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Islamic State takes border station in Iraqi desert with 'drug smuggling wali'

A recent incident along Iraq’s western border and alleged connections between drug smuggling and Islamic State cells in the area have raised concern.
PMU motorcyclist at Qaim

BAGHDAD — Orders to arrest three Iraqi border guard commanders in late April after positions were abandoned and equipment and weaponry were left to alleged Islamic State (IS) attackers seemed to show seriousness on the part of the government but also fostered concern.

Though not widely reported, the incident was painfully reminiscent for some — in a vastly minor way — of the international terrorist organization’s Mosul takeover in June 2014, when Iraqi security forces abandoned their positions en masse. The weapons, tanks and equipment left were subsequently used by IS to conquer more territory.

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