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Troops Hold Fire at 3 Iraqi Cities for Negotiations

American troops withheld their firepower on Sunday outside three Iraqi cities where insurgents have seized control, allowing Iraqi intermediaries time to seek negotiated solutions to the most serious challenge yet to the year-old occupation. But United States officials warned that the resistance in all three centers would be crushed if the insurgents maneuvered for long. The insurgents inflicted a new blow when they shot down an Apache attack helicopter about three miles west of Baghdad airport, killing both crewmen. An American military spokesman said the wreckage indicated that the helicopter was felled by a Soviet-made SAM-7 ground-to-air missile, but called the incident isolated. Full Story

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