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BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq has begun building a fence along its border with Syria to stop Islamic State group jihadists crossing into the country, a border guards spokesman said Sunday.
“Ten days ago we started to set up a barbed wire security fence with surveillance towers along the border with Syria,” said Anwar Hamid Nayef, spokesman in Iraq’s Anbar province.
The article goes on to state the following:
The frontier barrier includes a six-meter-wide trench and involves thermal cameras and drones scanning the border for jihadists attempting to cross from Syria.
Baghdad declared victory over IS at the end of last year, but the 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 (12 miles) north from the area around the border town of Al-Qaim, which Iraqi forces retook from IS in November.
In total the frontier stretches for some 600 kilometers.
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