Saturday, June 23, 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Airstrikes in Yemen Are Fuelling the Gulf’s Fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis. Foreign states that go to war in Yemen usually come to regret it. The Saudi-led military intervention so far involves only air strikes, but a ground assault may follow. The code name for the action is...

WikiLeaks Publishes More Documents Revealing Saudi Connection Against Syria And United States

According to documents leaked by WikiLeaks, a secret treaty among Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia shows they intended to overthrow the Syrian government. The revelation came from Julian Assange, the founder of the controversial website. Assange claimed to a Russian TV channel Sunday that the secret deal had been signed...

Why Iraqi-Saudi ties are backsliding yet again

Iraq is facing a new crisis with Saudi Arabia as a result of their differing points of view regarding regional issues, most notably those related to Lebanon-based Hezbollah, which was recently classified by the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as a terrorist organization. The crisis started March...

Yemen Beware as it Threatens US-backed Order

The crisis in Yemen is the latest manifestation of the old order desperately trying to cling on to a dwindling power base. That old order has been backed by the United States and its allies among the Persian Gulf Arab dictatorships as a bulwark against a popular uprising that...

Islamic State Weapons in Iraq and Syria

Analysis of weapons and ammunition captured from Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria. This dispatch outlines preliminary findings from an examination of weapons and ammunition captured from Islamic State (IS) forces in Iraq and Syria between mid-June 2014 and early August 2014. IS forces have been operating in Northern Syria...

Iran deal must include Gulf security guarantees, France agrees

ISLAMABAD — French President Francois Hollande threw his weight Tuesday behind demands by Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf Arab monarchies that a prospective deal with Iran over its nuclear program come with guarantees of their security. After talks in Riyadh, Hollande and Saudi King Salman issued a joint statement,...

CONFIRMED: US “Operation Rooms” Backing Al Qaeda in Syria

US policy think-tank Brookings Institution confirms that contrary to propaganda, US-Saudi “moderates” and Turkey-Qatar “Islamists” have been coordinating all along. The war in Syria continues to drag on, with a recent and renewed vigor demonstrated behind an opposition long portrayed as fractured and reflecting a myriad of competing foreign interests....

CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say

The U.S. is providing more arms and training to the moderate rebels in Syria, under a growing secret program run by the CIA in Jordan. Sources tell NPR that secret program could be supplemented by a more public effort in the coming months involving American military trainers. The change in...

Yemen’s President Emerges in Saudi Arabia After Fleeing Country

Yemen’s U.S.-backed president turned up in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, a day after he fled his country as Houthi militants closed in on his southern stronghold, Saudi state television reported. He emerged in the Saudi capital Riyadh hours after Saudi warplanes began airstrikes against the Houthis, a militant group that...

Saudi Arabia destabilising Arab world, German intelligence warns

It is unusual for the BND spy agency to publicly release such a blunt assessment on a country that is considered an ally of the West. Germany has long-standing political and economic ties with Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is at risk of becoming a major destabilising influence in the Arab...

Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Outlines Plans: Transcript

Bloomberg’s Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait and five other Bloomberg journalists spent five hours talking to Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in his palace compound in Riyadh. In the wide-ranging interview, Prince Mohammed discussed selling shares of Saudi Aramco, the National Transformation Program, energy markets and U.S.-Saudi relations. Below is...

Yemen foes square off as fears of war, Saudi-Iran rivalry grow

(Reuters) - Yemen's top factions are squaring off for battle after months of skirmishes, turning respectively to neighboring Saudi Arabia and its regional rival Iran for help in what may become all-out war. With President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi seeking a comeback from the port city of Aden while the Shi'ite...

Saving Syria: Assessing Options for Regime Change

Syria is trapped on a crumbling precipice, and however it might fall will entail significant risks for the United States and for the Syrian people. The brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad is employing its loyal military forces and sectarian thugs to crush the opposition and reassert its tyranny. Even if...

Did Money Seal Israeli-Saudi Alliance?

For more than half a century, Saudi Arabia has tried to use its vast oil wealth to build a lobby in the United States that could rival the imposing Israel Lobby. At top dollar, the Saudis hired law firms and PR specialists – and exploited personal connections to powerful...

Why Assad is losing

Syria's rebels are making sweeping gains, as foreign powers up support and work with Islamist fighters. But the regime isn't about to go down without a fight. After roughly two years of being on the defensive, Syria’s rebels are making dramatic gains in the north of the country. In the...

CIA Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition

WASHINGTON — A small number of CIA officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey, helping allies decide which Syrian opposition fighters across the border will receive arms to fight the Syrian government, according to American officials and Arab intelligence officers. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some...

