BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister says all intelligence or tips about weapons smuggling and insurgent travel from Iraq to Syria must be investigated — no matter how weak the information may be.
Nouri al-Maliki on Saturday ordered a review of Iraq's 363 miles (605 kilometers) of border with Syria to clamp down on illegal traffic between the two counties.
Last week, U.S. intelligence chief James Clapper said a series of bombings against the Syrian regime in recent months in Damascus and Aleppo bear the hallmarks of al-Qaida. Iraqi and U.S. officials believe some of the terror fighters may be coming to Syria from Iraq.
In a statement, al-Maliki identified weapons smuggling as a top problem.