Saudi Arabia is planning to build a 600-mile buffer wall to separate itself from Iraq, and to protect itself from invading IS forces, it was revealed today.
According to The Telegraph, the “Great Wall” will include a wall and a ditch to protect the Wahabi state from ISIS militants who control “much of the area on the Iraqi side” of the border and whose eyes are set on “the ultimate capture of Saudi Arabia, home to the two holy mosques of Mecca and Medina, as a key goal.”
Last week, two Saudi guards and General Oudah al-Belawi, commander of border operations in Saudi Arabia’s northern zone, were killed when ISIS suicide bombers attacked the Suweif border post, some 40 kilometres away the Saudi city of Arar and 80 km from Al Nukhayb, in Iraq.
Many see the Islamic State as the doing of Saudi Arabia, its ideology and its funding.
ISIS follows its own interpretation of Islam, which stems from the Wahabi creed, the state ideology of Saudi Arabia. In June, the group, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, changed its name to the Islamic state, headed by a Caliph, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi. A group of 140 prominent Sunni Muslim scholars responded to ISIS with an open letter telling them they had no right to use Islam or State in their name because their self-proclaimed goals of statehood or Caliphate and brutal acts of destruction and violence are forbidden in Islam.
Many wonder how a wall would protect the Saudi regime from the “enemy within.”
Saudi Arabia is also in the process of constructing a 1,000 mile border with its Southern neighbour, Yemen.
Read more: globalvoicesonline.org – Written by Amira Al Hussain