Islamic State assaults Iraqi border post near Jordan

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Islamic State fighters shown attacking the Arkaban border post near the Jordanian border.

The Islamic State has released photos showing its forces attacking Iraq’s Arkaban border post near Jordan. The photos were produced by the Islamic State’s Wilayat (Province) Anbar and disseminated by its supporters online.

The pictures show fighters firing on the border post with rocket propelled grenades, small arms, and with technicals (pickup trucks armed with heavy machine guns). At least seven technicals are shown in the images released by the jihadist group.

Iraqi media reports that the Islamic State attack on the outpost was repelled by Iraqi border forces backed by airstrikes. Brigadier Saad Maan, a spokesman for the Iraqi Interior Ministry, said that “The strength of the third regiment in the fourth border guards foiled an attempt by Daesh [the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State] to attack the Iraqi Arkaban Border Station near the Iraqi-Jordanian borders and confronted the attack in coordination with the Joint Operations which provided aerial support for the Iraqi troops.” Maan continued by saying that three border guards were wounded in the attack, sustaining minor injuries.

Last November, the Islamic State attacked an Iraqi military outpost near the Trebil border complex with Jordan. At least six Iraqi military personnel were killed or wounded in that attack. Iraq had recaptured the Trebil crossing just days after the Islamic State overran it in June of last year. [For more information on the attack on the Trebil crossing, as well as the brief capture of it, see LWJ report, Islamic State attacks Iraqi border crossing with Jordan.]

Photos released by the Islamic State showing the attack on the Arkaban border post with Jordan can be seen below:

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Caleb Weiss is an intern at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a contributor to The Long War Journal.

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