Iraqi troops tighten grip on Syrian borders to curb terrorist infiltration

Iraqi-Jordanian borders.

Baghdad ( – Iraqi border guards have tightened their grip on the country’s borders with Syria to curb infiltration of terrorists between the two countries.

According to the National Iraqi News Agency, the Iraqi forces set up an iron fence on the Iraqi-Syrian borders where surveillance cameras will be installed to control the borderline.

The Iraqi news agency further reported that a barbed-wire wall and concrete towers will be established on the borders between the two countries to eliminate the threat of terrorist groups there.

The Iraqi-Syrian borders are under the control of joint troops of military and border guards.

In December, Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring the end of war against Islamic State members. However, the militant group continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.

Thousands of IS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led international coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

The Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria. Later on, the group has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it.

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