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Iraq opens border points in Iran

Published 18/02/2007

Iraq reopened border crossings with Iran today after a three-day closure that

coincided with the launch of a major security push in Baghdad.

The key Shalamcha border point, about 35 miles east of the southern city of

Basra, was cleared of blockades along with others along the long frontier with

Iran, said the director of border operations, Brigadier General Rahdi Karim


It is widely believed that Iraqi militants receive aid and supplies from Iran,

including parts for lethal roadside bombs targeting US forces. Iran denies any

role in trafficking weapons.

The Iranian and Syrian borders were closed as the security operation got under

way in Baghdad. A spokesman for the plan said the borders would be reopened

gradually but remain under "intense observations."

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