Iraqi foreign minister in Syria for talks

Iraq's foreign minister is visiting Syria for the first time since a cross-border US raid on a Syrian village last month. Minister Hoshyar Zebari will discuss a US-Iraqi security pact that would see US troops in Iraq for three more years. Syria has been critical of the draft deal. Syria says eight civilians were killed in the October 26 raid by helicopter-borne US troops who crossed into Syria from Iraq. American officials say the raid targeted a top al-Qaida figure. Zebari arrived in the Syrian capital Tuesday and will meet with President Bashar Assad Wednesday. He's expected to try to ease Syria's concerns over the proposed Iraqi-US security pact. Syria and Iran have urged the Iraqis to reject the deal.