Prim Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government ordered the Iraq border with Syria closed on Tuesday to aid a massive military operation hunting for al-Qaeda and militant hideouts in the western desert of Iraq.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Maliki has been a strong supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and reports suggested that his government was facilitating the transfer of Iranian arms to Syria.
Iraq has experienced some spillover from the violence in Syrian, with many Jihadists returning back from Syrian well-armed and trained and carrying out deadly attacks across Iraq, which this operation is aiming to stop.
Violence in Iraq has reached a level not seen since 2008, when Iraq was just emerging from a brutal period of sectarian killings.
More than 6,650 people have been killed in Iraq since the beginning of the year, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources.
(Source: Al Arabiya News)
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