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Soldier Killed in Accident; Unit Investigating Detainee Abuse Allegation

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2005 – One soldier assigned to 1st Marine Expeditionary Force was killed in a non-hostile accident March 11, while conducting security and stability operations in Iraq's Anbar province.

The name of the deceased soldier is being withheld pending notification of the family.

Also on March 11, multinational forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, a Stryker Brigade Combat Team, discovered a weapons cache in northern Iraq.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment uncovered a weapons and ammunition cache during a search operation in western Mosul. The cache included over 600 rounds of ammunition and five grenades. The weapons and ammunition were confiscated for destruction.

In other news from Iraq, military officials reported that Col. Augustus L. Collins, commander of the Army's 155th Brigade Combat Team, which is serving in Iraq with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, has initiated a preliminary investigation into possible mistreatment of civilian detainees by six members of his command.

The unit is operating in southern Baghdad. The servicemembers are under investigation after it was discovered that two Iraqi civilians received minor injuries while being transported to a detention facility during an operation on Feb. 27. The civilian detainees received immediate medical treatment, officials said.

Based on a preliminary inquiry, Collins initiated an investigation to look into these allegations. No further information was available.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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