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Falluja assault 'breaks' rebels

The US-led offensive in Falluja has “broken the back of the insurgency” across Iraq, a senior US marine commander has said. Lt Gen John Sattler told reporters the operation had flushed the rebels out of their safe haven and scattered them. But he said remaining insurgents were still a problem as US forces moved through the Iraqi city. Iraq’s interim government is planning to send food and medical teams to civilians in Falluja. Gen Sattler, commander of the force leading the Falluja operation, had no information about civilian deaths. Fifty-one US soldiers and eight Iraqi soldiers have been killed since the assault began on 8 November, Gen Sattler said. He said media estimates of 1,200 insurgents killed was “probably a safe number”. Full Story

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