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U.S. Troops Launch Fallujah Assault

Thousands of U.S. forces begin a much-anticipated assault on the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah Monday in an operation code-named Phantom Fury.

Iraq's Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi approved the operation, saying the offensive is meant to target terrorists and "have the rule of law prevail" in Fallujah.

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Philip Reeves is an award-winning international correspondent covering South America. Previously, he served as NPR's correspondent covering Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India.