The Bush admin. finally delineates between terrasts and Iraqi patriots

TODAY’S ZAMAN

US Iraq envoy says he met with insurgents
The outgoing US ambassador to Iraq held talks last year with representatives of major Iraqi insurgent groups, according to a newspaper interview on Monday which said this was the first public US acknowledgment of such contacts.

Zalmay Khalilzad
“There were discussions with the representatives of various groups in the aftermath of the elections, and during the formation of the government before the Samarra incident, and some discussions afterwards as well,” The New York Times quoted Zalmay Khalilzad as saying. “Some Bush administration officials have publicly expressed an unwillingness to negotiate with Iraqi insurgents,” the Times said. The newspaper said the meetings began in early 2006 and may have been the first efforts at sustained contacts between senior US officials and the Sunni Arab insurgency. Khalilzad flew to Jordan for some of the talks, it said.

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