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American Deaths in Afghanistan War Rival IraqTim King Salem-News.com
A female soldier who died in Iraq had ties to McMinnville, Oregon, according to KGW TV.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S. death toll from the war in Afghanistan is generally far lower than the reported losses in Iraq. But July 5th and 6th 2007 are days that tell a different story.
On July 5th, two soldiers were killed in the Watapor Valley of Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Spc. Christopher S. Honaker, 23, of Cleveland, North Carolina, and Pfc. Joseph A. Miracle of Ortonville, Michigan, 22, died of wounds sustained from enemy small arms fire and indirect fire.
They were both assigned to 2d Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173d Airborne Brigade, Vicenza, Italy.
Then on July 6th, Sgt. Thomas P. McGee, 23, of Hawthorne, Calif., died of wounds sustained when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Wazi Khwa, Afghanistan.
He was assigned to the 546th Military Police Company, 385th Military Police Battalion, Fort Stewart, Georgia.
In Iraq, three Navy SEALS, two civil affairs soldiers, and a female soldiers were reported as casualties.
Two soldiers who died July 5th., Maj. James M. Ahearn, 43, of California and Sgt. Keith A. Kline, 24, of Oak Harbor, Ohio were both killed when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Baghdad.
They were assigned to 96th Civil Affairs Battalion, 95th Civil Affairs Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Also in Iraq, Spc. Michelle R. Ring, 24, of Martin, Tennessee, died July 5th of wounds sustained from enemy mortar fire in Baghdad.
She was assigned to the 92d Military Police Battalion, Fort Benning, Georgia.
The Department of Defense also announced the death of three sailors in Iraq. The three Navy SEAL's died July 6th as a result of enemy action. Petty Officer First Class Jason Dale Lewis, 30, of Brookfield, Connecticut, Petty Officer First Class Robert Richard McRill, 42, of Lake Placid, Florida and Petty Officer First Class Steven Phillip Daugherty, 28, of Barstow, California, died while conducting combat operations in the vicinity of Baghdad.
The three sailors were assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team.
Americans have been serving in Afghanistan since 2001. They are based throughout the country which has extreme differences in terrain and temperature. The present day Islamic Republic of Afghanistan was established after U.S. and Coalition efforts drove Taliban forces out of control.
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