Iraqi troops deploy in key border crossings between US-backed forces in Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan region

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.