Revealed: Saudi Arabia’s ‘Great Wall’ to keep out Isis

When a raiding party from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant attacked a Saudi border post last week, it was no mere hit on a desert outpost.

The jihadists were launching an assault on the new, highest profile effort by Saudi Arabia to insulate itself from the chaos engulfing its neighbours.

The Saudis are building a 600-mile-long “Great Wall” – a combined fence and ditch – to separates the country from Iraq to the north.

Much of the area on the Iraqi side is now controlled by Isil, which regards the ultimate capture of Saudi Arabia, home to the “Two Holy Mosques” of Mecca and Medina, as a key goal.

The proposal had been discussed since 2006, at the height of the Iraqi civil war, but work began in September last year after Isil’s charge through much of the west and north of the country gave it a substantial land border with the Kingdom to the south.

The border zone now includes five layers of fencing with watch towers, night-vision cameras and radar cameras.

Riyadh also sent an extra 30,000 troops to the area…

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  • john700

    So when is the Republican-led Congress will approve the construction of a similar border fence? They could use the same project.

  • cmh

    so has anyone got a better idea? no

  • Maggat

    Almost hate to say it, but I wish isis some luck.

  • Jay Currie

    Probably could use a few of these in Paris.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The Saudis learned from their secret ally Israel.

    • The_Infidel_01

      Two states for two people with mecca as their joint capital, those racist Saudi apartheid murdering mohumadians.

  • Barrington Minge

    Could we have one to keep the Soddys out?

  • Ron MacDonald

    The Left constantly bitches about Israel small wall to keep out Palestinian terrorists, will they protest this was? I doubt it.