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Kuwait boosts border security amid IS invasion fears

Local media says Interior Ministry has received intelligence the radical Islamist group is planning to invade across the Iraqi border

Kuwait boosts border security amid IS invasion fears

Kuwait has significantly boosted security along its northern border with Iraq amid fears the Islamic State is planning to invade it, local media has reported.

The Interior Ministry had received intelligence that the radical Islamic group that has captured much of northern Iraq and eastern Syria as part of its aim for a caliphate was planning to also take on Kuwait, Al Shahed daily said, quoting ministry sources.

A special security taskforce had been set-up with members of the State Security, Borders Security Force, Rescue Patrols, Public Security and Criminal Investigation Department to establish additional checkpoints, which would operate 24-hours, in Mutla’a and Abdali, as well as other outposts.

The authorities had been given orders to stop any suspicious vehicles.

Fixed CCTV cameras and radars also were being used to monitor activity along the border around the clock, the paper said.

A leader of the radical group has reportedly said on Twitter: “We cannot reach America, but we can drag Washington into the fight when we enter Kuwait and then America will come to us where we can fight them and take revenge”.

Kuwait was invaded across the same border by the former dictator of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, in 1990.

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