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22 Troops Killed Fallujah, General Reports

Twenty-two American troops have been killed and 170 wounded in the four-day assault on Fallujah that has seen U.S. forces take about 80 percent of the rebel city so far, a U.S. Marine general said on Friday. Lieutenant General Thomas Sattler, commander of the offensive, said five Iraqis had also been killed in the operation launched in a blaze of artillery fire on Monday. But U.S. forces were still conducting house-to-house searches for insurgents.” We occupy about 80 percent of the city right now,” Sattler told reporters at a U.S. base on the edge of Fallujah. “There is much clearing to be done even though we occupy about 80 percent.” U.S.-led troops battling to take control ran into areas of fierce resistance on Friday as aid agencies pressed for access to get food and water to needy civilians trapped inside. Full Story

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