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Two U.S. Soldiers Die in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2007 – Two U.S. soldiers died in Iraq yesterday, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified five earlier casualties.

-- A Multi-National Division Baghdad soldier died when insurgents fired on a security patrol in a western Baghdad. Another soldier was wounded in the attack. During a recent patrol in southern Baghdad, troops from the same unit found a large munitions cache including 12 130 mm mortars, 30 57 mm mortars, 16 grenades, and bomb-making materials.

-- A soldier assigned to Multinational Corps Iraq died in a non-combat-related incident. The incident is under investigation, officials said.

The servicemembers’ names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

In other news, the Defense Department released the identities of five Marines who died when the helicopter they were flying in crashed Feb. 7 while supporting combat operations in Iraq’s Anbar province.

Dead are:

Capt. Jennifer J. Harris, 28, of Swampscott, Mass.; 1st Lt. Jared M. Landaker, 25, of Big Bear City, Calif.; Sgt. Travis D. Pfister, 27, of Richland, Wash.; Cpl. Thomas E. Saba, 30, of Toms River, N.J.; and Sgt. James R. Tijerina, 26, of Beasley, Texas.

Harris, Landaker, Pfister, and Tijerina were assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Saba was assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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

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