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Turkey Urges Iraqis to Support Reconciliation Plan

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Turkey has urged Iraqis to support a reconciliation plan to end escalating violence in Iraq.

Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said he hopes the plan will help restore security and national consensus in Iraq. He spoke at a news conference with his Iraqi counterpart, Hoshyar Zebar, in the Turkish capital of Ankara Monday.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki introduced the reconciliation plan on June 25th. It would give amnesty to mainly Sunni Arab insurgents who renounce violence in favor of politics.

Meanwhile, Iraqi officials say two car bombs killed at least eight people at crowded markets south of Baghdad and in the northern city of Mosul. More than 40 people were wounded in the attacks.

In other news, the U.S. military says coalition forces killed one suspected al-Qaida in Iraq terrorist and detained seven others during a raid near Mudaysis in western Iraq.

Separately, military officials say a US Marine was killed during combat operations in al-Anbar province.

Monday's talks in Ankara also focused on Turkey's call for Iraq and U.S. officials to crack down on Kurdish rebels. The rebels frequently use northern Iraq as a staging area for attacks against Turkish troops in the Kurdish-majority areas of southeastern Turkey.
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