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Soldier Dies in Iraq; Earlier Casualty Identified

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2005 – A U.S. soldier died in Iraq, and officials identified a soldier who died earlier this week.

A Task Force Baghdad soldier died from wounds caused by a mortar attack that struck his patrol in southern Baghdad today. The name of the soldier is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Defense officials announced the identity of a soldier who was killed Dec. 28 supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom:

  • Army Pfc. George A. Lutz II, 25, of Virginia Beach, Va., died in Fallujah, Iraq, on Dec. 29, when his dismounted patrol was attacked by enemy forces using small-arms fire. Lutz was assigned to the Army's 9th Psychological Operations Battalion, 4th Psychological Operations Group, U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

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

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