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Iraqi Militias to Disband But Sadr Still Armed

Nine of Iraq’s militias, constituting more than 100,000 armed men, agreed to disband on Monday as part of a rewards and retraining program, but the deal does not cover rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s fighters. Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi announced the deal, which will see most of the militia fighters reintegrated into Iraq’s new security forces while others are retrained for jobs in civilian life or go into retirement with a pension. “I am happy to announce today the successful completion of negotiations on the nationwide transition and reintegration of militias and other armed forces previously outside of state control,” the prime minister said in a statement. Full Story

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