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Syria starts freight train service to Iraq

world Updated: May 31, 2009 23:43 IST

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Syria has launched a freight train service to Iraq, official media said on Sunday, despite political differences between the two neighbours.

The 1,430 km (894 mile) line between the Syrian port of Tartous on the Mediterranean and Baghdad was inaugurated on Saturday with a journey time of at least 72 hours but at half the cost of road transport, al-Thawra newspaper said.

Syria, which hosts hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees, had hoped to become a main transit hub to Iraq and played that role briefly after the 2003 US invasion.