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Iraqi Leaders Announce Major Effort to Curb Insurgents

In a sweeping effort to strike back at a violent insurgency that has hobbled Iraq’s new government since it took power nearly a month ago, the Defense and Security Ministers said today they would deploy thousands of troops to stage a massive search-and-arrest operation in the capital over the next week.It is the largest military action led by Iraqis since the American-led war two years ago and was the first attempt by the government here to convince Iraqis, whose deaths have jumped five fold since it took power, that it is serious about combating the insurgency. The two ministers also confirmed reports of the last few days that the most wanted man in Iraq, Abu Musab al Zarqawi, had been injured. But they said they did not know how serious his injuries were. American forces have conducted two offensives in western Iraq in the past two weeks in an effort to break his network.Full Story

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