October 27, 2017

Iraqi forces clash with Kurdish troops near strategic border with Syria

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: Washington Post

Journalists Liz Sly, Tamer El-Ghobashy

Iraqi forces backed by Iranian-allied militias began an assault Thursday to reclaim more Kurdish-held territory in Iraq, advancing toward a crossing in the country’s western border region that provides the only access for U.S. military operations in northern Syria.

A protracted fight over border crossings could severely disrupt U.S. military activity in neighboring Syria. It also could strain the ability of aid organizations to provide desperately needed supplies to the nearly 300,000 civilians who fled fighting in the Syrian city of Raqqa, which U.S.-backed forces reclaimed from the Islamic State militant group this month.

The fresh assault in northern Iraq came as Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi dismissed a Kurdish offer for a cease-fire amid tensions over the Kurds’ referendum last month in favor of independence.

Read the full article in the Washington Post.

  • Nicholas Heras

    Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. He is also a Senior Analyst at the Jamestown Found...