Iraqi army takes control of Turkey border from Kurds

Truck drivers are seen as they wait to cross the Iraqi-Turkish border at the Ibrahim al-Khalil crossing, some 475 kilometers (300 miles) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. (File photo: AP)

An Iraqi military delegation is preparing to take control of the Kurdistan region border with Syria, an Iraqi military statement said on Tuesday.

The delegation headed by the Iraqi army chief of staff, Lieutenant General Othman al-Ghanmi, is visiting the Fish-Khabur triangle formed by the Iraqi Turkish Syrian border, in northwestern Iraq, a statement from the Iraqi joint operation command in Baghdad said.

The visit aims to “control the international border” it said, mentioning Iraq’s two crossings with Turkey and Syria, respectively Ibrahim al-Khalil and Fish-Khabur.

Iraqi officials told Reuters earlier on Tuesday Iraqi customs officials took control of the Ibrahim al-Khalil main land crossing with Turkey.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50