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Servicemembers Die in Iraq; DoD Identifies Earlier Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2006 – A roadside bomb killed two U.S. soldiers southeast of Baghdad today, officials announced the deaths of five other servicemembers in Iraq in recent days, and the Defense Department has identified six servicemembers who died recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The two soldiers killed today were assigned to Multinational Division Baghdad. Officials also announced that two Marines assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, were killed in action in Iraq's Anbar province -- one yesterday and the other on June 21. Also, a Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died yesterday in what officials called a "non-combat incident."

The servicemembers' names are being withheld until their families are notified.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department has identified six servicemembers who died recently in Iraq and Afghanistan:

Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti, 30, of Raynham, Mass., and Army Staff Sgt. Patrick L. Lybert, 28, of Ladysmith, Wis., died June 21 in Gowardesh, Afghanistan, when they encountered enemy forces using small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. Both were assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 71st Calvary, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

Four Marines -- Cpl. Christopher D. Leon, 20, of Lancaster, Calif.; Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Webb, 20, of Swartz Creek, Mich.; Pfc. Christopher N. White, 23, of Southport, N.C.; and Staff Sgt. Benjamin D. Williams, 30, of Orange, Texas -- were killed in action June 20 in Iraq's Anbar province.

Webb, White, and Williams were assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Leon was assigned to 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.

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

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