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Friday, July 07, 2006

Iraqi military beef up security on border with Iran

Iran Focus Baghdad, Jul. 06 – Iraq’s military has launched a new operation to secure the country’s porous border with Iran, a Baghdad daily reported.

The daily al-Dastour wrote on Tuesday that the operation was taking place with the support of United States-led forces in Iraq.

The daily quoted an unnamed source in the command headquarters of Iraq’s eighth army division as saying that the operation had been codenamed “Iron Gate”.

Personnel from the division’s third brigade were taking part in the operation, it added.

The report said the operation was taking place in the north of the Iraqi province of al-Wassit. The province has been a favourite crossing point for Iranians entering Iraq illegally.
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