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Allawi Says He Regularly Meets With Insurgents to Halt Violence

Premier distinguishes between fighters who may join politics and others who favor ‘anarchy,’ promising to crush the latter. Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said Sunday he was meeting regularly with representatives of the “so-called resistance,” trying to persuade insurgents to put down their weapons and embrace the nation’s nascent political process. But Allawi also said many of the guerrillas — especially foreign fighters who had come to Iraq to confront U.S.-led forces — were fanatics who would carry on their struggle in Europe and the United States if not vanquished here. “We are fighting on behalf of all civilization,” Allawi declared in an interview with half a dozen Western news organizations during which he condemned militants’ recent killing of an Italian journalist and abduction of two French reporters in Iraq. “Once they are through here, they will come and bomb Rome out, and Paris, and Brussels, and they’ll keep chopping the heads off people.” Full Story

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