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article imageIraq to close borders to Iran, Syria

By bobSP     Feb 13, 2007 in World
The Iraqi government has stated that they will close their borders to Iran and Syria in an attempt to cut the violence within the nation. Recent findings of Iranian bombs, guns, and anti-aircraft weapons seem to have sparked this move.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's US-backed security plan was announced by the Lieutenant General, Abboud Qanbar, on Iraqi State television.
The border will be closed for 72 hours in order to put in place the new security measures. He did not say when this closure would take place.
The new security measure would also change the Baghdad night vehicle curfew: from 11pm to 6am to 8pm to 6am. The official also noted that contrary to past curfew changes, the Baghdad international airport will not be affected.
These new measures come as more and more evidence of Iranian made (and possibly supplied) weapons coming into the hands of Iraqi terrorist groups. Syria has been criticized by the US and Iraqi leaders for "not doing enough to stop alleged foreign fighters from crossing into Iraq."
This announcement comes just one day after bombs rocked Iraqi trading squares, killing 77 and injuring many others.
For those of us who have been following, this has been a long time coming, and it's about time. The death toll for their civilians has been reaching epidemic proportions. Reports of Tens of thousands of people being killed each year as a result of groups using roadside bombs, suicide bombs, or, if they didn't have those, just bullets and AKs.
Hopefully these new measures will provide the spark towards safety this nation so desperately needs.
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