US Military Team Visiting Damascus on Wednesday
In another sign of improved ties between Washington and Damascus, a US military team is expected to arrive in Syria on Wednesday to discuss the security situation at the Syrian-Iraqi border, US sources said, the Beirut daily AN NAHAR reported Tuesday. The delegation from the US Central Command that supervises US forces in the Middle East and South Asia This article is about the geopolitical region in Asia. For geophysical treatments, see Indian subcontinent.
South Asia, also known as Southern Asia "will hold a series of meeting with Syrian officers," which will be "a continuation of previously held discussions between a US military team and Syrian officers," the sources said. Washington first dispatched a team of high-ranking military officers to Syria in June. The team had asked Damascus to do more to stop foreign insurgents Insurgents, in U.S. history, the Republican Senators and Representatives who in 1909–10 rose against the Republican standpatters controlling Congress, to oppose the Payne-Aldrich tariff and the dictatorial power of House speaker Joseph G. Cannon. from infiltrating Iraq via the Syrian-Iraqi border. It is worth noting that Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari Hoshyar Zebari (or Hişyar Zêbarî) (born 1953) is the current Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq. A Kurd originally from Aqrah, a city in Iraqi Kurdistan, Zebari holds a masters degree in sociology from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom and studied said American rapprochement with the Syrians will be judged more by their cooperation in Iraq, not in Lebanon.
Washington continues to accuse Syria of not doing enough to stop insurgents from crossing over its borders to Iraq, although it concurs that Damascus has taken some security measures Noun 1. security measures - measures taken as a precaution against theft or espionage or sabotage etc.; "military security has been stepped up since the recent uprising"
security in this regard. The United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. also announced that it is dispatching a new ambassador to Syria after a four-year hiatus caused by the February 2005 assassination Assassination
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Fanatical Moslem sect that smoked hashish and murdered Crusaders (11th—12th centuries). [Islamic Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 52]
conspirator and assassin of Julius Caesar. [Br. of Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. Damascus was widely accused of the crime, an allegation it categorically denies. The paper quoted other US-based sources as saying there has been no development in the naming of the new US envoy to Damascus. A new ambassador is expected to be named in September.
The US also continued to impose sanctions on Damascus, which were first passed in 2004, to the dismay of Syria. However, it has dispatched its special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell George Mitchell may refer to: