Iran-Syria Operations Group dismantled. Nick Burns didn't like it:

... A senior State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press, said the group was shut down because of a widespread public perception that it was designed to enact regime change. State Department officials have said that the focus of the group, known as ISOG, was persuading the two regimes to change their behavior, not toppling them.

R. Nicholas Burns , the State Department's Under Secretary for Political Affairs, revealed in a written statement to a senator this week that the group was disbanded in March 2007 in "favor of a more standard process" of coordinating between the White House, the State Department, Defense Department, and intelligence agencies.

Burns' statement came in a written response to questions submitted by Senator Robert P. Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat.

Shortly before ISOG was shut down, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice launched a major initiative to engage Iran and Syria in a regional effort to stabilize Iraq, reversing long standing US policy against high-level contact with the countries. ....

I agree with Farah's take here. The ABC report has misled people to think the US is pursuing regime change towards Iran. I don't think that is the case.

Source: The weblog of Laura Rozen

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