Al Waleed border crossing

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Coordinates: 33°26′00″N 38°56′15″E / 33.4332°N 38.9374°E / 33.4332; 38.9374

Al Waleed border crossing
نقطة الوليد الحدودية العراقية
Carries Pedestrians, vehicles, containers
Locale Syria Al-Tanf, Syria
Iraq Al Waleed, Iraq
Official name Al Waleed border crossing
Maintained by  Iraq
Iraq Syria Locator.svg

Al Waleed border crossing (Arabic: نقطة الوليد الحدودية العراقية‎‎, also spelled al-Walid), known in Syria as al-Tanf is one of 3 official border crossings between Syria and Iraq.[1] Al Waleed is located in the Ar-Rutba District of the Al Anbar Governorate, close to the westernmost point of Iraq. It serves as the main border checkpoint on the highway between Damascus and Baghdad. The al-Tanf checkpoint is on the Syrian side of the border, in Homs province. The Al-Waleed Palestinian refugee camp is nearby.

In May 2015, the Islamic State militants captured the checkpoint, thus obtaining control over the full length of the Iraq-Syria border. In early August 2016, the Iraqi checkpoint was recaptured by pro-government Iraqi tribal militias backed by the U.S.-led forces.[2][3] In August 2016, the BBC published photographs taken in June that year,[4] which it said showed British special forces soldiers apparently guarding the perimeter of the New Syrian Army's base, at al-Tanf in Syria's Homs province.

In 2017, the United States had a "special forces" base at Al-Tanf.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Syrian border crossings". September 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Shia militia with international coalition liberate Waleed along Syrian border". 
  3. ^ "Iraqi tribal militia seizes strategic border area from Daesh". 
  4. ^ Sommerville, Quentin (8 August 2016). "UK special forces pictured on the ground in Syria". BBC. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Woody, Christopher (11 April 2017). "ISIS fighters got inside the wire during a hellish firefight with US Special Ops in Syria". Business Insider. Archived from the original on 13 April 2017. 
  6. ^ Dickstein, Corey (10 April 2017). "US forces help repel ISIS attack on southern Syrian base". Stars and Stripes. Archived from the original on 13 April 2017.