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Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's prime minister says his government is on high alert ahead of a possible military strike on neighboring Syria.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki made the comments during a weekly televised address Wednesday that mainly focused on the civil war in the neighboring country.

He says Iraqi security forces and other government institutions are on high alert to protect against any domestic consequences of a possible Western-led military action in Syria.

Iraq's government has an official neutral stance on the civil war raging across its border and has long called for a negotiated political settlement to the conflict.

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