Baghdad: Iraq is building a 10ft high security wall and trenches around the capital Baghdad to keep ISIS terrorists out of the city, reported daily Mail.
The desperate defence measures are being constructed to guard the city against a spate of car bombs and shootings that have left nine dead and 33 wounded recently.
Brigadier General Saad Maan said security is being intensified to ‘prevent the infiltration of terrorists’.
Defences to the north and west of Baghdad, close to where ISIS holds territory outside the city, will be built first.
Some areas already have natural features which prevent jihadis from entering the city, Maan added.
After the completion of the first phase, which is expected to take six months, he said half of the checkpoints inside Baghdad will be removed.
The city is filled with such entry points where soldiers wave cars through after performing the most basic of security searches.
Security in Baghdad is said to have improved since ISIS launched an offensive on the city in June 2014.
Iraqi officials have said a string of roadside bombs and a shooting have left nine people dead and 33 wounded across the capital recently.
Most attacks on Baghdad are linked to Sunni militants and tend to target members of the Shiite-dominated security forces and civilians.
The security and hospital officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media.