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Iraqi amnesty deal is delayed

The interim Iraqi government delayed announcement of an amnesty plan for insurgents yesterday, while the leader of a Shiite militia sent contradictory signals about whether he would agree to a deal to disarm.For the second time in three days, Prime Minister Iyad Allawi’s office canceled a news conference at which he had been expected to detail a plan to pardon low-level insurgents who have fought U.S. and Iraqi forces over the last year. The cancellation came as a spokesman for cleric Muqtadr al-Sadr sought to temper a Sadr statement Sunday calling the new interim government “illegitimate” and pledging “to continue resisting oppression and occupation to our last drop of blood.”Full Story

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