Thursday, August 16, 2018

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Egypt’s Unlikely Ardor for Trump: Why Cairo Welcomes His Presidency

More than three weeks after the election, the American public remains divided over Donald Trump's surprise victory. Six thousand miles away, however, one U.S. ally has demonstrated a far more unified response. Egyptians, particularly those of a pro-government bent, are among the world’s happiest people about the Trump win. That...
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President Bashar Al-Assad’s interview given to Russia’s Komsomolskaya Pravda

Question 1: Thank you very much, Mr. President. It's a big happiness for me, and I'm very proud. Okay, I will start from my questions. The situation in Syria become more dangerous and more unpredictable. Why? Because this conflict draws inside more participants and more players. For example, who...

BAE Systems Sells Internet Surveillance Gear to United Arab Emirates

A Danish subsidiary of British defense contractor BAE Systems is selling an internet surveillance package to the government of the United Arab Emirates, a country known for spying on, imprisoning, and torturing dissidents and activists, according to documents obtained by Lasse Skou Andersen of the Danish newspaper Dagbladet Information. The...

How Egypt’s Brotherhood helped counter Turkey’s coup attempt

Egypt's outcast Muslim Brotherhood would be hard-pressed to find a country more welcoming than Turkey, and it appears the group's support might have played a role in quashing the July 15 attempted coup. Ankara has not demanded the departure of any of the group’s leaders, as Qatar did in September...

Behind The Failed Turkish Coup d’eat

Turkish PresidentRecep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Fethullah Gulen of being the mastermind of the failed coup. Who is Gulen? What are his ties to Hillary Clinton? John McCain? the CIA? What was the effect on the Turkish coup of the Russian Bombing of IS in Syria? Why did the FSB...

Will failed coup push Erdogan toward Iran, Russia?

Along with its many implications at home, the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey may have important repercussions on Ankara’s foreign policy, especially regarding Syria. The apology Ankara extended to Moscow last month for the Nov. 24 downing of a Russian jet had already raised expectations that normalization with Moscow...

What’s Behind Turkey’s Coup & Purge?

With Turkey now undergoing the largest military/governmental purge in modern history, the question of Turkey's future in terms of its domestic stability and structure is in flux and the possibilities facing the world, especially Syria, in regards to any changes of Turkish foreign policy are shaky as well. But...

Erdogan’s latest wake-up call on Islamic State

US, Russia should give Jabhat al-Nusra no quarter. The Obama administration is considering a plan to coordinate airstrikes with Russia against Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, in return for Russia’s commitment to pressure the Syrian government to end its airstrikes against civilians and US-backed moderate armed groups operating in...

The Illusion of Balkan Energy Security

Since strong pressure on the Bulgarian government back in 2014 caused her to stop construction of the Russian gas pipeline, South Stream, that was to have supplied Russian gas to the Balkans and on to Austria and Italy, Brussels has argued that the stop was necessary because of “regional energy...

Turkey Has Given Up on Democracy Outside Its Borders, Too

Not too long ago, Ankara was working to promote democracy across its region. But an increasingly authoritarian President Erdogan has lost interest. Turkey’s drift back into authoritarianism has international implications. After losing its parliamentary majority last June, the country’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) recovered ground to win just under 50 percent...

Qatar Wants to Buy Dozens of U.S. Warplanes. Why Won’t Washington Sell Them?

The White House can’t decide whether to sign off on a multibillion-dollar arms deal with the Persian Gulf kingdom, a sometime ally that has close ties to Islamist militants and Iran. The Obama administration is paralyzed over whether to sell dozens of advanced U.S. fighter jets to the tiny kingdom...

Israel’s Defense Minister Exposes Israel’s Divide-And-Conquer Regional Strategy

In addition to blowing the cover on Israel’s secret dealings with the Gulf states to target Iran, the defense minister expressed Israel’s hope that Syria might be divided up into ethnic enclaves, each ruled by mini-warlords. SEATTLE (ANALYSIS) - Israel’s defense minister spoke with uncharacteristic bluntness recently as he outlined...

Erdogan’s Foreign Policy Is in Ruins

Just a few short years ago, Turkey was heralded as one of the region's rising powers. What happened? It wasn’t long ago that Turkish foreign policy was the talk of the town. Defined by the catchy phrase of “zero problems with the neighbors,” Turkey aimed to both improve relations with...

Egypt’s New Radicalism

The Muslim Brotherhood and Jihad. On a cold night in January, two young Cairene men stormed the Bella Vista hotel in the resort town of Hurghada, in Egypt. They were looking for Russians to kill or kidnap in the name of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS). One attacker drew out a knife and...

