Iraqi military says border with Syria secure against infiltration from ISIS


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SULAIMANI — The Spokesperson for the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Major General, Yehia Rasool, said on Saturday (January 22) security forces have taken measures to secure the Iraq-Syria border after a major incident at a prison housing Islamic State (ISIS) militants occurred in Hasaka, state media reported.

Rasool told Iraqi News Agency (INA) the country’s borders are secure "with thermal cameras and barbed wire” and a trench.

"The remnants of ISIS do not have the ability to confront the Iraqi forces and the fleeing terrorists do not pose a challenge to the security forces,” Rasool said.

West Nineveh Operations Command said on Friday militants from Syrian prisons would not be able to cross the border, according to INA.

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Internal Security Forces (ISF) continued to battle ISIS militants on Saturday in the vicinity of al-Sinaa prison in Hasaka, where sleeper cells staged a massive prison break attempt.

The SDF media center said on Friday its forces managed to capture 89 inmates who had escaped from the prison.

Al-Sinaa prison is said to house thousands of ISIS members in a converted school.

The Iraqi army said on January 14 a 3-m deep trench had been completed on the Iraq-Syria border, secured with drones and thermal cameras.

(NRT Digital Media)