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Vehicle Rollover Kills Two Soldiers; Iraqi Officers Find Munitions

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2005 – Two 1st Corps Support Command soldiers were killed when their vehicle rolled over during a combat logistics patrol near Tal Afar, Iraq, about 11 p.m. Aug. 21, military officials reported.

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

In other developments, Iraqi police officers on patrol discovered 32 mortar rounds and 20 rockets in two separate incidents in Baghdad Aug. 21, according to a Multinational Force report.

The officers noticed a fresh mound of dirt between two houses in the Zohour district. Upon further investigation, they found 32 mortar rounds buried. The rounds were transported to a local police station.

Elsewhere, Iraqi police were inspecting a truck hauling ice in the New Baghdad area when officers uncovered 20 rockets concealed beneath the ice. The rockets were intended for an attack against a government ministry, officials said.

No injuries or damages were reported in either of these incidents.

In other news from Iraq, Iraqi security forces continue to respond to reports of suspected improvised explosive devices and insurgent activity in the Baghdad area.

Iraqi police officers received a report of a possible car bomb Aug. 21. Police cordoned a pick-up truck at the specified location and secured the immediate area. Police found one rocket launcher and eight rockets in the truck. An Iraqi explosive ordnance disposal team conducted a controlled detonation of the munitions.

Early this morning, Iraqi soldiers and officers from the Iraqi Public Order Brigade conducted two separate raids in Baghdad, resulting in the detention of seven suspected insurgents.

In air-support activities, coalition aircraft flew 50 close air support and armed reconnaissance sorties Aug. 21 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities, and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

Coalition aircraft also supported Iraqi and coalition ground forces in operations to create a secure environment for ongoing Transitional National Assembly meetings.

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps F/A-18s and a U.S. Air Force Predator provided close air support to coalition troops in the vicinities of Baghdad, Baqubah and Tuz Khurmatu.

Twelve U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and Royal Australian Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force fighter aircraft also performed a non-traditional ISR role with electro-optical and infrared sensors.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq, Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq, and U.S. Central Command Air Forces Forward news releases.)

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