Qaim-Al-bukamal crossing between Iraq-Syria officially opened

Qaim-Al-Bukamal crossing between Iraq and Syria was officially opened on Monday for the first time since 2014, for goods and passengers.

"All arrangements have been made to reopen Al-Bukamal crossing with Iraq," the official SANA news agency said.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi agreed to open Al-Qaim border crossing with Syria on Monday.

Qaim crossing, once controlled by ISIS mercenaries, is located in western Anbar province and was liberated in November 2017, but its reopening was postponed several times because pro-Iranian groups in Syria were attacked by unidentified aircraft.

Iraq shares with Syria three main crossings, with different names on both sides, namely Qaim from the Iraqi side, which corresponds to Al-Bukamal from the Syrian side, and Walid from Iraq, and Al-Tanf on the Syrian side, and Rabia crossing from the Iraqi side, which corresponds to Tal Kojer Yarubia in Syria.

The three crossings were closed after ISIS took control between 2013 and 2014.

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