Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has urged the residents of the insurgent stronghold Fallujah to seize what he called their last chance to avoid an all-out assault on the city.
Mr. Allawi did not provide specific details. But he has demanded the city expel terrorists linked to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi believed to be hiding there.
He spoke Thursday, as British troops arrived in Baghdad to free up U.S. forces for the expected assault on Fallujah. Earlier in the day, U.S. airstrikes on Fallujah killed two people.
Meanwhile, an Islamic militant group posted photographs on its website of what it says are 11 Iraqi National Guardsmen it kidnapped and executed. The claim could not be verified.