Islamic State expected to launch attack near borders with Syria: Official

Iraqi-Jordanian borders.

Anbar ( Anbar provincial council has warned against a potential attack by Islamic State against the borders with Syria, west of Anbar province.

In remarks to the Iraqi Media News Agency, Farhan Mohamed al-Duleimi, member of the council, said, “intelligence information from Syria confirmed presence of IS members near al-BuKamal region in Syria to launch attacks against Qaim, located near Iraqi-Syrian borders.”

“The IS groups cannot control any part of the lands through the terrorist attacks, however, they prepared suicide attackers to target military units deployed on borders between Iraq and Syria,” he added.

The militants, according to Duleimi, spreaded in other locations after the Syrian Democratic Forces withdrew from some locations that they were controlling.”

Tight security measures were taken along border areas, he said, however, some Syrian regions near Anbar still endanger troops for being near to the militants.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced, in December, full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.

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

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