U.S. Marines prepare to build a military site in western Anbar, Iraq. The US' newest outpost is in this dusty corner of western Iraq near the border with Syria where several hundred American Marines operate close to the battlefront. (AP/Khalid Mohammed)
Iraq

In Shifting War, US Scrambles to Established Outposts in Western Iraq

The vast empty deserts of western Syria and Iraq are soon to be the new frontline of the ongoing conflict, with US forces scrambling to establish a military presence in the region.