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Indonesia to Start Aceh Troop Withdrawal in September

The Indonesian government says it will begin withdrawing troops from Aceh province in September, following a tentative peace agreement that would end the region's nearly 30-year separatist conflict.

Jakarta's announcement came Wednesday, not long after a spokesman for the rebel Free Aceh Movement said at least 10 people have been killed in fighting since the peace agreement on Sunday. The reported death toll includes five guerrillas, three soldiers and two civilians.

An Indonesian military spokesman blames the rebels for the continued violence.

After peace talks in Helsinki, Finland, the government and rebel negotiators pledged to sign an accord August 15 to end the conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.