Two "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) elements trying to infiltrate Iraq were killed and six others were forced back into Syria following an armed clash with Iraqi forces early Tuesday (February 19th), the al-Badiya and al-Jazeera Command said.
"The army repelled an attempt by terrorists to infiltrate Iraq [from Syria]," Brig. Gen. Jassim Hussein al-Musawi told Diyaruna.
"They were spotted and warned not to cross the barbed wire, but they opened fire, prompting our forces to apply the rules of engagement and kill two of them," he said, adding that six others were forced to flee.
"The militants belong to ISIS," he said, noting that "the gaps and porous areas along the border that may be used to infiltrate Iraq have been filled".
Iraqi forces are well-positioned along the border, said al-Musawi, adding that the international coalition is providing the army and Border Guard forces with intelligence and aerial images of potential threats and ISIS movements.