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Daesh militants attempting to cross into Iraq from Syria: Iraqi PM

BAGHDAD: Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday that hundreds of Iraqi Daesh militants at Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria were trying to cross into Iraq.
The militants have launched attacks in recent weeks against US-backed Kurdish forces on the Syrian side of the border, prompting Iraqi militias that operate alongside the army to reinforce in the area.
Abdul Mahdi said the militants were seeking to recapture territory they had once controlled on the Iraqi side, during Daesh’s control of territory that extended from eastern Syria to northern Iraq from 2014 to 2017.
“But Iraqi forces are carrying out their duties to pre-empt any attempts by Daesh to infiltrate the border and cross into Iraq,” he told reporters at a news conference.
Daesh militants have since their military defeat in Iraq in 2017 reverted to insurgency tactics such as bombings and attacks on security forces, especially in northern Nineveh and northeastern Diyala provinces.
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