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Iraq says on high alert for expected strike on Syria

BAGHDAD - Iraq has put its security forces on high alert ahead of an expected international strike on Syria, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Wednesday.
"All political and security powers in Baghdad, the provinces and all over Iraq, announce the highest level of alert," he said in a weekly televised statement which focused mainly on Syria.
Western powers are weighing up options for possible military strikes against Syria following a suspected chemical weapons attack on a Damascus suburb last week that killed hundreds of civilians.
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