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Iraq builds fence along Syria border to block ISIL fighters

ISIL holds pockets of territory in the deserts of eastern Syria and maintains its ability to strike inside Iraq.

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Iraq declared victory over ISIL at the end of last year [File: Khalid Mohammed/AP Photo]

Iraq has begun the construction of a security fence along its border with Syria to stop ISIL members from crossing into the country, according to local officials.

The frontier barrier, which includes a six-metre-wide trench, so far runs for 20km north from the area around the border town of al-Qaim, which Iraqi forces retook from ISIL in November.

“Ten days ago we started to set up a barbed wire security fence with surveillance towers along the border with Syria,” Anwar Hamid Nayef, border guards spokesman in Iraq’s Anbar province, was quoted as saying of Sunday by AFP news agency.

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