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Syrian Soldiers In Iraq Killed In Ambush
At least 42 Syrian soldiers and a number of Iraqis have been killed after they were attacked by unidentified gunmen
The Syrians had sought refuge in northern Iraq during clashes with rebels close to the border earlier in the week.
Iraqi authorities moved them from Nineveh province to the capital Baghdad, but were transporting them back to the Syrian border through Anbar province when the attack took place.
Armed men attacked the convoy from two sides with mortar rounds, automatic weapons and mines, according to Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Khalaf al-Dulaimi of the Iraqi border protection forces.
Eight Syrians and four Iraqis were also wounded, and three vehicles in the convoy destroyed, he added.
Ali Mussawi, a spokesman for Iraqi prime minister Nuri al Maliki, said: "This confirms our fears of the attempt of some to move the conflict to Iraq, but we will face these attempts by all sides with all of our power."
The attack came as opposition activists claimed the rebels had pushed government troops from most of the northern city of Raqqa, setting off celebrations in a central square where scores of cheering protesters tore down a bronze statue of President Bashar Assad's late father.
Photographs showed a burning guard post, men ripping down a poster of Assad and the fallen statue, while video footage posted on the internet purportedly showed an abandoned prison in the centre of the city.
Iraq's government, which is dominated by Shia Muslims like Syria's principal backer Iran, has so far not backed calls for President Assad to stand down but has called for both sides to end the violence.
Anbar province is dominated by Sunni Muslims, who also make up the majority of the rebels fighting Assad's soldiers.
However, the Syrian National Council has accused Baghdad of giving "political and intelligence support to the Syrian regime".
The United Nations estimates that more than 70,000 people have been killed and one million have fled their homes because of the conflict in Syria.
Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire has defended the decision to provide "technical assistance and non-lethal equipment" to the opposition after being summoned to the Commons to be questioned on whether greater support would aid terrorists.
"The longer the situation goes on, the greater the danger extremism takes hold, the greater the danger of destabilising neighbouring countries and the greater the extreme humanitarian distress involved," he said.
"We must do more to try and help save lives in Syria. That is why we led the way in agreeing an amendment to the EU sanctions regime to ensure that the possibility of further assistance is not closed off."
what do you think?
I wonder if uk intelligence had anything to do with it...........?
Probley the fact thay are sheia driveing through a sunni area would. Do it
Richard Head `s in our Government want to send more arms to the Syrian Terrorist`s who are already receiving arms from the Libyan conflict.