PHILADELPHIA — A 23-year-old Philadelphia soldier died Friday in Baghdad, the Department of Defense announced Sunday.
Pvt. Wesley J. Williams’ death was the result of a non-combat related injury while he was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, a DOD press release states.
Williams was assigned to the 163d Military Intelligence Battalion of the Army’s 504th Military Intelligence Brigade, based at Fort Hood, Texas.
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ASSOCIATED PRESS: BAGHDAD, Iraq — A suicide car bomber turned a venerable book market into a deadly inferno and gunmen targeted Shiite pilgrims Monday as suspected Sunni insurgents brought major bloodshed back into the lap of their main Shiite rivals. At least 38 people died in the blast and seven pilgrims were killed. The violence — after a relative three-day lull in Baghdad — was seen as another salvo in the Sunni extremist campaign to provoke a sectarian civil war that could tear apart the Shiite-led government and erase Washington’s plans for Iraq.