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The Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq has sealed a critical border crossing to the US-protected and Kurdish-governed zone in northeast Syria over a violent clash between a Syrian Kurdish youth organization and Iraqi Kurdish border forces. The closure has interrupted the flow of aid to the region as northeast Syria grapples with the effects of US sanctions against the Syrian regime and of the COVID-19 pandemic, not mention its worst drought in decades. Analyst Hiwa Osman explains what is at stake.

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