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Fighting spreads to more towns as Falluja operation continues

US troops called in air strikes on the Iraqi city of Baquba yesterday as they fought gun battles in the street with crowds of insurgents. Fallout from the week-long assault on the city of Falluja spread in several towns across the country. As well as the fighting in Baquba, a mixed Sunni and Shia town north of Baghdad, there were clashes in Baghdad, Ramadi, Buhriz, Mosul and Suwayra. In a blow against the insurgency, the Iraqi prime minister, Ayad Allawi, said members of a militant group known as Jaish Muhammad (the Army of Muhammad), including its leader, had been arrested during the assault on Falluja. The group is one of around a dozen insurgent organisations responsible for kidnappings and attacks on the US military and Iraqi security forces. Full Story

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