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Four Soldiers Killed; DoD Releases Name of Previous Casualty

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2006 – Four U.S. soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, were killed near Hawijah, Iraq, yesterday when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb, military officials reported today.

The soldiers were on a combat patrol at the time of the incident. Names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department has released the name of a previous U.S. casualty in Iraq.

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jay T. Collado, 31, of Columbia, S.C., died Feb. 20 from an improvised explosive device near Baghdad. He was assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was attached to the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division.

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

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