Iraq arrests 13 infiltrators along its border with Syria
The Iraqi Security Media Cell (SMC) said in a statement that border security had stopped the individuals who had attempted to cross the border via the Syrian village of Al-Abtakh.
"The group was ambushed and arrested as soon as it crossed the Iraqi border," said the SMC.
The organisation said that the 13 arrested were Iraqi nationals who had gone to Syria a few years earlier.
وبعد الاستعانة بالكاميرات الحرارية تم رصد تحرك مجموعة من الاشخاص بالجانب السوري يحاولون التسلل الى اراضينا عبر قرية الابطخ التابعة لناحية ربيعة والمحاذية للشريط الحدودي غرب نينوى .— خلية الإعلام الأمني🇮🇶 (@SecMedCell) November 29, 2021
وعلى ضوء ذلك تم نصب كمين للمجموعة والقاء القبض عليها فور تجاوزها للحدود .
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An officer in the army's Al-Jazeera Operations Command - responsible for securing areas in western Iraq up to the border with Syria - said that strict security measures along the frontier with Syria had greatly reduced infiltration attempts.
Security and Defence Committee official, Ayoub Al-Rubaie, warned of the dangerous presence of foreign fighters in the country, adding that the Islamic State group had not completely ended.
Large swathes of Iraqi and Syrian territory had been under the control of IS between 2013 and 2017. Despite being defeated, small cells remain active in both countries.
Authorities in Iraq frequently announce thwarting such attempts from neighbouring Syria, with some of those detained belonging to the Islamic State group or Kurdish militant groups.