Iraqi forces must stop IS incursions, warns President Salih

The president met Abdul Amir Yarallah, chief of staff of the army, to discuss the situation of internal defense, Asharq Al-Awsat reported Thursday.

Citizens must be protected and the law respected, said Salih, stressing the urgent need to strengthen the country’s security apparatus.

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The meeting comes as Interior Minister Othman Al-Ghanimi ordered the suspension of three commanders of the Arar border guards for failing to do so in an ISIS terrorist attack.

Authorities released a recording of the assault on the Arar border post along the Saudi border.

According to of Asharq Al-Awsat Arabic Edition, a source at the Al-Ghanimi ministry told media that extremists captured the Al-Abyad police station, taking weapons, communications devices and a Ford van.

They also accused the three suspended military officials of “fleeing the battlefield”.

During this time, The New Arabic Brother site in Arabic language, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, said a suicide bombing was thwarted Thursday at a security headquarters in Kirkuk governorate.

Two members of the security services were injured while preventing the attack, the report added.

Iraq officially declared victory over ISIS in 2017 after reclaiming all of the territory once occupied by the extremist group. However, sporadic attacks by militants continue.

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