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Hashd Al-Shaabi Sets Up Security Checkpoints at Iraqi-Syrian Border

Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraqi popular forces) announced in a statement that it has erected security checkpoints near the Iraqi-Syrian border to prevent ISIL terrorists' infiltration.

The statement said on Sunday that the checkpoints have been established near the town of al-Qa’em in Western al-Anbar to protect the town’s security.

The Arabic-language service of Russia Today quoted the statement as saying that the checkpoints have improved security at bordering areas between Iraq and Syria as well as the roads linking the two countries.

Qa’em is the point used by the ISIL terrorists to traffic from Syria into Iraq and then deploy in al-Anbar province with the US help.

Iraq’s Kata’eb Hezbollah popular forces had announced in December that it would establish and transfer its members to a new military base near the borders with Syria after the US destruction of its headquarters last month.

“Kata’eb Hezbollah has chosen a new base on Akashat-al-Qa’em road to be its main base in the bordering areas between Iraq and Syria,” an Iraqi border guard official told the Arabic-language al-Arabi al-Jadid.

He added that Hezbollah’s new base is actually an old base belonging to the Iraqi army, noting that it will be reconstructed to replace the US-destroyed headquarters.

“Members of Kata’eb Hezbollah will likely be transferred to the new base in less than two weeks,” the official said.

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