Heavy Fighting for Desert Base at Syria Border

(New York Times) Out of sight of television cameras, some of the heaviest fighting in Iraq has been raging for nearly three weeks near the town of Qaim on the Syrian border, where American Green Berets and British commandos have been attacking units of Iraq's Special Republican Guard and Special Security Services. The Qaim area, 200 miles northwest of Baghdad along the route from the Iraqi capital to Syria, was a launching point for Iraqi ballistic missile attacks during the 1991 Persian Gulf war. It was also identified by American officials as a possible site for any effort to revive Iraq's nuclear weapons program.

2003-04-11 00:00:00

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