Iraqi security officials say Sunni militants have seized a Syrian border crossing after killing some 30 Iraqi troops in a day of clashes.
The officials said on Saturday, that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and allied militants seized the crossing near the border town of Qaim, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) west of Baghdad, after battling Iraqi troops throughout the previous day. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media.
Sunni militants have carved out a large swath of territory astride the Iraqi-Syrian border and seized Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, earlier this month.
Militants have long traveled back and forth across the porous border, but the control of crossings allows them to more easily move weapons and heavy equipment to different battlefields.