Four Marines, Three Soldiers Killed in Iraq
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, April 6, 2004 Four Marines with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force were killed April 5 as a result of enemy action while conducting security and stabilization operations in Iraq's Anbar province, a Combined Joint Task Force 7 news release reported today.
No further information on this incident was available.
Three Task Force 1st Armored Division soldiers were killed during separate attacks April 5 and today in Baghdad's Kadhimiya district, according to another release.
The first soldier died of wounds received during an attack that took place at about 11 a.m. April 5. The soldier was traveling with a southbound convoy when it was attacked with small-arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire.
A second soldier died at about 9:30 p.m. April 5 when an RPG struck his vehicle during a firefight in the same area. An RPG attack at 12:30 a.m. today killed a third soldier, who was in a Bradley fighting vehicle.
The names of the Marines and soldiers are being withheld until their families are notified.
In Tikrit, 1st Infantry Division soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery, conducted a raid near Baqubah early this morning to capture the leader and members of an insurgent cell, another CJTF 7 release said. The soldiers detained 12 individuals, including the leader of the insurgents. They are suspected of conducting attacks against coalition forces using improvised explosive devices, and were taken to a coalition detention facility.
Also in Tikrit, according to CJTF 7 today, Iraqi police got help from Task Force Danger soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 120th Infantry Regiment, in arresting two anti-coalition suspects in Mandeli at about 3:20 a.m. April 5.
The police requested help from the soldiers after armed civilians were reported fighting in the marketplace, the release said. The soldiers provided security for the police officers as they made the arrest. The suspects are in Iraqi police custody.