The 20th Division Command of the Iraqi army announced on Friday, completing the trench along the border with Syria, while indicating the development of new plans to secure the border barrier.
According to the directives issued by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Sinjar district is fully secured by the cooperation between all security agencies , including Army, Police, Popular Mobilization Forces, Tribal Mobilization Forces and The Peshmerga, in addition to the great role of the local government, stressing that “the army is able to provide security and safety and the best services in Sinjar and Mosul, The commander of the 20th Division, Brigadier General Atheer Hamza Jassim, said in a statement to the Iraqi News Agency (INA).
Jassim also explained, "The borders with Syria are secured by thermal cameras and drones, according to the international agreements that stipulate securing the borders between sectors, the Border Guards and The Army, for a distance of 10 to 12 kilometers to prevent any attempt to infiltrate the borders from The Syrian side, and in return not allowing any infiltrator to cross towards the Syrian side."
He pointed out that "Sinjar district needs reconstruction and building new hospitals and schools, in addition to provide all services, as the role of the army is to provide a safe environment for investment companies to enter the district."
On the other hand, Jassim mentioned that, "They have develop new future plans to secure Kurdistan region and the disputed areas, affirming the cooperation between the security services to thwart any attempt to target Erbil province or Syria."
Regarding the border trench with Syria, the commander of the 20th Division stated, “The trench separating the Iraqi-Syrian international borders was entirely completed within the Twentieth Division’s deploying area, with three meters deep.”
He also confirmed that, "The drones operate 24 hours a day to secure the borders, as well as the air force's aircrafts on the border strip, to provide the division with detailed and accurate information for launching preemptive operations."