Baghdad (TNA) – Iraq has begun building a fence along its border with Syria in order to stop Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) militants crossing into the country, an Iraqi border guards spokesman said.
“Ten days ago we started to set up a barbed wire security fence with surveillance towers along the border with Syria,” Anwar Hamid Nayef, a spokesman in Iraq’s Anbar province, said, AFP reported.
The frontier barrier includes a six-meter-wide trench and involves thermal cameras and drones scanning the border for militants attempting to cross from Syria.
Baghdad declared victory over Daesh at the end of last year, but the terror group holds pockets of territory in the vast deserts of eastern Syria and maintains its ability to strike inside Iraq.
The new fence so far runs for 20 kilometers north from the area around the border town of Al-Qaim, which Iraqi forces retook from Daesh in November.
In total, the frontier stretches for some 600 kilometers.
Border spokesman Nayef said that experts from Baghdad’s Defense Ministry and a so-called anti-Daesh coalition spearheaded by the United States would come “to evaluate the effectiveness of the fence.”
“If they approve the installations, we will continue along the whole border with Syria,” he said.
In a sign of the continuing menace it poses to Iraq, the bodies of eight captives executed by Daesh were this week found along a highway north of Baghdad.
In a bid to combat the Takfiri militants, Iraqi forces have carried out a series of air strikes against Daesh inside Syria.
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