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Jun 16 09:19

3 REASONS AMERICA SOLD MILITARY JETS TO QATAR

Unlike Iran which has the mightiest military in the wider Middle East, arguably even more disciplined than that of Turkey, the military might of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, for all the money they lavish on arms, is broadly incompetent and incapable. The average citizens of the small State of Qatar let alone the larger Saudi Kingdom are simply not equipped for serious, let alone long term military combat.

The United States just completed a sale of military hardware, including fighter jets to the pseudo-isolated Qatari state in a deal worth $12 billion.

This comes shortly after Donald Trump called Qatar a terrorist sponsoring state. Of course both Qatar and Saudi Arabia sponsor terrorism and for that matter they sponsor many of the same terrorist groups including ISIS.

Why then did America go through with its lucrative transaction that will see top-notch military hardware placed into the hands of a country that the US President called a terrorist supporting regime?

Jun 16 09:15

Who will succeed Al-Baghdadi after his reported death?

Who will succeed Al-Baghdadi after his reported death?

The Russian Ministry of Defense has claimed that according to information, which is being checked through various channels, the Islamic State’s leader Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi had reportedly been killed as a result of airstrikes conducted by the Russian aircraft near Raqqa on May 28. The strikes targeted a meeting of high-ranking Islamic State leaders where al- Baghdadi had reportedly been present. The meeting had been gathered to plan routes for the exit of militants from Raqqa through the so-called “southern corridor.”

Jun 16 08:42

Yemen War Threatens Crucial Oil Chokepoint

The Bab al-Mandan strait, which facilitates the transfer of 4 million barrels of oil to Middle Eastern markets everyday, has become increasingly contentious over the past few weeks as an international navel coalition grows its presence in the area.

"Recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab Al Mandeb have highlighted that there are still risks associated with transits through these waters,” the leadership of the Combined Maritime Forces, which boasts vessels from 31 nations, said on Monday. The U.S.-led group is based in Bahrain and guards the Gulf of Aden.

Jun 16 07:41

Justice or revenge: Relatives demand punishment after US troops shoot dead Afghan father & 2 sons

The US Military,poorly trained,poorly disciplined. When they get into a fight with a modern military they will have their heads and butts handed to them. Allowing themselves to be enveloped and flanked in Syria shows how unprofessional they are. As does this incident.

The relatives of an Afghan father and two of his sons, who they say were killed and disfigured by heavy US fire in the country's Nangarhar province, told RT they demand the American troops be punished. The US military says it's unaware of civilian casualties.

Zir Gul and his sons were basically torn apart by the US gunfire, with his uncle Ghulam Ahmad saying: It was horrible what the Americans did to them. Even I couldn't recognize their bodies.The tragedy left 12 of Zir Gul's children, six sons and as many daughters, without their provider.

The kids who are now facing a struggle for survival, are both shocked by their father's death and full of anger.

Jun 15 14:22

UN last hurdle before Israel can rid itself of the Palestinians

Jonathan Cook says a real conspiracy is underway between US and Israeli officials to pre-empt Donald Trump’s supposed “ultimate deal” to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by demoting the Palestinian issue to a footnote in international diplomacy.>>

Jun 15 11:47

Syria: From ‘no boots on the ground’ to (not so secret) forward operating bases

It’s a familiar pattern by now. From “we’re staying out” to “just some logistical aid to rebels” to “okay, some mere light arms to fight the evil dictator” to “well, a few anti-tank missiles wouldn’t hurt” to “we gotta bomb the new super-bad terror group that emerged!” to “ah but no boots on the ground!” to “alright kinetic strikes as a deterrent” to “but special forces aren’t really boots on the ground per se, right?” And on and on it goes.

As of this week the public is getting a rare glimpse of more US boots on the ground in southern Syria. Not just boots, but a US Special Forces Forward Operating Base, along with evidence of US operational control of a sovereign country’s border crossing.

Caleb Weiss reports the following for Long War Journal:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The collective insanity of this ongoing war, on the part of the government of the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America against Syria, is right out there, on display in this move.

This is a monstrously illegal act, by a foreign government against the sovereign state of Syria, and I have to wonder just when US fighting forces in Syria are going to find themselves fighting Russian troops, on the ground.

Because it looks as though that is the state of affairs to which the US military appears to be headed at the moment.

Jun 15 11:40

Bahrain Begins Jailing People for Not Endorsing Anti-Qatar Policy

Following moves to further criminalize public dissent, the island nation of Bahrain has arrested at least two people today on charges of being “Qatar sympathizers,” based on public comments in which the two men were seen as opposed to the Saudi-led blockade on nearly Qatar.

