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UK signals change in strategy over Iraq

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UK signals change in strategy over Iraq


The UK is reviewing its strategy on Iraq, calling on old opponents, Syria and Iran, to help stop the violence in the country. British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett says the two countries should be part of the solution instead of part of the problem: “The question is, ‘Will either Iran or Syria or both decide to end their self-imposed isolation and to begin to cooperate more with the international community?” she said.

So far, 125 British soldiers have been killed in Iraq. An inquiry is underway into Sunday’s attack on a patrol boat, in which four soldiers were killed. Another three were seriously injured in the incident on the Shatt al-Arab waterway in Basra. Diplomats say it will be difficult to approach Iran for help, at the same time as pushing for sanctions against it, because of its nuclear program. But Prime Minister Tony Blair has made peace in the Middle East a key goal for his last few months in power.

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