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Soldier Dies in Roadside Bomb Explosion; Terrorists Killed in Firefight

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2005 – A 42nd Military Police Brigade soldier died today after his vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Baghdad, Iraq, military officials reported.

The soldier was taken to the 86th Combat Support Hospital, where he died, officials said. The soldier's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

In other news from Iraq, Iraqi soldiers and coalition Special Forces advisers killed three terrorists in a combined raid on a kidnapping cell southeast of Fallujah on Aug. 19. Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force, and U.S. Special Forces assaulted the target house and were quickly engaged by three enemy combatants with small-arms fire. The Iraqi and U.S. soldiers returned fire, killing all three terrorists. Soldiers found numerous weapons and bomb-making materials in the house, officials said.

Iraqi Department of Border Enforcement officers and coalition forces interdicted a small group of smugglers and a large mule train crossing the Syrian border northwest of Tall Afar on Aug. 19.

Border patrol officers and elements of the 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Found about a half dozen men leading more than 200 mules carrying fuel pods into Iraq. The smugglers were able to escape back into Syria with some of the mules. Coalition forces captured 145 of the mules and their fuel loads. No injuries or damage were reported.

Also on Aug. 19, Iraqi army and coalition forces found a bomb on a roadway in Fallujah.

Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force, and U.S. Marines secured the area and called in an explosive ordnance disposal team. The EOD team deployed a robot to get a better look at the explosive threat. While the robot was investigating the object, the bomb detonated and destroyed the robot.

The IED consisted of a 122 mm artillery shell with an unknown type of receiver. Soldiers searched the area for a triggerman, with no success. No injuries were reported.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq news releases.)

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