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Sunday, January 21, 2007 

Syria agrees to support Iraqi army, calls insurgent attacks "terrorism"

Syria's made a major shift in its reconciliation with Washington.

It has agreed to support the US-backed Iraqi army, and called attacks against them "terrorism". It comes at the end of a week-long visit by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

In November, Syria agreed to stop calling for an immediate withdrawal of US forces. It now says Iraq had to rebuild its army and disband sectarian militia before the foreign military presence in the country could end.

Iraq and Syria opened embassies in eachothers' capitals for the first time in a quarter of a century.

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