Post Gaddafi Libya Splits Up into Five Regional Factions

Since the fall of Mu’ammar Gaddafi in late 2011, various militias with very different political agendas have attempted to seize power in Libya. Elections were held in the country in both 2012 and 2014; however, election turnout dropped from 60% to 18% largely due to the Islamist parties and Gaddafi...

Military to Military

Seymour M. Hersh on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war Barack Obama’s repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office – and that there are ‘moderate’ rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him – has in recent years provoked quiet dissent, and even overt opposition, among some of...
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William Engdahl Explains the Past, Present and Future of the War in Syria

William Engdahl give his perspective on the Paris attacks. He discuss the historical background to what is taking place now in Syria, how it plays into the current geopolitical agenda of the US/NATO military powers, and what it means for France, Syria and the world moving forward. TRANSCRIPT: William Engdahl (WE)—“It’s...

A Critical Examination of the 2012 DIA Document Predicting the Rise of the Islamic...

LR Editor’s Note: We are re-posting the below guest analysis by Robert Barsocchini, an internationally published researcher and writer who focuses on global force dynamics and writes professionally for the film industry. He is a regular contributor to Washington’s Blog. The below point-by-point examination of the DIA document was...

UAE told UK: crack down on Muslim Brotherhood or lose arms deals

Files reveal plans for crown prince to demand David Cameron act against Islamist group in return for BAE Systems and BP deals. The United Arab Emirates threatened to block billion-pound arms deals with the UK, stop inward investment and cut intelligence cooperation if David Cameron did not act against the...

Oil prices and the Syrian civil war

Most watch in disbelief as hordes of Middle Eastern migrants enter Europe with little to no resistance from border control. Whereas refugees are normally women and children, these migrants are for the most part young males of fighting age leaving a war zone. That prompts concerns on their true...

Turkish-Uyghur Terror Inc. – America’s Other Al Qaeda

It is no longer tenable for the United States and its regional allies in and near the Middle East to claim they are backing "moderate rebels" in the proxy war raging in Syria, Iraq, and parts of Lebanon. There is the Syrian government on one side, and terrorists including...

Unmasking ISIS

INTRODUCTION Where did ISIS come from? How was it able to gain land, arms and money so quickly? This book will answer those questions ... and unmask ISIS. Part 1 shows that the U.S. – through bad policies and stupid choices – is largely responsible for the rise of ISIS. Part 2 reveals...

Refugee Crisis and Syria War Fueled By Competing Gas Pipelines

Don’t let anyone fool you: Sectarian strife in Syria has been engineered to provide cover for a war for access to oil and gas, and the power and money that come along with it. Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect recent Wikileaks revelations of US State Department...

Officials: ISIS Arose From US Support For al-Qaeda In Iraq

A former Pentagon intelligence chief, Iraqi government sources, and a retired career US diplomat reveal US complicity in the rise of ISIS. A new memoir by a former senior State Department analyst provides stunning details on how decades of support for Islamist militants linked to Osama bin Laden brought about...

Pentagon report predicted West’s support for Islamist rebels would create ISIS

Anti-ISIS coalition knowingly sponsored violent extremists to ‘isolate’ Assad, rollback ‘Shia expansion’. A declassified secret US government document obtained by the conservative public interest law firm, Judicial Watch, shows that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad. The document reveals that...

Yemen’s War Is Redrawing the Middle East’s Fault Lines

Saudi Arabia's ongoing war in Yemen does more to highlight the kingdom's isolation than its power. Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab world, bereft of resources, fractured by tribal divisions and religious sectarianism, and plagued by civil war. And yet this small country tucked into the bottom of the...
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Secret Tapes of the 2013 Egypt Coup Plot Pose a Problem for Obama

Ever since the overthrow of Egypt’s elected president, the U.S. administration has tried to avoid the word “coup.” Hard to do that now, but it’s still trying. Pity the poor dictators! What’s a dedicated bunch of military plotters to do when they learn the elected leader they overthrew may have...

Syria: Saudi-Turkish alliance backs ‘Conquest Army’ rebels to defeat Bashar al-Assad

Turkish officials have confirmed that Ankara has signed a pact with Saudi Arabia to help rebels fighting against embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The unusual, strategic alliance will provide "logistical and financial support" to the constellation of anti-Assad groups fighting on the ground, according to AP. Earlier in April, the Huffington...

Seduced by a Strongman?

Cairo is coming unhinged. From razing a buffer zone between the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip, to criminalizing membership in the Muslim Brotherhood, to using lethal force against activists who violate the country's protest law, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has crafted an internal security strategy heavy on...

Saudi Arabia, Turkey Discussing Unlikely Alliance To Oust Syria’s Assad

WASHINGTON -- Turkey and Saudi Arabia, two nations with a long history of rivalry, are in high-level talks with the goal of forming a military alliance to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to sources familiar with the discussions. The talks are being brokered by Qatar. As the partnership is...

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