Iraq begins border fence with Syria to block ISIS

Iraq has begun building a fence along its border with Syria to stop "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) fighters from entering, AFP reported Sunday (July 1st).

"Ten days ago we started to set up a barbed wire security fence with surveillance towers along the border with Syria," said Anbar province border guards spokesman Anwar Hamid Nayef.

The barrier includes a six-metre-wide trench, thermal cameras and surveillance.

The new fence so far runs for 20 kilometres north from the area around al-Qaim.

In total the frontier stretches for some 600 kilometres.

Nayef said experts from the Ministry of Defence and the international coalition will come "to evaluate the effectiveness of the fence".

"If they approve the installations, we will continue along the whole border with Syria," he said.

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