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Saudi military steps up hajj security

Saudi military steps up hajj security
Saudi special security forces parade at a base near Mount of Arafat, in the holy city of Makkah. (Getty Images)
Saudi military steps up hajj security
Saudi special security forces show their skills during the military parade. Saudi Arabia's Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz said the kingdom hopes not to have to 'resort to force' to maintain security for the hajj. (Getty Images)
Saudi military steps up hajj security
Officials are concerned Iranian pilgrims may demonstrate during the annual pilgrimage. (Getty Images)
Saudi military steps up hajj security
Helicopters hover over a Saudi base. (Getty Images)
Saudi military steps up hajj security
A member of the Saudi special security forces stands guard. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from across the globe have gathered in Saudi to perform the hajj. (Getty Images)
Saudi military steps up hajj security
Saudi security forces march during a military parade at a base near Mount Arafat, southeast of the holy city of Mecca, on November 22, 2009. Saudi Arabia's Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz said the kingdom hopes not to have to 'resort to force' to maintain security for the hajj, in a reference to worries Iranian pilgrims may demonstrate. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from across the globe have gathered in the country to perform the pilgrimage in the holy Muslim cities of Mecca and Medina. (Getty Images)