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13 Iraqis Killed in Fierce Firefights

Marines battled Iraqi insurgents for hours in the volatile city of Fallujah, killing 13 Iraqis and wounding 14 others in a series of gunfights, mortar barrages and airstrikes, local officials said Friday. Many of those wounded, including at least one child, appeared to be civilians injured by U.S. airstrikes, hospital officials said. The U.S. military said insurgents started the fighting Thursday night by ambushing a patrol and then fled into buildings to continue the battle. The Marines said they suffered no casualties. In Baghdad late Friday, a loud explosion shook buildings in a downtown area with many hotels housing foreigners. The source of the blast was not immediately clear, and the U.S. military said there was no word on casualties. Full Story

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