Saudi Announces 900km Fence on Iraq Border

By John Lee.

Al Jazeera reports that Saudi Arabia has unveiled a 900-km multi-layered fence along its border with Iraq.

The project, which includes five layers of fencing equipped with watch towers, night-vision cameras and 50 radars is aimed at cutting the "number of infiltrators, drug, arms and cattle smugglers to zero".

In 2009, Riyadh signed a deal with EADS to secure the Iraq border, but with increasing fears over infiltration by anti-government groups and al-Qaeda, the interior ministry expanded the scope to cover all the country's borders.

In July, Saudi Arabia sent 30,000 soldiers to its border with Iraq after Iraqi soldiers withdrew from the area.

(Source: Al Jazeera)

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