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Iraqi Minister Says Syria Wants Democracy to Fail in Iraq


Iraq's foreign minister says Syria is refusing to stop insurgents and foreign fighters from entering Iraq.

Hoshyar Zebari told the Associated Press Thursday Syria and other authoritarian governments in the region are frightened of Iraq's efforts to build a democratic nation in the heart of the Middle East and want to see it fail.

The Iraqi foreign minister said these governments are not helping stem the flow of foreign fighters and weapons into Iraq, despite pledges to do so.

Syria's U.N. Ambassador Fayssal Mekdad insisted Wednesday that his country has been cooperating with Iraq by deploying 10,000 troops on the border, erecting barriers and arresting hundreds of potential infiltrators.

Earlier this month, President Bush said Syria faces growing international isolation because of what he calls its failure to stop fighters from crossing its border into Iraq.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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