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Iraqi, Syrian, Iranian military chiefs to meet in Damascus

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The military chiefs of staff of Iraq, Syria and Iran will hold a rare meeting in Damascus to discuss "ways to combat terrorism", the pro-Syrian government al-Watan daily reported on Monday.

The paper gave no further details of what would likely be discussed at the meeting, or its timing and location.

The United States has said it wants to limit Tehran's destabilizing influence in the Middle East, including in Iraq and Syria.

A small U.S. military force in eastern Syria is aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is fighting ISIS and controls a long stretch of the border with Iraq.

A U.S. military base at Tanf in southeast Syria also sits near the Damascus-Baghdad highway, closing the main border crossing between the two countries.

 

Iran has armed militias in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, including Hezbollah which practices have been destabilizing the Arab region to serve Tehran's aspirations.

The Turkish presence in Idlib and the northwest is part of a deal between Ankara and Assad's strongest ally Russia to stop more warfare in that area.

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