Iraqi security forces have launched a massive mop-up operation along the Syria and Jordan border areas, clearing the al-Qaida affiliated groups of the area, Al-Alam reported.

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According to Iraqi security officials, a great deal of Turkish-made military equipment as well as ammunition have been already seized in this operation, Al-Alam reported on Monday.

The operation comes in an attempt to sever contact between al-Qaeda in Iraq and al-Nusra Front in Syria.

The campaign also occurred at a time when Iraqi forces stationed at the border have been increasingly targeted by sniper fire from al-Nusra Front militants, who are active in Syria.

During the operation, at least 32 militants were killed and 51 others including 7 women were arrested.


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