Syrian troops and allied forces fighting ISIL have reportedly reached the Iraqi border for the first time since 2015, advancing close to a strategic area that has been at the centre of tensions between Damascus and Washington.
State news agency SANA, citing a military source, said that "army units in cooperation with allies managed to arrive at the border ... with Iraq" on Friday, and "set up positions in an area northeast of At-Tanf".
"What you're seeing now ... is the cutting off of access of coalition-led efforts to push north," Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Gaziantep on the Turkish-Syrian border, said. "Russia has been very helpful [in resolving these latest tensions] and I think that the calm we see today is largely due to their efforts," spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said on Friday.
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