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U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan, Iraq; Officials Identify Earlier Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2006 – A U.S. servicemember died in Afghanistan today and a Marine died in Iraq yesterday, U.S. officials announced today.

A U.S. servicemember was killed today when a patrol was attacked by small-arms fire while investigating a cache near Deh Rawod, in Afghanistan's Uruzgan province. One Afghan National Army soldier was wounded in the engagement. The wounded soldier was evacuated to Kandahar for treatment.

"We deeply mourn the loss of one of our soldiers. We will continue to relentlessly pursue the enemy and help the Afghan National Army bring security to the people of Afghanistan," Army Col. Thomas Collins, a spokesman for Combined Forces Command Afghanistan, said.

In Iraq, a Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7 died due to enemy action while operating in Anbar province yesterday. No further details were available.

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

Defense officials have identified several servicemembers previously reported killed in Iraq.

  • Army Pfc. Robert J. Settle, 25, of Owensboro, Ky., died in Taji, April 19 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee. Settle was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
  • Army Capt. Ian P. Weikel, 31, of Colorado, died in Balad, April 18 from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee in Baghdad. Weikel was assigned to the 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood.
  • Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Marcques J. Nettles, 22, of Beaverton, Ore., died April 2, when the truck he was riding in rolled over in a flash flood near Asad. Nettles was previously listed as "duty status whereabouts unknown." His body was recovered April 16. He was assigned to 1st Combat Logistics Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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

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