Iraqi Troops Deploy In Key Border Crossings Between US-backed Forces In Syria And Iraqi Kurdistan Region

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The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraq Federal Government has reportedly reached an agreement over the border crossings of Faysh Khabur and Ibrahim al-Khalil. According to the agreement, troops of both the Federal Government and the KRG will be stationed there.

So, Baghdad will be able to monitor the traffic between the KRG and Turkey as well as between the KRG and a part of Syria controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). With this move the Iraqi government has significantly increased its capabilities to influence the US-led coalition’s ability to provide a direct supplies to the SDF in northern Syria.

Since October 16, the Iraqi Army and other government formations like the Federal Police and the Popular Mobilization Units have regained about 14,000 km2 from KRG forces in northern Iraq.

Iraqi Troops Deploy In Key Border Crossings Between US-backed Forces In Syria And Iraqi Kurdistan Region

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  • eric zweistein

    Baghdad will take complete control of all Iraqi border crossings in due time.

  • Ronald

    Including the KRG in the border crossings is a possibly fatal error . Borders are federal , not provincial.

    • χρηστος

      they are just ‘helping’ nothing more….just an excuse for their own people….orelse barzani would be in deep trouble.

  • Garga

    Then we need more info and confirmed report regarding joint administration of border crossings, because Iraq’s PM Al-Abadi said today: “There will be no joint administration of border-crossings; these will be controlled by the federal government”
    He also said “Dialogue with Kurdistan region can only be based on Iraq’s constitution & after the referendum’s result is annulled”.

    So this report seems strange to me, who is the source?

    • MeMadMax

      Same thing different wordings because of the language barrier.

      In other words its like this: “The kurds will DO as we say or ELSE”.

      Thats all you need to know.

      • χρηστος

        exactly….there may be KPG fighters there to ‘help’ the iraqis….just help nothing more…help is welcome

    • You can call me Al

      Remember the Kurds are not united in the beliefs, large swathes of them want to remain as an automatous part if Iraq ……and didn’t even join the referendum – so I would guess that these are the patriotic Iraqi Kurds, better know as the goody Kurds, just assisting and nothing more.

    • Pave Way IV

      Disputed areas: Al-Abadi announced yesterday in his weekly that Iraq now has forces in all disputed areas, referring to anything post-2003. He announced his intention last Friday to station Iraqi troops at all border crossings, especially Fish Khabur and al-Khalil and reiterated yesterday that they will all be under federal control. [from Andadolu (in Arabic) via Daesh Daily].

      Secretary General of the Ministry of Peshmerga, Jabbar Yawar, also said yesterday that there were a series of meetings between military delegations of the Kurdish region and the Iraqi military ‘supervised’ by the US coalition. Those military delegations did come to an agreement on a joint military presence in the disputed areas, but couldn’t agree on the border crossing issue. More meetings were planned. Note that this was only an agreement between military delegations.

      In yet another related event yesterday, the Iraqi Parliament voted on the wording of a resolution prohibiting Peshmerga from establishing any security facilities in the post-2003 disputed territories. The resolution specifies that the only security posts and presence permitted in those areas will be Iraqi forces. No idea when the Iraqi Parliament will vote on the resolution, and there’s still the issue of enforcement. But, if approved, the resolution will override any agreements the military delegations reached. [Anadolu via Daesh Daily

      For border crossings, you have the military delegations without any agreement (but the US said the Coalition is willing to man them!), Al-Abadi’s stated intent to have them under control of Iraq, and some random videos of a convoy of Iraqi troops supposedly going to the border crossings. Yesterday, an Iraqi delegation did visit Fish Khabur and al-Kalil headed by the Iraqi Army Chief of Staff. The Peshmerga commander confirmed yesterday that there are currently no Iraqi troops stationed at the border crossings but the Iraq military and Peshmerga ‘were on the same page’. Not sure what that meant besides they’re still talking about it.

  • as

    Good calls Iraq.

  • Rodger

    Seeing how well these different groups of Kurds work together they might be actually be doing them a favor.

  • Rob

    It means that area is not fully liberated. Moreover what about the remaining border between Turkey and Iraq and between Iran and Iraq that should also need to be liberated.

  • χρηστος

    Iraq is throwing a bone to barzani…..presence in the border crossing means nothing really.stand and watch role. the significant presence of iraqs is the point. barzani tells his people he controls lands ,borders everything but his role will decome just decorative . if the Kurds hold on to their pre-war privileges will be a miracle.

    • You can call me Al

      NO – these are the other lot that did not want a referendum and hate Barzani.

      • χρηστος

        indeed but barzani is the main problem.his forces attacked iraqi convoys and destroyed precious equipment deployed for the bttle against ISIS

        • You can call me Al

          You are clever aren’t you ?, you suddenly mix two arguments into one. I’ll need to watch out for that next time.

          But yes, you are right, to a discussion that we did not have.

          Gotcha….!!!

          next time, cheers.

          • χρηστος

            cant really say i totally understood you but ok…..

    • Solomon Krupacek
  • You can call me Al

    I have commented on the article below, so now I need to add a personal comment …. look at the top right of the above map” ………. BATMAN has come to help…..whahahahaha.

    You miserable lot, I thought it was amusing.