Interim govt to announce arms amnesty

The Iraqi interim government will announce a nationwide arms amnesty next week, National Security Adviser Qasim Daud has said.

    The move is aimed at stopping arms flow to Sadr City

    He said the move was aimed at stopping the flow of arms to the Baghdad suburb of Sadr City, a stronghold of armed Shia insurgents fighting US-sponsored rule.
     
    "Next week, we will announce a nationwide arms collection drive," Daud said, adding a deadline for the current arms amnesty in Sadr City would be extended to Thursday.

    "There are many people with weapons who want to hand them over in Sadr City so we decided to extend the deadline until Thursday. It would not be fair to search houses now when these people have not had enough time to turn over their weapons."
     
    Fighters loyal to Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr had been fighting US troops in Sadr City before an arms buy-back deal was reached.

    Falluja offensive

    Falluja residents say there is no
    evidence al-Zarqawi is in the city

    Iraq's interim government is also trying to pacify the besieged western city of Falluja before elections scheduled for January.

    The government has threatened to launch a military offensive in Falluja if the town fails to hand over al-Qaida-linked Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his followers.
     
    Falluja residents say they have seen no evidence that al-Zarqawi has a network in the city and US air strikes have enraged the population.

    Asked what proof the government has that al-Zarqawi has followers and bases in Falluja, Daud said: "There are many of his followers, jihadists. The proof is there."

    He would not be drawn on when an offensive would be launched if al-Zarqawi was not handed over.

    "We have a timetable and we will stick to it," he said, without elaborating.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Why some African Americans are moving to Africa

    Escaping systemic racism: Why I quit New York for Accra

    African-Americans are returning to the lands of their ancestors as life becomes precarious and dangerous in the USA.

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    No country in the world recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

    Who benefits from Pakistan's loss of US aid?

    Aid and tirade in Pakistan: The back story

    Trump's decision to cut off aid has benefited other players on Pakistan's political scene.