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HEIDELBERG, Germany — At least two U.S. soldiers were killed Thursday in two separate friendly fire incidents in Iraq.

Although military releases reported that one of the soldiers was part of V Corps, officials said he was not part of any of the corps’ Germany-based units.

“To the best of our knowledge, the casualty was not from any of our units in Germany,” said V Corps spokeswoman Hilde Patton at the corps’ headquarters in Heidelberg. With V Corps leading most of the Army’s forces in Iraq, units now under its command include 3rd Infantry Division and a host of other attachments from the United States.

The soldier was killed while investigating a destroyed enemy tank.

He was mistaken as an enemy soldier and fired upon by friendly forces operating in Iraq.

The second incident involved an Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle apparently attacking friendly ground positions.

“One U.S. Army soldier is dead and several others are reported injured or missing in connection with the incident,” according to a U.S. Central Command release.

Names in both incidents are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The latest accidents bring to at least seven the total number of incidents thought to involve friendly fire.

“One of those incidents involved no fatalities,” said Capt. Stewart Upton, a CENTCOM spokesman, explaining that a U.S. radar site was mistakenly destroyed but its crew survived.

More than 50 U.S. servicemembers have died so far in Operation Iraqi Freedom. At least 13 of those fatalities are from battlefield accidents, including friendly fire, according to Pentagon officials.


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