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Battle of Falluja enters its second week

Battle of Falluja enters its second week
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With large-scale insurgent activity over, US and Iraqi forces are focusing their fire on selected pockets of stubborn resistance in the battered city of Falluja. Artillery rounds and airstrikes have hit positions in the southern part of the city. There are no figures for what is thought to be a high civilian death toll since combat began on November 8. More than 1,000 insurgents are reported to have been killed and around 500 captured.

Five Iraqi troops have died. US forces say they have lost 38 soldiers and that 275 have been injured. The battle has prompted a wave of rebel activity in other cities such as Mosul, Ramadi and Baiji. Mosul has seen the worst of the violence, with Iraqi forces retaking the city which briefly fell into the hands of rebels.