Daesh seizes last government-controlled border crossing between Syria, Iraq

Published May 21st, 2015 - 11:25 GMT

Several officials confirmed Daesh (ISIS) has taken control of the last border crossing between Syria and Iraq controlled by government forces, Reuters reported Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the siege in the Homs province, about 150 miles from Palmyra, occurred after security forces withdrew from both Syria's al-Tanf and Iraq's al-Waleed crossing. It's unclear exactly when Daesh claimed the crossing. 

One border crossing between the two countries in northeastern Syria is still controlled by Kurdish YPG forces. Daesh sieged the crossing between Syrian province Deir al-Zor and Iraq's Anbar province.

The militants declared achieving a "caliphate" across borders in the territory they control in Syria and Iraq. 


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