Political analyst says, “If Iraq gets involved in the Syria conflict, it will be the beginning of a major armed sectarian explosion.”

March 5, 2013

The killing of 48 Syrian soldiers in neighbouring Iraq threatens to entangle Baghdad in Syria’s civil war, a conflict in which it has sought to remain neutral.

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A convoy carrying wounded Syrian soldiers was ambushed as it passed through Iraq’s western Anbar province on Monday en route to the Syrian border, where they were to be returned through “official channels,” the Iraqi defence ministry said.

Nine Iraqi guards were also killed, the ministry added.

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