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Five Servicemembers Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2006 – Two Marines were killed in Iraq today; three soldiers were killed there yesterday in two separate incidents. In addition, officials have identified a Marine and a soldier killed earlier.

  • Two Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 died today in Anbar province.
  • Two Task Force Lightning soldiers were killed and three others wounded yesterday when a roadside bomb exploded near their patrol outside Hawija.
  • A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died after a roadside bomb struck the vehicle in which he was traveling in northern Baghdad yesterday.
No further details were available. The names of the servicemembers are being withheld pending notification of family.
The Department of Defense released the identities of a Marine and a soldier who died in Iraq.
Army Master Sgt. Robb G. Needham, 51, of Vancouver, Wash., died in Baghdad on Sept.20 of injuries suffered when his patrol came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire. Needham was assigned to the Army Reserve's 1st Battalion, 356th Regiment (Logistical Support), 4th Brigade, 91st Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.
Marine Cpl. Yull Estrada Rodriguez, 21, of Alegre Lajas, Puerto Rico, died Sept. 20 while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Anbar province. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq and Defense Department news releases.)

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