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Last Updated: Monday July 09 2007 16:28 GMT

Has the war finished?

American soldiers in Iraq

Fighting continues in Iraq. Most days there are attacks on coalition soldiers - foreign soldiers led by the US - or unrest between Iraqi groups with different beliefs.

President Bush has said the US troops were victorious in the battle in Iraq. He said that because Saddam Hussein was no longer in charge.

But he won't say the war is over. Part of the reason is that coalition troops are still being killed.

Another important reason is that if the war is said to be over then a new set of rules will apply.

Without a war all prisoners of war must be freed - something the US government isn't prepared to let happen.