Al Waleed border crossing
|Al Waleed border crossing
نقطة الوليد الحدودية العراقية
|Carries||Pedestrians, vehicles, containers|
|Locale|| Al-Tanf, Syria
Al Waleed, Iraq
|Official name||Al Waleed border crossing|
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. 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. In August 2016, the BBC published photographs taken in June that year, 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.
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