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Assault To Retake Fallujah Begins

Assault to retake Fallujah begins U.S. military says airstrikes will continueMSNBC staff and news service reportsUpdated: 10:28 p.m. ET Nov. 7, 2004U.

U.S. military says airstrikes will continue
MSNBC staff and news service reports
Updated: 10:28 p.m. ET Nov. 7, 2004

U.S. forces stormed into western districts of Fallujah early Monday, seizing the main city hospital and securing two key bridges over the Euphrates River in what appeared to be the first stage of the long-expected assault on the insurgent stronghold.An AC-130 gunship raked the city with 40 mm cannon fire as explosions from U.S. artillery lit up the night sky. Intermittent artillery fire blasted southern neighborhoods of Fallujah, and orange fireballs from high explosive airbursts could be seen above the rooftops.

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