Saudis plan 560-mile fence across border with Iraq

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Saudis plan 560-mile fence across border with Iraq
Khaleej Times Link

DUBAI — In a sign of regional concern over terrorism, Saudi Arabia is pushing ahead with plans to build a fence along its entire 900 kilometer (560 mile) border with Iraq to prevent terrorists from entering the kingdom from the chaotic north.

The barrier, which will likely take five to six years to complete, is part of a US$12 billion package of measures including electronic sensors, bases and physical barriers to protect the oil-rich kingdom from external threats, said Nawaf Obaid, head of the Saudi National Security Assessment Project, an independent research institute that provides security advice to the Saudi government.

The ambitious project reflects not only concern over terrorism but also growing alarm over the situation in Iraq, where US forces are struggling to prevent Sunni-Shiite violence from escalating to full-scale civil war.

All of Iraq’s neighbours, including the Saudis, fear that violence could spill over the borders and threaten their own security
 

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I guess they figure pencil lines on a map of the peninsula are too easily erased, might as well reinforce them with some wire, that will make them real :roll:
 
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I'll bet the gates will have one way turnstiles on them.

I dont think Saudi has a problem with terrorists coming in, me thinks it may be the other way round.

Its a bit like the IRA building a big fence around South Armagh and announcing they dont want naughty people upsetting their rural, peaceful and law abiding way of life.
 
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I hope no Saudi Arabian EVER EVER complains about the security fence the Jews are stringing around Israel to separate them from Palestinians/Arabs.
 
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Wonder if the Saudis will build their fence before the US starts on their Mexican border?
 
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Devil_Dog said:
I hope no Saudi Arabian EVER EVER complains about the security fence the Jews are stringing around Israel to separate them from Palestinians/Arabs.
I guess it depends whether Saudi Arabia intends to use the fence to annex other people's land, or as an extension of a policy of effective apartheid doesn't it?

I think Iraq should respond in the British fashion - with 560 miles of close planted drought resistant leylandii along their side of the border. That and some tutting at the workers building the fence.
 
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Can someone please explain to me how 500miles of chicken wire is more effective than hundreds of thousands of square miles of fecking desert?
 
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The Lord Flasheart said:
I'll bet the gates will have one way turnstiles on them.

I dont think Saudi has a problem with terrorists coming in, me thinks it may be the other way round.

Its a bit like the IRA building a big fence around South Armagh and announcing they dont want naughty people upsetting their rural, peaceful and law abiding way of life.
Beat me to it!
 
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