Iraqi forces detain two ISIS members crossing border: military

A view shows an Iraqi border outpost along the frontier with Syria, Iraq January 18, 2021. (Reuters)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi forces detained two members of Islamic State (ISIS) militants attempting to enter Iraq through the Syrian border, the country’s military said on Tuesday.

Iraqi Security Media Cell said units from the joint operations command managed to arrest two people after they crossed the Syrian border to enter Iraq.

“After investigation, it became clear that they belong to ISIS gangs, and legal measures were taken against them,” the Iraqi military said in a statement.

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

Earlier this month, units from the Iraqi intelligence agency detained a “terrorist group” trying to infiltrate into Iraq from Syria.

In March, the Iraqi forces thwarted an attempt by Islamic State (ISIS) militants to infiltrate into Iraq from Syria.

The federal government announced victory over ISIS by the end of 2017 after Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led Coalition regained control of areas once captured by the militant group.

Despite its defeat, ISIS still poses a threat to the security and stability of the country as there are still sleeper cells in Iraq.

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