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Eight U.S. Servicemembers Killed, Six Wounded in Iraq

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2007 – Three Marines and five U.S. Army soldiers died, and six soldiers were wounded, in Iraq recently, defense officials said. The Defense Department also released the identities of three soldiers killed previously in Iraq.

-- Three Marines assigned to Multinational Force West died yesterday while conducting combat operations in Anbar province.

-- An Army soldier assigned to Multinational Force Baghdad died and two others were wounded yesterday when an explosively formed projectile detonated near their patrol in southern Baghdad.

-- An Army soldier assigned to Multinational Division Baghdad died and another was injured yesterday when their combat security patrol was attacked with small-arms fire in a southwestern section of Baghdad.

-- An Army soldier assigned to Multinational Division Baghdad died and another was wounded yesterday when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in a southern section of Baghdad.

-- Two Army soldiers assigned to 13th Sustainment Command were killed, and two were wounded, April 14 when an improvised explosive device detonated near their M-1114 vehicle in Fallujah. One of the wounded soldiers was evacuated to the Balad Airforce Theater Hospital for medical treatment. The other injured soldier was treated and returned to duty.

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

Meanwhile, the Defense Department released the identities of three soldiers killed recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

-- Army Spc. Ryan A. Bishop, 32, of Euless, Texas, died April 14 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was on dismounted patrol. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

-- Cpl. Cody A. Putnam, 22, of Lafayette, Ind., and Pfc. John G. Borbonus, 19, of Boise, Idaho, died April 12 in Baghdad when their patrol encountered an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

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

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