Saudi Arabia Feels Iraq Heat, Tightens Security

The Saudi king has ordered “all necessary measures” to protect against terror attacks. The move suggests that Riyadh is concerned by gains made by Sunni militants in Iraq, whose advances have brought them closer to its eastern border.

King ‘Abd Allah issued the order after chairing a meeting of the country’s National Security Council to discuss the possible fallout from Iraq, the royal court said in a statement through the official SPA news agency.

“In view of recent developments in the region, particularly in Iraq, the National Security Council chaired by the Custodian of the Holy Mosques (the king)... reviewed these developments and their possible repercussions. (Therefore) out of concern for the national security of the kingdom from any action that terrorist organizations or others may resort to that could harm the security of the nation, King Abdullah has ordered that all necessary measures be taken to protect the nation’s gains and (ensure) the security and safety of its citizens,” the statement said.


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