Iraq and United States Held Historical Talks

Iran and the United States held talks for the first time in 27 years. The historic talks aimed at ending the violence in Iraq.

For the first time in nearly 30 years, Iran and the United States sat across from each other in high level talks. Described as businesslike and agreeable, they focused on bringing stability to Iraq.

"We're going to want to wait and see, not what is said next, but what happens next on the ground," said Ryan Crocker, U.S. ambassador to Iraq.

The United States accuses Iran of pumping in money and weapons to Iraq, which ended up killing U.S. and Iraqi troops. Iran denies the charge and in turn, accuses the United States of occupying Iraq and causing the instability. Iraqi officials in attendance said what was agreed to by both sides is ending the ongoing violence.

They both agreed that there is one enemy for the 3 countries, Iraq, Iran and America and that is terrorism.

Underscoring the seriousness of the meeting, a car bomb in a Baghdad commercial district killed nearly two dozen civilians. The blast damaged a nearby mosque that is considered one of the holiest shrines for Sunni Muslims.

And later in the day in Baghdad, a second car bomb exploded in another marketplace killing three more people. In this first diplomatic meeting since the Iran hostage crisis in 1979, there were no concrete answers. But the fact that it happened at all was heralded by lawmakers.

Adding urgency, the U.S. military said eight U.S. troops were killed May 28 in an attack that included the shoot-down of a helicopter. May is now the deadliest month for U.S. troops so far this year.


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