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Iraqi and tribal troops capture Iraqi-Syrian crossing from ISIS

Saturday, June 17, 2017 7:19
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DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. June 17, 2017, 5:12 PM (IDT)

The Iraqi army and Sunni tribal fighters have captured the al-Waleed border crossing into Syria from the Islamic State, an Iraqi military statement said on Saturday. The US and Iraqi air forces took part in the operation.
DEBKAfile’s military sources rate this operation of high importance because: -
1. It provides hinterland in Iraq for the US-led coalition-held Tanf border crossing in the Syrian-Iraqi-Jordanian border triangle, which controls the Baghdad-Damascus highway.

2. The Iraqi force jumped the gun on the Syrian-pro-Iranian militia-Hizballah columns that was pushing towrds the Waleed crossing.

3. It exposed Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi’s Janus stance in the contest for control of this border. Iraqi ground and air units have supported the Iran-directed Syrian force’s takeover of crossings in the border’s northern Syrian section, whereas in the south, Iraqi forces have now given support to the US-led garrison standing in Iran’s path at Al-Tanf.

Our unique angle on these subjects – and strong intelligence dimension – has earned DEBKAfile a global reputation and a steady readership – which skyrockets in times of crisis.


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