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    Iran has increased support for militia groups in Iraq in recent months, the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad has said. Ryan Crocker spoke after meeting his Iranian counterpart for rare talks on Iraq’s security crisis, only the second direct meeting in almost three decades. Washington blames Tehran for fomenting violence in Iraq, while the Iranians are demanding the U.S. withdraws troops. But the U.S. and Iran did agree to form a security committee, with Iraq, to focus on containing Sunni insurgents. The committee would concentrate on the threat from groups such as al-Qaeda in Iraq, officials said, but not those militia groups the U.S. accuses Iran of funding and training. (BBC)

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