A handout picture released on March 24, 2015 by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrian President Bashar Assad (R) meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari in the Syrian capital Damascus. AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called Tuesday during talks with Iraq's foreign minister in Damascus for a united front with Baghdad in tackling terrorism as the two countries battle ISIS militants on their territory.Iraqi armed forces are also the main partner on the ground for a U.S.-led coalition bombing the ISIS militants in Iraq. Washington and its Western allies have dismissed the idea of cooperating directly with Assad in the same fight due to his actions during Syria's civil war. Assad said last month that third parties including Iraq were conveying information to Damascus about the U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State in Syria.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said this month his country would have to negotiate with Assad for a political transition in Syria.
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