Thursday, January 17, 2019

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...

Hillary Clinton Acknowledges Saudi Terror Financing in Hacked Email, Hinting at Tougher Approach

Saudi Arabia and the U.S. have maintained their alliance for seven decades despite disagreements over oil prices, Israel, and, more recently, the Obama administration’s rapprochement with Iran. Judging by a 2014 email purportedly written by Hillary Clinton to John Podesta, her current campaign chairman, and published by WikiLeaks, there have...

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey are getting serious about Syria – and that should...

On the eve of a meeting between Arab leaders and President Obama to discuss Middle East security, developments in Syria could bolster the opposition's campaign to topple the regime there. Driving the opposition push in Syria is a new working relationship between Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, the key backers...

David Cameron backs brilliant arms deals with Saudi Arabia… hours after Europe says we...

We've got more work to do in Saudi Arabia. David Cameron has praised British arms companies that have done business with Saudi Arabia - hours after the European Parliament voted for an arms trade embargo with the Kingdom. The Prime Minister made the comments during a question and answer session with...

The Money Trail: How the US Fostered Yemen’s Separatist Movement

As Saudi Arabia and its allies have begun the bombing campaign against Yemen, in the south, a separatist movement calling for a "State of South Arabia" is emerging. Fostered by the US, it will leave the Houthis with two hostile states at their borders and locked access to the...

US Propaganda War In Syria: Report Ties White Helmets To Foreign Intervention

“White Helmets primary function is propaganda” reported an independent journalist, who tied the group to George Soros and the controversial advocacy group Avaaz. ALEPPO, Syria — A growing number of media reports praise the White Helmets, a group of first responders who save lives in Syria. But a recent report...

Startling revelations: IS operative confesses to getting funds via US

ISLAMABAD: Yousaf al Salafi – allegedly the Pakistan commander of Islamic State (IS) or Daish – has confessed during investigations that he has been receiving funds through the United States. Law enforcing agencies on January 22 claimed that they arrested al Salafi, along with his two companions, during a joint...

ISIS is now deploying US-supplied TOW Anti-tank Missiles in Syria

ISIS fighters are currently boasting of the deployment of their latest military hardware through photos distributed by Islamic State’s “Wilayat Damascus” (State of Damascus): the US-supplied BGM 71E TOW anti-tank missile system. Among those confirming the authenticity of the photos include analysts at the hawkish Brookings Institution and the Foundation...

Why the recent developments in Syria show that the Obama Administration is in a...

The latest developments in Syria are not, I believe, the result of some deliberate plan of the USA to help their “moderate terrorist” allies on the ground, but they are the symptom of something even worse: the complete loss of control of the USA over the situation in Syria...

Syria on brink of final victory in Aleppo

With Jihadi counter offensives crushed, the Jihadis in eastern Aleppo trapped, and the US out of options, the Syrian government backed by Russia is on the brink of winning 'the Great Battle of Aleppo' and restoring its full control over Syria's biggest city. Whilst all the attention is focused on...

Assad: “Syria will be liberated, Aleppo will be the graveyard of Erdogan’s dreams”

Earlier today, in a speech addressing the Syrian parliament in Damascus, President Bashar Al-Assad praised the parliamentary elections that were held earlier this year, stressing the fact that an unprecedented number of voters had turned out at the ballot box despite the dangers of participation during the war, with...

Syria: The First Casualty

The big lie concerning Syria is the most significant and outrageous myth that we are living under today. As previous big lies fade into history, this particular crisis holds the most potential to flare up into a life-ending catastrophe across the planet. Russia has now approved a shipment of...

Iran and the Middle East: Who’s Afraid of Russia’s S-300 Air Defense System?

The executive order issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin, which lifts the ban on the export of weapons systems to Iran, has been met with sharp condemnation by Israel, and admonishment from the United States. While Moscow has yet to make a final decision on if/when it will begin supplying the...

Along with Saudi king, most Gulf rulers to skip US summit

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It is not just the Saudi king who will be skipping the Camp David summit of U.S. and allied Arab leaders. Most Gulf heads of state won't be there. The absences will put a damper on talks that are designed to reassure key Arab...

U.S. expands intelligence sharing with Saudis in Yemen operation

(Reuters) - The United States is expanding its intelligence-sharing with Saudi Arabia to provide more information about potential targets in the kingdom's air campaign against Houthi militias in Yemen, U.S. officials told Reuters. The stepped-up assistance comes as two weeks of relentless air strikes by the Saudis and other Gulf...

