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Sep 1, 2010 12:16 PM by Bea Karnes, Andy Koen, News First 5

UPDATED: More casualties reported from Afghanistan

As many as seven Fort Carson soldiers have been killed this week in bombing attacks in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon has not yet announced by deaths of two of the soldiers.  However, the Gazette reports 1st Lt. Mark Noziska, 24 of Nebraska and SSG Casey Grochowiak, 36 of California were killed Monday.

It is unclear whether they died in the same attack that killed 5 other soldiers from the Mountain Post or in a separate attack.

The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that Army Chaplain Cpt. Dale Goetz, 42 of South Dakota, PFC Chad Clements, 26 of Indiana, SSG Jesse Infante, 30 from Texas, SSG Kevin Kessler, 32 of Ohio and SSG Matthew West, 36 of Wisconsin were killed by injuries suffered from an improvised explosive device used an insurgent attack on their unit Monday.

All were members of the 4th Infantry Division, 1st Brigade Combat Team, except for West who served with the 62 Explosive Ordinance Company, 71st Ordinance Disposal Group.

The soldiers were fighting in the Arghandab River Valley located in southern Afghanistan near Kandahar.

Since the troop surge, this region has been focus of military's counterinsurgency operations a strategy. Roughly 38,00 soldiers from the 1st BCT are currently deployed there.

----------UPDATED----------

Fort Carson announced that five more soldiers have died in Afghanistan, fighting the War on Terror.

Pictured (clockwise) are Staff Sgt. Jesse Infant, Staff Sgt. Kevin Kessler, Pfc. Chad Clements and Capt. Dale Goetz. Not pictured is Staff Sgt. Matthew West.

Fort Carson did not detail where the soldiers were killed.

SSgt. West was a member of the 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group. Capt. Goetz, 43, was a chaplain.

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