Three Fort Campbell soldiers killed in Iraq

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- Three soldiers from Fort Campbell have died in Iraq.

The military says the three were members of the 101st Airborne Division. They suffered injuries in fighting north of Baghdad and died Wednesday.

The Defense Department identified the soldiers as 22-year-old Sgt. David Hart of Lake View Terrace, Calif.; 19-year-old Pfc. Ivan Merlo of San Marcos, Calif.; and 20-year-old Pfc. Phillip Pannier of Washburn, Ill. Merlo and Pannier died in Samarra, Iraq, and Hart died in nearby Balad.

The men were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.

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