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Miles of Barren Desert Dotted With Smugglers, Insurgents

This is Iraq’s wild west, where for a year Marines have fought a relentless battle with insurgents and smugglers along hundreds of miles of barren desert that is the unmarked border with Syria. The action here has been overshadowed by ongoing violence in Baghdad, Mosul and in Fallouja and other cities in the so-called Sunni Triangle. Nevertheless, the Marines say their efforts to choke off the border to foreign mercenaries, jihadists and weapons smugglers have been marked by near-daily military clashes. In addition, U.S. diplomatic pressure has been brought to bear on Syria. Full Story

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