Along the Iraq-Syria border, Iraqi patrol forces have swapped their hard tactical helmets for the warmth of beanie caps.
It is about 43 miles long, and a guard tower is located every few hundred feet, manned by squadrons from the Iraqi border security forces.
(The coalition declared the area liberated in March, ending the four-year occupation by the terrorist group.)
He lights it, and his face, tired-looking though he is a mere 22 years old, shows briefly in the lighter’s flame, then disappears again into the darkness.
If something approached them, they wouldn’t be affected, even if you shoot it 24 hours a day.”
While the Iraqi forces are proud of the fence, they also have to collaborate with the Popular Mobilization Units, or PMU, which is comprised of Iran-backed Shiite militias.