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Border calm precarious as Iraq's Anbar revives, slowly

An airstrike on militias raises tension across the border in Syria, while Qaim, Iraq, is reviving gradually after years of being under control of terrorist groups.

QAIM, Iraq — Cross-border artillery shelling still shakes the Anbar province border city of Qaim at night, as fighting continues against Islamic State (IS) pockets north of the Euphrates River in Syria.

When still-unidentified aircraft struck a base June 17 used by Shiite militias consisting mostly of Iraqi fighters in al-Heri, south of the Euphrates in Syrian regime-held territory, the dozens of dead and wounded fighters were taken across the border into Iraq to the sole functioning hospital in Qaim, still under rehabilitation.

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