RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- An Islamic State attack last week at the Saudi Arabia-Iraq border, which killed three Saudi guards, was an attempt to breach a 600-mile wall under construction.
Saudi Arabia is building a 600-mile east-west wall, from the western border town of Tureif, on the Saudi-Jordanian border, to Hafal al-Batin, where Saudi Arabia and Kuwait meet, to separate itself from Iraq. The fence-and-ditch construction project includes 40 watchtowers, five layers of fence, sand embankments and radar and camera installations, and is meant to separate Saudi desert territory from that of Iraq, much of which is controlled by IS. It is patrolled by 30,000 troops. The cost of the project has not been revealed.