Three Saudi guards killed in suicide, gun attack on Iraq border: ministry

The attack happened in the Northern Borders Province at about 4:30 am local time. (Al Arabiya)

(Reuters) – Militants killed two Saudi border guards and their commanding officer on the frontier with Iraq early on Monday, the interior ministry said, in a suicide and gun attack one analyst called Islamic State’s first assault on the kingdom.

The boundary, defended by earth barriers and fences and monitored by cameras and radar, has been attacked in the past by mortar bombs fired from a distance, but there have been no ground assaults in recent years.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the assault, which hit a remote desert area next to Iraq’s Anbar province where both the Islamic State militant group and Shi’ite Muslim militias close to Riyadh’s foe Iran operate.

The use of a suicide bomber pointed to Islamic State, said Mustafa Alani, an Iraqi security analyst with close ties to Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry.

“It is the first attack by Islamic State itself against Saudi Arabia and is a clear message after Saudi Arabia entered the international coalition against it,” he said.

Saudi forces have joined U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State positions in Syria…

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    How is Saudi Arabia going to defend itself?

    • Norman_In_New_York

      By hiring others to do its fighting.

      • Frau Katze

        They always do.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Well, yeah.
        I was just wondering if Obama was gonna go in and put boots on the ground.

  • Martin B

    An Islamic State that doesn’t own Mecca is not a real Islamic State. International coalitions & airstrikes have nothing to do with it, and this is just a taste of what’s in store for the Soddys.

    • CoolTolerance

      Wait till ISIS blows up the Kaaba, that black stone they worship. It’s their intent. Muslims worldwide think it’s indestructible. Major muslim freak-out coming up in 2015.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        For some reason I always equate it to the first five minutes of this:

        • CoolTolerance

          As it is said at the end of the video, ‘and right now, we must take a break’. Thanks.

  • CoolTolerance

    Saudi Arabia is on the caliphate map. As we’ve seen in the past year, Arab armies are cowards, they abandon their posts and run when ISIS shows up. Now that the Saudis know ISIS is on their doorstep and using suicide bombers, their army will also run.

  • elizabeth

    theyre all morons.