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Los Angeles native Staff Sgt. A.J. Lyons, 29, of the Border Transition Team, watches over to make sure cars are safe for passage through the checkpoint at Iraq’s Syrian border on Thursday.

Frank Salamone, a customs and border officer from New York, talks to a boy named Wisam about his Yankee ball cap. Wisam was selling soda pop in Rabiyah.

Iraqi border patrol, made up of Iraqi personnel with augmentation from the U.S. forces, talk to travelers going through the border with Syria last week and make sure their credentials are in order.

The Border Patrol examines passports, such as these, to make sure terrorists don’t sneak through at the border.

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