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British Troops in Southern Iraq Head Towards Baghdad - 2004-10-27


Hundreds of British troops are moving from southern Iraq to a violent area near Baghdad to free U.S. troops for an expected offensive against insurgents in Fallujah.

The more than 800 troops were redeployed Wednesday following a U.S. request, as part of coalition efforts to improve security before Iraq's elections scheduled for January. Iraq's interim government has vowed to retake insurgent-held Fallujah before the vote and U.S. forces are expected to lead any assault on the city.

Until now, 68 British soldiers have been killed in Iraq, compared with more than 1,000 American troops.

In a separate development, a roadside bomb in Baghdad killed one person. The nationality of the victim was not immediately known. Earlier, a bomb attack killed an American soldier north of the capital.

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