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Iraq and Syria reopens major border crossing after Daesh defeat

Syrian and Iraqi authorities have re-opened a major border crossing between the two countries, which was seized by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in 2014.

The border crossing, which lies on a vital highway connecting Baghdad and Damascus, opened to people and goods on Monday.

Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi authorized the re-opening of the al-Qa’im border crossing with Syria after both countries managed to restore security to the region.

The crossing connects the town of al-Qa’im in Iraq to the Syrian city of Bukamal in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr Province.

Al-Qa’im and Bukamal lie on a strategic supply route, the crossing between them had only been open to military traffic.

The opening of the border crossing comes as both Syrian and Iraqi governments have mostly purged their countries of terrorist.

Daesh unleashed a campaign of death and destruction in Iraq and Syria in 2014, overrunning vast swathes in lightning attacks. Iraqi army soldiers and allied fighters then launched operations to eliminate the terror outfit and retake lost territory.

In December 2017, Iraq declared the end of the anti-Daesh campaign. The group’s remnants, though, keep staging sporadic attacks across Iraq.

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