The outgoing US.ambassador to Iraq says U.S. and Iraqi officials are holding talks with some insurgent groups as part of reconciliation efforts.
Zalmay Khalilzad told a farewell news conference in Baghdad on Monday that the talks are aimed at isolating al-Qaida in Iraq.
Khalilzad said the United States wants to separate more and more groups from al-Qaida. He said the goal is to have the country's different groups reconcile and embrace the new Iraq.
Khalilzad said Iraqis should seize the opportunity with the deployment of more US forces to make the "decisions and compromises necessary" to stabilize the country.
Khalilzad leaves his post as US.ambassador to Iraq this week after serving 21 months. President Bush has nominated him to be the new US ambassador to the United Nations.