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NYT | Middle East - October 28, 2015: Iran Accepts Invitation to Join U.S. and Russia in Talks on Syria’s Future.

nytimes.com Iran Accepts Invitation to Join U.S. and Russia in Talks on Syria’s Future Sewell Chan LONDON — Iran has accepted an invitation to join talks with the United States and Russia this week on a possible political resolution to the Syrian civil war, state news media reported on Wednesday. The talks would be Secretary of State John Kerry ’s first formal negotiations with Tehran on issues beyond the nuclear accord reached in July. The Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and his Russian counterpart, Sergey V. Lavrov, discussed the talks, which will be held in Vienna, in phone conversations on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, the semiofficial ISNA agency quoted a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Marziyeh Afkham, as saying. Russia has urged the inclusion of Iran, the only other major power giving military support to President Bashar al-Assad, and top American officials have recently acknowledged that no serious discussion of a possi

U.S. Could Use Ground Troops to Aid Rescue of Iraq Refugees: NYT | Middle East -August 13, 2014-.

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U.S. Could Use Ground Troops to Aid Rescue of Iraq Refugees By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and HELENE COOPER AUG. 13, 2014 EDGARTOWN, Mass. — A senior White House official said on Wednesday that the United States would consider using American ground troops to assist Iraqis in rescuing Yazidi refugees if recommended by military advisers assessing the situation. Benjamin J. Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser, told reporters on Martha’s Vineyard that President Obama would probably receive recommendations in the next several days about how to mount a rescue operation to help the refugees, who are stranded on a mountaintop surrounded by Sunni militants. He said those recommendations could include the use of American ground troops. But he drew a distinction between the use of American forces to help a humanitarian mission and the use of troops in the battle ag