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Iranian soldiers, left, guard the closed border of Shalamcheh with Iraq, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) east of the Iraq's second-largest city of Basra, Friday, March. 21, 2003. Basra is Iraq's main seaport and lies in southern Iraq's oil-producing region. It is a mostly Shiite Muslim city; a 1991 uprising by Shiites in Basra was crushed by the Iraqi military during the Gulf War. Two portraits of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein are on the background. (AP Photo)
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