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Two Soldiers Killed in Attacks; Marine Aircraft Destroy Weapons Caches

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2004 – Two American soldiers were killed today and several others wounded during two separate attacks on convoys in and near Baghdad.

At around 11 a.m. today, a soldier with 81st Brigade Combat Team was killed and another wounded during an attack on a U.S. convoy west of Baghdad.

Two hours later, a Task Force Baghdad soldier was killed after a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device was detonated near a convoy in western Baghdad.

The soldier died after being evacuated to military treatment facility. Four others were wounded in this incident.

The military is investigating both attacks. The names of the soldiers killed and wounded are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

In other news, a car-bomb attack today around 3 p.m. near the Virgin Mary Catholic Church in central Baghdad killed one Iraqi bystander and wounded another. Military officials say the suspected car-bomb blast occurred about 200 meters from the church.

A Task Force Baghdad patrol responding to the incident came under attack by small-arms fire. One soldier was wounded and evacuated to a Multinational Force medical treatment facility.

Elsewhere, Marine Corps aircraft continue to pound preplanned targets in the Fallujah-Ramadi area in an attempt to disrupt anti-Iraq forces there.

Marine officials there report that in the last 24 hours offensive operations in and around the Fallujah-Ramadi area destroyed eight weapons caches.

"First Marine Expeditionary Force is determined to return the Fallujah-Ramadi area to the peaceful people of Iraq," a spokesman said in a statement.

Army officials say soldiers from 1st Battalion, 77th Infantry Regiment destroyed three weapons caches discovered near Balad on Nov 6. The caches contained dozens of mortars, rockets, guided missiles, and other projectiles.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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