Iraq premier warns of weapons smuggled from Syria

7:51 PM, Aug 17, 2013   |    comments
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BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's prime minister says weapons and fighters flowing into Syria are ending up in Iraq, contributing to the spiraling violence in his country.

More than 3,000 people have died in violence across Iraq during the past few months.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (NOO'-ree ahl-MAHL'-ih-kee) says weapons that some countries are providing to the Syrian rebels and foreign fighters attempting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad are being smuggled into Iraq.

Iraqi border guards frequently clash with militants and smugglers who are attempting to move across the borders.

Officials say nine soldiers have been killed in three attacks today. They also say attackers detonated explosives on a key oil pipeline yesterday, disrupting crude oil exports.

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