Iraq Leader Threatens Death to Militants

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    Iraq Leader Threatens Death to Militants


    By JAMIE TARABAY, Associated Press Writer

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi interim President Ghazi al-Yawer threatened Monday to use a "very sharp sword" to fight insurgents threatening the security of the country, a day after three U.S. soldiers died in attacks north of Baghdad.


    Also Monday, France and Iraq (news - web sites) restored diplomatic relations that were severed before the Gulf War (news - web sites) 13 years ago.


    Al-Yawer spoke two weeks after the United States handed sovereignty over to an interim Iraqi government. The handover, however, has not quelled the violence that has wracked the country since the fall of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s regime nearly 15 months ago.


    Foreign and local insurgents have launched numerous attacks in Iraq in an effort to force coalition forces to leave and to thwart the country's postwar reconstruction. The attacks have killed scores of U.S. troops and hundreds of Iraqi civilians.


    "Terrorism isn't just killing and blowing up bombs, whoever threatens the ordinary life of the people is a terrorist," al-Yawer told reporters. "We have a very sharp sword ready for anyone who threatens the security of this country."


    Al-Yawer, who was meeting with Defense Minister Hazem Shaalan and National Guard Brig. Gen. Muther al-Rashardi, said the roughly 160,000 coalition forces led by the United States were required to stay here to fight the insurgents, but violent groups should not use this as an excuse to continue attacks.


    "Those who claim they are resisting the occupation, the occupation is over now," he said. "We want to tell anyone who wants to threaten the security of this country: 'Enough,' I say, 'Enough. Stop.'"


    Security officials also sought to reassure Iraqis they were trying to restore order.


    Al-Rashardi said the national guard has divided the capital, Baghdad, into eight sectors to make it easier to control.


    "We have very big plans to follow this up," Shaalan said. "We are ready to sacrifice ourselves for our people."


    Al-Yawer, a prominent Sunni whose position is largely ceremonial, said the government planned to announce an amnesty soon for some of the insurgents.


    Al-Yawer appealed to insurgents to accept the amnesty and lay down their weapons.


    "This is your last chance, otherwise there will be the sword," he said.


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    That is what it will take in every country on earth. For the people of that country to tell the terrorists, stop, get out, or die.
     
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    Shit Evil... we just posted the same exact thing at the same exact time... :D
     
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    it would be nice to see that kind of national backbone in afghanistan

    i really think the iraqi leaders themselves will make this or break this, and it seems like they will make it... they got balls and backbone, hopefully they've got brains
     

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