Fallujah delegation suspends peace talks with government

A delegation from the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah has suspended peace talks with the Iraqi government.

A spokesman for the religious council of Fallujah says the delegation cannot comply with what he calls Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's (EE'-yahd ah-LAH'-weez) "impossible" demand that they hand over terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (AH'-boo MOO'-sahb ahl-zahr-KOW'-ee).

Allawi has warned that Fallujah must surrender al-Zarqawi and other foreign fighters or face military attack.

U-S warplanes launched several attacks on targets in Fallujah today.

The government made no comment about the breakdown of talks but the national security adviser says military operations against Fallujah "will continue" until the city has been "cleansed of terrorists."

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