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Marine Killed in Action; Forces Thwart IED Attack

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2005 – A U.S. Marine assigned to 1st Marine Expeditionary Force was killed in action while conducting security and stability operations in Iraq's Anbar province on Feb. 21, officials reported today.

The name of the deceased is being withheld until next of kin are notified.

Iraqi police officers discovered a car in Baghdad containing six artillery rounds and three propane tanks wired to detonate. An Iraqi woman had reported the suspicious vehicle to police.

She observed wires protruding from the car parked about 90 meters behind the Bab Al Muadam Police Station in Baghdad on Feb. 21. Police officers investigating her report saw the unexploded munitions and notified the Iraqi Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit, which defused and destroyed it.

Elsewhere, Iraqi police officers in Basra and coalition forces arrested three Iraqi men believed to belong to a group claiming responsibility for recent assassinations of Iraqi police officers and drive-by shootings at vehicle checkpoints.

Officers confiscated a black suitcase containing several hundred thousand dollars in Syrian and Iraqi currency and $6,000 in U.S. money, still in bank wrappers. They also seized an AK-47 machine gun, several compact discs, a ledger and related paperwork.

In Tikrit, an off-duty Iraqi Army soldier was wounded when he attempted to stop anti- Iraqi forces from detonating an improvised explosive device near a Task Force Liberty combat patrol near Samarra on Feb. 21. The soldier, who suffered a gunshot wound to the arm, was treated by a Task Force Liberty medic and taken to a hospital. U.S soldiers secured the site and disposed of the IED.

A male civilian was killed on a highway outside Saqlawiyah when terrorists detonated two IEDs, also on Feb. 21. The attack occurred as its probable target, a U.S Marine patrol, was passing the location. Marines responded to the incident. There were no U.S casualties.

In other news, 150 Iraqi police recruits from Mosul were flown to Jordan on Feb. 20 to begin training at a police academy there. All were personally recruited by Mosul police chief Maj. Gen. Ahmad Kalif Mohammed al-Jaburi and will undergo eight weeks of training before returning to Mosul to begin their new careers.

(Complied from Multinational Force Iraq press releases.)

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