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Seven U.S. Servicemen Die in Afghanistan, Iraq

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2005 – Four soldiers were killed in action in Afghanistan, and two soldiers and a Marine were killed in Iraq, officials announced today.

Four soldiers were killed when their vehicle struck a mine while traveling on a road about 40 miles south of Kabul today. The soldiers were part of a joint U.S.-Afghan National Army patrol. No other details are available.

Two soldiers assigned to Task Force Baghdad were killed and two more wounded when their patrol was struck today by a car bomb, officials in Baghdad said.

A Marine was also killed March 25 while conducting security operations in Anbar province.

No other details are available in either incident.

In his weekly radio address, President Bush called on all Americans to remember those deployed in harm's way. He said U.S. servicemembers are keeping America secure and advancing liberty in the world.

"We remember especially those who have given their lives in freedom's cause," he said. "Their sacrifice is a testament to the words of scripture: 'Greater love has no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends.'"

In other action, Task Force Baghdad soldiers helped Iraqi police to detonate a vehicle-borne IED today in south central Baghdad.

Police saw a man park the car then walk away without returning. They contacted Task Force Baghdad because there had been other car bombs in the area.

A U.S. explosive ordnance disposal team was called to the site and later destroyed the vehicle with a controlled detonation.

Task Force Baghdad soldiers found two weapons caches March 25 in the western part of the city. One cache held rocket-propelled grenades, blasting caps, ammunition detonator cord and other bomb-making equipment. The cache also contained night-vision goggles.

The other cache contained rifle ammunition, detonation cord and rocket-propelled grenades. Soldiers detained five Iraqis found with the second cache.

Soldiers of the 155th Brigade Combat Team found two very large caches near Forward Operating Base Dogwood. The cache - found March 21 - took several days to excavate, according to Multinational Force Iraq officials. Rockets, artillery shells, all types of ammunition plus mortar tubes and recoilless launchers were part of the caches.

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