Militants seize Iraq border post, kill 30 troops

Volunteers in the newly formed "Peace Brigades" participate in a parade near the Imam Ali shrine in the southern holy Shiite city of Najaf, Iraq, Friday, June 20, 2014, after calls by the radical Shiite cleric Muqtatda al-Sadr, seen in the poster, to form brigades to protect Shiite holy shrines agai

Iraqi security officials say Sunni militants have seized a Syrian border crossing after killing some 30 Iraqi troops in a day of clashes.

The officials said Saturday that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and allied militants seized the crossing near the border town of Qaim, about 320 kilometres west of Baghdad, after battling Iraqi troops throughout the previous day.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media.

Sunni militants have carved out a large swath of territory astride the Iraqi-Syrian border and seized Iraq's second largest city Mosul earlier this month.

Militants have long travelled back and forth across the porous border, but the control of crossings allows them to more easily move weapons and heavy equipment to different battlefields.

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  1. clint posted on 06/21/2014 09:12 AM
    Release the Drones !
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