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Marines Destroy Insurgent Post in Fallujah

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2004 – U.S. Marine jets destroyed a known enemy command and control post in Fallujah today, U.S. military officials in Iraq reported.

Secondary explosions were observed following the precision air strike. Both air and ground observers had reported "consistent insurgent activity, including presence of armed personnel, weapons positioning and hardening of structures," indicating insurgents were rebuilding a post previously destroyed Oct. 20, according to officials.

In other news, the State Department confirmed the death of Assistant Regional Security Officer Ed Seitz today in Baghdad. Seitz, a State Department security agent, was killed in a mortar attack on Camp Victory, a base near Baghdad International Airport.

"Ed was a brave American, dedicated to his country and to a brighter future for the people of Iraq," said Secretary of State Colin Powell in a statement from Japan, his first stop on a trip to Asia.

"Ed Seitz died in the service of his country and for the cause of liberty and freedom for others. There is no more noble a sacrifice," Powell said. "We honor Ed's devotion to country and freedom.

"The enemies of peace shall not shake our will. America and a free Iraq will prevail. This is what Ed gave his life for, and this is what we will accomplish."

Also, civilian news outlets reported discovery of about 50 bodies in eastern Iraq Oct. 23. They quoted sources saying that the victims were Iraqi soldiers being bused home on leave after basic training. Neither Multinational Forces Iraq nor the Iraqi government had yet issued details of the incident.

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