After declaring new truce deal, US planes bomb Fallujah
U.S. Marines declared Thursday an agreement to end a siege of Fallujah, saying American forces will pull back and allow an all-Iraqi force commanded by one of former Saddam Hussein's generals to take over security.
But shortly after the agreement was announced, US warplanes bombed targets in the city. The blasts went off in the Golan neighborhood on Fallujah's north side, and there were sporadic bursts of gunfire, The AP reported.
The Fallujah deal came after heavy international pressure on Washington to find a peaceful solution to the standoff that killed hundreds of Iraqis and became a symbol of anti-U.S. resistance in Iraq.
Pentagon officials confirmed an agreement has been reached to put Iraqi security forces in charge of Fallujah, allowing the Marines to withdraw.
The deal was concluded late Wednesday night between occupation forces and Fallujah representatives, including four Iraqi generals.
It provides for a new force, known as the Fallujah Protective Army, to move into the city Friday and provide security. It will consist of up to 1,100 Iraqi soldiers led by a former general from Saddam's military, said Lt. Col. Brennan Byrne. (Albawaba.com)
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