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U.S. Weighs Falluja Pullback, Leaving Patrols to Iraq Troops

United States military commanders here moved to loosen their siege of this city on Thursday, proposing to turn over the task of ending a fierce anti-American insurgency to a new force of Iraqi soldiers, led by officers once loyal to Saddam Hussein. The plan seemed tentative at best, with conflicting statements from commanders here and military officials in Washington. News of the proposal emerged as fresh American airstrikes and skirmishes were erupting late on Thursday inside Falluja. Pentagon officials, who often hear of decisions by battlefield commanders several hours later, said that negotiations on a number of possible solutions had been under way to end the three-week siege here, and that the plan was one under discussion.Full Story

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