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Iraq’s Maliki offers olive branch to insurgents

Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al -Maliki on Sunday offered an olive branch to Iraqi insurgents waging war against his government. Speaking at a Baghdad conference aimed at speeding up reconciliation among Iraq’s warring communities, Maliki said a new U.S.-backed security plan launched in the capital last month would be extended to “every inch” of Iraq. “We do not need to implement security measures except against those who reject the language of reconciliation and dialogue, those who insist on restoring the past,” Maliki said, in a reference to Sunni Arab insurgents loyal to Saddam Hussein. “We present in our hand a green olive branch, and in the other hand we present the law.” Full Story

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