U.S.-backed Syrian forces, Iraqi army coordinate at border - SDF

U.S.-backed Syrian forces, Iraqi army coordinate at border - SDF
Mon Dec 11, 2017 14:28:49

U.S.-backed militias in Syria said they have set up a joint military centre with the Iraqi army to protect their common border region after ousting Isis.

(reuters) -- Commanders of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, met with Iraqi military leaders on Sunday. They "discussed protecting the Syrian-Iraqi border in the region adjacent to Deir ezzor province, and how to finally eradicate Daesh mercenaries there," the SDF said in a statement.

"The two sides decided to form a joint coordination centre to guarantee the security of the border," it said.

Last week, the SDF declared victory in its assault against Isis militants in Syria's Deir ezzor, which borders Iraq. The offensive focused on seizing territory east of the Euphrates river that bisects the oil-rich province.

The Kurdish-led SDF has been battling for months with the help of jets and special forces from the U.S.-led coalition.

On the other side, Iraqi forces recaptured the last swathes of territory still under Isis control along the border with Syria on Saturday and secured the western desert. It marked the end of the war against the militants, three years after they had captured about a third of Iraq's territory.

(File photo: reuters)

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