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Sat Jun 17, 2017, 07:36 AM

Iraqi forces remove Islamic State fighters from vicinity of U.S. base in Syria

Source: Reuters

Sat Jun 17, 2017 | 6:27am EDT

The Iraqi army and Sunni tribal fighters have dislodged Islamic State from the al-Waleed border crossing into Syria, an Iraqi military statement said on Saturday.

The capture of al-Waleed removes Islamic State fighters from the vicinity of a U.S. base located on the other side of the border, in Syrian territory. Aircraft from the U.S.-led coalition and the Iraqi air force took part in the operation, the statement said.

Al-Waleed is close to Tanf, a strategic Syrian border crossing with Iraq on the Baghdad-Damascus highway, where U.S. forces have assisted Syrian rebels trying to recapture territory from Islamic State.

U.S. forces have been based at Tanf since last year, in effect preventing Iranian-backed forces supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from receiving heavy weaponry from Iran by using the main highway between Iraq and Syria.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-syria-idUSKBN19807Y?il=0


"U.S. base in Syria" are four words I DON'T LIKE HEARING!

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Response to Doug the Dem (Original post)

Sat Jun 17, 2017, 09:37 AM

1. They are trying to stop Iranian expansion in the region

That particular area is critical because Iran wants to open a road that connects Hezbollah in Lebanon to Iran via Iraq. Iran is the issue here.

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Sat Jun 17, 2017, 10:34 AM

2. +1

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