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Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualty Identified

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2007 – Two U.S. soldiers were killed yesterday while serving in Iraq, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has released the identity of a soldier who died Jan. 4.

One Task Force Lightning soldier based out of Fort Hood, Texas, died from wounds received during combat operations conducted in Salah Ad Din province.

A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier was killed by small-arms fire north of Baghdad. The unit was repairing a crater in a road caused by an improvised explosive device when it was attacked. The road is a heavily-traveled main north-south highway leading in and out of Baghdad.

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

The Defense Department also has identified a soldier killed while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Army Staff Sgt. Charles D. Allen, 28, of Wasilla, Alaska, died Jan. 4 in Baghdad of injuries suffered when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire. Allen was assigned to the 296th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.

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

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