# us claim victory in samarra #

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    "U.S. forces claim victory in Samarra

    Reuters News Agency
    Monday, October 4, 2004 - Page

    SAMARRA, IRAQ -- Waving white flags, Iraqis using boats on a river fled the city of Samarra yesterday as U.S. forces claimed victory over insurgents in the first step of an offensive aimed at taking control of rebel-held cities.

    Iraq's U.S.-backed interim government is hoping U.S. and Iraqi forces will crush a bloody insurgency and take back all the country before elections set for January."

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