Five U.S. Servicemembers Killed in Iraq, Afghanistan
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2007 A U.S. servicemember was killed today in Afghanistan and four U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq over the past two days, military officials reported. The Defense Department also identified a previous casualty.
The U.S. servicemember killed today in Afghanistan’s Balkh province died of a gunshot wound. The incident is under investigation by military authorities.
CA U.S. soldier was shot during the incident and later died as coalition forces from Task Force Lightning were conducting combat operations in Iraq’s Diyala province yesterday.
Three soldiers were killed and four were wounded in an explosion Feb. 9. Coalition forces from Task Force Lightning were searching for a weapons cache and clearing a building in Diyala province when the explosion occurred.
The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Meanwhile, DoD released the name of a Marine who died recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Marine Sgt. Maj. Joseph J. Ellis, 40, of Ashland, Ohio, died Feb. 7 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq. Ellis was assigned to Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force 76 Afghanistan, and Defense Department news releases.)