Increasing security measures on Saudi-Iraqi border
(8 September 2014)
Saudi Arabia is building a fence along 900 kilometers of its northern border with Iraq, according to an announcement by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud last week. Saudi officials signed a contract with European contractor EADS to build a border fence of over 9,000 kilometers in 2009, but recent concerns over potential infiltration of members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Al-Qaida operatives have prompted Saudi officials to expand the program.
King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud described the extension of the border fencing program at a joint press conference with King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain. The border fence will include eight command centers staffed by over 4,000 border guards, nearly 80 communication and surveillance towers, infrared cameras, and radar systems. The border security measures come at a time when relations between Saudi Arabia and Iraq are strained, with each country blaming the other for the rise in extremist insurgency in the region.
Saudi Arabia building high-tech fence to secure border with Iraq, 6 September 2014, Haaretz, http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.614446
Saudi Arabia launches new border security project, 6 September 2014, Asharq Al-Awsat