Saudi Arabia Is Building A 600-Mile ‘Great Wall’ To Shield Itself From ISIS

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When a raiding party from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant attacked a Saudi border post last week, it was no mere hit on a desert outpost.

The jihadists were launching an assault on the new, highest-profile effort by Saudi Arabia to insulate itself from the chaos engulfing its neighbours.

The Saudis are building a 600-mile-long “Great Wall” — a combined fence and ditch — to separate the country from Iraq to the north.

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  1. You might ask the French about walls. Or possibly the Germans. Just in World War II should be enough. The walls do not work.
    I would suggest that they use a mobile force as well. Something capable of being anywhere on the border within minutes. That would mean a road of some kind. It would also mean a large number of troops capable of being able to defend the border with guns on short notice. That was a German response to the French Wall. They essentially went around it.
    The only effective wall that I know of would be a 3-tier defense. The front post is the target guard. The two rear posts defend the wall and the backs of the people defending the wall.
    What is ISIS doing in Iran? Territory is not defendable. Large mobile armies are.
    Sounds like a war in progress to me. One of the ways around this is to starve them out with blockades. Every army lives on its ability to supply itself. I would also suggest power grids with AC for the posts. I understand it can get really hot over there.
    Catching a post off guard is what is likely to happen. Nothing is more boring than guard duty.
    I think drones might be effective.
    Drones would give a strategic advantage of seeing things from about 60 feet in the air giving the guards the advantage of seeing things in advance. I suggest b&w cameras with built in night vision as well. Put them on mobile stands with a rotator and a DVD recorder. Arming the drones is also effective as they are capable of much higher speeds than cars.
    Keep the expense down. Don’t use anything that can be brought down with great financial damage. So using smaller drones might be the better thing to do. Radio controlled small airplanes like we use in model hobby shops might work.
    The entire idea of drawing a line in the sand with military walls really will not work long term.

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