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Report: Saudi deploys 30,000 troops to border with Iraq
« on: July 06, 2014, 09:18:08 AM »
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Report: Saudi deploys 30,000 troops to border with Iraq

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ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has deployed 30,000 troops to the Iraqi border.

A Saudi-owned satellite channel said the Saudi military deployed 30,000 soldiers to the Iraqi border.

Al Arabiya television said the Saudi deployment came after the Iraq Army withdrew from the 800-kilometer southern border with the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom.

“We have not experienced any insecurity close to our border, and our
 border is secured and protected long before the latest events in Iraq,”
Maj. Gen. Mansour Al Turki said.

Saudi Arabia, which in June arrested 62 suspected ISIL operatives, did
 not confirm the Al Arabiya report on July 3. But Saudi sources said the
 deployment began in late June and included troops from the National Guard
 and Interior Ministry.

Iraq has denied that its military abandoned the border with Saudi
 Arabia. But an Iraqi tribal spokesman, Abu Abdul Naami, said some 4,000
 troops sent by the Shi’ite led government in Baghdad fled in face of the
 advance by Sunni rebels.

Saudi Arabia’s neighbor, Bahrain, has also been on alert of an ISIL
 advance. A leading Bahraini parliamentarian called on the GCC to send its
 Peninsula Shield force to the Iraqi border.

“We should organize and coordinate with our allies, especially the Arab
 nations Jordan and Egypt, to help secure the borders of Saudi Arabia,
 Kuwait and Jordan,” Khalid Al Khalifa, chairman of the Shura Council on Foreign
 Affairs and Defense Committee, said.
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Re: Report: Saudi deploys 30,000 troops to border with Iraq
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2014, 11:12:38 AM »
Now this is something of note.

The Saudis rarely do anything active. They prefer to use the more elegant tactics of manipulation and bribery to get others to act on their behalf. There is a joke in Jordan - when you shake hands with a member of the House of Saud, count your fingers afterward.

For the King to actually forward deploy the military is an unusual event indeed.
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