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IED Attack Kills One Soldier, Wounds Three

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2005 – One Task Force Liberty soldier was killed and three wounded today when an improvised explosive device struck a combat patrol near Baqubah, Iraq, military officials in Baghdad reported.

Task Force Liberty is composed of soldiers with the 42nd Infantry Division, an Army Reserve unit based in upstate New York. The unit deployed to Iraq in January to assist with stability and security operations there.

The attack happened at about 4:50 p.m. The wounded soldiers were taken to a coalition force medical treatment facility. The dead soldier's name is being withheld until his family is notified.

Elsewhere, military officials credited a local Iraqi with saving lives Feb. 13 in northern Mosul after the Iraqi called to report a car bomb in the city. The citizen called in the bomb's location to the Joint Coordination Center hotline.

Soldiers from the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), responded, clearing the area before detonating the bomb.

"These types of courageous acts demonstrate the commitment of Iraqi citizens to ensuring a safe and peaceful Iraq," military officials said in a statement.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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