Iraq plans nationwide weapons amnesty

Iraq Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi Monday announced plans to extend a cash-for-weapons program for Shiite fighters to the entirety of Iraq in an attempt to disarm the country. The program started in Sadr City as part of a deal to end fighting by the Shiite forces, and has been temporally extended twice (read a Multi-National Force Iraq press release on the Sadr City - known in Arabic as al-Thawra - initiative from October 17). It is not currently known if the nationwide program will include a monetary exchange or just be a period to turn in illegal weapons with amnesty. Reuters has the full story.

 

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