Middle East

Border Signs Rare In Kurdish Region Of Iraq, Iran

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State media in Iran report authorities are holding three Americans, after they crossed into Iranian territory illegally while backpacking in the Kurdish region that straddles the border of Iran and Iraq.

Writer Cesar Soriano visited northern Iraq last year for the 2009 edition of Lonely Planet's Middle East guide.

He tells Linda Wertheimer the area where the Americans were hiking doesn't have a real border — there's no fence, there's no border patrol and there are no signs.



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