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New Iraqi P.M. Vows to Crush Terrorism

Iraq’s interim prime minister warned Monday that the “forces of terror” would be crushed as his new government took the oath of office, assuming power only hours after U.S. authorities handed over sovereignty. Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi placed his hand on the Quran and then promised to lead his people to a better future, delivering a sweeping speech sketching out some of his goals for the country. He urged people not to be afraid of the “outlaws” fighting against “Islam and Muslims,” and assured them that “God is with us.” “I warn the forces of terror once again,” he said firmly. “We will not forget who stood with us and against us in this crisis.” Standing before a bank of Iraqi flags, Allawi also appealed for an end to attacks on police and security forces, who have borne the brunt of assaults waged by insurgents in the days leading to the handover. “The army is the Iraqi army, not the Saddam Army,” he said. “They are our brothers and our sons.” Full Story

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