Expect more casualties, Rumsfeld warns

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has paid tribute to the British soldiers who died in an attack in Iraq.

And he warned that there could be more casualties to come.

"Their deaths are a sober reminder that while major combat in Iraq and Afghanistan is over ... coalition forces remain engaged in a difficult and dangerous war, the global war on terror.

"That war will not be over any time soon."

General Richard Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the attacks on British forces and recent strikes on US soldiers in Iraq could be part of a co-ordinated resistance.

"We know that there are Baath party members that don't want this country to go to a democratic form of government," he told a Pentagon briefing.

"They are still out there, there are other paramilitaries probably that have joined them.

"How organised is yet to be determined. That's one of the things we've got intelligence looking at."

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