ERBIL — Iraqi security forces managed to thwart an attempt by the Islamic State (IS) militants to infiltrate into Iraq from Syria, a statement said on Monday.
The units of the National Security Agency received intelligence on a possible IS infiltration attempt through the western border with Syria, Iraq's Security Media Cell said in a statement.
Several ambushes were soon set up and three jihadists, including one Syrian national, were captured, the statement added.
They admitted during interrogation that they had taken part in many battles against the Iraqi army. They were reportedly planning to regroup and organize terrorist attacks in Iraq.
Country’s intelligence service also announced that it had arrested 10 suspected IS members in Salahaddin province, north of Baghdad, where the extremist group has recently stepped up its activities.