Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has visited the northern city of Mosul, where he said he held constructive talks on the security situation with local tribal leaders, National Guardsmen and police.
Mr. Allawi also said an extended weapons-for-cash program in Baghdad's Sadr City brought in $4.5 million worth of arms. The prime minister said searches for any remaining weapons will begin in the next few days.
On the subject of the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, Mr. Allawi said the government favors a political solution, but he warned its patience may run out.
Mr. Allawi has previously said that if Fallujans do not hand over Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, they will face a new military incursion. Muslim leaders have threatened to boycott January's elections if the city is attacked.