Iraqi PM warns Fallujah: Give up Zarqawi or face bombs

Prime Minister Iyad Allawi threatened a military assault on Fallujah if the rebel bastion does not surrender Iraq’s most wanted man Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, while the war-ravaged nation pleaded for aid at an international donor conference in Tokyo. Emboldened by recent joint US-Iraq military operations against rebel areas and the ongoing disarmament of Shiite militiamen in Baghdad, Allawi said it was high time for Fallujah to return to government control before elections in January. “We have asked Fallujah residents to turn over Zarqawi and his group. If they don’t do it, we are ready for major operations in Fallujah,” Allawi told Iraq’s 100-member interim parliament. The government is hoping weeks of talks with a delegation of elders and leaders from the western town of Fallujah will bear fruit and avert a showdown. Full Story

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