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SEOUL — Another 2nd Infantry Division soldier died in Iraq this weekend, this time the victim of an improvised explosive device, according to the Pentagon.

Staff Sgt. Kyle A. Eggers, 27, of Euless, Texas, died Sunday in Habbaniyah. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Greaves and was in Iraq as part of the 3,500-soldier 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

Habbaniyah is between Fallujah and Ramadi, two cities that military forces have been targeting to stop insurgents who are rebelling against the American-led invasion and the installation of an Iraqi police force and next month’s national elections.

Eggers had been in Iraq for about six weeks, his friends told KIMA TV in Yakima, Wash. Eggers previously was stationed at the Yakima Firing Center before getting orders to South Korea and then the Middle East, the station reported.

He had served in the Army for nine years, Seattle’s Post-Intelligencer reported. He was a reserve firefighter for the Yakima Fire Department.

Eggers leaves a wife, Jennifer, and three sons. His parents and a sister reside in Euless.

As of Tuesday morning, 1,274 U.S. servicemembers have died since the March 2003 beginning of the Iraqi invasion, according to the Pentagon. Eggers was the 28th 2nd Brigade Combat Team soldier to die since deploying to Iraq this summer.

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