By*Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
As the United States enacts sanctions on Iran, Iran is increasing*its influence in Iraq with plans for a railway that could work around US restrictions.
The*state-owned*Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (RAI) revealed details Nov. 12*about its project to build a railway connecting*Iran’s Shalamcheh border crossing*to the*port of Basra*in southeast*Iraq.
Maziar Yazdani,*RAI’s deputy head of infrastructure and technical affairs,*said the Shalamcheh-Basra leg of the project will require only 20 miles of new track at a cost of about $52,000.*With the new addition, the rail system will span Iraq to reach Syria’s Mediterranean port city of Latakia.
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