Saudi to build five-layer security fence along Iraq border
Islamic State militants threatened to strike Saudi Arabia during Eid-Adha, according to reports (File/AFP)
Saudi Arabia has enhanced security along its borders with Iraq, saying it is part of efforts to protect the country against infiltrators.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz said the monarchy launched a multilayered fence in the north, AFP quoted Saudi media as saying on Saturday.
The fence was said to be part of a security plan that covers 900 kilometers (560 miles) of the northern border.
Saudi Arabia has a common border with the crisis-hit Iraq, which stretches more than 800 kilometers (500 miles).
Saudi media said the five-layered fencing project would bring down the “number of infiltrators, drug, arms, and cattle smugglers to zero."
It added that control complexes, equipped with watch towers, night-vision cameras, and 50 radars, have been constructed in the region, which stretches from Hafar al-Batin in the northeast to Turaif near the Jordanian border to the northwest.
The move comes as the Islamic State militants continue fighting against the government in the neighboring Iraq.
In late August, reports said the militants were planning to launch an attack against the Saudis during Eid-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice), which marks the culmination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage
IS militants have been already wreaking havoc on Syria and Iraq. The terrorists have been committing heinous crimes in the areas they have under control in the two neighboring states, including the mass execution of civilians and armed forces.
Terrorists currently control parts of eastern Syria and Iraq’s northern and western regions. They have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.
Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.