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At Tense Syria-Iraq Border, American Forces Are Battling Insurgents Every Day

Villagers in this tiny hamlet on the Syrian-Iraqi border no longer wait for the call to prayer to mark the end of the daily fast for Ramadan. Instead, sundown arrives in tandem with an eruption of mortar rounds and gunfire between Iraqi insurgents and the American forces stationed next door. “Even before the muezzin cries out ‘God is great!’ we start hearing the bombs and shelling,” said Fayad al-Hussein, the owner of a one-story house with an unexploded mortar round in his front yard and a view of the American flag flapping over a small base some two hundred yards away in the Iraqi town of Al Qaim. “Now, just 10 minutes before the call to prayer, we gather all the children into the house, because we are pretty sure there will be a firefight just as soon as the iftar starts,” he added, using the Arabic word for the sunset meal. Full Story

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