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April 29, 2004 3:00 AM

U.S. reaches out to ex-Iraqi generals to quell Fallujah insurgency

In a bid to avoid more bloodshed, the U.S. military tentatively agreed Thursday to loosen its siege of this turbulent city and allow former generals in Saddam Husseins army to restore order. The former generals will be allowed to command 900 Iraqi soldiers, all Sunni Muslims from the Fallujah area, who will move into the city to put down an anti-American insurgency by an estimated 1,000 to 2,000 fighters. As the Iraqis move in, thousands of Marines dug in around Fallujah will move back.

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