A joint force from the Iraqi army and border guard on Wednesday (February 20th) discovered three tunnels used to smuggle weapons and goods between Iraq and Syria, the Iraqi army said.
Lt. Col. Najm al-Dulaimi, Iraqi army spokesman in Anbar, told Al-Shorfa the natural and man-made tunnels are located in al-Qaim near the border strip between the two countries.
All are between 700 metres and 1,000 meters long, and two were dug by gunmen, he said.
After security forces discovered the tunnels, the army arrested four gunmen and three smugglers and seized light weapons, ammunition and other goods -- including 200 Kalashnikovs, 20,000 bullets, cigarettes, wireless communication devices and computers, al-Dulaimi said.
Security personnel are currently analysing information on the confiscated computers, he said.
The operation was carried out with air support from the army's military helicopters in the area.