Prime Minister Presents Plan to Stop Bloodshed

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraq's prime minister has presented a plan
designed to put the country on the road to reconciliation and stop
the bloodshed.

Nouri al-Maliki's plan has 24 points that include an unspecified timeline for Iraqi troops to take control of security.

The plan also offers amnesty to insurgents and others who have
not been involved in terrorist activities.

As for ex-detainees, the plan seeks compensation for them and
says prison time will be considered part of their mandatory
military service.

The proposal also sets rules of engagement for military
offensives, requiring military leaders to consider conditions that
might argue against an attack. This provision is seen as a bid to
ease Sunni anger over the alleged killing of innocent
non-combatants by U-S and Iraqi forces.