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Army captain from Anniston killed during weekend in Iraq war

ANNISTON (AP) — An Army captain from Anniston was killed by enemy fire over the weekend in Iraq.

Capt. Donnie R. Belser Jr., 28, died from gunshot wounds Saturday in Baqubah, north of Baghdad, after enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire during combat operations, the Defense Department said Monday.

Belser graduated from Saks High in 1997 and earned a bachelor's degree from Jacksonville State University in 2001.

He was a member of the 524th Transition Team, 1st Infantry Division, at Fort Riley, Kan. A man who answered the phone Tuesday at Belser's home in Manhattan, Kan., referred a call seeking comment to the Public Affairs Office at Fort Riley. A brief statement from the base had no additional information.

Friends remembered him as upbeat and kind. "He was a very intelligent and outgoing person," Jerrod Brown said.

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