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Ten Soldiers Killed, Five Wounded in Iraq

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2007 – Ten soldiers died and five were wounded recently during operations in Iraq, military officials reported today. The Defense Department also identified three previous casualties.

-- Six Task Force Lightning soldiers died yesterday in Salah ad Din province from wounds suffered in an explosion near their vehicles. Three other soldiers were wounded in the explosion and taken to a coalition medical facility for treatment.

-- Three other Task Force Lightning soldiers died yesterday in Diyala province from wounds suffered in an explosion near their vehicles. One other soldier was wounded in the explosion and taken to a coalition medical facility for treatment.

-- One 13th Sustainment Command Expeditionary soldier died March 4 south of Tikrit when an improvised explosive device detonated near the soldier’s vehicle. Another soldier wounded in the explosion was evacuated to Combat Operating Base Speicher for treatment.

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

Meanwhile, DoD released the names of two sailors and one soldier who died recently supporting U.S. operations in Iraq.

-- Navy Lt. Cmdr. Morgan C. Tulang, 36, of Hilo, Hawaii, died March 2 in Kuwait from apparent natural causes. Tulang was assigned to U.S. Central Command Deployment Distribution Operations Center, Kuwait City.

-- Army Spc. Christopher D. Young, 20, of Los Angeles, died March 2 in Safwan when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 160th Infantry Regiment, California Army National Guard, San Pedro, Calif.

-- Navy Seaman Lucas W.A. Emch, 21, of Kent, Ohio, died March 2 in Anbar province when an improvised explosive device detonated near him. Emch was a hospital corpsman assigned to 1st Marine Logistics Group, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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

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