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U.S. Security Officer Dies in Bomb Blast in Northern Iraq

20 September 2005

Rice praises Stephen Eric Sullivan for dedication to people of Iraq

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the United States mourns the death of Stephen Eric Sullivan, a State Department security officer, who died in a bomb blast near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul September 19.

“Steve was a brave American, dedicated to his country and to a brighter future for the people of Iraq,” Rice said in a statement issued September 20.

Sullivan was one of nine Americans who lost their lives in Iraq September 19-20, according to press reports.

Following is the text of Rice’s statement:

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
September 20, 2005

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLEEZZA RICE

Attack in Mosul

We mourn the loss of one of our own in Iraq.  Assistant Regional Security Officer Stephen Eric Sullivan was killed in a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) attack on a motorcade in Mosul.  Steve was a brave American, dedicated to his country and to a brighter future for the people of Iraq.

Steve's death is a tragic loss for all of us at the Department of State.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve's family.  We grieve with them in their loss and stand with them at this difficult time.

Steve Sullivan died in the service of his country and for the cause of democracy and freedom.  There is no more noble a sacrifice, and we honor Steve's devotion to country and freedom.

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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