BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 P.M.) – On Monday morning, the Syrian government announced that the preparations to reopen the Albukamal crossing with Iraq had been completed after months of construction.

Shortly after making this announcement, the Syrian military said the border crossing is open and their Iraqi counterparts have begun manning their posts.

The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) later released a video showing the border crossing for the first time:

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Sweet Robert
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Sweet Robert

Good for Syria!

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Karel Vd Geest

This is just a highway to resupply Iranian proxies and Hezbollah. Syria has nothing to export and no money to import. Neither, except for oil, has Iraq. Maybe a few goats and some wheat will cross the border now and then.

For families divided over two countries, this is great.