Al-Qaeda in Syria causing violence in Iraq, minister says

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The rising influence of al-Qaeda and Islamist militants in Syria is leading to violence in neighbouring Iraq, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said, dpa reported.

"Al-Qaeda, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, are now present and attacking in our country's western governorates," Zebari said at the Syrian peace conference in Switzerland.

"We call on the government and the opposition to take advantage of this historic opportunity and end this cycle of violence for the higher interest of the Syrian people and the region," Zebari.

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