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IED Attack on Patrol Leaves Soldier Dead, Another Wounded

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27, 2004 – A Task Force Danger soldier died and another was wounded when insurgents attacked their combat patrol using an improvised explosive device in Samarra, Iraq, Dec. 26.

The wounded soldier was treated for minor injuries and returned to duty, officials said.

Meanwhile, the rebuilding effort in Fallujah continues. Navy Civil Engineer Corps officers assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Engineer Group have administered seven Fallujah reconstruction contracts for rubble removal, dewatering and pipe repair, and potable water tank installation.

Navy Cmdr. Mark Bergin, officer in charge, said four Iraqi firms are working under a 20-day task order contract for rubble removal. The task order option offers flexibility if more time or effort is needed to complete the work, he said. U.S. Marines, Navy Seabees and National Guardsmen also are involved in debris removal operations, he added.

Two additional Iraqi contractors are conducting dewatering and pipe repair work and installing potable water tanks throughout the city. Each site will include three or four 10,000-liter tanks.

A contract for engineering assessment of a courthouse is under way, with repairs to follow. Assessments of four other key government buildings are in the negotiation stage. These contracts are primarily funded through the Commander's Emergency Response Program or through a combination of interim Iraqi government money and congressionally appropriated funds.

The engineer group is working in tandem with the Civil Military Operations Center and the Interim Fallujah Municipal Council to identify and prioritize reconstruction needs within the city, officials said.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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