US jets in showdown with Russian warplanes over Syria after bombing of Pentagon-backed rebels

Russian and American warplanes confronted one another in the skies above Syria after Moscow bombed an elite force of US-trained rebels. The Pentagon on Friday scrambled F/A-18 fighters to fend off an attack by Moscow's most advanced bombers on moderate opposition fighters it is supporting. When the F/A-18s approached the Russians...

Russia opens way to missile deliveries to Iran, starts oil-for-goods swap

(Reuters) - Russia paved the way on Monday for missile system deliveries to Iran and started an oil-for-goods swap, signaling that Moscow may have a head-start in the race to benefit from an eventual lifting of sanctions on Tehran. The moves come after world powers, including Russia, reached an interim...

Saudi Devaluation Odds Highest In 20 Years, Kingdom Now More Likely To Default Than...

On Monday, we brought you “Saudi Default, Devaluation Odds Spike As Mid-East Careens Into Chaos,” in which we outlined the jump in riyal forwards and widening of CDS spreads that Riyadh witnessed in the aftermath of the kingdom’s move to cut diplomatic ties with Iran. In short: the market is...

Is Israel forming an alliance with Egypt and Saudi Arabia?

Egypt's April 9 announcement of the transfer of two islands, Tiran and Sanafir, to Saudi Arabian sovereignty came as a complete surprise to many in the Middle East. The only country that was not surprised was Israel. A top-level official in Jerusalem told Al-Monitor on April 12 that Israel had been privy to the secret negotiations. Israel...

Fear and Loathing in Saudi Arabia

Saudi royals are scared about everything from the rise of Iran to the drop in oil prices. And Washington telling them to calm down only makes them angrier. The true surprise about the Saudi-Iranian contretemps over the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr is that it caught so many people off...

Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response

The rise of the insurgent terrorist group known as the Islamic State (IS, aka the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL/ISIS) and Russia’s military intervention on behalf of the Syrian government have reshaped debates over U.S. policy toward the ongoing civil conflict in Syria, now in...

How the Pentagon sank the US-Russia deal in Syria – and the ceasefire

Was the first ever US strike against Syrian government forces an intentional hit by the Pentagon to block military cooperation with Russia? Another US-Russian Syria ceasefire deal has been blown up. Whether it could have survived even with a US-Russian accord is open to doubt, given the incentives for al-Qaeda and...

Netanyahu: Gulf States’ decision to blacklist Hezbollah a sign of improving ties with Israel

PM pans Israeli Arab MKs' condemnation of Hezbollah terror listing. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday praised the Gulf states that declared Hezbollah a terrorist organization, hours after Balad and Hadash, two of the parties in the Joint List, condemned the decision because, for among other reasons, it is good...

Military Plays Up Role of Zarqawi

Jordanian Painted As Foreign Threat To Iraq's Stability. The U.S. military is conducting a propaganda campaign to magnify the role of the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, according to internal military documents and officers familiar with the program. The effort has raised his profile in a way that some military...

Israel, Gulf states said discussing new alliance to stop Iran

Israeli TV: Intensive talks with leading figures taking place over recent weeks, amid concern that Tehran will dupe Washington. Israel has held a series of meetings with prominent figures from a number of Gulf and other Arab states in recent weeks in an attempt to muster a new alliance capable...

The Obama Administration’s Suspension of Syria Talks With Russia Is the Most Dangerous Development

The collapse of talks takes the United States one step closer to an unnecessarily deadly “military solution” to the Syria crisis. This afternoon the State Department announced that the Obama administration is suspending bilateral talks with Russia regarding the war in Syria. The statement by State Department spokesman John Kirby...

Will US restrictions on Hezbollah lead to collapse of Lebanon?

BEIRUT - A Lebanese parliamentary delegation met in Washington on Feb. 23-27 with numerous members of Congress, administration officials and various lobbies to discuss the potential consequences for Lebanon of the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015. The act, which US President Barack Obama signed into law Dec. 18, authorizes the president to apply sanctions...

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...

A New Saudi Arabia Is Suddenly in a Hurry in Era of Low Oil

Saudi Arabia, one of the most tradition-bound societies on the planet, where family structure and tribal patriarchy differ little from a century ago, is suddenly in a hurry. It has done more in the past week than in most years. Over eight days, it has executed dozens of militants, severed...

Israel’s air superiority clouded by new Russian missiles in Syria

Putin's deployment of advanced S-400 system impacts a mainstay of Israel's defense strategy, though coordination with Moscow mitigates the threat. Israel's air superiority over its enemies has been a linchpin of its defense strategy for decades. The capacity of Israeli planes to carry out attacks well within enemies’ borders has...

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