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BAGHDAD - US President George Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will meet next week to review the situation in Iraq after Syria restored ties with Baghdad.
The two leaders are due in Jordan next Wednesday as an under-pressure Bush seeks a new strategy to rein in the bloodshed in Iraq.
The meeting comes in a dramatically changed political landscape with Bush pressured by the victorious US Democrats to withdraw about 144000 troops in four to six months, while al-Maliki has been bolstered by a pledge of support from Syria. Baghdad is also expected to receive backing from former foe Iran.
Bush has steadfastly said that he will not set a timetable for a troop pull out until the daily violent shooting and bombing attacks are reduced.
US troops are engaged in security, training the local security forces and battling the brutal sectarian conflict that has killed thousands of people.
A panel headed by former secretary of state James Baker will release Iraq policy recommendations next month. It is expected to press for a direct US dialogue with Syria and Iran, something Washington has long avoided, but recently advocated by key ally London.
As Washington struggles to find new options, an increasingly assertive Baghdad on Tuesday restored diplomatic ties with Damascus 26 years after they were broken by Saddam's regime.
Iraq's Foreign Minister Hosyhar Zebari said that his government's rapprochement with Syria should convince any doubters of its independence.
On Tuesday outgoing UN chief Kofi Annan said the US was trapped in Iraq "in the sense that it cannot stay and it cannot leave". - Sapa-AFP