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Roadside Bombs Kill Five Soldiers; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 24, 2006 – Three roadside bombs killed five U.S. soldiers and injured two others in Iraq yesterday, and the Defense Department has identified two earlier casualties.

The names of the soldiers killed yesterday are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

-- A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier conducting a combat re-supply mission died in a roadside bomb explosion southwest of Baghdad.

-- Three 89th Military Police Brigade soldiers were killed and one other was wounded when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in eastern Baghdad.

-- A Task Force Lightning soldier assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, died as a result ofan explosion while conducting operations in Iraq’s Diyala province. A second soldier from this unit was wounded and was transported to a coalition forces medical treatment facility.

In other news, the Defense Department released the names of two Marines killed Dec. 21 while conducting operations in Iraq’s Anbar province. Lance Cpls. Ryan J. Burgess, 21, of Sanford, Mich., and Ryan L. Mayhan, 25, of Hawthorne, Calif., were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

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

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