Every day, more than a thousand Iraqis risk their lives on a nightmarish journey from Baghdad to crowded, chaotic border crossings into Syria. Ambushes, murders, roadside bombs and kidnappings are common hazards along the 340-mile road "Highway From Hell."
Since Jordan effectively closed its border in January , Syria is the No. 1 destination for refugees. And since the U.S. effort to secure Baghdad has made the road marginally safer in the last month, more desperate Iraqis are attempting to use it to make their escape.