Iraq Deploys Military Reinforcements on Syria Border to Counter ISIS

Published November 4th, 2018 - 08:57 GMT
An Iraqi security forces member near Salaheddine province in the western desert bordering Syria. (AFP/File Photo)
An Iraqi security forces member near Salaheddine province in the western desert bordering Syria. (AFP/File Photo)

Iraq has dispatched major military reinforcements to its border with Syria as part of a series of measures to counter any possible attack by the ISIS terrorist group, revealed a senior army commander Saturday.

Commander of the al-Jazeera operations, Qassem al-Mohammed said that his unit’s eighth brigade has stationed west of al-Ramadi in order to seize control of the security situation there.

The Iraqi forces are prepared to deter any ISIS attack from Syria, he stressed according to the German news agency.

“Those criminal gangs will not be able to approach the border because they will be killed,” he warned.

The western Iraqi desert on the border with Syria has been witnessing a series of reinforcements in anticipation of a possible ISIS attack.

Thousands of police, military, border guard and Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) units have been deployed there, amid almost constant air force overflights.

Over the past week, ISIS has killed three village chiefs in Iraq's restive north, local officials said Saturday, as the targeting of state representatives escalates.

Iraq declared victory against the terror group last year, but small extremist cells still wage attacks, especially in mountainous areas like the northern province of Kirkuk.

There, ISIS has attacked state infrastructure and government officials, especially targeting local administrative heads.

The latest victim, on Friday night, was administrative chief of the village of Mahmudiya near the town of Hawija.

Mahmudiya mukhtar "Abdallah al-Wasmi was executed by ISIS members who attacked his home," a local security official told AFP.

His death followed the similar killing of another administrative head in a nearby village, Hanutiya, late Wednesday.

And on Monday, a provincial official told AFP that "ISIS fighters attacked the home of Mohammad Jumaa, the administrative chief of the village of Jassemiya", also near Hawija.

"They took him out of his house and executed him in front of it before fleeing," the official said.

The recent killings bring to nine the number of village chieftains executed by ISIS in the past seven months in Kirkuk province.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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