BAGHDAD (AP) - An Iraqi army general says rebels have killed 21 Syrian border guards in clashes near the nation's northern border with Iraq.
Iraqi Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Dulaimi says the fighting happened at a remote outpost near the Sinjar mountain range.
He said 20 Syrian soldiers and their commander were killed.
The clashes came as rebels also overtook a major Syrian border crossing father south, near the Iraqi town of Qaim.
Al-Dulaimi said Iraqi forces have been put on high alert, and have moved more soldiers to the border to prevent any violence from spilling over into Iraq.
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