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Iraq deploys 20,000 personnel in Anbar to watch borders with Syria: Source


Iraq has deployed around 20,000 troops in Qaim city, west of Anbar, to prevent infiltration of ISIS members and watch common borders with Syria, a military source said.

“Over the past three days, insurgents began to approach near the Iraqi borders to flee the killing by the Syrian Democratic Forces,” the source said.


“Iraqi troops have orders to immediately open fire against whoever approaches the borders.”

The source went on saying that the deployed personnel did not leave their military sites for three days fearing infiltration of militants from Syria.

Last month, news reports mentioned that Iraq and Syria held talks on reopening l-Hasiba border crossing, which links al-Boukamal in Syria's Deir ez-Zor province with al-Qaim in Iraq's Anbar. It was used as a strategic crossing for ISIS militants through the conflict.

ISIS are still targeted by Iraqi forces on both sides of the border in coordination with Syria, where the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by the support of the US-led Coalition, have pushed the extremists in a small pocket, east of Euphrates.

Last Modified: Monday، 04 March 2019 12:20 PM