Two US marines were killed in Iraq, the US Central command confirmed on Friday.
The first, from 1st marine Division, died early on Friday after leading his infantry platoon in a fire fight to secure an oil pumping station in southern Iraq.
The marine's platoon engaged a platoon of dismounted Iraqi infantry. The marine was transported by helicopter to a surgical company in Kuwait.
The second, a marine from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, died at approximately 4 pm while taking actions against enemy Iraqi forces near the port of Umm Qasr.