Mil News Iraqi PM vows to crush militants

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New Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has vowed to crush insurgents after one of the most violent days for months.
Days before the handover of power, Mr Allawi said he expected more attacks but insisted the rebels would be confronted and defeated.

US Secretary of State Colin Powell told the BBC the US had underestimated the seriousness of the insurgency.

More than 100 people died and hundreds more were wounded in a wave of attacks in five Iraqi cities on Thursday.

In continuing outbreaks of violence, three policemen died in an attack on a police station in Baquba overnight; US troops killed two militants in clashes in Falluja and a policeman was killed by a roadside bomb in Baghdad.

Mr Allawi said he believed Thursday's attacks were carried out by a group linked to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, whom the US has accused of leading al-Qaeda militants inside Iraq.

Zarqawi's followers claimed responsibility for the attacks in a statement on an Islamic website.

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