If you follow national security issues, you’re probably aware that American forces are fighting in Syria. But are you aware that Iraqi forces are waging war there too? A video released by the Department of Defense on July 13 shows that they are.
Coalition forces constructed Firebase Um Jorais, which is (or was) “south of Sinjar, Iraq near the border with Syria” according to subtitles in the DOD video. They then used that firebase to execute fire missions into Syria starting on June 1 and running for 34 days. There isn’t a whole lot of news in that alone. But it becomes noteworthy when you realize who those Coalition forces were: Americans and Iraqis.
So the Iraqis aren’t just continuing the ongoing war in their home country; they are at times waging war in Syria too. That’s not shocking news considering that terrorists don’t care about national boundaries. But it’s definitely something that’s worth knowing.
Right now there doesn’t seem to be any problem between Syria and Iraq based on what Iraq is doing. And there might never be. But it’s always worthwhile to keep in mind who all the players are in which country as the war(s) in the Middle East continue(s).
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