Iraq and Syria border guards embrace each other during the opening ceremony of the crossing. Photo: AP

Iraq and Syria open border crossing closed since 2012

  • The opening of the crossing linking the Iraqi town of Qaim and Syria’s Boukamal is expected to strengthen trade between the two Arab countries
  • But it also a boost to Iran’s influence in the region, allowing Iran-backed militias in Iraq easier access to eastern Syria
Topic |   Iraq

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Iraq and Syria border guards embrace each other during the opening ceremony of the crossing. Photo: AP
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