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Four Soldiers Die in IED Attacks; Marines Strike Insurgents

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2005 – Four soldiers assigned to elements of 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) were killed in separate roadside bomb incidents in Iraq on June 11, according to military officials today.

Two soldiers assigned to the 2nd Marine Division perished during combat operations about 18 miles southwest of Taqaddum when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device.

Two other soldiers assigned to the 155th Brigade Combat Team were killed the same day when an IED detonated near their vehicle. That incident took place during combat operations about 12 miles southeast of Amiriyah.

The soldiers belonged to Army units assigned to Marine forces in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

In other Iraq news, Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2 in western Anbar province killed about 40 insurgents during air strikes June 11, according to officials today.

The military said the air strikes were targeted against insurgents who had set up a barricade on a main road to Karabilah, where they stopped vehicles at gunpoint and threatened Iraqi civilians.

During the air assault, the military said the Marine unit -- supported by coalition and Marine Corps aircraft -- engaged several large groups of insurgents armed with AK-47 assault rifles, medium machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

There were no reports of Marine or civilian casualties, the military said.

(Based on Multinational Force Iraq press releases.)

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