Five attempts by Islamic State to approach Iraqi-Iranian borders repulsed

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Diyala ( Five attempts by Islamic State members to approach the Iraqi-Iranian borders were foiled, a security source from Diyala said on Sunday.

Speaking to Baghdad Today website, the source said “security troops in Diyala managed to repel five attempts by Islamic State to approach the Iraqi-Iranian borders.”

The borders, according to the source, “are under high security measures from Diyala side.”

The borders between the two countries stretch for more than 200 kilometers from Diyala side. Huge amounts of landmines exist there.

Earlier today, a Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper quoted Pakistani sources as saying that Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi moved to Afghanistan via Iranian territories

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016.

In December, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014.

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