Six Syrians detained on Iraq-Syria border: intelligence directorate

An Iraqi soldier stands guard near the Iraqi city of Qaim at the Iraqi-Syrian border on November 11, 2018. (Photo: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi forces detained six Syrian nationals attempting to cross into Iraq from Syria, the intelligence directorate said on Friday.

The Directorate of General Military Intelligence said the security forces set a “tight ambush” to detain the Syrians who were crossing the border into Iraq in Rabia district, west of Nineveh province.

“They confessed that there were three other people who were going to provide them with shelters and facilitate their access to any destination they wanted” the directorate added.

The security forces also detained the three other suspects in the village of al-Moumi in Nineveh province, it stated.

The 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 Islamic State (ISIS) militants, drug smuggling and other illegal activities.

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