Iraq Tightens Security On Border Via Video-Surveillance Network

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As Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called for the government to stop undercover Americans from “roaming the streets” of Iraq, the Border Guard announced a new border-surveillance network to prevent infiltration into the country. Meanwhile, reports Al-Hayat, Iraq has approached Bulgaria and Poland about supplying it with arms and equipment.

Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, head of a powerful Shiite movement in Iraq, called upon the Iraqi government “to end the suspicious and security-threatening activities of undercover Americans who roam the streets of Iraq.” Meanwhile, the Iraqi Border Guard announced that they have established a border-surveillance network to prevent infiltration into the country.

Responding to one of Al-Sadr’s followers about the activities of “the occupation forces that wander freely on Iraqi territory and work undercover for embassies, security companies and intelligence services,” Sadr stated, “The government should act to prevent this situation.”

Baghdad Governor Salah Abdel Razzaq announced last January that four armed Americans were arrested as they attempted to assassinate him near his house in the Shaljiyeh neighborhood. Moreover, an official intelligence report accused security companies in Iraq of instigating collective violence “in favor of the USA and Israel.”

Major General Majeed al-Husseini, director of administrative affairs in the Iraqi Border Guard, confirmed that “an electronic-control network has been deployed along Iraqi borders." Al-Husseini added, “This control network includes fixed and mobile security cameras installed along Iraq’s borders.” 

Mosul Police Chief Major General Ahmed al-Jabury told Al-Hayat that control is still “limited” on the Nineveh province’s border with Syria. Al-Jabury stressed that the two major reasons for continuous infiltrations into Iraq are “the lack of control over smugglers on both sides of the border and the dilemma of border towns along the Sinjar-Rabia borderline.”

Approximately 800 police stations and checkpoints along the border were incorporated into the new security network, and infiltrations into Iraq have decreased considerably since then, al-Jabury said.

The Parliamentary Committee for Security and Defense noted that Iraq needed scores of reconnaissance aircraft, given the country’s “long” borders with adjacent countries.

Fifth Division Chief Major General Hameed Kamel Hamza confirmed that “new police stations and attachés will be deployed along the Iraqi-Saudi border.” The federal government is keen to increase the number of recruits in the Border Guard forces.

A top military official indicated that Iraq had approached Bulgaria and Poland about signing future agreements to supply Iraqi with cutting-edge arms and equipment.

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