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Iraqi army general: Syrian rebels have taken over a border crossing in western Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) ¯¯¯ An Iraqi army general says Syrian rebels have taken over a border crossing in western Iraq.
Army Brig. General Qassim al-Dulaimi said about a half-dozen gunmen ordered Syrian border guards to leave their posts Thursday at the crossing near the Iraqi town of Qaim.
Al-Dulaimi said the rebels did not cross into Iraq. But he said Iraqi forces have been put on high alert and have moved more soldiers to the area because he said the Syrian government has lost control of the border.
Al-Dulaimi did not know if rebels had taken over the other three major border crossings between Iraq and Syria. Most of the border between the two nations is unmarked and porus.
Qaim is located about 320 kilometers (200 miles) west of Baghdad.