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Iraqi Prime Minister Says Violence Down in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) _ Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says there has been a dramatic drop in what he calls ``terrorist acts'' in Baghdad.

He says bombings and suicide attacks have decreased by 77
percent from last year's high, adding it's a sign that Sunni-Shiite
violence ``is closed now.''

The Iraqi leader says the majority of terrorists driven from the
capital are ``fleeing to nearby countries.'' He says he's
considering amnesty for people who were ``lured'' or committed some
crimes. But he notes that the move won't include anyone convicted
of killings or bombings.

U.S. military officials say violence has been declining steadily
since a spike last June and it continues to come down every month.

Meanwhile, a roadside bomb missed a U.S. convoy in eastern
Baghdad, killing a 12-year-old girl and wounding four other Iraqis.


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