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As yet unidentified gunmen have killed at least 40 Syrian soldiers and government employees who were being taken to the Syrian border by Iraqi authorities, according to Reuters.
They were fleeing into Iraq from a Syrian rebel attack last week, Iraqi officials said.
A convoy carrying Syrians was ambushed in Iraq's western province of Anbar, where thousands of Iraqi Sunnis have been protesting daily for more than two months against the Shi'ite-led government and the perceived marginalisation of their sect.
The Iraqi officials said some 65 Syrian soldiers and government employees had handed themselves over to Iraq on Friday after anti-government rebels seized the Syrian side of the Yaarabiya frontier crossing.
Gunmen killed at least 40 Syrian soldiers and Syrian government employees in the Iraqi province of Anbar, Iraqi officials told Reuters.