Iraq Plans To Buy Drone To Monitor Joint Borders With Iran, Turkiye

Sunday 22 January 2023 - 19:42

ISWNews Analysis Group – Sekfan Sandi, vice-chairman of the Security and Defense Commission of the Iraqi Parliament, declared the decision of his country to purchase drones in a bid to monitor the impassable borderlines.

In an interview with Al-Sabah daily, the Iraqi politician pointed to the increase of budget and number of border guards in the joint borders with Turkiye and Iran.

The Iraqi border guards face challenges in monitoring the borderlines, particularly in the eastern borders with Iran and in the northern borderlines with Turkiye, he said.

According to the official, the Iraqi border guard requires more personnel, advanced technologies as well as night vision cameras and thermal imagers.

He went on to say that important areas of the eastern and northern borderlines of Iraq are mountainous and impassable; thus, full control of that areas is hard in comparison to the flat ground of the western borders, and that specialized and trained border guards have to be deployed in the eastern and northern borderlines.

The Iraqi border guard command is responsible of protecting border areas, he said, adding that the border guards require different sorts of supports, including advanced armaments, modern drones and the construction of new roads in mountainous borderlines.

It is worth noting that last week, Iraqi Interior Minister Abdul Amir al-Shammari announced the deployment of 6,000 auxiliary police forces at border bases with the aim of controlling Iraq’s borders with Iran and Turkey. In this regard, Al-Shammari stated that decisions and measures have been taken regarding the control of the border between Iran and Turkey, and funds have been allocated to maintain the border with Turkey, build checkpoints, install cameras and border surveillance towers.

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