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By PBS NewsHour
After months of deadlock and negotiations, Iraq's Parliament overwhelmingly approved a provincial elections law on Wednesday, giving a much-needed boost to the country's U.S.-supported reconciliation efforts.
Recent accusations by President Bush and other U.S. officials that Iran is supporting Iraqi insurgents added yet another layer to the complex web of relationships between the countries.
By Admin, PBS NewsHour
While numerous plans were proposed over recent months to break the violence gripping Iraq's capital, the fact that most of the fighting is occurring in Arab regions has elevated Arab issues, making Kurds in the North feel increasingly marginalized.
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani complained Monday that the U.S. is holding Iranians seized in a raid last week. A reporter updates the situation.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pledged to provide Iraq with whatever security is necessary to prevent its struggling neighbor from descending into civil war. Ahmadinejad made the offer during a visit Monday from Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.
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