Iraqi intelligence detains ISIS family trying to cross into Iraq

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SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi intelligence units detained a family of Islamic State (ISIS) members attempting to cross into Iraq from Syria, authorities said on Saturday.

In a statement, the Iraqi intelligence agency said its units had set up a “tight ambush” in al-Naim village near Rabia district on the border with Syria to arrest a group of people for illegally crossing the Syrian border into Iraq.

“It turned out that they were members of an Iraqi family of ISIS members,” the intelligence agency added.

There were women and children among the detainees, it stated.

Iraqi forces have detained dozens of people including Syrians for attempting to cross the border between Syria and Iraq in the past months.

Iraq has tightened security along 600 km border with Syria to curb the movement of ISIS militants, drug smuggling and other illegal activities.

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