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Two Marines Killed; TF Baghdad Troops Prevent Car-Bomb Attack

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2005 – Two Marines assigned to 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), were killed by improvised explosive devices in separate incidents June 14 in Iraq, military officials in Baghdad reported. The attacks occurred in Rutbah and Fallujah.

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

In other news from Iraq, Task Force Baghdad soldiers prevented terrorists from completing their suicide mission in a car-bomb attack at a security checkpoint in Baghdad June 13.

As the Task Force Baghdad patrol spotted the vehicle approaching the convoy, gunners on the rear vehicle engaged the terrorists with gunfire, setting off the explosives prematurely.

"This attack only strengthens the resolve of the U.S. forces in their support of the Iraqi National Council in the development of stability and security in Iraq," said Army Brig. Gen. Stewart Rodeheaver, 48th Brigade Combat Team commander.

Elsewhere, an Iraqi civilian was wounded and later died when the vehicle he was in encountered a U.S. Air Force security forces patrol at Kirkuk Air Base June 14. After signaling the approaching vehicle to move to the side of the road, a member of the patrol fired a warning shot at the vehicle. The incident is under investigation, officials said.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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