Pakistan declines to join Saudi Arabia’s anti-Iran alliance

Saudi Arabia's campaign to build a broad Sunni alliance to contain Iran has apparently suffered at least a setback from Pakistan. Islamabad has opted, at least for now, to avoid becoming entangled in the sectarian cold war between Riyadh and Tehran. Earlier this month, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was invited...

Islamic State extends its tentacles into Yemen

ADEN, Yemen — Yemen’s civil war is allowing the Islamic State (IS) to expand its presence there. Amid the spread of extremism engendered by the conflict between the Houthis and the central government, IS is becoming the main adversary for both the Houthis and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). IS is strengthening...

How the U.S. Contributed to Yemen’s Crisis

Washington’s support for Yemen’s former dictatorship – and of Saudi efforts to sideline the country’s nonviolent pro-democracy movement – helped create the current crisis. As a Saudi-led military coalition continues to pound rebel targets in Yemen, the country is plunging into a humanitarian crisis. Civilian casualties are mounting. With U.S. logistical...

U.S. secretly backed Syrian opposition groups, cables released by WikiLeaks show

The State Department has secretly financed Syrian political opposition groups and related projects, including a satellite TV channel that beams anti-government programming into the country, according to previously undisclosed diplomatic cables. The London-based satellite channel, Barada TV, began broadcasting in April 2009 but has ramped up operations to cover the...

Saudi Arabia Pour Oil on the Mideast Fire

Saudi Arabia, now in alliance with Israel and with tacit U.S. approval, is dragging the Middle East into a nightmare of sectarian conflict, pitting its own warplanes and Sunni terrorists against Shiites, Christians and other minorities as part of a misguided competition with Iran, as Anthony F. Shaker describes. While...

Twelve Years Later, We Know the Winner in Iraq: Iran

Think of it as the American half-century in the Middle East: from August 17, 1953, when a CIA oil coup brought down democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed the Shah as Washington’s man in Tehran, to May 1, 2003, when George W. Bush landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln off...

Iraq’s leader to seek arms, with deferred payment, on U.S. visit

(Reuters) - Iraq's prime minister will seek President Barack Obama's help to acquire billions of dollars in drones and other U.S. arms to fight Islamic State during a U.S. visit next week but wants to defer payment for the purchases, a senior Iraqi official said. Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi is...

Al-Qaeda, Saudi Arabia and Israel

Saudi Arabia is under a new cloud after a jailed al-Qaeda operative implicated senior Saudi officials as collaborators with the terror group – and the shadow could even darken the political future of Israeli Prime Netanyahu because of his odd-couple alliance with Riyadh, reports Robert Parry. The disclosure that convicted al-Qaeda operative Zacarias Moussaoui...

NATO’s Terror Convoys Halted at Syrian Border

For years, NATO has granted impunity to convoys packed with supplies bound for ISIS and Al Qaeda. Russian airstrikes have stopped them dead in their tracks. If a legitimate, well-documented aid convoy carrying humanitarian supplies bound for civilians inside Syria was truly destroyed by Russian airstrikes, it is likely the...

Saudis Face Defeat in Yemen and Instability at Home

“The interventions of US imperialism, with the direct collaboration of the Saudi monarchy, have plunged the entire Middle East into chaos and bloodshed—from the destruction of Iraq, to the transformation of Libya into a militia-ravaged “failed state,” to the ongoing carnage inflicted upon Syria … This predatory imperialist offensive threatens...

US army denies coalition jets hit Assad forces in Syria

Syrian government accuses US-led coalition of striking its army for first time, killing three soldiers. A series of air strikes killed three Syrian soldiers in the country's east, Syria's government said on Monday, accusing the US-led coalition of responsibility for the attack. The US military denied any involvement. If confirmed, it would...

U.S. Military Should Stay Home: America, Not Iran, Is Biggest Threat To Mideast Stability

The Obama administration’s decision to negotiate with Tehran triggered near hysteria among U.S. politicians and pundits who advocate perpetual war in the Middle East. One complaint is that the talks were not broad enough. They did not address Iran’s malign intervention throughout the Middle East. These critics denounced Tehran’s imperial...

Yemen’s Houthi rebels move on strategic Gulf waterway

ADEN // Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels are moving within striking distance of the strategic Bab Al Mandab strait, a vital corridor through which much of the world’s maritime trade passes. Only about 30 kilometres across at its narrowest point, the strait separates the Arabian Peninsula from east Africa and links...

Iraq invasion was about oil

Maximising Persian Gulf oil flows to avert a potential global energy crisis motivated Iraq War planners - not WMD or democracy. Yesterday was the 11th anniversary of the 2003 Iraq War - yet to this day, few media reflections on the conflict accurately explore the extent to which opening up...

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