Iraq and Syria Sign Joint Security Cooperation Memorandum to Combat Terrorism and Crime

Iraq and Syria signed a joint security cooperation memorandum to combat terrorism, drug trafficking, and organized crime. The agreement includes provisions for border control, extradition of suspects, and efforts against money laundering.

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Iraq and Syria Sign Joint Security Cooperation Memorandum to Combat Terrorism and Crime

Iraq and Syria Sign Joint Security Cooperation Memorandum to Combat Terrorism and Crime

On Sunday, Iraqi Interior Minister Abdul Amir al-Shammari and his Syrian counterpart, Maj. Gen. Mohammad al-Rahmoun, signed a joint security cooperation memorandum in Baghdad aimed at combating terrorism, drug trafficking, and other criminal activities. The memorandum includes provisions for cooperation in key areas such as border control, extradition of suspects, and efforts against organized crime and money laundering.

Why this matters: The joint security cooperation between Iraq and Syria has significant implications for regional stability and the global fight against terrorism. Effective collaboration between the two countries can lead to a reduction in terrorist activities and drug trafficking, ultimately enhancing security for citizens in the region and beyond.

Both ministers stressed the importance of regional collaboration in the fight against terrorism and criminal activities. Al-Rahmoun noted that "a security cooperation memorandum had been signed to collaborate in combating terrorism, drug trafficking, human trafficking, cyber security, as well as in rehabilitation and training to enforce the law." The two countries have successfully worked together in the past to dismantle drug trafficking networks and intercept drug shipments.

Iraq and Syria share a 600 km border that has been a conduit for smuggling and infiltration by terrorist groups like ISIS. In 2019, Iraq announced plans to build a security fence along the Syrian border to prevent cross-border attacks and smuggling. The two countries have faced significant challenges from terrorism, with ISIS seizing large swaths of territory in both Iraq and Syria in 2014.

The joint memorandum comes as Iraq and Syria seek to boost cooperation on security issues. Al-Rahmoun announced that a comprehensive regional cooperation meeting will be held in Baghdad in July 2024 to further strengthen collaboration. "Combating drug trafficking cannot be achieved by one party alone," he emphasized, underscoring the need for a united front.

The signing of the joint security cooperation memorandum between Iraq and Syria marks an important step in regional efforts to combat terrorism, drug trafficking, and organized crime. As the two countries work to implement the agreement and convene a broader regional meeting in the coming months, the focus will be on translating the provisions into tangible results and enhanced security coordination.

Key Takeaways

  • Iraq and Syria signed a joint security cooperation memorandum to combat terrorism, drug trafficking, and organized crime.
  • The agreement includes provisions for border control, extradition of suspects, and efforts against money laundering.
  • The countries share a 600 km border that has been a conduit for smuggling and terrorist infiltration.
  • A comprehensive regional cooperation meeting will be held in Baghdad in July 2024 to strengthen collaboration.
  • The agreement aims to enhance security coordination and reduce terrorist activities and drug trafficking in the region.