BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – Earlier this week, an Iraqi official revealed to the Sputnik News Agency that Baghdad is preparing to reopen the Al-Qa’im crossing with Syria.

This agreement by Baghdad and Damascus will see the first official crossing that links Syria and Iraq since the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) defeat.

However, the reopening of the Al-Qa’im crossing is not only good news for the Syrian and Iraqi governments, but it is also a major victory for Iran, who has plans to build a railroad from Tehran to Beirut.

It has been no secret that Iran sees the border city of Albukamal as a key fixture to their future land bridge that links Iraq and Syria.

The reopening of the crossing will also allow the governments of Iraq, Iran, and Syria to use the international highway, which has been closed since the emergence of the Islamic State.

In the long-run, the international highway could help Iran evade the Western-led blockade of their oil to Syria, especially given the latest seizure of their Grace 1 tanker off the coast Gibraltar.

 

 

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Ilya Ilyayev

Great strategic move by Iran and a consolidation of the Shia Crescent. Iran should move more military assets to Syria easily now and also create a military infrastructure in eastern Syria. The top priority now should be to liberate eastern Euphrates and rest of Syria from US sponsored terrorists and then move on to Golan.

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Beware of A-10, F-15E and AC-130 😉

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Go tell that to the UK that expected an Alpha Strike on Iran following their counter-seizure of their tanker lol. If things were that simple, those A-10, F-15E and AC-130 would have done the job in Albukamal itself and solved their problem years ago already. Still, so far, no-thinnnng. Waaake uuup. Realityyy cheeeck. Also beware of non-Syrian and Vladimir-immune IADS along the (very) long way, too 🙂 Anyway the closer you’ll get to motherland Iran, the bigger the problem becomes for those birds, so far away from tiny home : Iran practically owns places, bases and neighborhoods in Iraq. We’re… Read more »

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Karel Vd Geest

Likely IS will close it next month.