Jordan opens crossing with Iraq, makes nice with Syria
Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:33:39
Jordan is trying to close the chapter on almost 10 years of economic sluggishness that began with the 2007/08 global financial crisis and was exacerbated by the political turbulence of the so-called Arab Spring that erupted in 2011 and whose reverberations continue to be felt across the Middle East. In this regard, Amman and Baghdad celebrated the reopening of the only land crossing between their two countries on Aug. 30, two years after it was closed due to the Islamic State’s (IS) gaining control of most of Anbar province on the Iraqi side. Isis fighters had attacked the border crossing a number of times over the past two years.