According to the information provided by ITAR-TASS, for the first time during the military operations in Iraq, the US Armed Forces, gave to the control of the Iraqi frontier service over 300 km of border line. The territory of province Diala, neighboring with Iran now will be guarded by the Iraqi frontier guards, commanded by colonel Nazim Sherif Muhammad. On 27 September, he was empowered to head the 4th brigade of the 4th infantry division of the US, colonel Michael Moody.
Protection of borders in this region is considered very complicated. The Moslem Shiites from the neighboring Iran, as known, have pilgrimage through this province to the Iraqi cities Kerbala and Najaf. Only in the last month, the militaries detained and returned 14 thousand of people illegally crossing the borders.
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