Norwegian force deployed to Syria-Iraq border crossing

Norwegian force deployed to Syria-Iraq border crossing
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SULAIMANI – A Norwegian force has been deployed to Al Tanf border crossing in Syria on the border with Iraq, an Iraqi commander said on Saturday (May 20).

Iraqi commander, Shakir Obeid, told NRT Arabic that the Coalition forces have given the protection of the Syrian side of the border crossing to the Norwegian force, after ISIS were expelled from the border crossing.

The Iraqi side of the crossing is known in Iraq as Al Waleed.

The commander added that the Al Waleed border crossing is currently under the control of the Iraqi army and federal police in the west of Anbar province.

“ISIS militants are still 50 kilometers north of the border crossing. The Iraqi army and federal police have been deployed to confront any ISIS movements in the area,” Obeid continued.

Al Waleed border crossing is one of several crossings between Iraq and Syria, and is under the control of the Iraqi Ministry of Interior. 

The Iraqi forces recently thwarted an ISIS attack on the crossing after the militants launched an attack on April 9.

Related, in a statement on Thursday (May 18), Coalition forces said they had struck pro-regime forces which were advancing inside an established de-conflict zone northwest of Al Tanf in Syria.

The move posed a threat to U.S. and Coalition forces in Al Tanf, the statement read.

“This action was taken after apparent Russian attempts to dissuade Syrian pro-regime government south towards At Tanf [Al Tanf] were unsuccessful, a coalition aircraft show of force, and the firing of warning shots.”

According to the statement, the Coalition forces have been in the Al Tanf area for many months training and advising vetted partner forces battling the ISIS militants.

“The agreed upon de-confliction zone agreement remains in effect.”

(NRT)