Iraq to Set up Barbed Wire Fence to Secure Border with Iran

Iraqi soldiers are seen on duty. (INA)
Iraqi soldiers are seen on duty. (INA)
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Iraq to Set up Barbed Wire Fence to Secure Border with Iran

Iraqi soldiers are seen on duty. (INA)
Iraqi soldiers are seen on duty. (INA)

Iraq has kicked off a plan to erect a barbed wire fence to secure its borders with Iran.

The move is taking place days after Interior Minister Abdul Amir Al Shammari said Iraq’s border with Syria has been almost completely secured with surveillance cameras.

He added that the border with Iraq remains a source of concern given the activities of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.

An Iraqi security source said on Sunday that the barbed wire fence with Iran will stretch from the eastern Diyala region to the Waset and Sulaymaniyah provinces.

Advanced thermal cameras and surveillance towers will also be set up along the border to prevent smuggling and any infiltrations, it added.

The erection of the fence is in line with a joint security agreement signed between Baghdad and Tehran in November 2023.

Separately, Iraqi military spokesman Yahya Rasool announced the launch of a third phase of the anti-ISIS “Promise of Truth” operation carried out by the armed forces.

The latest phase aims to crack down on remnants of the extremist group in its “most dangerous hotbeds” between the provinces of al-Anbar and Diyala.

The operation was kicked off in the Salaheddine and Kirkuk regions at dawn on Sunday. It is being overseen by the Joint Operations Command and carried out according to accurate intelligence information, added Rasool.

Later on Sunday, the Joint Operations Command announced the killing of ten ISIS members during the third phase of the crackdown.



Yemen's Houthis Say to Escalate Military Operations in Support of Gaza

A Houthi military helicopter flies over a cargo ship in the Red Sea. (Reuters)
A Houthi military helicopter flies over a cargo ship in the Red Sea. (Reuters)
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Yemen's Houthis Say to Escalate Military Operations in Support of Gaza

A Houthi military helicopter flies over a cargo ship in the Red Sea. (Reuters)
A Houthi military helicopter flies over a cargo ship in the Red Sea. (Reuters)

Yemen's Houthis will continue their military operations and escalate them "in quality and quantity" in support of Palestinians in Israel's war in Gaza, the Iran-backed group's leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi said in a televised speech on Thursday, Reuters reported.

The group have been attacking ships in the Red Sea region since November, forcing shippers to re-route cargo to longer and more expensive journeys around southern Africa.

The group later expanded the scope of its attacks to the Indian Ocean and said it would also target any ships heading towards Israeli ports in the Mediterranean Sea.