U.S. Soldier Killed In Kuwait

Cherry trees begin to blossom March 25, 2006, in Washington.
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An American serviceman died Wednesday from injuries he sustained during military exercises in the Kuwaiti desert, the official Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

The U.S. embassy released a statement that said the soldier "was seriously injured ... while participating in field training in the Kuwait desert," and that the man died at a Kuwaiti military hospital soon after.

The embassy declined to identify the serviceman until his family had been notified. He belonged to Task Force 3rd Squadron 7th Cavalry from Fort Stewart, Ga. The unit is deployed here for routine training, the statement said.

KUNA has also reported that an investigation was launched into the accident. Three U.S. servicemen, including a captain, were killed and 20 were injured in two separate air accidents in Kuwait earlier this month.
The U.S. military has warplanes deployed at air bases around Kuwait as part of a force conducting daily patrols over southern Iraq. Continuous exercises are part of a 10-year defense pact Kuwait signed with Washington after the 1991 Gulf War that liberated Kuwait from a seven-month Iraqi occupation.