Two Marines Killed in Combat Operations in Iraq
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2005 Two Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), were killed by small-arms fire near Rutbah, Iraq, Oct. 17.
Four enemy fighters died in the engagement, and coalition forces seized a cache of small arms.
Also on Oct. 17, Task Force Liberty soldiers on a combat patrol in Bayji detained the driver of a suspicious vehicle.
Soldiers encountered the vehicle around 6:50 p.m. near a coalition forces base. They asked the driver to open his trunk and unlock his cell phone keypad. The individual, who had a Syrian visa on his passport, refused.
An explosives ordnance disposal team blew open the trunk, which caused several secondary explosions. The ordnance team discovered the remnants of an anti-personnel mine in the trunk.
The detainee is being questioned at a coalition forces base, officials said.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)