Multinational Force Iraq Reports on Operations
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, May. 19, 2004 Two 1st Infantry Division soldiers died in separate incidents and a Marine assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Iraq's Anbar province died from nonhostile causes May 18, Multinational Force Iraq announced in news releases today.
One soldier was killed by small-arms fire while on patrol near Muqdadiyah around 4:30 p.m. The attacker fired on the patrol from a cemetery, officials said. The second soldier died after an electrical accident around 6 p.m. at a coalition base near Bayji. Combat lifesavers and medics treated the soldier at the scene. He was taken to a military medical facility, where he was pronounced dead.
No details were provided concerning the Marine's death. Names are being withheld until families are notified.
Another news release said soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division's 336th Military Police detained nine suspects May 18 near the site of an improvised- explosive-device blast near Khalis. The soldiers discovered two more IEDs and confiscated three AK-47 assault rifles, 100 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, 12- gauge shotgun shells, a grenade primer and several knives. No coalition soldiers were injured in the attack, and the suspects were taken to a coalition facility for questioning, the news release said.
A weapons buy-back program paid off May 18 near Mandeli when an Iraqi citizen turned in 54 tank rounds to Task Force Danger soldiers at a coalition base, according to another news release. The soldiers secured the cache for destruction.