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Thursday
Apr282011

American Service Member Killed in Iraq, Ninth This Month

Antenna Audio, Inc./Getty Images(BAGHDAD) -- A U.S. service member was killed in a non-hostile incident Wednesday in southern Iraq, bringing the number of American troops who have died or been killed in the country this month to nine.

The identity of the U.S. service member has not been released, pending the notification of his family.

Officials said the incident is under investigation.

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Thursday
Mar032011

Gunman Kills Two U.S. Airmen in Germany

Photo Courtesy - Boris Roessler/AFP/ Getty Images

(FRANKFURT, Germany) -- A gunman shouting in Arabic opened fire on a bus carrying U.S. airmen in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, killing two and wounding two others before his gun jammed and he was subdued, officials said.  An ethnic Albanian from Kosovo was taken into custody.

The FBI is heading an investigation into the incident because U.S. citizens were killed and it wants to determine whether the shooting was an act of terrorism.

President Obama reacted to the deadly shooting by saying, "I am saddened and I am outraged by this attack."  The president said U.S. investigators would work with German authorities and "spare no effort" to ensure that "all of the perpetrators are brought to justice."

Mr. Obama added that the killings were a "stark reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices" of American servicemembers.

Sources told ABC News the victims were at Frankfurt airport on a bus marked United States Air Force. It was carrying 13 or 14 people, plus the driver.  U.S. investigators are trying to determine whether the shooting occurred while the gunman was on the bus or while he was trying to board the bus.

When he opened fire, the gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar," meaning "God is great," according to sources.  He fired nine times before the gun jammed and he was subdued by other passengers.  While being wrestled into submission, the suspect shouted either "Jihad Jihad" or "Allahu Akbar," sources said.

One of the dead was the bus driver, military officials said.  The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The U.S. service members who were attacked were members of a security forces team assigned to RAF Lakenheath in Great Britain.  They were being transported to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, en route to support overseas operations, although their exact destination was not stated.

The gunman was identifed by sources to ABC News as Arid Uka, although other spellings give his name as Arif Uka.  Although he has lived in Germany for years, he is a citizen of Kosovo and his family is from the northern town of Mitrovica.

U.S. intelligence officials are running Uka's name through terrorism data bases to determine if he has come to their attention previously.

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Monday
Jan172011

American Service Member Dies in Northern Iraq

File photo. Photo Courtesy - U.S. Dept. of Defense(BAGHDAD) -- An American service member has died in Iraq in what U.S. Central Command called a "non-hostile" incident in the northern part of the country.

The identity of the deceased soldier has not been released. No further information regarding the death was immediately available, but a press release issued Monday said the incident is currently under investigation.

It is the sixth death of an American service member in Iraq since the start of the new year.

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