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Marine from Camp Pendleton killed in Afghanistan

July 13, 2010 | 10:02 am

A Marine from a Camp Pendleton-based command has been killed in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.

Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Antonik, 29, of Crystal Lake, Ill., died Sunday during combat operations in Helmand province, long a Taliban stronghold. Antonik was assigned to the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion of the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.

Antonik, a reconnaissance specialist, had served two tours in Iraq.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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