Iraq says closes borders with Syria, Iran

It will be interesting to see how this pans out.  Can US and Iraqi forces be effective at the border? 

Iraq says closes borders with Syria, Iran – Yahoo! News
BAGHDAD (Reuters) –
Iraq’s government said on Tuesday it had closed its borders with
Syria and
Iran, and extended the hours of a night curfew in Baghdad under a U.S.-backed security plan to rein in violence in the capital.

The measures ordered by Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki were announced on Iraqiya state television by Lieutenant General Abboud Qanbar, the Iraqi commander who is leading the security offensive in Baghdad.

He said the borders would be closed for 72 hours.

The measure extends Baghdad’s night vehicle curfew of 11 p.m.-6 a.m. to 8 p.m.-6 a.m. Baghdad’s international airport, which has been closed down in security operations in the past, will not be affected.

U.S. officials accuse non-Arab, Shi’ite Iran of funding and training Iraqi militants attacking U.S. forces in Iraq. American and Iraqi officials have accused Syria of not doing enough to stop alleged foreign fighters from crossing into Iraq.

On Monday bombings in popular markets in Baghdad killed at least 77 people and maimed scores.


1 Comment

  1. I see, Bush is for closing the Iraq border, but against closing the American/Mexican border. That makes a lot of sense. (If you are totally stupid).

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