Two U.S. service members killed in Iraq

October 22nd, 2005  
Team Infidel

Topic: Two U.S. service members killed in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq - (AP) Two U.S. service members died in Iraq,
including a Marine killed on the final day of a large coalition offensive in western Iraq, the military said Saturday.
The Marine was killed by an explosion near Haqlaniyah on Friday, and during the subsequent engagement fellow Marines killed four insurgents and destroyed a bunker adjacent to their position with an unknown number of militants firing from inside, the military said.
The fighting occurred on the final day of Operation River Gate, an offensive that began Oct. 4 in Hadithah, Haqlaniyah and Parwana with 2,500 U.S. forces and several hundred Iraqi troops.
The Marine who died was assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).
A U.S. Army soldier died of a "non-hostile gunshot wound" in central Baghdad on Thursday, a term the military often uses to describe an accident or a suicide, and the incident was being investigated, the military said.
The identities of the two fatalities were being withheld pending notification of relatives.
The deaths raised to at least 1,994 the number of members of the U.S. military who have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.