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Two Soldiers Die in Iraq; 101st Confiscates Equipment

By K.L. Vantran
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2003 – Two 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment soldiers died Aug. 23 in separate incidents according to U.S. Central Command news releases.

One was evacuated to the 28th Combat Support Hospital after receiving injuries from a non-hostile gunshot wound. The other drowned in the Euphrates River near the Hadithah Dam, west of Ar Ramadi.

Names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

CENTCOM also reported that 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) soldiers captured equipment and detained personnel in East Mosul Aug. 21. Weapons included three Russian machine guns, one 60 mm mortar tube, two AK-47s, 50 AK-47 magazines, 3,500 rounds of small arms ammunition, one protective mask and various communications equipment.

In a separate incident, the 101st detained an individual for making counterfeit Iraqi dinar. The unit, according to a CENTCOM release, found rolls of magnetic security bands, three sheets of 10,000 Iraqi dinar, an automatic number machine, a press machine and a computer with money software loaded on it.

Both occurrences were the result of tips from local sources.

Just south of Tikrit, 4th Infantry Division soldiers discovered 200 pounds of propellant, 80 rounds of 14.5 mm machine gun ammunition, one loaded AK-47 and one rocket- propelled grenade, according to CENTCOM officials.

An aerial patrol north of Khan Bani Said in Diyala province located four D-20 towed artillery pieces and 200 artillery rounds, reported CENTCOM.

Meanwhile, Marines are helping to rebuild a women's center in Ad Diwaniyah, according to a CENTCOM release. The cleanup included loading rocks, bricks, broken glass and other large debris as well as weeds, grass, paper and smaller trash into trucks and hauling the material away.

Once the building is clean, a contractor will renovate the interior. This should take 30 to 45 days to complete and cost about $99,000, reported CENTCOM. The center, stated the release, will be a place for women to go and relax or where mothers can drop off their children for a little while.

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