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U.S. Continues Assault On Al-Fallujah

Prime Minister Allawi has demanded Al-Fallujah hand over Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi 15 October 2004 -- The U.S. military is continuing its offensive against insurgents in the Iraqi city of Al-Fallujah.

Warplanes bombed more targets in the city this morning, in what the military said were strikes against associates of the Jordanian militant Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi.

Reports said five people were killed and 16 wounded in the strikes, which also included an artillery barrage.

Al-Zarqawi's group claimed responsibility for two explosions inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone yesterday that killed at least five people.

The U.S. military carries out almost daily air raids on Al-Fallujah. Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi this week told the city's residents to hand over al-Zarqawi and his followers or face a major military operation.


[For the latest news on Iraq, see RFE/RL's webpage on "The New Iraq".]