Iraq’s Security Media Cell announced Friday the arrest of 31 Syrians with explosives in their possession trying to infiltrate Iraqi territories.
In a statement, the Cell said that in an ambush, the security forces stopped 31 Syrians as they tried to cross the border from al-Raqqa to Iraqi territories.
It added that security forces found explosives in their possession.
The detainees were handed over to the competent authorities for further investigation.
A security official told Asharq Al-Awsat that the operation was conducted after a tip-off that some ISIS members were planning to infiltrate the border from the area of Im Jreiss.
Al-Rafidain Operations Commander Major General Jabbar Al-Tai said Iraq is taking a series of measures to prevent the infiltration of terrorists through the border.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon said American and other NATO forces would maintain “a long-term presence” in Iraq to help fightextremists and to check Iranian influence in the country.
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