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Five U.S. Troops Dead, One Injured in Iraq

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2005 – Five U.S. soldiers and one Bulgarian soldier were killed in Iraq March 4, according to Multinational Force Iraq officials.

Four soldiers assigned to 1st Marine Expeditionary Force were killed in action while conducting security and stability operations in Anbar province.

One Task Force Liberty soldier was killed and another injured in a vehicle accident near Tikrit. The injured soldier was taken to a coalition forces medical treatment facility. Despite intensive medical care at a coalition forces hospital, a Bulgarian soldier died from wounds received from machine gun fire while on patrol about 60 kilometers southeast of Diwanyah on March 4, according to coalition officials.

The names of the deceased are being held pending notification of the next of kin.

Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena returned to Italy today, according to news reports, and was taken to a Rome hospital. She was injured March 4 when coalition forces fired on a vehicle she was traveling in as it approached a checkpoint in Baghdad at high speed, according to military officials. A second person, identified in news reports as Italian secret service agent Nicola Capilari, died in the shooting incident.

President Bush called Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi March 4 to express regret and promised an investigation.

Sgrena was kidnapped in Iraq a month ago, and Italian officials had announced her release earlier March 4.

(Compiled from news releases.)

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