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Iraqi, Syrian forces work together to secure border

The Iraqi army is coordinating with its Syrian counterpart to secure the border between the two countries and to prevent terrorist elements from moving between the two countries.
Syrian government forces secure a road for a military convoy in the desert area of Saba' Biyar, in southeastern Syria near the border with Iraq, on May 10, 2017, as fierce clashes are reported in the region. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER        (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraq is working to secure its western border with Syria from the militants that have been infiltrating the country to conduct terror attacks on Iraqi territory for the past 15 years. The Iraqi military has started cooperating with its Syrian counterpart to rid both countries of the last remaining Islamic State (IS) cells and secure the border between them.

Syrian Interior Minister Mohammad al-Shaar met with his Iraqi counterpart Qasim al-Araji in February to discuss cooperation on border security, an issue successive Iraqi governments have grappled with since 2003.

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