Iraq officially takes over management of border crossing with Syria

An Iraqi border sign in Anbar.

Baghdad ( Iraqi said Friday it officially took over the administration of a border crossing with Syria after Iraqi troops seized it from Kurdish forces.

A statement from Khadim al-Aqabi, head of the Iraqi border crossings department, quoted by NRTTV, said efforts were underway t rehabilitate the Rabia border crossing to return it into service.

Iraqi government forces took over Rabia  border crossing with Syria on Wednesday as they seek to impose control over border posts held by Kurdish forces.

He said the takeover came as forces had previously deployed in Rabia region.

Iraqi government forces took over Kurdish-held regions in Diyala and Nineveh earlier this month as per an operation carried out to implement directives by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi who ordered to “impose security” at territories disputed on with Kurdistan Region. The operation came as a response to a referendum Kurdistan Region ran in September and came in favor of secession from Iraq.

Earlier this month, Iraqi forces took over government facilities and main oil fields in Kirkuk as part of the operation. Sporadic clashes were reported between Iraqi troops and Popular Mobilization Forces on one side, and Kurdish Peshmerga troops on the other side.


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