US-backed Iraqi and Kurdish-led Syrian forces are “coordinating” security against remaining Islamic State (IS) contingents along Syria’s northeastern border with Iraq, Kurdish military sources told Syria Direct on Monday.

Commanders from both the Iraqi army and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) met on Sunday within the border zone between northeastern Syria and neighbouring Iraq to “consult on coordinating” border security amid IS’s waning presence there, SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali told Syria Direct. He called it “the first meeting of its kind” between the two forces.

We look forward to better relations with all those in our proximity.”

– Mustafa Bali, SDF spokesman