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Iran invites Iraqi, Syrian presidents

In an apparent bid to counter U.S. influence in the region, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad invited his Iraqi and Syrian counterparts to a weekend summit in Tehran to tackle the chaos in Iraq, Iraqi lawmakers said Monday.The diplomatic gambit coincided with a groundbreaking visit to Baghdad by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, who was challenged over Damascus’ role in supporting the Sunni insurgency. The Iraqi government said diplomatic relations between the two countries — severed nearly a quarter-century ago — would be restored by Tuesday. Full Story

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