March 24, 2019

Syria, Iraq border reopening fuels fears of Iran ‘land corridor’

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: The Arab Weekly

Journalist Manuel Langendorf

A rare meeting took place in Damascus when the military chiefs of Syria, Iraq and Iran convened there.The meeting and an announcement that a border crossing between Iraq and Syria would be reopened are signs of Iran’s continued influence in the region.

Iranian Chief of Staff General Mohammad Bagheri said “terrorism poses a threat to all of us,” stressing the need to coordinate efforts to combat it.

Syrian President Bashar Assad met with the Iraqi and Iranian delegations and said on Iranian television that “Baghdad and Tehran have a common enemy, as well as a common battlefield.”

Read the full article and more in The Arab Weekly.

  • 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...