View of Rabia's eastern side.
Rabia (ربيعة) is Iraqi city near the border crossing between Iraq and Syria located opposite to the Syrian city of Al-Yarubiyah. Both cities are inhabited by the Shammar Arab tribe. Rabia is located on the road between Al-Shadadi, Syria and Mosul, Iraq. The border crossing was closed during the Iraq troop surge operation in 2007. It opened again in June 2009 after increased security in Western Ninewa Province. During the Syrian civil war (October, 2014) Western newspapermen reported on fighting at Rabia between jihadists and Kurdish Peshmerga. 
The city's primary economic sector is illegal smuggling, though there are legitimate freight and human migration between Syria and Iraq. Migrants are scanned using retina scanning technology.
In August 2003, Syria inaugurated the Rabia railway station. It was announced that there would be two goods' trains a week, with a passenger service to follow. As of October 2009, the passenger train was arriving at the Rabiyah station on Wednesday afternoons in the direction of Damascus and on Saturday mornings in the direction of Mosul.  The standard gauge railway line from Rabia, part of the Baghdad Railway, is linked to Baghdad via Mosul. The town has been under Kurdish control since June 2014.
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