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  US puts limits on Iraqi self-rule
Updated 27 April 2004, 08.03
US troops in Falluja
The new government set to take over in Iraq on 1 July will have to give some of its powers to the American-led coalition forces, the US has warned.

US Secretary Of State Colin Powell said it was important that the troops remained under US command.

The US has insisted it is sticking to the plan of handing over to a temporary Iraqi government after 30 June despite recent outbreaks of violence.

At least nine people died in fighting in the city of Falluja on Monday.

US troops off-duty in Falluja
US troops off-duty in Falluja

There had been a ceasefire in the city, but it failed to hold.

Unrest was also reported in the town of Kufa and two US soldiers died in an explosion in the capital city, Baghdad.

Talks

Speaking about the handover of power, Mr Powell said: "It is with the understanding that they need our help and to provide that help we have to operate freely."

Meanwhile, talks with local leaders in Falluja are continuing to try to end the violence.

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