Syria and Iraq have reached a new agreement that will improve security coordination between the two countries against terrorist groups, especially ISIS, the al-Mayadeen TV reported on December 30.
According to the Lebanese TV channel, the agreement will allow both countries to carry out strikes against terrorist targets inside each other’s territory without waiting for permission.
The Iraqi Air Force (IrAF) carried out a series of airstrikes on ISIS positions in eastern Syria over the last few months. The most recent airstrikes, on December 11, targeted two headquarters of the terrorist group in the Syrian part of the Euphrates River Valley. 44 terrorists were killed.
These airstrikes are usually coordinated through the Russian-Iranian-Syrian-Iraqi Information Center in the Baghdad. However, this process takes some time.
The new Syrian-Iraqi agreement comes amid the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria. Local observers believe that the two Middle Eastern countries will have more freedom to coordinate against ISIS and other terrorist organizations once American troops are gone.