Islamic State militants capture key Syria-Iraq border crossing

ISIS militants removing sand barrier at the Syrian-Iraqi border. File photo

ARA News 

Dohuk, Iraqi Kurdistan – On Friday, militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) captured a key crossing at the Syrian-Iraqi border. 

The militants seized al-Wadi crossing on the Damascus-Baghdad highway. It was the last crossing at the Iraqi borders in hands of the Syrian regime forces. 

The radical group is currently in control of most of Syria-Iraq border crossings, except Tel Kocher (Yaroubiyah) which submits to the control of the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG). 

This advance by the group comes despite nearly eight months of airstrikes by the U.S.-led international coalition’s warplanes. 

Capturing al-Wadi crossing will further facilitate the group’s movement between areas of control in Syria and Iraq and help in sending military reinforcements to its militants across both countries. 


Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri

Source: ARA News 


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