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Iraqi Minister: 'Syria Fails to Control Insurgents'

Iraq's interior minister says Syria is not taking serious steps to stop insurgents from entering Iraq from its territory.

The Iraqi minister, Bayan Jabr, made the comment during an interview with the Associated Press in Turkey Monday, a day before interior ministers from Iraq and its neighbor states are scheduled to meet in Istanbul.

Mr. Jabr says he does not expect that Damascus will begin cracking down on supporters of the Iraqi insurgency anytime soon.

In Baghdad Monday, authorities say gunmen killed at least two policemen in an eastern neighborhood of the capital.

In this photograph released by the Iraqi Special Tribunal on June 13, 2005, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is seen being questioned by investigating magistrates
And a trial date is expected to be set soon for Iraq's former president, Saddam Hussein, following the filing of charges by a special tribunal appointed by the Iraqi government.

The chief investigating judge said Sunday the first charges against Saddam stem from 1982, when dozens of people were killed in a village (Dujail) where an assassination attempt had been launched against him. Further charges are expected against Saddam, who ruled Iraq for 24 years.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.