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Agreement in Fallujah

Dan Senor announced that an agreement had been reached between the Coalition and leaders in Fallujah. The cease fire will continue, under the following terms:

The Coalition:

*Will allow unfettered access to the general hospital in Fallujah;

*Will allow removal of the dead;

*Will extend the curfew to 9 pm (it is now set at 7 pm) to permit religious exercises; and

*Will allow 50 families per day to gain access to the city.

The leaders of Fallujah agree:

*To turn over illegal arms (for which they will not be prosecuted, if they turn them over voluntarily); and

*Permit regular patrols by joint Coalition and Iraqi security forces patrols.

I have said before that Iraqis subscribe to a philosophy that respects strength and not weakness. As a case in point, one Iraqi reporter asked the following question: "Fallujah resisted the most powerful army in the world for two weeks. What does this mean?" And thus you see the problem of respecting life in a region which respects power.

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I’ve got to admit that this one has got me baffled. In Najaf we can afford to run out the clock. Is it chariness of a lack of domestic support?

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