IRAQ: U.S. casualties identified

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The Defense Department has announced the deaths of five soldiers in Iraq. At least 4,071 have died since the war began in March 2003.

Four were victims of roadside bombings Wednesday and Thursday in Baghdad: Spc. Jeffrey F. Nichols, 21, of Granite Shoals, Texas. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Ft. Polk, La. Sgt. 1st Class Lawrence D. Ezell, 30, of Portland, Texas. He was assigned to the 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group, Ft. Carson, Colo. Capt. Andrew. R. Pearson, 32, of Billings, Mont. and Spc. Ronald J. Tucker, 21, of Fountain, Colo. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Ft. Hood, Texas.

Staff Sgt. Chad A. Caldwell, 24, of Spokane, Wash., was killed Wednesday in Mosul during dismounted combat operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Ft. Hood, Texas.