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February 21, 2005

Report: U.S. in Secret Talks with Iraqi Insurgents

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

U.S. diplomats and intelligence officers are conducting secret talks with Iraq (news - web sites)'s Sunni insurgents on ways to end fighting there, Time magazine reported on Sunday, citing Pentagon (news - web sites) and other sources. (You didn't really read this because it is a secret)

... cited a secret meeting between two members of the U.S. military and an Iraqi negotiator, a middle-aged former member of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s regime and the senior representative of what he called the nationalist insurgency.

A U.S. officer tried to get names of other insurgent leaders while the Iraqi complained the new Shi'ite-dominated government was being controlled by Iran, according to an account of the meeting provided by the Iraqi negotiator.

"We are ready to work with you," the Iraqi negotiator said, according to Time.

Iraqi insurgent leaders not aligned with al Qaeda ally Abu Mousab al-Zarqawi told the magazine several nationalist groups composed of what the Pentagon calls "former regime elements" have become open to negotiating.

The consequences of last month's election, all of them beneficent, continue to unfold. It is beginning to look as though the election was even more of a turning point than we realized at the time.

Hat tip - Powerline


Posted by Hyscience at February 21, 2005 2:12 PM

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