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Syria appears to be summit wild card

Iran and the United States are playing a complicated diplomatic game, jockeying for influence in Iraq as violence there spirals out of control. But there is one major wild-card in dueling summits planned for coming days: Syria. A top official at Iran’s presidency on Friday said Syria has not responded to Iran’s invitation and that “there is no plan for Assad to visit Tehran at least for the next 24 hours.” Iran is Syria’s only close ally and a rejection would be an unusual snub, but Damascus may be more worried about angering the United States by joining Iran’s overt attempt to assert itself in Iraq. Instead, Syria is likely looking further down the road to potential talks with Washington. Full Story

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