Syria and Iraq Tighten Ties

(Newsday) - Hundreds of Iraqis sell goods on the streets of Damascus, their presence a signal of how dramatically relations have improved. Trade is booming after border controls were eased two years ago. From almost zero, Syrian exports to Iraq reached $1 billion last year. Western officials and oil analysts say Syria is importing about 150,000 barrels a day of Iraqi oil in contravention of UN sanctions. Syria's oil exports have soared without any commensurate increase in domestic production.

2002-11-20 00:00:00

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