World Bulletin / News Desk
A ditch is being built on the northern Iraqi border with Syria to prevent 'terrorists' from Syria crossing over into the Kurdish administered region, the Kurdish Regional Government authorities said.
Buldozers at a border village of Mosul's Zumar district are digging a 17 km long, two meter wide, three meter deep trench, according to a Kurdish peshmerga general, who wishes to remain anonymous.
"This region is the transit route for terrorists. They cross our border from here and they commit bomb attacks in Iraq's different regions," said the general to AA reporter emphasizing the importance of blocking the border for their security.
Meanwhile, Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), a political offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) increasing its control in northwestern Syria, protested against the KDP decision to build the ditch. A group of around one thousand PYD-affiliated people demonstrated near the ditch, heightening tensions between the demonstrators and peshmergas.
In January, the PYD declared the formation of three autonomous cantons in northeastern Syria districts of Cizire, Afrin and Kobani despite opposition from other Kurdish parties in Syria