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Anbar Fighting, Roadside Bomb Near Baghdad Claim American Lives

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2004 – Four Marines assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force died in recent fighting in Iraq's Anbar province, and a roadside bomb south of Baghdad claimed the life of a 1st Infantry Division soldier.

A Combined Joint Task Force 7 news release reported today that two of the Marines were killed by enemy action April 12, and two others April 13 while conducting security and stability operations.

The 1st Infantry Division soldier was killed and another was wounded April 13 in an improvised explosive device attack on their convoy, U.S. Central Command officials announced in a news release. The wounded soldier was taken to a military medical facility near Najaf and was reported to be in stable condition.

The names of the Marines and soldiers are being withheld until their families are notified.

A Combined Joint Task Force 7 news release reported today that soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, confiscated a cache of weapons after stopping a vehicle at a traffic control point near Tikrit. A search of the vehicle yielded 11 60 mm mortars, 16 fuses and 25 mortar charges. A military explosive ordnance disposal team disposed of the munitions. The driver of the vehicle was taken to a coalition detention facility for questioning.

Task Force Danger soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, killed one assailant during a small-arms fire attack near Riyadh April 13, another CJTF 7 news release reported. The soldiers were conducting a route clearance mission at the time of the attack. After the attack, they searched a nearby building and confiscated two AK-47 assault rifles.

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