US to Attend Regional Conference on Iraq with Iran, Syria

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The Iraq Study Group led by James Baker and Lee Hamilton urged a regional conference with all Iraq's neighbors, but the Bush Administration rejected the idea.  Yesterday, the Bush Administration announced a major policy change.  Secretary of State Rice told a Senate committee that Iraq has invited Iran and Syria to such a meeting--and that the US will attend.  Could that lead to diplomacy on other issues?  Michael Hirsh is Senior Editor for Newsweek magazine.




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