Saudi Arabia Reportedly Moves 30,000 Troops to Iraqi Border : The Two-Way : NPR
Amid reports that Saudi Arabia has deployed some 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq, President Obama has called King Abdullah to discuss the developments in the region.
Reuters quotes Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television as saying the kingdom has deployed forces to its border after Iraqi troops abandoned their positions amid a Sunni-led insurgency.
According to Reuters:
“The Dubai-based al-Arabiya said on its website that Saudi troops had fanned out into the border region after Iraqi government forces withdrew from their positions, leaving the Saudi and Syrian frontiers exposed.
“It aired a video which, it said, showed some 2,500 Iraqi soldiers in the desert region east of the Iraqi city of Kerbala after pulling back from the border, which is reinforced on the Saudi side by a system of fences.
The Saudis would rather the US do their dirty work but never underestimate the power of sectarian hate and the general mess that is the British disaster of the post-Ottoman Middle East.
And don’t doubt that if the Saudis do have to fight they’ll find a way to blame Israel…