Syrian army forces repel Islamic State attack coming from Iraqi borders

Iraqi-Jordanian borders.

Baghdad ( Syrian army forces have repelled an Islamic State attack launched by militants who infiltrated from the Iraqi borders, Syrian media channels reported on Sunday.

“Militants from IS attempted infiltration into al-Hasrat, al-Shaafa villages in al-Bu kamal region. The troops managed to eliminate them,” the Syrian news agency SANA said.

“Confrontations occurred between army forces and militants who sneaked from the Iraqi-Syrian borders to al-Shaafa village, on the eastern bank of Euphrates,” the report said adding that the clashes left the militants killed and injured.

Moreover, army forces foiled an infiltration attempt into al-Hasrat village, north of al-Bu Kamal, killing most of the militants.

In December, army forces announced full control on the Euphrates basin, after eliminating militants at Deir az-Zour and al-Mayadin cities.

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 end of war against IS members. However, 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.

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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