Iraqi PM Orders Security Review of Syrian Border

By: AP
By: AP
Iraqi and U.S. officials believe some of the terror fighters may be coming to Syria from Iraq.

Civilians flee from fighting after Syrian army tanks entered the northwestern city of Idlib, Syria, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. Syrian government forces renewed their assault on the rebellious city of Homs on Tuesday in what activists described as the heaviest shelling in days, as the U.N. human rights chief raised fears of civil war. (AP Photo)

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's prime minister says all intelligence or tips about weapons smuggling and insurgent travel from Iraq to Syria must be investigated -- no matter how weak the information may be.

Nouri al-Maliki on Saturday ordered a review of Iraq's 363 miles
(605 kilometers) of border with Syria to clamp down on illegal traffic between the two counties.

Last week, U.S. intelligence chief James Clapper said a series
of bombings against the Syrian regime in recent months in Damascus and Aleppo bear the hallmarks of al-Qaida.

Iraqi and U.S. officials believe some of the terror fighters may be coming to Syria from Iraq.

In a statement, al-Maliki identified weapons smuggling as a top
problem.


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