Middle East Iraqi forces retake control of border crossing with Syria from IS

Iraqi forces retake control of border crossing with Syria from IS
Iraqi Al-Waleed border crossing with Syria in the province of Anbar, western of Iraq. (Photo: Google Map)

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The Iraqi Army and Sunni tribal fighters on Saturday liberated al-Waleed border crossing into Syria which was under the control of the Islamic State (IS).

In a military statement, the Iraqi forces announced the capture of the area with the support of the US-led coalition and Iraqi air force warplanes.

Al-Waleed is located in the Iraqi province of Anbar close to al-Tanf, a strategic Syrian highway border crossing with Iraq.

Anbar is the largest province in Iraq which IS had occupied in June 2014.

Iraqi forces have liberated many of the areas in Anbar, but the insurgent group maintains control over some towns in the province, including Qaim, Rawa, and Anah.  

Since 2014, IS has lost control over most of the territories it controlled and continues to shrink as Iraqi forces have launched large-scale offensives against the militant group.

 

Editing by Karzan Sulaivany