Iran to host summit with Iraq and Syria.

“Iran has invited the Iraqi and Syrian presidents to Tehran for a weekend summit with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to hash out ways to cooperate in curbing the runaway violence that has taken Iraq to the verge of civil war and threatens to spread through the region,” the Associated Press reports. “Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has accepted the invitation and will fly to the Iranian capital Saturday.” The move is “a display of [Iran’s] increasingly muscular role in the Middle East, where it already has established deep influence over Syria and Lebanon.”