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Incidents Claim Four Soldiers

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2005 – One Task Force Danger soldier died and another was wounded when indirect fire hit a coalition force base near Samarra today.

Both soldiers were evacuated to a coalition medical treatment facility, where one died later of wounds sustained in the attack.

Three Task Force Danger soldiers died earlier in the day when their Humvee rolled into a canal near Balad. The soldiers were on a combat patrol.

Five soldiers attempting a rescue were evacuated to a multinational forces medical treatment facility. All five are expected to return to duty.

The accident is under investigation. The names of the deceased are being withheld until the next of kin have been notified.

Also in Iraq today, Task Force Baghdad troops disabled two improvised explosive devices and uncovered two more weapons caches near the capital city.

North of the city, near Taji, two patrols from the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, discovered IEDs on main thoroughfares. The first one was discovered at 7:15 a.m., the second about an hour later. Explosive ordnance disposal teams disabled both devices.

In north Babil province, south of Baghdad, two more weapons caches were discovered in an area formerly known as a haven for terrorist activity.

Marines from Company F, 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, located a sizable weapons cache at an excavation site southwest of the town of Yusafiyah. The cache included 125 pounds of explosives, two rocket-propelled grenade launchers, seven RPG boosters, two RPG rockets and 104 electronic primer cases.

Two hours later, unit Marines found three 155 mm artillery rounds and three rockets.

In other news, Iraqi election officials released results from the Jan. 30 vote today. The Shiite-dominated ticket, the United Iraqi Alliance, won with about 4 million votes, according to news reports. A Kurdish alliance came in second with about 2 million votes. Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's list of candidates came in third with about 1 million votes.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases and other news reports.)

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