Iraq's Shi'ite-led government declared Saturday it will disband Sunni groups battling Islamic extremists after restive areas are calmed because it does not want them to become a separate military force.
In Iraqi Kurdistan, Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish rebel targets, the military said, in the third confirmed cross-border offensive by Turkish forces in less than a week.
The statement from Defense Minister Abdul-Qadir al-Obaidi was the government's most explicit declaration yet of its intent to ebventually dismantle the groups backed and funded by the United States as a vital tool for reducing violence.
The militias, more than 70,000-strong and often made up of former insurgents, are known as Awakening Councils, or Concerned Local Citizens.
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