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Iraqi Force Begins Patrols in Fallujah
VOA News
01 May 2004, 23:06 UTC

A newly formed Iraqi security force has begun patrolling the restive city of Fallujah, one year after President Bush declared an end to major combat in Iraq.

U.S. General James Conway says the new force will try to kill or capture insurgents entrenched in Fallujah who have been battling U-S forces for weeks. He says most of the 1,100 members of the force served in Saddam Hussein's army.

The force is led by one of Saddam's generals, Jasim Mohammed Saleh.

In his weekly radio address Saturday, Mr. Bush vowed that ongoing clashes in Iraq would not intimidate the United States. He says failure to create a free Iraq will encourage terrorists around the world. In the Democratic response, a veteran of the war in Iraq, National Guardsman Paul Rieckhoff, said Mr. Bush and other leaders refuse to acknowledge the level of violence in Iraq.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military says two soldiers died in separate roadside bomb explosions that targeted convoys in northern Iraq, south of Mosul.

The military says the two U.S. sailors were killed Friday in fighting with anti-coalition forces in the central Iraqi province of Al Anbar. No details were given on the Al Anbar fighting, but the Navy often provides U.S. Marines with logistical and medical support.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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