Iraq’s national security adviser briefed Syrian President Bashar Assad on efforts to counter ISIS Tuesday, Syrian state media reported, the first such meeting since the United States launched airstrikes on the radical group in Iraq.

The United States and other Western governments have dismissed the idea of cooperating with Syria in the fight against ISIS, which has seized large areas of both Iraq and Syria. Western governments see Assad as part of the problem and say he must leave power.

Faleh al-Fayad, the Iraqi official, “put Assad in the picture of the latest developments in Iraq and the efforts that the Iraqi government and people are making to combat the terrorists”, the Syrian state news agency SANA reported. […]