In Iraq, U.S.-backed Iraqi troops on 12 September continued efforts to take control of Tal Afar. U.S. and Iraqi officials say the town near the Syrian border has been a staging post for foreign fighters from Syria.
On 12 September, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar al-Zebari reiterated accusations that Syria is allowing insurgents to penetrate Iraq from its territory, and said its neighbor is playing a "dangerous game."
Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, said U.S. "patience is running out with Syria" and that "all options are on the table."
Syria has denied the accusations in the past.
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