The Great Wall Of Saudi Arabia: 600-Mile Barrier Wall To Fortify Northern Frontier Of The Kingdom; Response To The Islamic State

The Great Wall Of Saudi Arabia: 600-Mile Barrier Wall To Fortify Northern Frontier Of The Kingdom; Response To The Islamic State

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Damien Gayle, writing on the January 15, 2015 website, TheDailyMailOnline, reports that “the Saudi royal family is building a 600-mile barrier to fortify the northern frontier of the kingdom. The fence and ditch, punctuated with radar surveillance towers, command centers, and guard posts — aims to protect the ‘Saudis’ oil-rich territory from invasion by the Islamic State insurgency.” “Last week,” Mr. Gayle adds, “a suicide bombing and gun attack which killed two Saudi border guards and their commanding officer, was styled — by one analyst — as the Islamic State’s first attack on the kingdom. No group has claimed responsibility for that attack; but, it happened just next to Iraq’s Anbar Province, where Islamic State militants are fighting Iraqi forces.”

“Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud inaugurated the first phase of the border project last September, soon after the Islamic State’s insurgency swept across Iraq,” Mr. Gayle notes. “The multi-layered barrier, which will eventually stretch across the Saudi-Iraq border from Jordan to Kuwait, includes 78 monitoring towers, eight command centers, 10 mobile surveillance vehicles, 32 rapid-response centers, and three rapid intervention squads,” according to Janes.com.

“Citing a promotional video,” Janes added that “the six-mile deep barrier consists of a ditch, two fences, and a patrol road — connecting the watch towers and the guard rooms. The video also included footage of thermal images and battlefield radar systems that can detect individuals at up to 12 miles away; and, vehicles at up to 24 miles away.”

The real risk is probably more from within — than from the outside. V/R, RCP

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