December 22, 2004 in City

Some Spokane-area soldiers at base

The Spokesman-Review
 

FORT LEWIS, Wash. – Fort Lewis officials were waiting to hear the identities of casualties from Tuesday’s attack in Mosul, Iraq, a spokesman for the Army base near Tacoma said.

Military officials said at least 20 people were killed and at least 60 wounded.

The U.S. Army’s Task Force Olympia is based in the city. The task force is a multi-unit group under the control of Fort Lewis commanders. It includes the Stryker Brigade from Fort Lewis, whose 4,000 members include soldiers from the Spokane area.

Fort Lewis spokesman Joe Hitt said there are other units in Task Force Olympia, including some National Guard units and Iraqis.

The dead included U.S. military personnel, U.S. contractors, foreign national contractors and Iraqi army, said Brig. Gen. Carter Ham, commander of Task Force Olympia in Mosul.

Lt. Col. Paul Hastings, a spokesman for Task Force Olympia, told CNN that the toll was 24 dead. He added that more than 60 were wounded.


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