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Iraqi gunmen kill at least 40 Syrian soldiers near Anbar

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Iraqi gunmen shot dead at least 40 Syrian soldiers in the Ratba desert near the Iraqi province of Anbar, Al Arabiya correspondent reported, quoting government officials.

Six Iraqi soldiers were also killed in the attack, an Iraqi official told Al Arabiya correspondent.

The deadly incident came days after the Iraqi armed forces shelled Syrian Free Army positions inside Syria after the Syrian rebels reportedly took control of a border crossing between Iraq and Syria.

The Iraqi officials said some 65 Syrian soldiers and government officials had handed themselves over to Iraqi authorities on Friday after anti-government rebels seized the Syrian side of the Yaarabiya frontier crossing.