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U.S., Iraq Prepare Offensive to Pave Way for Election

The United States and Iraq are crafting a two-pronged plan to prepare for Iraq’s first democratic election in January, combining a fall military offensive to evict insurgents from volatile areas with creative approaches to ensure that voters will participate in the historic poll, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials.To address deteriorating security, the plan calls for U.S. forces to lead a campaign to clean out insurgents in three key provincial capitals and Fallujah, opening up the cities for Iraqi forces to move in and retain control to prepare for balloting, officials said. Full Story

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