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Saudi-Arabia skal bygge et gigantisk gjerde langs grensen til Irak. Saudi-Arabia er livredde for at shiaene i nordøst skal begynne å røre på seg. De er arbeiderne i oljeproduksjonen, men er helt uten innflytelse og representasjon.

Saudi Arabia is pushing ahead with plans to build a fence to block terrorists from crossing its 560-mile border with Iraq — another sign of growing alarm that Sunni-Shiite strife could spill over and drag Iraq’s neighbors into its civil conflict.

The barrier, which hasn’t been started, is part of a $12 billion package of measures including electronic sensors, security bases and physical barriers to protect the oil-rich kingdom from external threats, said Nawaf Obaid, head of the Saudi National Security Assessment Project, an independent research institute that advises the Saudi government.

The ambitious project reflects not only concern over terrorism but also growing alarm over the situation in Iraq, where U.S. forces are struggling to prevent sectarian violence from escalating to full-scale civil war between that nation’s Shiite majority and Sunni minority.

All of Iraq’s neighbors, including the Saudis, fear the violence could spill over the borders and threaten their own security.

In another sign of Saudi concern over sectarian tensions, the kingdom plans to host a meeting next month of top Iraqi Sunni and Shiite clerics in the holy city of Mecca in hopes of bridging differences between the sects.

kilde: AP