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November 8, 2004 3:00 AM

U.S. forces in Iraq have experience in urban warfare

If the battle for Fallujah unfolds like other urban-combat operations in Iraq, a big part of it will involve troops on foot working closely with heavily armored vehicles to probe the citys neighborhoods, drawing fire that reveals enemy positions. Once soldiers have pinpointed insurgents positions, they can call in fire from jets and gunships orbiting overhead, from artillery and mortars stationed outside the city, from snipers close to the front or from tanks designed during the Cold War that are advancing with the troops.

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