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BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:40 A.M.) – Iranian and Iraqi forces have transported huge numbers of troops and heavy weapons into Syria via a key highway that links Baghdad to the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor according to opposition sources.

Several days ago, opposition sources reported that forces of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units moved large convoys of men and military equipment into Syria via the Al-Qaim, Abu Kamal crossing point.

No explanation or pretext for why Iran and Iraq may have sent forces into Syria has been provided.

Several weeks ago, Syrian pro-government forces secured a key stretch of highway along the western shore of the Euphrates connecting the city of Deir Ezzor (itself being linked to Damascus) to the Iraqi capital of Baghdad after a series of major battle against the ISIS terrorist group.

As a result of taking control of the strategic highway, Syrian and Iraqi forces (to which Iran is an ally of both) have opened up a much-needed land corridor between their two counties – something which was absent for many years following the rise of ISIS.

The newly established land route serves to greatly increase the transnational mobility of Syrian and Iraqi government-led anti-ISIS forces should such action be required.

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Given israeli threats and ameriKKKan/Kurdish treachery, this can only be a good and very welcome thing.

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How big is the Iranian & Iraqi Force….are they to be used against the Americans & SDF?

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The most immediate need in this area is improving the defense of the road along the right bank of Euphratus against ISIS lightning attacks and letting the elite Syrian forces concentrate on fronts in western Syria. SDF is amenable to deals and can be dealt with slowly, a show of force and cooperation may help later.