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Tuesday, April 13, 2004

great. more good news. again.

Salon.com News | Marines expect all-out fight for Fallujah: "April 13, 2004 | FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- Digging in around Fallujah, their three-day-old truce punctured by shelling, gunfire and well-orchestrated ambushes, U.S. Marines gave vent to their frustrations Tuesday, saying they saw no alternative to an all-out battle for the city.
With U.S.-backed Iraqi officials still talking with city leaders about ending the standoff, it's not for the troops to decide how this tangle of conflicting forces will unravel.
But as Marines traded gun and mortar fire with rooftop snipers and fighters on the northern edge of Fallujah, some of them anticipated a bloody push to take the city of 200,000 people, a stronghold of Sunni Muslim insurgents.
'If they're trying to find a peaceful way out of this, great. But at this point, there seem to be few options other than to get innocents out and level it, wipe it clear off the map,' said 1st Lt. Frank Dillbeck, scanning the city's outskirts with binoculars during a relative lull in fighting. "

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