Al Jazeera: Iraq-Syria border passages controlled by armed men

6/18/2014 10:40:27 AM

Iraq-Syria border region

Iraq-Syria border region

Al Jazeera TV: Informed sources said in the city of Qaem, the most western region of Iraq, armed men have taken control of a large number of Iraqi-Syria border towns. Eyewitnesses say army forces evacuated the area a few days ago and handed over the control of the Qaem border passage to the local police, who showed no resistance against the armed men’s attacks.
Taking control over these areas gives the armed groups more maneuver ability. Furthermore, a large area from the Albu Kamal passage to Syria, facing the city of Qaem, is no longer under the control of the Iraqi government.

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