Latest Mesopotamia Stories
By Saul Hudson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice mobilized support among major powers for diplomatic showdowns over the next few weeks with Syria and Iran on a trip that ended on Sunday.
By Jalil Hamid PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Reuters) - An Iraqi Sunni leader said on Friday he expected Iraqi voters to reject a new constitution, saying last-minute amendments to the charter still fell short of his expectations.
By Sebastian Alison BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A series of U.S. military strikes in western Iraq will continue at least until December to try to stop insurgents entering from Syria before a general election, the top U.S. army spokesman in Iraq said on Thursday.
DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian security forces have killed five militants in a clash in central Syria with an Islamist group plotting "terrorist" attacks, the official SANA news agency said on Saturday.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The head of the committee drafting Iraq's constitution said he had a completed final text of the charter and was presenting it to parliament on Monday.
While much of the world has focused on the war in Iraq, a group of wetland ecologists has been busy collecting data on the Mesopotamian marshes of southern Iraq. Formerly the largest wetland in Southwest Asia, the marshes are home to the native Ma'dan marsh dwellers, as well as numerous species of migrating waterfowl and game fish. Drainage of the wetlands as well as toxic contamination over the last twenty years devastated much of the marshlands. A mere 10 percent remain as viable wetlands.
By Inal Ersan DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria said on Thursday its border troops had been fired on by U.S. and Iraqi forces and accused Washington, London and Baghdad of lack of cooperation in preventing insurgents infiltrating into Iraq.
By Suleiman al-Khalidi DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Strolling in the narrow lanes of the oldest inhabited city in the world, American tourist David Kummer says he feels safer in its old souks than on the streets of New York.
By Amir Paivar TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran on Saturday hailed Iraq as its "brother," taking a further step toward laying to rest the spectre of their war of attrition in the 1980s that killed hundreds of thousands on both sides.
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Former foes Iran and Iraq said on Thursday they would sign a military cooperation agreement which will include Iranian help in training Iraq's armed forces.
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