US marines have been trying to root out the last pockets of resistance as the bloody battle of Falluja continues well into its second week. House-to-house searches are the order of the day as US and Iraqi forces try to subdue the remaining insurgents. Aid organisations have made a fresh delivery of food and clothing to thousands of displaced residents in a nearby town. The Iraqi government has again denied claims that the humanitarian situation is a disaster.
Meanwhile a video showing an American soldier shooting an injured and apparently unarmed Iraqi in a Falluja mosque has sparked outrage in the Arab world. Many newspaper editorials have likened it to the prisoner abuses at Abu Ghraib. US military authorities are investigating.
The Falluja offensive has triggered unrest across Iraq, especially in the country’s Sunni Muslim heartland. However, things have calmed down in the northern city of Mosul since US and Iraqi forces launched a major operation yesterday to retake districts seized by rebels. Coalition troops say they have recaptured bridges and police stations.