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Iraq builds 650km border fence with Syria

Iraqi forces gather near the crossing between Syria and Iraq on 1 November 2018 [MOADH AL-DULAIMI/AFP/Getty Images]
Iraqi forces gather near the crossing between Syria and Iraq on 1 November 2018 [MOADH AL-DULAIMI/AFP/Getty Images]

The Iraqi army today announced that it has built a 650-kilometre border fence with Syria including barbed wire and watchtowers to prevent terrorist infiltration into the country.

"The 650km security fence with the Syrian side includes fortifications, including a trench, as well as watchtowers, thermal cameras, and barbed wire," army spokesman Yahya Rasoul was quoted by the Iraqi News Agency as saying.

"The danger remains within Syrian territory, especially in areas in the northwest where terrorist groups are present," he added.

Rasoul stressed that "the border with neighbouring countries is well secured by border guards, but we are interested in controlling the entire Iraqi-Syrian border and preventing terrorist infiltration into Iraq."

The Iraqi-Syrian border has been a security concern for Baghdad for many years, as Daesh terrorists infiltrate it.

Iraq's Defense Ministry also said that it recently thwarted an attempt to target logistical support convoys in the Babylon governorate, south of the capital Baghdad.

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The ministry said in a statement that it "managed to thwart an attempt to target logistical support with three explosive devices, two of them on the highway near Bridge Zero, and the third near Bridge 13."

In 2017, Iraq declared victory over Daesh by reclaiming all territories the terrorist group controlled since the summer of 2014, roughly a third of the country's territory.

The group, however, still maintains sleeper cells in large areas in Iraq and occasionally launches sporadic attacks.

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