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The Fallout of Fallujah36:17
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photoU.S. troops and their Iraqi allies have pushed into every area of Fallujah, the center of intense resistance to the American occupation since the U.S. invasion of Iraq began, and broken Sunni resistance into isolated pockets.

After a week of tough street-to-street combat, the U.S. is close to achieving its military objective, but violence has erupted in many areas across the rest of Iraq.

There have been coordinated assaults on police stations and Iraqi National Guard headquarters, deadly suicide bombings, pipeline sabotage, and explosions in the Green Zone of Baghdad. Now, Sunni leaders are threatening to boycott the elections planned for next January.

Hear about the potential fallout from the U.S. fight for Fallujah.

Guests:

Scott Peterson, staff writer for the Christian Science Monitor, embedded with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines in Fallujah

Mark Bowden, national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, author of "Black Hawk Down" and "Road Work"

Juan Cole, Professor of Middle East and South Asian history at the University of Michigan, author of "Sacred Space And Holy War: The Politics, Culture and History of Shi'ite Islam."

This program aired on November 15, 2004.

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