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Saudi Arabia deploys 30,000 soldiers to border with Iraq

Published on Jul 3, 2014 3:11 PM
 
An Iraqi soldier checks for identification papers at a checkpoint along the border between Iraq and Saudi Arabia on June 23, 2014. Saudi Arabia has deployed 30,000 soldiers to its border with Iraq after Iraqi soldiers withdrew from the area, the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television reported on Thursday, July 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBAI (REUTERS) – Saudi Arabia has deployed 30,000 soldiers to its border with Iraq after Iraqi soldiers withdrew from the area, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television said on Thursday.  

The world’s top oil exporter shares an 800km border with Iraq, where Islamic State insurgents and other Sunni Muslim militant groups seized towns and cities in a lightning advance last month.  

King Abdullah has ordered all necessary measures to protect the kingdom against potential “terrorist threats”, state news agency SPA reported on Thursday.  

The Dubai-based al-Arabiya said on its website that Saudi troops fanned into the border region after Iraqi government forces abandoned positions, leaving the Saudi and Syrian frontiers unprotected.

 
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