Terrorist Bombs Kill 5 Iraqis; Casualty Names Released
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2006 A suicide car bomber killed three Iraqi civilians and two soldiers in western Iraq yesterday, according to military officials in Iraq today.
Yesterday's deadly car bomb attack occurred at a vehicle checkpoint near New Ubaydi in western Anbar province. In addition to the deceased, two Iraqi soldiers and a U.S. Marine were injured by the blast and were transported to a military medical facility.
New Ubaydi is 20 kilometers from the Iraq-Syria border and was cleared of al Qaeda in Iraq-led terrorists by Iraqi and U.S. forces last November during Operation Steel Curtain.
The Defense Department also released the names of U.S. casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan: Cpl. Brandon S. Schuck, 21, of Safford, Ariz., died Feb. 6 from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Baghdadi, a district in the city of Hit. He was assigned to the 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Pfc. Jacob D. Spann, 21, of Columbus, Ohio, died Feb. 6 from wounds sustained as a result of an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Hit. He was assigned to Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune. Lance Cpl. Steven L. Phillips, 27, of Chesapeake, Va., died Feb. 7 from a nonhostile vehicle accident while conducting combat operations against enemy forces near Qaim, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune. Spc. Patrick W. Herried, 29, of Sioux Falls, S.D., died in Rawah, Iraq, on Feb. 6, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Stryker military vehicle during patrol operations. Herried was assigned to the Army's 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Petty Officer 3rd Class John T. Fralish, 30, of New Kingstown, Pa., died Feb. 6, when enemy forces opened fire on a U.S. patrol northwest of Methar Lam in Laghman province, Afghanistan. Fralish was assigned to the 3rd Marine Division Detachment, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Defense Department news releases.)