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At least three Americans and scores of Iraqis died in combat Saturday, bringing the week's U.S. toll to about 50 and the Iraqi toll to about 450 in Fallujah alone.

Iraqi politicians who have supported the United States are demanding an end to the attack on Fallujah.

Insurgents offered to call a truce if U.S. troops leave Fallujah, a condition the Americans appeared unlikely to accept.

Iraq's human rights minister announced his resignation, saying the United States is not allowing him to do his job.

A cease-fire was announced in the south by Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr, but fighting was still reported in the city.

Militants threatened to kill Thomas Hamill, an American civilian from Mississippi.

Militants announced they would free three Japanese civilians after mediation by Sunni clerics.

A battalion of the new Iraqi army refused to support U.S. Marines in Fallujah, saying they had not signed up to fight Iraqis.


Associated Press, Washington Post, Knight Ridder Newspapers