In an effort to quell violence ahead of elections scheduled for January, interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has announced plans to extend a cash-for weapons program nationwide.
Allawi said a cash-for-guns program for Shi'ite Muslim fighters in Baghdad's Al-Sadr City area has been going well and should be extended to the rest of Iraq.
U.S. forces have carried out further strikes targeting insurgents in the city of Al-Fallujah.
A U.S. military statement said the strikes, which ended early today, destroyed suspected safe houses and weapons caches linked to followers of Jordanian-born militant leader Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi.
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