|Subject:||Been trying to reach you re: acct # 38193341|
|Date:||Wed, 01 Dec 2004 05:13:27 -0600|
Lt. Gen. John Sattler, commanding general of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, said 51 U.S. troops and eight Iraqi security forces have died in the Falluja offensive.
About 1,200 insurgents have been killed in the battle, he said.
Although Falluja is secured, troops remain busy conducting mopping up operations and engaging in sporadic fights with holdout insurgents in the city.
Sattler said U.S. and Iraqi troops are "ubiquitous" throughout the city.
"Falluja is secure, but we're in that search-and-clear phase which will make it safe," he said.
"We've commenced the clean-up operation" and humanitarian assistance is being moved into the town.
About 25 to 30 injured civilians in the city have been treated for injuries, Sattler said, adding that he knows of no civilians killed in the fighting.
He said more than 1,000 suspects have been captured. Some have been released after questioning.
Thair al-Nakib, a spokesman for interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, said the battle for Falluja has been won by U.S. and Iraqi forces and that the city is no longer a terror stronghold.
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