Saudis Plan Fence Along Iraq Border

[AP/Seattle Times] Jim Krane - Saudi Arabia is pushing ahead with plans to build a fence to block terrorists from crossing its 560-mile border with Iraq. The barrier is to be part of a $12 billion package of measures including electronic sensors, security bases, and physical barriers. The fence would do little to stop the flow of Saudi militants into Iraq because most are believed to cross from Syria, Jordan, and Iran. Nawaf Obaid, head of the Saudi National Security Assessment Project that advises the Saudi government, said $1.8 billion has been spent since 2004 on shoring up Saudi border surveillance.

2006-09-29 01:00:00

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