One of the two men was identified as Issa Faraj Arhama al-Burshad, a human rights lawyer who filed a lawsuit attempting to challenge the blockade, accusing it of breaking up families in Bahrain by expelling Qatari citizens. The lawsuit will not happen, and Burshad has been thrown in jail for even trying to do so.

The other man was not publicly identified, but was only said to have been a social media user who was accused of making postings that “opposed the decision of the kingdom” to move against Qatar. Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have both threatened to jail anyone expressing “sympathy” for Qatar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

This is all about the money, and those natural gas reserves Qatar shares with Iran.

Jun 15 10:01

The Qatar blockade, petro-yuan & coming war on Iran

Qatar hasn’t been playing ball with the US-approved, Saudi-led ‘isolate Iran’ program. Partly because Doha has made independence from Riyadh a hallmark of its foreign policy, but mostly because Qatar and Iran share the world's largest natural gas field.
US President Donald Trump’s speech to the assembled Gulf leaders in Saudi Arabia on May 21 is worth reading in full. It is deeply disturbing.

Having praised himself for his $110 billion arms deal with the Saudis, he goes on to talk about the threat posed by terrorism, and what a wonderful job the US and the Gulfies – that is, the leading state sponsor of the region's supremacist death squads and its assembled proxies – are doing in combating it. He then goes on to claim that at the root of the region's terrorism lurks… guess who? The power leading the regional pushback against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and Al-Qaeda: Iran.

Jun 15 09:46

US sells $12bn worth of fighter jets to ‘terrorist funder’ Qatar

News of the deal comes less than a week after US President Donald Trump lashed out at the Gulf kingdom, saying it has “historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level.”

Jun 15 09:07

Iran sends 500 tons of food supplies to Qatar

Iran has so far sent about 500 tons of food supplies including fruits and vegetables to Qatar whose diplomatic ties with Saudi Arabia is currently severed.

According to IRIB, head of Iran’s food producers’ union Mehdi Karimi Tafreshi noted Qatar’s 3-billion-dollar worth of annual exports, adding “almost all of Qatar’s food supplies are imports, and Iran exported about $118 million worth of various kinds of foodstuff to the Persian Gulf emirate last year.”

Jun 14 15:00

Pentagon Agrees To Sell $12 Billion In F-15s To Qatar

Remember when Trump called on Qatar to stop funding terrorism, claiming credit for and endorsing the decision of Gulf nations to isolate their small neighbor (where the most important US airbase in the middle east is located),even as US Cabinet officials said their blockade is hurting the campaign against ISIS. You should: it took place just 5 days ago.

"We had a decision to make," Trump said, describing conversations with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. "Do we take the easy road or do we finally take a hard but necessary action? We have to stop the funding of terrorism." Also last week, Trump triumphantly announced on twitter that “during my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, in the coming war between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the US sells weapons to BOTH sides!

Jun 14 13:43

American father fights for his kidnapped children’s lives in Israel as his son wastes away “in care”

Last January we wrote about two American children, Jericho and Yamit Dudovich, who had been snatched from their school by the Israeli police and social workers under a false pretext.

Since then matters have taken a sharp turn for the worse...>>

Jun 14 12:49

UAE Ambassador: US Should Move Key Base Out of Qatar

Addressing the ongoing tensions with Qatar, United Arab Emirates Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba today suggested that the United States needs to seriously consider relocating its largest military base in the Middle East, which is located in Qatar, as a way to “further pressure Qatar.”

Jun 14 12:47

Mattis Ready to Blame Russia for Qatar Diplomatic Split

Speaking today at the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D – MA) asked Defense Secretary James Mattis to reveal no classified information, but to assume that last week’s report in CNN that Russia had used “fake news” to start the controversy was true, and to elaborate on their motives for that.

Mattis appeared only too eager to make that assumption, as requested, insisting that the he believed this reflected Russia’s “shortsighted way” of thinking, and that they want to disrupt all alliances across the planet, not just alliances involving the US, or even just alliances related directly to Europe.

Jun 14 09:06

US ambassador to Qatar QUITS as crisis engulfs Middle East

THE US Ambassador to Qatar has announced she is leaving her post as diplomatic tensions flare among the Gulf nations.

Dana Shell Smith said her time at the State Department is ending later this month, giving no other reasons for her departure.

