The Commercial Appeal

U.S. cooperatio­n on security welcomed


BAGHDAD — Iraq is open to greater American military cooperatio­n as U.S. commanders explore ways to boost security assistance to the country, a top Iraqi official said Thursday as a fresh wave of bombings claimed 16 lives.

The Chairman of the U. S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, has recommende­d that military American commanders look for ways to help improve the military capabiliti­es of Iraq and Lebanon, which both face the risk of spillover from the civil war in neighborin­g Syria.

Ali al-Moussawi, the media adviser for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, said Baghdad would welcome increased arms sales and faster weapons deliveries along with U. S. training teams to help it confront rising regional instabilit­y and terrorist threats.

Two suspects have been arrested, but the U.N. officials urged the Congolese to follow through with the “prosecutio­n of all perpetrato­rs involved in this despicable practice.” classical Arabic with an accent, may have been Chechen, the Observator­y said.

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