Two Fort Carson-based soldiers are among four dead after a homemade bomb exploded near their position in Iraq.
The Army says 28-year-old Specialist Ricky W.-Rockholt Junior of Winston, Oregon, and 21-year-old Private First Class Robert W.-Murray Junior of Westfield, Indiana died in Thursday's attack, when the bomb blew up near their Stryker military vehicle.
Rockholt and Murray were assigned to the Second Squadron, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment.
The blast also killed 29-year-old First Lieutenant William A.-Edens of Columbia, Missouri, and 31-year-old Sergeant Eric W.-Morris of Sparks, Nevada.
They were part of the Fort Lewis, Washington-based First Battalion, Fifth Infantry Regiment, First Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
At least 105 Iraqis and eleven U-S soldiers have died since Thursday when Iraq named its new government -- and insurgents launched an offensive.
The deaths of Rockholt and Murray bring to 50 the number of Fort Carson soldiers killed in Iraq since the war began.
That does not include casualties from the Army's Second Brigade Combat Team, which will move to Fort Carson from South Korea when its current tour in Iraq ends.