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U.S. Soldier From Durham Killed In Iraq

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FORT CAMPBELL, KY. — Two Fort Campbell soldiers, including one from Durham, were killed in separate explosions in Iraq, the Army said Tuesday.

Spc. Prince K. Teewia, 27, of Durham, died Dec. 29 in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device exploded near his Humvee, the Army said Tuesday.

Staff Sgt. Ayman A. Taha, 31, of Vienna, Va., died Dec. 30 near Balad, Iraq, when a munitions cache he was preparing for demolition exploded, the Army said.

The deaths brings to five the number of soldiers from Fort Campbell killed since Thursday.

Teewia was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. Taha was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Force Group.

Teewia joined the Army in March 2004 and arrived at Fort Campbell in August 2004. He is survived by his wife, Maria, of Monrovia, Liberia, and his parents, John and Rebecca, of Newark, Del.

The Army said 37 troops from Fort Campbell have been killed since the 101st Airborne returned to Iraq for a second yearlong tour starting in September. More than 90 soldiers based at Fort Campbell have died in Iraq since the war began in March 2003.

Approximately 20,600 soldiers from Fort Campbell are currently deployed, and nearly 20,000 of those are from the 101st Airborne Division.