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Five Americans Killed, Six Injured in Incidents in Iraq

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2003 – Several attacks and an accident in Iraq over the past three days have left five American soldiers dead and another six hurt.

An attack in Baghdad today killed one soldier from the 1st Armored Division and wounded three others at roughly 10:30 a.m. local time. The attack also killed an Iraqi interpreter working with the coalition. A U.S. Central Command news release said the troops were in a vehicle that hit an "improvised explosive device" in the As Sulaykh district. The soldiers then came under small-arms fire.

A day earlier, two 101st Airborne Division soldiers were killed and a third injured in Tal Afar when their unit was attacked with small arms and rocket- propelled grenades. They were taken to an Army hospital, where two died of their wounds.

Pentagon officials have identified the soldiers who died as Sgt. Justin W. Garvey, 23, of Townsend, Mass., and Sgt. Jason D. Jordan, 24, of Elba, Ala. Both were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, deployed from Fort Campbell, Ky.

A vehicle accident near Baghdad International Airport July 20 killed one soldier and injured two others, CENTCOM officials said, but did not release their unit name.

Yet another attack with RPGs and small arms killed Army 2nd Lt. Jonathan D. Rozier, 25, of Katy, Texas, at roughly 1:30 a.m. local time July 19. CENTCOM officials said in a release that day that he had been providing "fixed-site security" at a bank when his unit came under attack. Rozier was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, of the 1st Armored Division, deployed from Fort Riley, Kan.

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