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Saturday, May 15, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.

2 GIs killed in combat; 2 others die while in Iraq

By The Associated Press

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BAGHDAD, Iraq — Four U.S. soldiers died yesterday in Iraq, two from combat wounds, one in a vehicle accident and another of natural causes, the U.S. military announced today.

A soldier died from wounds he received during a mortar attack earlier yesterday, and another soldier died from bullet wounds suffered when a sniper ambushed his unit, the military said.

Another soldier died when a military vehicle overturned during a patrol.

All three soldiers belonged to the U.S. Army's 1st Armored Division and all died south of Baghdad.

A fourth soldier died, apparently of natural causes, after being found unconscious in the headquarters of the U.S.-led coalition in Baghdad, the military said.

The Department of Defense announced yesterday that 775 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq 14 months ago. Of those, 565 died as a result of hostile action. It was unclear whether the latest deaths were included in those figures.

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