U.S. and Iraqi forces are still battling scattered bands of insurgents in Fallujah.

A top U.S. commander in Fallujah, Marine Major General Richard Natonski, said coalition forces have killed more than 1,200 insurgents, but he expected fighting to continue for at least several more days.

The Associated Press quotes a U.S. general, Marine Lieutenant General John Sattler, as saying 31 American troops and six Iraqi soldiers have been killed so far. No estimate was given for civilian casualties.

Coalition troops now occupy most of the city, but have yet to subdue pockets of resistance, especially in the south. U.S. officials have barred a Red Crescent aid convoy from entering Fallujah, citing continuing unrest.

In Mosul, U.S. and Iraqi reinforcements are patrolling the streets after insurgents overran the city this week, attacking political offices and police stations. Some coalition troops have left the fighting in Fallujah to battle rebels in Mosul.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.