Iraq: US forces towards central Falluja

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Troops have been advancing towards the centre, fighting rebels armed with rifles and mortars street by street.

US and Iraqi officials hope the assault – deeply unpopular with some Iraqis – will help prepare for January’s poll.

Some reports say US units have crossed the central highway in the heart of Falluja.

Earlier, a US tank commander said guerrillas were putting up a strong fight in the north-western Jolan district.