…from Southfront

[ Editor’s Note: This was a long time coming, but many hurdles were put in the way, not the least of which Israeli airstrikes on the military bases needed to secure this economic choke point.

Trucks passing through might find themselves playing IED roulette, with jihadis laying bombs at night to “discourage” commercial traffic. We know that Syria and its allies have not devoted enough resources to clearing them completely out, as they can be re-infiltrated.

Death can come instantly on Syria’s highways

And then we have the problem of suicide bomber trucks taking out the crossing. How are the authorities going to defend against that? Where will the money come from for the high tech equipment needed?

I am assuming that there will be screening positions for trucks and vehicles prior to their actually going through the border checkpoint, but alas, we have not had an on-the-scene video report.

When is that last time we have seen an American journalist reporting live from the ISIS PoW camp run by the SDF in Deir Ezzor? Who has seen one doing a video report with an American commander there?

Who in the US, including the veterans’ orgs, has been protesting the complete blackout on reporting in the US-occupied areas in Syria? Jim W. Dean ]

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Iraq’s PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi

– First published … September 28, 2019

After months of hesitations and delays, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi have officially approved the reopening of the al-Qa’im border crossing with Syria.

Head of Iraq’s Border Ports Commission (BPM) announced on Saturday the official decision saying that the reopening will take place next Monday.

“The [al-Qa’im] crossing is ready for passenger traffic and also for commercial exchange,” Kazem Mohammed Baisam Al-Oqabi said in a statement, hoping that the reopening of the crossing will help improve relations between Iraq and Syria.

The al-Qa’im border crossing, which was liberated from ISIS in 2017, was supposed to be reopened earlier this month. However, the reopening was delayed several times due to technical problems and security issues.

On September 9, Israeli warplanes struck an alleged Iranian missile site southwest of the crossing. The attack was repeated on September 18 and supposedly on September 27.

The reopening of the al-Qa’im crossing is expected to boost the trade between Syria and Iraq, which would have a positive impact on the economic situation in both countries.

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