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The Iranian side of the border crossing looked much better than the Iraqi side. The change reminded me of the United States; crossing a county or state line, the difference in government hits like a bolt, as one road goes from pot-holed and trash-strewn to smooth-sailing and litter-free greenery. At the Iraq-Iran southern crossing, there were big electrical lines on the Iranian side which supply electricity to the Iraqi border crossing. Both the Iraqis and the British told me that the actual border was at the middle of a bridge just a few minutes’ walk in front of us, but that the Iranians had pushed their flag over the bridge and in fact, it was flying just near the Iraq crossing, close to the Iraqi flag.

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