PM: Release Iraq Insurgents To Promote National "Unity"

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During an optimistic address in which he described the changes in Iraqi security as "remarkable" and pronounced the country "revived," Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced on Sunday his latest push for an amnesty program for insurgents, a move that he hoped would drain the crowded prisons and allow Iraq to move past its sectarian warfare.

At a news conference near his office in the Green Zone, Maliki sketched only the broad outlines of what the amnesty could entail, insisting people who were found guilty of murder or other acts of terrorism would not be pardoned, but said it would still cover many of the "misguided" people who cooperated with militant groups but did not commit "major" crimes. "All those people will be released," he said.

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