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Damascus allows Iraq to meet ISIL targets in Syria: state media | Syrian news



Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has given Iraqi forces permission to attack ISIL targets in his country without waiting for permission from the authorities in Damascus, the Syrian state news agency SANA said.

Development Equals Both Neighbors Both are allied with Iran and working to coordinate their fight against rival groups over a planned US military withdrawal from Syria.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levante Group declared a caliphate in 2014 after conquering large parts of Syria and Iraq, its de facto capital in the Syrian city of Raqqa.

However, the group has since lost all its strongholds and the vast majority of its controlled area, though thousands of armed members are believed to remain in a state of war Syria.

Iraqi fighter jets and artillery have in the past beaten ISIL positions in Syria after they received the green light from the Syrian authorities.

The group was defeated in Iraq but still owns a small area in Syria near the Iraqi border.

On Saturday, al-Assad received a letter from Iraqi Prime Minister Abdul-Mahdi calling for coordination between the two countries in the "fight against terrorism," SANA said.

President Donald Trump announced earlier this month that the US will withdraw all of its 2,000 armed forces in Syria.

The US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Armed Forces, which fought on the frontline in the fight against the ISIL, have expressed concerns that the US intends to withdraw the armed forces led to the revival of the armed group, saying that they has not yet been defeated in Syria.

The SDF said the fight against the group was at a "crucial" stage, calling for even more support from the US-led coalition against it.

Economic Agreement

Irrespective of this, Iran and Syria signed a long-term strategic and economic agreement on Sunday, as the war in the latter extended.

The Syrian news agency SANA quoted the Syrian Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Mohammed Samer Al-Khalil, who signed the agreement, said the deal involves "full cooperation at the financial and bank levels".

Al-Khalil said that "priority in rebuilding Syria will be given to Iranian public and private companies," according to the SANA report.

The Syrian government estimates that the reconstruction of the war-torn country will cost around $ 200 billion over the past 1

5 years.

Iran and Russia have been the mainstays of the al-Assad government since the crisis began almost eight years ago.

The Syrian government, with the help of Iran and Russia, has gained control of much of the country, and some Arab countries, including the oil-rich United Arab Emirates, have reopened their embassies to Damascus.


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