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Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq, Iraqis Foil Car Bombs

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 6, 2007 – Two American soldiers were killed in northern Iraq yesterday: one by gunfire in Kirkuk, another by an improvised explosive device in Diyala, defense officials said.

A second soldier was wounded in the first incident and two in the second. All of the soldiers were members of Task Force Lightning.

In other news, Iraqi troops foiled a suicide car bomb attempt on a checkpoint south of Baghdad, yesterday. The only casualties in the attack on soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 8th Iraqi Army Division, were the two suicide bombers.

In Al Haswah, a vehicle approached an Iraqi Army checkpoint. The passenger of the vehicle got out and attempted to move surrounding concertina wire. Guards shot and killed the man. The driver of the vehicle then detonated the car bomb, officials said.

In Adamiyah, an improvised explosive device killed an Iraqi civilian and wounded two others yesterday. A route clearance team from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, observed the explosion that struck an Iraqi civilian vehicle. While responding, another IED struck a coalition vehicle. It wounded one soldier, who has returned to duty, officials said.

Terrorists launched another car bomb attack against the Sadr City Joint Security Station on April 4. The attack failed to kill or injure anyone at the facility.

Finally, Iraqi Army troops swept into Ad Diwaniyah April 6 to disrupt militia activity and return security and stability here back to the government of Iraq. Soldiers of the 8th Iraqi Army Division, supported by Multinational Division Baghdad troops, began Operation Black Eagle in response to the recent violence threatening to destabilize the region.

"Instead of showing instability and bowing to intimidation, the Iraqi government and its security forces have taken action and boldly responded to the militia threat," said Army Col. Michael Garrett, commander of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.

“The decisive actions taken by the 8th Iraqi Army Division is just the beginning of the government's plan to re-establish security in the area and create an environment where the government can improve the quality of life for the people of Ad Diwaniyah."

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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