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Three Soldiers Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualty

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2007 – Three U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq over the past two days, U.S. military officials reported.

A roadside bomb killed a Multinational Division Baghdad soldier in Baghdad yesterday while the soldier’s unit was conducting a route clearance patrol mission. Four other soldiers were wounded by the blast.

In a separate incident yesterday, an 89th Military Police Brigade soldier died of wounds

sustained after a makeshift bomb exploded next to his vehicle north of Baghdad, officials said.

On Jan.13, a Task Force Lightning soldier assigned to the 105th Engineer Group died of wounds as a result of an explosion while conducting operations in northern Iraq. Another soldier wounded in the incident was transported to a coalition forces' medical treatment facility.

The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, the Defense Department released the name of a soldier previously killed supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Army Cpl. Stephen J. Raderstorf, 21, of Peoria, Ariz., died Jan. 7 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds sustained during combat operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

The incident is under investigation, officials said.

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

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