The Iraqi military has dug a 140 km long trench on the border with Syria, a spokesman for the Iraqi Joint Operations told the Sputnik news agency on March 17.
Maj. Gen. Tahseen al-Khafaji said that the trench is meant to stop ISIS cells from moving across the border line between Iraq and Syria.
“The Iraqi-Syrian border are 610 km long, the unfortified part of it is approximately 220 km held by Peshmerga forces in the Kurdistan region, and now, through the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Water Resources and the Popular Mobilization Units, we are working to close this part,” the spokesman said. “So far, we have been able to cover approximately 140 km by digging a trench with the depth of 3 meters and the width of 3 meters.”
According to the spokesman, a barbed wire fence and a network of towers equipped with optical surveillance systems, which were provided by the US-led coalition, were also deployed along the border with Syria.
Maj. Gen. al-Khafaji confirmed that the Iraqi military coordinates with all sides in Syria, especially government forces, in order to counter ISIS threat.
“We have important coordination with the Syrian side on this matter through the Quadruple Security Center located in the Ministry of Defense, which includes Russia, Syria and Iran in addition to Iraq,” the spokesman said.
The spokesman revealed that ISIS cells infiltrate the border between Iraq and Syria through the desert and a chain of mountains. In a recent attack on the border, the terrorists killed a soldier of the Iraqi Border Guards’ 6th Brigade.
ISIS has been working to expand its influence along the Syrian-Iraqi border for a while now. However, the terrorist group is not making any progress thanks to the efforts of Iraqi and Syrian forces.
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