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  US says it will stay firm in Iraq
Updated 08 April 2004, 07.25
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
The US has denied it has lost control in Iraq and says it will stay firm in the face of recent troubles there.

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said troops faced a "serious problem", but "the problem's being sorted".

He did admit the city of Najaf was not under the control of US-led coalition forces, and that some US troops might have to stay longer than expected.

His comments come after the US military bombed a group of buildings in Falluja, killing one Iraqi.


The coalition forces have been fighting both Sunni and Shia Muslim forces.

Until recently, the Sunni were the only problem, but a group of Shia called the Mehdi army have recently joined in.

They are led by controversial cleric Moqtada Sadr, who opposes the US occupation of Iraq.

The US want to arrest him for the killing of three people last April.

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