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U.S. Sweeps Iraqi City for Militia, Arms

U.S. soldiers backed by helicopters and tanks raided homes, rounded up suspects and confiscated weapons in the restive town of Fallujah on Sunday, part of a nationwide campaign to root out anti-American insurgents who’ve been stepping up attacks. Operation Desert Scorpion, launched Sunday, involves a series of sweeps throughout Iraq using most of the U.S. Army units present in the country, said Army Capt. John Morgan, a spokesman for the Army’s V Corps. “It’s a combat operation to defeat the remaining pockets of resistance that are delaying the transition to a peaceful and stable Iraq,” Morgan said. Iraqi families complained of heavy-handed tactics by the 1,300 troops who carried out the raids in Fallujah, a town that has shown the strongest resistance to U.S. troops. Some said troops broke into homes and arrested people with no involvement in attacks on American forces. Jassim Ali Mohammed, 60, said 20 troops raided his house in the middle of the night, handcuffed his two sons and forced them to lie face down on the ground, later taking them away. Full Story

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