Syria says wants more Iraqi coordination in Islamic State fight

Damascus wants more coordination with Baghdad to combat Islamic State fighters who control land in both countries, Syria’s foreign minister said on Wednesday, days after the group seized a border crossing and overran a central Syrian city. Islamic State seized al-Tanf border crossing with Iraq last week and has taken over the desert city of Palmyra, the first time the group has captured a large population centre directly from the Syrian military. Though Damascus and Baghdad share a close relationship with Shi’ite Islamist Iran, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem’s comments indicated Damascus was not happy with the level of Iraqi cooperation in the fight against Islamic State.



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