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September 6, 2004
Release Number: 04-09-02C


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



SEVEN MARINES, THREE IRAQI NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS KILLED IN CAR BOMB ATTACK

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi National Guard forces and Multi-National Force personnel continue to conduct joint operations in the suburbs of Fallujah. As the proficiency of the Iraqi forces grows and they become more capable, MNF personnel will increase its transition to more of a supporting role in Iraqi security.

As evident by today's attack on ING and MNF personnel, the duty of bringing security to the Al Anbar province is inherently dangerous. This desperate act of inhumanity will only serve to strengthen our commitment to the Iraqi people. MNF stands with Iraqis who continue to brave intimidation and terror tactics in quest of a better life. Our forces will continue to stay the course in order to ensure Iraqi security forces have everything necessary to set the conditions required to foster rule of law and revitalization of Iraq.

The vehicle-borne improvised explosive device which killed both Iraqi National Guard personnel and Marines was detonated late this morning near Fallujah. The explosion killed seven Marines who were assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force and three Iraqi National Guard Soldiers.

Names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.




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