Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi said on Tuesday that ISIS insurgents are currently attempting to infiltrate the Syrian border into Iraq as they continue losing territories.
Speaking to reporters during a weekly press conference, Mahdi explained that the terrorists were under pressure in Syria’s Deir Ez-Zor, therefore, they considered crossing into Iraq’s western province of Anbar.
Last week, Baghdad deployed reinforcements, consisting of two army brigades, to the city of Qa'im, northwest Baghdad near the Syrian border, "in anticipation of possible ISIS attacks across the border,” an Iraqi military source said.
The procedure came a few days after ISIS militants seized control of new sites in the Syrian province of Deir el-Zor, near the border with Iraq.
The brigades were deployed close to the Syrian border to repel any probable attacks by ISIS targeting the Iraqi border, the source said.
Last Friday, ISIS launched an attack on the Syrian Democratic Forces in Deir el-Zor. Consequently, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi ordered his country's troops on Sunday to completely secure the border with Syria.
The Iraqi-Syrian border has been a concern for Baghdad for years, as it had been used to smuggle al-Qaeda terrorists to Iraq in the past, and later the ISIS militants.