05 Mar '13, 3am

48 Syrian, 9 Iraqi soldiers killed in western Iraq ambush on March 4

The fighting in Syria is beginning to spill over into western Iraq. Earlier today, 48 Syrian and nine Iraqi soldiers were killed in an ambush in Iraq's western province of Anbar. From Al Jazeera : The soldiers crossed into Iraq from the Yaarabiya border crossing, the scene of heavy fighting on Saturday between rebels and troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, said Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Khalaf al-Dulaimi of the border protection forces on Monday. Ali Mussawi, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's spokesman, said the ambush "confirms our fears of the attempt of some to move the conflict to Iraq, but we will face these attempts by all sides with all of our power". The defence ministry said in an online statement that the ambush was carried out "by a terrorist group that infiltrated into Iraqi territory coming from Syria," and put the death toll at 48 Syrian soldiers and n...

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