Iraq reviews security measures on border with Syria
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki reviewed the security measures on the Iraqi-Syrian border against possible weapons smuggling and insurgent movement, said an official statement on Sunday, Xinhua reported.
The statement by Maliki's office said Maliki, also Commander in Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, chaired a meeting attended by top security officials on Saturday over the security on Iraq's nearly 600-km-long border with Syria.
The meeting discussed measures to "block all the routes that might be used by terrorists and criminal gangs," the statement said.
"All the intelligence reports must be taken seriously no matter how weak the information may be," the statement quoted Maliki as saying.
It said the meeting also decided to form a committee of senior officials to monitor and make a comprehensive assessment of the border security as part of Iraq's efforts against illegal traffic between the two countries.
This latest move came as a response to media reports saying that some weapons and insurgents in Syria apparently came from Iraq.