Syria, Iraq open border crossing along Euphrates river after Daesh defeat

Syria, Iraq open border crossing along Euphrates river after Daesh defeat
# 30 September 2019 13:29 (UTC +04:00)

The opening of the border crossing, scheduled for noon local time (09:00 GMT), will be attended by a number of officials from both countries. Afterwards, civilian cars and trucks will be allowed to move freely, APA reports citing Sputnik.

Syria and Iraq have completed all preparations needed to reopen the border checkpoint between the towns of Al Bukamal and Qaim, a major crossing point that has been closed for years following the defeat of Daesh*.

This checkpoint and two others — between Iraq's Al Walid and Syria's At Tanf, and Iraq's Rabia and Syria's Al-Yarubiyah — were closed between 2013 and 2014 after Daesh terrorists gained control over them.

Daesh is a terrorist organisation that sought to establish a religious caliphate led according to jihadist principles over the entire Muslim world; it was substantially defeated by Kurdish forces aided by an international coalition, losing almost all of its previously-held territory in Iraq and Syria by March 2019.

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