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Iraq, Syria Reopen Qaim Border Crossing

Iraq, Syria Reopen Qaim Border Crossing

Monday, 30 September, 2019 - 10:30
A view of the Iraqi-Syrian borders at the al-Qaim border crossing, after being reopened for travelers and trade in Anbar province, in Qaim, Iraq September 30, 2019. (Reuters)

Iraq and Syria reopened on Monday the al-Qaim border crossing.

Located on a vital highway that connects Baghdad and Damascus, the crossing was seized by the ISIS terrorist group in 2014.

The opening of the crossing between the Iraqi town of Qaim and Syria's al-Boukamal is expected to strengthen trade between the two countries.

The crossing was closed in 2012 due to the war in Syria.

Qaim and al-Boukamal were controlled by ISIS until 2017, when Syrian and Iraqi troops captured the towns from the extremist.

The group's territorial defeat was announced in Syria earlier this year.

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