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8 U.S. Soldiers, 2 Marines Die in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2007 – Eight U.S. soldiers and two Marines died in Iraq during the past four days, U.S. military officials reported, and defense officials have released the names of a sailor and two soldiers who died in Iraq.

– Four soldiers and one Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 died yesterday from wounds suffered due to enemy action while operating in Al Anbar province.

– An improvised explosive device killed a Multinational division Baghdad soldier yesterday while he was on patrol in a northern section of Baghdad.

– A Task Force Lightning soldier died yesterday when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations in northern Iraq.

– A Task Force Lightning soldier assigned to 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division died yesterday as a result of injuries suffered from an improved explosive device during combat operations in Ninewah province.

– A Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 died Jan. 19 from wounds suffered due to enemy action while operating in Al Anbar province.

– A Multinational Division-Baghdad soldier died Jan. 18 when a roadside bomb detonated on a patrol in a northwest section of Baghdad.

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

Meanwhile, Defense Department officials released the names of a U.S. Navy sailor and four U.S. soldiers killed supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

- Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph D. Alomar, 22, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died in a non-combat related incident Jan. 17, 2007, on Camp Bucca, Iraq, where he was assigned to the Navy Provisional Detention Battalion. Alomar’s death was not the result of hostile action, but occurred in a hostile fire zone, and is under investigation.

- Army Spc. Collin R. Schockmel, 19, of Richwood, Texas, died Jan. 16 in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using grenades during security and observation operations. Schockmel was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, deployed from Fort Carson, Colo.

- Army Sgt. Gregroy A. Wright, 28, of Boston, died Jan. 13 in Muqdadiyah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations. Wright was assigned to the 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, deployed from Fort Riley, Kan.

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

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