" ... fighters from the Iraqi paramilitary, Hashd Al-Sha’abi (trans. Popular Mobilization Units), entered Syria from Iraq’s Al-Anbar Governorate, members of this group reported last night.
According to these fighters from Hashd Al-Sha’abi, they entered Syria to block the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from taking the border-city of Albukamal in Deir Ezzor’s southeastern coun
While Al-Masdar cannot confirm these claims at the moment, there is a large IRGC and Hezbollah presence near the Iraqi border; it is believed Hashd Al-Sha’abi is coordinating with these groups to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) at Albukamal.
The Iraqi Armed Forces liberated the border-city of Al-Qa’im on Friday, ending the Islamic State’s long reign over this imperative crossing that links Iraq’s Al-Anbar Governorate and Syria’s Deir Ezzor. AMN
Israel is pushing the US hard in the matter of highway border crossings from Syria into Iraq. The Israelis very much want to prevent the establishment of a viable Iran to Syria ground transportation link. There are two major crossings. One is south of Al- tanf . The US has not removed its client forces from that route. The other is at the Al-bukamel/Al-qaim crossing on the road from Deir al-Zor to Baghdad.
In evidence of the futile direction of US policy the Shia Iraqi government is cooperating with the SAG to block US/SDF access to that crossing point.
This must be driving Natanyahu crazy. It is probably related to Saad Hariri's resignation from exile in Saudi Arabia. pl