KRG resumes Syria crude trade

After more than a month, the border has reopened for both trade and humanitarian traffic, alleviating economic pressure on a U.S. ally in the counter-IS fight.
U.S. soldiers patrol an area near Syria's northeastern Semalka border crossing with Iraqi Kurdistan on Nov. 1, 2021. (DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty)

ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA - Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has resumed oil imports from northeast Syria, resolving a diplomatic standoff that threatened an economic lifeline for the Kurdish-led administration in Rojava.

Two oil traders and two officials from the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) confirmed that oil tanker trucks are again crossing the border, and one AANES official said that a small pipeline from Syria into Iraqi Kurdistan is expected to resume operations by the end of the day Tuesday.

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