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Marines, Soldier Killed; First Iraqi National Guard Class Graduates

By Sgt. 1st Class Doug Sample, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2004 – Four U.S. Marines and a soldier died in Iraq this weekend.

In Fallujah, four marines were killed July 10 in a vehicle accident near their base camp, according to military officials. The Marines were conducting security and stability operations when the accident happened. No further details as to the cause of the accident were made available.

Meanwhile in Mosul, a Task Force Olympia soldier was killed today during a roadside-bomb attack on a U.S. convoy. Another soldier was injured in the attack.

Military officials said the convoy was hit by a roadside bomb approximately 140 kilometers south of Mosul. Following the explosion, a vehicle approached at a high rate of speed and fired on the convoy, according to a news release on the incident. U.S. soldiers returned fire, killing the driver.

The injured soldier was evacuated to the U.S. Army combat support hospital at Forward Operating Base Speicher and is in stable condition, officials said.

The explosion also killed an Iraqi citizen that was driving behind the Task Force Olympia convoy, they said.

Military officials are investigating both incidents. The names of those killed are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Elsewhere, the 1st Infantry Division hosted a ceremony July 10 in Tikrit for the first class of Iraqi National Guard soldiers to graduate from the ING Training Academy.

The 309 graduates completed a 20-day course taught by both coalition and Iraqi instructors and designed after U.S. Army basic training.

The graduates were instructed on wear of uniform, military customs and courtesies, and drill and ceremony, as well as basic rifle marksmanship. They also received training on first aid, personnel and vehicle search, and individual movement techniques.

Instruction in marching, saluting, and weapons familiarization on the AK-47 was adapted to compliment the Iraqi culture, officials said.

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