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In pictures: Preparing for Falluja
US marines in preparation on the outskirts of Falluja, Iraq
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More than 10,000 US troops have taken up positions around the Iraqi city of Falluja and units are stocking up with artillery shells.
US marines training in Falluja, Iraq
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The troops are readying themselves for an assault on the Sunni rebel stronghold.
A Falluja resident who says he was wounded by an American air strike in hospital, Falluja, Iraq
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Multiple air strikes, which the US say will sweep out the insurgents, have already killed or injured many people.
A hospital worker cleans blood from the halls of a hospital in Falluja, Iraq
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Hospitals are stretched and the US military is reported to have set up a morgue on the outskirts of the city.
A convoy of US soldiers travels towards the insurgent-held city of Falluja, Iraq
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As the soldiers approach, the last few residents from this city of 300,000 are taking to the roads to flee.
The children of families who fled Falluja play in a bare room, Baghdad, Iraq
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Some end up in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, where many families share a few rooms.


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