A 1st Armored Division soldier died Wednesday near Tal Afar when his early morning patrol was hit by a makeshift bomb.
The Army has not released the soldier’s name, although it has said he was assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, according to a news release from Multi-National Force-Iraq.
Four other soldiers were injured. Three were taken to a nearby hospital, and a fourth returned to duty, the release stated.
Most 1st AD units assigned to the 1st BCT in the Tal Afar area — under the 101st Airborne Task Force — are drawn from the 1st Brigade, headquartered in Friedberg, Germany. However, there are some soldiers from the Baumholder-based 2nd Brigade at Tal Afar, including from 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment and 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery Regiment.
The fatality and four casualties are the first since 1st AD units deployed to Iraq for a second rotation since the Iraq war began in 2003. In addition to 1st BCT units in Iraq, the 2nd BCT is deployed in Kuwait, acting as a rapid-reaction force.