BAGHDAD, June 16, 2006 – One coalition force soldier was killed and two others are currently listed as duty status and whereabouts unknown, after their team came under attack at a traffic-control point southwest of Yusufiyah, Iraq, at about 7:55 p.m. local time today. After hearing small-arms fire and explosions in the vicinity of the check point, a quick-reaction force responded to the scene.
Coalition forces have initiated a search operation to locate and determine the status of the soldiers. The town of Yusufiyah is about 10 miles south of here. In other news, the Department of Defense recently released the name of a Marine killed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom:
Cpl. Michael A. Estrella, 20, of Hemet, Calif., died June 14 while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.