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U.S. Wants Iraq Guerrillas on Payroll

A new Iraqi military force being proposed to tame Fallujah’s guerrillas could bear a striking resemblance to the guerrillas themselves. The band of about 1,000 Iraqis would be led by one of Saddam Hussein’s generals, and its U.S.-funded payroll might include some of the same gunmen who have been fighting U.S. Marines. In a move resembling U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, the United States appears to be co-opting its enemies to end a siege that has drawn international condemnation. A U.S. military officer privy to the negotiations said it was “very likely” that the Fallujah Protective Army, which would fall under the command of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, could include some gunmen who joined the uprising in Fallujah — particularly criminals who signed on for money, and former soldiers disgruntled at losing their jobs when the Americans disbanded the Iraqi army. Full Story

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