Marines, assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, were killed during an attack while conducting security and stability operations in Iraq's Anbar province July 6, according to a press statement.
A soldier assigned to the 13th Corps Support Command was killed and four others were injured in a vehicle accident near Ramadi today. The injured soldiers were taken to a military medical facility, a press release stated. Two were scheduled for further evacuation to a higher-level medical facility. No details of what caused the accident were made available. The accident is under investigation.
The Marines' and soldiers' names are being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.
In other news, Iraqi soldiers have begun intervention patrols in Baghdad to help provide better security in the streets.
This week, soldiers from the new Iraqi Intervention Force, 2nd Battalion, began the first joint security patrols between the Iraqi army and Iraqi Police Service.
In its first mission, the unit conducted two foot patrols down the crowded streets of Baghdad's troubled southern district of Abu Deshir.
According to U.S. military officials, in coming weeks, other elements of the 2nd Battalion and parts of the Intervention Force's 4th Battalion also will conduct patrols.
In Fallujah, a U.S. Navy construction battalion is working to improve the city's infrastructure and helping to train Iraqis to do such work in the future. The work includes restoring and expanding structures, improving their appearance, and building security structures. By the end of June, $100 million in contracts had been allotted for improvements in the city.
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 is supporting the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force mission, as is the 1st MEF Engineer Group. Navy personnel also are helping to train young Iraqis. Through the Iraqi Construction Apprentice Program, sailors are providing hands-on training in carpentry, plumbing, electrical and many other crafts.