The Iraqi authorities announced on Monday, September 30, that the Qaim border crossing with Syria will reopen for travel and trade. Located in Anbar province, the border crossing point was only open for government and military traffic since 2011. Alleged airstrikes have recently targeted bases belonging to the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in the town of Albu Kamal on the Syrian side of the border, heightening the tensions in the area.
Travel and trade are expected to resume through Qaim over the coming days. A heightened security presence is expected to remain in place. According to media reports the PMF Shi'ite militias are expected to secure the crossing on the Iraqi side.
Located in the Abar province, the town of Qaim was recaptured from the Islamic State (IS) in November 2017. It borders the Syrian town of Albu Kamal, which was also an Islamic State stronghold. The crossing is a strategic economic point for both countries.
Individuals in the abovementioned areas are advised to monitor developments, refrain from border crossing along the Iraqi-Syrian border, and adhere to all orders issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
The security environment in Iraq remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.
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