A Syrian security officer stands at the Syrian-Iraqi border at Abu Kamal.
A Syrian security officer stands at the Syrian-Iraqi border of Abu Kamal on November 6, 2004, about 600 km ( 73 miles) northwest of Damascus, while four American troops watch movements from across the border. American troops closed the border gate from the Iraqi side on Thursday, Syrian officials said. The United States has accused Damascus of not doing enough to control its side of the border with Iraq, allowing foreign fighters to enter Iraq. Picture taken November 6, 2004. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri KH/GB