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U.S. Soldier Missing in Iraq; Officials Announce Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2006 – A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier was listed as “duty status-whereabouts unknown" today in Baghdad, military officials reported, and military officials have announced recent casualties from the war in Iraq.

Coalition troops and Iraqi security forces are engaged in a search for the missing soldier, officials said.

Meanwhile, the military command in Iraq has announced that a Marine and six U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq over the weekend:

-- Three Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers died in separate Baghdad incidents yesterday when roadside bombs struck their vehicles.

-- Three other Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers died in two separate incidents yesterday when terrorists attacked their patrols with small-arms fire.

-- A Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 died Oct. 21 from enemy action while operating in Iraq’s Anbar province.

Their names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The Defense Department has identified two soldiers who were killed in Iraq recently:

-- Staff Sgt. Kevin M. Witte, 27, of Beardsley, Minn., died Oct. 20 in Baghdad, Iraq, from injuries suffered when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle during a combat patrol. Witte was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany.

-- Staff Sgt. Jesus M. Montalvo, 46, of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, died Oct. 18 in Baghdad from injuries suffered from enemy small-arms fire during combat operations. Montalvo was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

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

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