Against the backdrop of Daech’s attempts to infiltrate Iraq, Iraqi army forces are deploying to secure the country’s borders with Syria, where the FDS, backed by Washington, continues to plunder oil.
Stretching over an area 610 km long, most of the Syrian-Iraqi border areas are secure, according to Tahsin al-Khafaji, spokesman for the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, quoted by Al-Sumaria TV on Wednesday, December 23.
“With state-of-the-art equipment, the Popular Mobilization Units, Iraqi army and police are making considerable efforts to establish security on the borders with Syria,” the spokesman said, pointing to extensive coordination between the armed forces to prevent the infiltration of Daech terrorists through the eastern Euphrates River and the al-Jazeera and Wadi al-Tharthar regions.
Referring to the operations carried out in the mountains of Makhul, south of Kirkuk, north of Salah ad-Din and east of Diyala, he said: “The large-scale operations have been carried out and we have succeeded in hindering Daech’s actions, eliminating the terrorist cells whose elements are pursued in the mountains, plains and deserts”.
Al-Sumaria reports that the Iraqi military intelligence service reported the neutralization of a Daech infiltration operation in the Nineveh province of northwestern Iraq.
Iraqi intelligence forces, along with the 72nd Army Infantry Brigade, thwarted the infiltration of family members of Daech terrorists from Syria who were trying to reach the Sunni city of Sinjar in western Nineveh province. All nine were arrested and handed over to the authorities, Al-Sumaria reported.
Also in al-Anbar province, 10th Division intelligence forces, in cooperation with the Iraqi Army’s 40th Infantry Brigade, succeeded in arresting a terrorist at a checkpoint in the town of al-Karma as he tried to infiltrate it. Further north, another Daech-affiliated terrorist was arrested in the Sumar district east of the city of Mosul.
The massive deployment of Iraqi forces is taking place as residents of the eastern suburbs of Deir ez-Zor province organized, for the second day in a row, large-scale demonstrations against the actions of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the demonstrations were specifically organized against the forced deployment of young people to fight alongside the SDF. Demonstrators also denounced acts of sedition and kidnapping of youth in the region, calling on the FDS to release them.
Residents in the suburbs of Deir ez-Zor state that FDS agents forced officials and teachers in the region to join them, preventing teachers from attending school classrooms.
Employees in the region say they are willing to resign rather than join the FDS.
It is in this context that the OSDH reported last Thursday about a mortar shell attack launched from the city of Diban against the U.S. military base located on the al-Omar oil field in Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria. After the attack, American troops and the FDS went on alert.
US forces and their FDS ally control most of the oil fields in the provinces of Hassake and Deir ez-Zor. At the end of 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw his troops from Syria. But later, under pressure from members of his own administration, he maintained nearly 1,000 troops in Syria to secure American control of the oil fields in northeastern Syria.
So the arrival this week of American convoys from Syria to Iraq coincided with Trump’s decision to reduce American troops in Syria from 3,000 to 2,500.
by Basit Abbasi – TRT