Fallujah Delegation Suspends Peace Talks

A delegation from the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah suspended peace talks with the government Thursday because of Prime Minister Ayad Allawi’s “impossible” demand to hand over terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a city spokesman said. U.S. warplanes, meanwhile, intensified airstrikes in Fallujah on Thursday, hitting at least three sites which the command said were being used by followers of al-Zarqawi. At least five people were killed and 16 wounded in all, according to Fallujah General Hospital. Warplanes have frequently struck in Fallujah, targeted suspected militants sites, even as Allawi’s government has tried to strike a deal with local leaders to allow Iraqi security forces to take control of the city, west of Baghdad. Allawi warned on Wednesday that that Fallujah must surrender al-Zarqawi and other foreign fighters or face military attack. Full Story

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