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Two Soldiers Killed In Separate Iraq Incidents

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2003 – Two U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq over the past two days in separate incidents, according to U.S. Central Command releases.

A soldier from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, which is attached to the 82nd Airborne Division, died today when a military truck ran over a land mine near the Iraqi-Syrian border.

Another soldier, from the division's 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, was killed and two others were wounded Nov. 5, CENTCOM reported, when insurgents attacked the soldiers on patrol about 15 miles south of Baghdad.

The wounded troops were taken to the 28th Combat Support Hospital for treatment. The names of the killed and wounded are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Both incidents are under investigation.

In other Iraq news, Task Force Ironhorse soldiers seized suspected insurgent weaponry and munitions during a Nov. 4 raid at a residence near al Hadid, CENTCOM reported. The raid, CENTCOM noted, yielded 33 blocks of explosives, 98 feet of detonation cord, 20 blasting caps, and other materials used to construct improvised explosive devices.

The U.S. troops also found two rifles, grenades, a machine gun, a rocket- propelled-grenade launcher, 300 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, and three rounds of 14.5 mm anti-aircraft ammo, CENTCOM said. The American raiders also discovered two terrain models that insurgents evidently used for planning attacks against coalition troops.

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