Iraq bolsters security measures to defend Baghdad

Iraq bolsters security measures to defend Baghdad
Fri Jun 13, 2014 21:22:58

Iraq has bolstered Baghdad's defenses as to calm the security conditions shattered by rumors concerning the progress made by so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants near the capital, the interior ministry spokesman said on Friday.

"We put in place a new plan to protect Baghdad," Brigadier General Saad Maan told AFP.

"The plan consists of intensifying the deployment of forces, and increasing intelligence efforts and the use of technology such as (observation) balloons and cameras and other equipment," Maan said.

He said coordination between security forces had also been increased.

"We have been in a war with terrorism for a while, and today the situation is exceptional," Maan said.

The report comes after militants belonging to terrorist group of ISIL vowed to march toward the Iraqi capital.

Iraqi officials say tens of thousands of volunteers have answered a call to join security forces and push back ISIL terrorists.

Sources say more than 30,000 people have signed up to defend Baghdad by Friday.

“There are no salaries,” media outlets quoted a senior Iraqi official as saying, adding, “It shows just how keen people are to fight [militants].”

The use of volunteers is part of what officials have described as a new strategy to protect Baghdad and its surroundings.


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