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Former enemies Iran and Iraq say they will launch broad military co-operation including training Iraqi armed forces.
"It's a new chapter in our relations with Iraq," said Iranian Defence Minister Admiral Ali Shamkhani.
He was speaking at a joint news conference in Tehran with his Iraqi counterpart Saadoun al-Dulaimi.
Relations between the neighbours - who fought a bitter war from 1980 to 1988 - have improved greatly since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003.
This is the first visit to Iran by an Iraqi military delegation since the war, in which a million people died, started.
"We have come to our Iranian brothers to ask them for help
The promise of co-operation comes despite repeated accusations by the US - which has about 140,000 troops in Iraq - that Iran has been undermining security there.
"No one can prevent us from reaching an agreement," Mr Shamkhani said when asked about possible US opposition.
as posted by sanctum
Is Iran just asking for more trouble (sucker punch), or is Iraq really that desperate?
I can't believe this could happen in the future because of the ramifactions politically in the 'west'.