Iraq: Syrian rebels took only 1 border crossing

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An Iraqi refugee who has just returned from Syria handles his family's luggage in the Mansour neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, July 20, 2012. Iraq has flown hundreds of its citizens out of Damascus to escape the civil war in Syria, an official said Friday, while thousands of Iraqis poured through a major border crossing despite rebel takeovers of Syrian government posts and escalating violence near the two nations’ boundaries. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's government spokesman says Syrian rebels are controlling one major border crossing between the two counties, but three others are remain in the hands of the Syrian regime and are processing thousands of Iraqi migrants fleeing their neighbor's civil war.

Spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh on Friday refuted earlier reports that rebels had seized all four major border crossings between Syria and Iraq.

The reported border seizures were widely feared to be the first major sign of Syria's civil war spilling over into Iraq.

Al-Dabbagh said rebels are at the crossing near the Iraqi town of Qaim, located 320 kilometers (200 miles) west of Baghdad.

But he said the Syrian government was still in control at open border crossings in al-Walid, Rabiya and in Iraqi Kurdistan.