US may soon break Iran taboo with new military discussions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The pursuit of peace in Syria may require the United States and Iran to break new ground in their increasingly comfortable diplomatic relationship, propelled by last year’s nuclear accord and their more recent prisoner swap. Another taboo could be shattered soon: Military discussions.

Iran may be just one of 17 countries invited to the first gathering Friday of a task force the US and Russia are leading to forge a temporary truce in Syria’s civil war. But for the Obama administration, Iran is like no other country at the table.

Washington considers Tehran the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. And American officials have long insisted they will not cooperate militarily with an Iranian government that has deployed troops to help keep Syrian President Bashar Assad in power and which continues to fund and arm US-designated terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

Administration officials insist Iran’s presence at the talks does not mean the two countries are “cooperating or coordinating” on military matters.

Yet the ceasefire discussion in Geneva is intrinsically military. And it could put the US delegation in Geneva in the uncomfortable position of poring over battlefield maps with members of Iran’s military or its Revolutionary Guards Corps.

Full article: US may soon break Iran taboo with new military discussions (The Times of Israel)

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