Iraq and Syria Open Border Crossing, Easing Travel for Iranian Militias to Lebanon and Israel's Border

(AP-New York Times) Iraq and Syria on Monday opened a key border crossing linking the Iraqi town of Qaim and Syria's Boukamal that had been closed since 2012 during Syria's civil war and the battle against Islamic State. The move allows Iran-backed militias in Iraq easier access to eastern Syria. Omar Abu Laila, a Europe-based Syrian activist, said, "The opening of the crossing will be a means for Iranians, Shiite militia and Hizbullah to boost their activities."

2019-10-02 00:00:00

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