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There is talk of a "Mid-East shift" taking place including not only Iran's change of position but a diplomatic restoration between Iraq and Syria. Condemned as being responsible for the recent assassination of Gemayel, Syria is another country that makes a difficult ally for the Bush administration to accept.
Having said that Iran must end their uranium enrichment program before the US would consider them a partner, Washington can hardly stop the Iraqis from seeking and accepting whatever help they can get. Tom Casey, the State Department spokesperson has said "The issue here again is not the words, it's the actions that are taken, and certainly what we would like to see the Syrians do is take actions, to, among other things, prevent foreign fighters from coming across the border into Iraq."
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