|Some Iraq Insurgent Groups Consider Negotiations|
POSTED: 6:34 am PST November 24, 2005
UPDATED: 2:27 pm PST November 24, 2005
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Some insurgent groups in Iraq are reportedly considering reaching out to Iraqi leaders.
Residents of Anbar province said four insurgent groups are considering naming a representative to spell out their conditions to Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.
The residents, who have contacts with the insurgents, spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal.
The four groups include the Islamic Army of Iraq, the 1920 Revolution Brigade, the Mujahedeen Army and al-Jamea Brigades.
But the country's most feared terror organization, al-Qaida in Iraq, is not among them. It and two other Islamic extremist groups are believed to have staged many suicide attacks.
U.S. and Iraqi officials believe their best chance for a negotiated settlement of the insurgency involves driving a wedge between extremists and groups led by members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party who want a share of power.