Syrian Army: Arrival at Iraq Border a Turning Point in War on Terror

Government media reports forces succeeded in reaching the border northeast of Al-Tanf, the site of recent clashes between pro-Assad militias and U.S.-led coalition forces

The capture of vast swaths of the Syrian desert by government forces forms a strategic turning point in the war on terrorism, the Syrian army’s General Command said on Saturday.

“Units of the Syrian Arab Army, in cooperation with allied forces, completed on Friday evening the first stage of the military operations in the Syrian [desert] and were able to reach the border with friendly Iraq northeast of Al-Tanf,” the Command said in a statement.

The forces' arrival at the border, the statement said, was achieved after the capture of a large number of strategic points inside the desert over a 20 square km radius, won since operations first began south and east of Palmyra.

The Command added that the new advance also tightens the noose around the remaining Islamic State forces in the region and cuts off supply routes of the terror organization in several directions.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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