In what the Syrian Army General Command called a “turning point” in the conflict, the Syrian army and allied forces reached the border with Iraq on Friday, where for the last several weeks they have attempted to link up with allied fighters in the neighboring country.
“This achievement constitutes a strategic turning point in the war on terror and a base for expanding the military operation in the desert and across the borders with Iraq and to tighten the noose on what’s left of the IS terror groups,” the General Command said in a statement.
The statement also spoke of the risks of continued attacks by the U.S. and U.S.-trained rebels on Syrian military positions, warning they hinder advances against the Islamic State.
On three separate occasions in the last 30 days, American warplanes struck Syrian-allied militias maneuvering near the border crossing in the town of al-Tanf. This time, the fighters avoided the U.S.-held area near the town and successfully reached the border with Iraq.
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