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Iraq's Neighbors Prepare to Meet in Iran

Iran’s capital is an unlikely place for Iraq’s neighbors and Egypt to discuss the infiltration of terrorists into Iraq. Not only does the Persian country have a long history of conflict with Arabs, it is also accused by the United States of supporting the insurgency across the border. Tuesday’s meeting, though, is intended to send a signal that Tehran recognizes the threat of groups such as al-Qaida and is ready to help stabilize Iraq ahead of the first elections since the fall of Saddam Hussein. “The objective of the meeting is to help Iraqis overcome instability and create security especially on their borders with neighbors,” said Ali Asghar Ahmadi, an Iranian security official. Ahmadi said Iran tries to keep insurgents from infiltrating its border with Iraq. But at nearly 1,000 miles long, the frontier is hard to police. Full Story

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