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Al-Qaim

  • US forces took the town of al-Qaim on the Syrian border after two weeks of fierce fighting, towards the end of the conflict

  • In the area around the town, special forces fought what the US military described as "substantial" Iraqi forces, which included elements of the Special Republican Guard

  • Al-Qaim is suspected of harbouring weapons of mass destruction - although no traces of illicit weapons have been found so far

  • Al-Qaim lies on the shortest route from Iraq to Syria, and US officials have speculated that Iraqi leaders may have fled that way, although Syrian officials have denied that any senior Iraqi leaders have sought refuge in their country
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