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US: Syria Has Improved Iraq Border Security

A senior U.S. official says Syria has improved security along its border with Iraq but adds it must do more to stop Iraqi insurgents crossing illegally.

Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage spoke to reporters in Damascus Sunday after meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

He praised Syria for making real improvements in border security but added "we all need to do more." He repeated U.S. claims that members of Saddam Hussein's ousted regime are "going back and forth from Syria" into Iraq.

Mr. Armitage is on a five-day trip to the region for talks on helping Iraq prepare for January 30 elections.

He visited northern Iraq on Saturday, and will also make stops in Jordan and Turkey.

Some information provided by AP and AFP.