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Pvt. Jordan Thibeault, a soldier serving with the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, died Sept. 5 in a noncombat related incident in Iraq, the Department of Defense said Monday.

Thibeault, who was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, died at Forward Operating Base Hammer, southeast of Baghdad, where the brigade is headquartered.

The soldier’s death remains under investigation, according to DOD. Additional information was not released.

Thibeault, 22, was from South Orange, Utah.

The soldier’s father told the Salt Lake Tribune that the he had few details about his son’s death and that the family wanted privacy.

"We still don’t have much information," he said.

U.S. frees 433 detainees in IraqThe U.S. military in Iraq has released some 433 detainees during the first week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, officials said Tuesday.

A spokesman for Task Force 134, which is responsible for detainee operations in the country, said there are plans to release some 3,000 detainees in all during the holiday month. Around 700 of those will be released next week, officials said.

There are some 19,000 detainees in Iraq, and more than 12,000 have been released since the beginning of 2008. Officials have said they have a goal of releasing around 15,000 for the year.

In November 2007, the detainee population peaked at more than 26,000.


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