Soldier from Arkansas Killed by Insurgent Bomb in Iraq

MAY 31, 2005 - Posted at 7:28 a.m. CDT

FORT LEWIS, WA - The Defense Department says a soldier from Arkansas has been killed by an insurgent bomb in Iraq.

The soldier was identified as Specialist Phillip N. Sayles of Jacksonville.  The 26-year-old Sayles was killed Saturday in Mosul, Iraq, when the improvised bomb exploded near a security position.

Sayles was assigned to the Army's First Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, First Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Lewis, Washington.

His death brings to 32 the number of soldiers from the 1st Brigade, Fort Lewis' second Stryker Brigade, which was dispatched to Iraq in October.

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