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U.S. death toll reaches 51 in Falluja offensive

More than 50 U.S. troops have died in the offensive against Falluja insurgents since operations began in the Sunni Triangle city 11 days ago, the military announced Thursday. Lt. Gen. John Sattler, commanding general of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, said 51 U.S. troops and eight Iraqi security forces have died in the Falluja offensive. About 1,200 insurgents have been killed in the battle, he said. Although Falluja is secured, troops remain busy conducting mopping up operations and engaging in sporadic fights with holdout insurgents in the city. Sattler said U.S. and Iraqi troops are “ubiquitous” throughout the city. Full Story

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