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Iraqi PM Unveils Reconciliation Plan

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has presented to parliament a reconciliation plan to reduce violence across the country.

Mr. Maliki told legislators on Sunday the plan would include amnesty for those who did not take part in criminal and terrorist activities.

There was no mention of a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S.-led forces in Iraq.

The New York Times newspaper today quotes U.S. officials as saying the top U.S. commander in Iraq General George Casey foresees a major reduction in U.S. forces there by the end of 2007.

Also on Sunday, an al-Qaida-linked insurgent group said it killed four Russian embassy workers who were abducted in Baghdad earlier this month. The group posted an Internet statement, including video footage showing the killing of at least two of the hostages.

In other violence, a car bomb at the office of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution near Mosul killed two people. Insurgent attacks in Baghdad killed six people. And U.S. forces killed one insurgent and detained five others during raids in southern Baghdad.

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