BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – Iraq’s Hashd Al-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilization Units) forces have taken control over the Albukamal-Qa’im Crossing, Hezbollah’s official media wing reported tonight.

Hashd Al-Sha’abi will patrol the border and prevent any potential terrorists from fleeing Iraq for the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor.

With the Iraqi Armed Forces storming the last Islamic State (ISIS) last stronghold in the Al-Anbar Governorate, Al-Rawa, the aforementioned terrorist group will attempt to escape to the large patch of territory they control in Deir Ezzor.

The Syrian Arab Army will do their part to clear the Islamic State’s Deir Ezzor pocket, but they will need to ensure that the border is secured and that is where the Iraqi Armed Forces come in.

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We were told that the border crossing had been secured by the Syrian army two days ago. What happened in these past two days? Also, what is the status of al-Bukamal? Is is under the Syrian government forces or not?

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I suspect the Syrian government is letting the Iraqi forces manage the border crossing for a time, while the latter’s military assets are used elsewhere like Al Bukamal.