More Fighting in Iraq
* Things are heating up in Iraq.
Iraqi and American troops have fought their way into Fallujah, a rebel-held city about 30 miles west of Baghdad. The troops seized a train station, a hospital and two bridges over the Euphrates River.
Fallujah (pronounced Fuh-LOO-juh) is where many of the people opposed to the new Iraqi government and U.S. presence are hiding out. Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said that the violence in and around the city needs to stop before elections can be held in January. Allawi said the rebels want the people to be too scared to vote.
About 15,000 American and Iraqi forces are said to be involved in the ongoing assault.
Mail a Muppet
* Here's a Muppet News Flash: Kermit the Frog and several of his pals will be featured on a set of 10 U.S. postage stamps next year. Muppets creator Jim Henson also will get a stamp.
Look for Kermie, Miss Piggy, Sam the Eagle, Fozzie and the others in post offices in March.
Other 2005 stamps will honor the late President Ronald Reagan and tennis great Arthur Ashe. Kids in particular will enjoy stamps of Mickey Mouse (holding a birthday cake), Alice (at a Wonderland tea party) and Snow White and Dopey (dancing).
The Muppets are not the first puppets on a stamp: Charlie McCarthy and his right-hand man, Edgar Bergen, was featured in 1991.