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Syria says ready to fight 'terror' alongside US

Published on Aug 26, 2014 11:43 AM

BAGHDAD (AFP) - Syria said it was ready to work with the United States to fight "terrorism" as the UN accused jihadists in Iraq of "ethnic and religious cleansing".

The United States is poised to send spy planes into Syria to track militants, preparing the way for possible air strikes against jihadists there, a senior US official said, as the most senior US military officer warned they will soon threaten America and Europe.

The White House, however, said President Barack Obama had so far made no decision on whether to launch air strikes on Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria.

Syria, locked in a civil war with various rebel groups including IS since March 2011, said for the first time that it would work with the international community, including the United States, to tackle the Islamist problem. But Foreign Minister Walid Muallem insisted at a news conference that any strikes on Syrian territory must be coordinated with the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

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