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Two Soldiers Killed in Iraq; Officials Identify Earlier Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2006 – Two soldiers assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, died in separate incidents in Iraq's Anbar province yesterday, military officials.

Officials provided no further details about the incidents. The soldiers' names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Defense Department officials have identified three earlier casualties from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.


  • Army Capt. Blake H. Russell, 35, of Forth Worth, Texas, died July 22 of injuries caused by enemy forces while investigating a possible mortar cache in Baghdad. Russell was assigned to 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
  • Marine Capt. Christopher T. Pate, 29, of Hampstead, N.C., died July 21 in Anbar province. He was assigned to 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Command Element, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
  • Army 1st Sgt. Christopher C. Rafferty, 37, of Brownsville, Pa., died July 21 in Sharana, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered a day earlier, when his unit encountered small-arms fire. Rafferty was assigned to 37th Engineer Battalion, Fort Bragg, N.C.

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

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