Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad AIlawi says Iraqi security forces could soon launch military strikes in the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
Mr. AIlawi told Arab television that residents should confront what he called the terrorists in Fallujah. He warned of what he called a "comprehensive military solution" if no political settlement can be reached.
Fallujah, west of Baghdad, has been dominated by insurgent since April. Supporters of suspected terror mastermind Abu Masab al-Zarqawi are believed to be hiding there.
U.S. jets Tuesday struck a site in Fallujah where al-Zarqawi supporters were believed to planning suicide bombings. There is no word on casualties.
U.S. troops also fought with Shi'ite militiamen Tuesday in the Baghdad slum of Sadr City.
And two British soldiers were killed Tuesday in an ambush near the southern Iraqi city of Basra
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