13 September 2004 -- U.S. aircraft and artillery struck targets in the central Iraqi city of Al-Fallujah today. Local hospitals report at least seven people killed in the bombing and shelling.
The U.S. military said some of the strikes were aimed at a meeting site used by members of an Al-Qaeda linked group.
Al-Fallujah has been a hot spot of resistance to U.S. forces since fierce fighting there in April between coalition troops and insurgents.
In interviews with British newspapers today, Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said elections scheduled to take place next January will go ahead as planned even if violence prevents Iraqis in some areas from voting.
(Reuters/AP/AFP)For the latest news on Iraq, see RFE/RL's webpage on "The New Iraq".