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Sailor, Six Soldiers Die in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2007 – A U.S. sailor and six soldiers died in Iraq over the past week, U.S. military officials reported, and defense officials have released the names of six soldiers killed earlier in Iraq.

-- A Navy sailor from 16th Military Police Brigade, Camp Bucca, Iraq, died yesterday in a non-combat-related incident.

-- An improvised explosive device killed four Task Force Lightning soldiers from 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, on Jan. 15 in Ninewa province.

-- A soldier from 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, died today and another assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 died Jan. 15 during combat in Anbar province.

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

Meanwhile, the Defense Department released the names of six soldiers previously killed supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Four U.S. Army soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, died Jan. 15 in Mosul, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. Killed were:

-- Second Lt. Mark J. Daily, 23, of Irvine, Calif.;

-- Sgt. Ian C. Anderson, 22, of Prairie Village, Kan.;

-- Sgt. John E. Cooper, 29, of Ewing, Ky.; and

-- Spc. Matthew T. Grimm, 21, of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

Army Sgt. Paul T. Sanchez, 32, of Irving, Texas, died Jan. 14 in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Sanchez was assigned to the 543rd Military Police Company, 91st Military Police Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

Army Spc. James D. Riekena, 22, of Redmond, Wash., died Jan. 14 in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Riekena was assigned to the 145th Brigade Support Battalion, Post Falls, Idaho.

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

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