Iraq seeks to control its western areas security fence on the border with Syria
Iraqi border guards began building a security fence and building control towers along the border with Syria in the west of the country to prevent the infiltration of members of an organization calling from Syrian territory to Iraq, which announced last December the military victory over the organization, but the latter has since been implemented Flares are raging in different parts of the country and civilian and military casualties are reported.
The long border security with Syria and its desert terrain remained a complex security task for the Iraqi state, but it was inseparable from political dimensions related to the power struggle in the country.
The United States, which is leading a military alliance that has made a significant and effective contribution to a crushing defeat in Iraq, attaches great importance to the border area between Syria and Iraq, which could be controlled by Iraqi Shiite militias loyal to Iran, a direct ground point between Tehran and Damascus, .
The full control of Iraq’s regular forces on the border with Syria would avoid Baghdad embarrassment to Washington, which still has a strong influence in Iraq and his government still needs US support on more than one level. The construction of the fence will be both security and politically feasible in avoiding conflict with the United States.
Recently, armed Shiite factions said they had been shelled by unknown aircraft in the border area with Syria, promising to respond after determining who was responsible for the bombing.
During the war against the Da’ash organization that continued in Iraq for nearly three years, the Shiite militias backed by Iran emerged as a military force, balanced, well armed and organized. Its active participation in the war has transformed it into a kind of reserve army entrusted with securing Iranian field control in Iraq, which is based on the broad political influence of Tehran in the country.
The control of Shiite militias in the Sunni areas of Iraq in the north and west of the country, after the presence of such forces in those areas is unimaginable.
The events that accompanied the course of the war showed an organization in Iraq advocating Iran’s use of popular mobilization militias to achieve a more important strategic objective of securing the Tehran-Damascus-Beirut line by controlling western Iraq, including the border with Syria. The emergence of a firm American position and ready to go far in preventing the popular mobilization from being concentrated in those areas, and in other areas inside Iraq.
A US willingness to use all means to prevent Shiite militias from controlling border areas, including bombing their positions
A few days ago, government sources told the “Arabs” that “Baghdad received a clear message from the leadership of the International Alliance, which provides that it will prevent the presence of any forces of the popular crowd in the new areas of tension,” referring to areas in the provinces of Diyala, Salah al-Din and Kirkuk, The past few weeks have seen several bloody attacks by preachers.
According to the same sources, “the International Alliance asked to be briefed in advance any plans that Baghdad intends to implement in these areas, to counter terrorist groups that have been active in recent times.”
Observers said that these developments are the most prominent indications of the possibility of resorting to the international coalition to carry out raids on Iraqi territory, against pro-Iranian factions, trying to get out of the circles of influence drawn, as is happening in Syria.
The leader of the popular crowd Abuhadi Engineer announced last week that the force of the crowd was exposed to an American raid on the site of deployment within the territory of Iraq, near the border with Syria, causing the death of a number of its members, threatening the United States to respond, while the Iraqi government remained silent.
“The work began 10 days ago with a security fence, which is barbed wire and watchtowers along the border with Syria,” said Anwar Hamid Nayef, a spokesman for the border guards command in Anbar province in western Iraq. “This is the first stage of 20 kilometers and separating each tower and the distance of one kilometer, which is intended to monitor and repel the terrorist attacks,” Naif said, adding that the work “started from the Qaim area northward,” adding that ” Six meters and a depth of three meters, in addition to the use of aircraft to march to monitor the border accurately. “
Regarding the remaining areas along the 600-kilometer border, Nayef said that “committees from the Ministry of Defense and the US-led International Alliance will visit the site to determine the feasibility of the fence. And if the success of the operation will continue to erect this fence on the entire border with Syria.“ Source