On August 6, Syrian and Iraqi forces conducted a joint meeting in the area of al-Bukamal border crossing on the Iraqi-Syrian border. The Syrian authorities have been conducting active construction works in the area ahead of its reopening.
The US-Israeli-led alliance sees the strengthening links between Syria and Iraq as a threat to its interests because it will allegedly will mark the creation of a ground link between Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Nonetheless, the reopening of the crossing is just a formal part and the link has been for a long time established.
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