This was reported on a few days ago in the Saudi Gazette as well. You know security in Iraq is bad when Saudi Arabia is walling itself off from terrorrists.
JEDDAH, 18 September 2007 — Saudi Arabia will soon begin building a security wall along its border with Iraq, Interior Minister Prince Naif announced yesterday. The project is aimed at preventing the entry of terrorists and illegal aliens into the Kingdom and is estimated to cost SR4 billion.
“The contract for building the fence will be awarded soon, God willing,” the minister told reporters after meeting with the president of King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh.
In a previous statement, Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said tenders had been invited for building the barrier along the entire length of its 900-km desert border with Iraq.
The barrier is part of a package to secure the Kingdom’s 6,500 km of borders in an attempt to improve internal security and bolster its defenses against external threats.
Saudi Arabia is worried that the chaos in Iraq could cause an overspill of sectarian violence and terrorism. The Kingdom was successful in defeating Al-Qaeda militants in the country but wants to protect itself against insurgents from Iraq.
“The project will be carried out following the most modern international specifications,” Gen. Turki told Al-Riyadh Arabic daily.
The spokesman said the project would be totally or partially complete by the end of the next year. “The protection line will represent two rows of barbed wire equipped with the newest radar and infrared viewing devices,” he explained.
Five companies have been invited to offer bids. Among the companies are Saudi Binladin Group, Saudi Oger, Al-Saif Engineering and Construction Co. They have been given until Oct. 28 to submit their quotations.
Prince Naif said there was nothing new to announce about the deviant group. He was referring to Al-Qaeda militants blamed for a series of bombings and terrorist operations across the country since May 2003…- AN