They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Resistance suspends talks with U.S. troops

azzaman: Iraqi armed groups have halted their talks with U.S. occupation troops, Azzaman has learned.

Sources, speaking to the newspaper from Damascus, said the armed groups suspended their talks when U.S. negotiators rejected drawing a timeline for the withdrawal of their troops.

The sources said the talks did not involve all anti-U.S. factions, but were set to expand had they succeeded.

They said the U.S. insisted the groups disarm in return for "integration in the political process."

Resistance groups have refused to talk to the government or allow its delegates attend their talks with the U.S.

The sources said Iraqi resistance groups are ready to halt operations if the U.S. agrees to their conditions, which include:

A timetable for withdrawal of foreign troops

Preserving Iraq's territorial integrity

Reviving the military formations of the old army

Holding general elections under U.N. supervision

Scrapping laws and regulations contributing to foreign hegemony and the partition of the country

Demolition of armed militias particularly in southern Iraq