Three more Georgia guardsmen killed

ATLANTA - Three more members of the Georgia National Guard's 48th Brigade have been killed in Iraq, bringing the total number of brigade deaths to 16 since the unit was deployed to the Middle East in May.

Eleven were killed in bombings from July 24 to Aug. 3.

The U.S. military announced Tuesday that three American soldiers were killed the night before when their vehicle overturned during combat operations in south Baghdad.

Officials said the latest guardsmen killed were from a Douglasville-based detachment of the 1st Battalion, 108th Armor Regiment and were part of a convoy conducting a night mission at the time of the accident.

Local officials, friends and family members identified them as Sgt. Thomas Strickland, 27, of Fairplay; Spc. Joshua Dingler, 19, of Hiram and Spc. Paul Saylor of Bremen.

Their deaths bring to 15 the number of 48th Brigade soldiers who have died since the unit arrived in Baghdad in early June, including four in vehicle accidents. Another 48th soldier died in a vehicle accident in Kuwait in May.

- From wire reports