WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2006 – A suicide car bomber killed two Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers and wounded 30 others around 2:50 p.m. yesterday west of Baghdad, Multinational Corps Iraq officials said. Army Lt. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, commander of Multinational Corps Iraq, announced in a briefing to Pentagon reporters today that one soldier is missing following that attack, but he gave no further details. Command officials said the soldier is officially listed as "duty status whereabouts unknown."
The explosion caused debris to be scattered into a concentrated troop area. The wounded soldiers were evacuated by helicopter to a military hospital. Of those injured, one was listed as very seriously injured, one seriously injured, 17 not seriously injured, and eleven were returned to duty, officials said.
In a separate incident later yesterday, a Multinational Division Baghdad soldier was killed around 9 p.m. when an improvised-explosive device exploded near his dismounted patrol northwest of Baghdad.
Elsewhere, one Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7 died today from enemy action in Anbar province.
Officials identified two soldiers who died supporting the global war on terror.
Army Capt. Matthew C. Mattingly, 30, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, died Sept. 13 in Mosul, Iraq, when he encountered enemy forces using small-arms fire during combat operations. Mattingly was assigned to 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Army Sgt. Jeremy E. DePottey, 26, of Ironwood, Mich., died Sept. 11 in Asadabad, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered in a single-vehicle accident. DePottey was assigned to 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.