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Explosive Devices Kill Three U.S. Soldiers, Wound Five In Iraq

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2003 – Explosive devices apparently planted by pro-Saddam insurgents killed two U.S. 4th Infantry Division soldiers and injured three in two separate incidents in Iraq on Aug. 12 and 13, according to U.S. Central Command news releases.

Two soldiers were taken to the 28th Combat Support Hospital after their M-113 armored personnel vehicle hit an explosive device Aug. 13 near the town of Ad Dwar. One soldier eventually died of his injuries.

And CENTCOM reported that another 4th Division soldier was killed and two wounded early evening on Aug. 12 when their convoy encountered an explosive device near Al Taji. The injured soldiers were taken to a nearby medical facility for treatment.

The Aug. 12 evening attack had been preceded earlier that day by a similar incident near Ar Ramadi, which also involved an explosive device that killed one U.S. 3rd Infantry Division soldier and wounded two.

In other Iraq news, CENTCOM reported that a 101st Airborne Division soldier had died of injuries and a civilian interpreter was hurt Aug. 12 when their vehicle was struck by a taxi.

And a soldier with the U.S. 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment apparently died in his sleep Aug. 12 at a camp in Ar Ramadi, according to CENTCOM.

The names of the dead and wounded were being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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