Jun 14 08:09

Five Democrat Votes Allow Trump's Saudi Weapons Deal To Clear Senate

A bipartisan bid to block President Trump's recently negotiated $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia failed in the Senate. The effort to stop the weapons sales, authored by Senators Rand Paul and Chris Murphy, fell short on a 47-53 vote, with four Republicans joining most Democrats in voting against it and five Democrats voting to preserve deals that will arm the Saudi Kingdom with some of the most sophisticated equipment available.

The five democrats who made the passage of the weapons deal possible were Sens. Bill Nelson, Claire McCaskill, Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Mark Warner.

Jun 14 07:24

Gulf of Aden States Seeking to Obstruct Iran’s Naval Presence: Commander

The Gulf of Aden littoral states are making deliberate attempts to disrupt the presence of Iranian naval flotillas in high seas, Iran’s Navy commander said, noting, however, that Iranian forces continue to sail wherever international law allows regardless of antagonistic moves.

Jun 13 12:50

UK Prime Minister Theresa May's pact with the devil

As Theresa May prepares to sign a deal with the bigots of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party to prop up her government in Parliament, Stuart Littlewood examines her track record of incompetence and lack of principle.>>

Jun 13 12:27

Putin Warns America "Has A False Sense That It Can Do Anything Without Consequences"

In the first episode of Stone’s hugely anticipated Showtime series, which aired Monday night, Russian President Vladimir Putin pulled no punches claiming US is to blame for the rise of Al-Qaeda and its late mastermind Osama bin Laden, which it empowered to fight Soviet troops in Afghanistan, adding that there is proof the CIA supported terrorists in Russia’s Chechnya.

Jun 13 11:57

Israeli DM: Al-Jazeera Is ‘Nazi-, Soviet-Style Propaganda’

Israeli officials have been eagerly backing regional hostility toward Qatar, and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has doubled down on that, accusing the Qatar-funded al-Jazeera network, the most popular news media outlet in the Middle East, of being “Nazi-, Soviet-style propaganda.”

Lieberman’s evidence for this was that al-Jazeera has often run stories critical of Israel, saying that such behavior doesn’t rise to the level of journalism. Ironically, al-Jazeera is historically the only Arab media outlet that has allowed Israeli officials on to tell their side of the story at all, with most outlets banning Israelis as a matter of course.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israeli DM Lieberman, a word, please.

Your rant appears to be borne from desperation on the cusp of madness.

I have always found Al-Jazeera (English version) to be a reasonable, and responsible, voice for the Arab world, and the quality of its journalism is generally quite elevated.

Israel has, most generally, treated Palestinians in the occupied territories quite horrifically, and that reality cannot be disproven, even by such vicious, and logic-challenged, rants such as this.

Jun 13 10:51

QATARI CURRENCY HITS 19-YEAR LOW AS DIPLOMATIC CRISIS DEEPENS

With increasing diplomatic and economic pressure from its Arab neighbors, Qatar’s national currency, the riyal, has reached its lowest exchange rate against the US dollar since 1998.
The Qatar Central Bank is currently trying to keep the riyal fixed at around 3.64 per dollar, but the Saudi-led boycott raises concerns that the regulator will have to weaken the currency.

“I don’t think there is any reason that people need to be concerned about what’s happening or any speculation on the Qatari riyal,” the Emirate’s finance minister, Ali Shareef Al Emadi, said in an interview with CNBC earlier this week.

“We have the assets and the security that we need. Our foreign assets and our foreign investment is more than 250 percent of our GDP. So we are very much comfortable. We know we can defend the currency or we can defend the economy,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Financial sanctions are frequently a prelude to war.

Jun 13 08:13

UAE paid $3bn to finance coup attempt in Turkey: Report

The United Arab Emirates financed a high-profile coup attempt last year in Turkey and paid about three billion dollars to the putschists, a columnist in a Turkish daily has claimed.

Jun 13 08:08

Gulf Crisis: On Fast Track to War

In less than one week, what began as a simple disagreement in politics turned into a siege that could easily develop into a war. On June 5th of last week, Saudi Arabia and four of its regional allies decided to sever diplomatic, economic, and transportation ties with Qatar and its ruler Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. However, it was May 24th which saw the initial fracture occur in this latest watermark in the long history of the inter-Gulf conflict.

Jun 13 08:03

The Qatari Conundrum: A Saudi Message to Turkey and Iran

The Middle East has been ablaze for many years now, but the Islamic Republic of Iran has so far largely escaped any direct harm. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, has also become the victim of numerous terror attacks over the past years… but now, the whole dynamic seems to have undergone a radical shift, a shift endangering Iran, Qatar, Syria, and Yemen… with potential ripple effects also touching upon Turkey and Russia.

Jun 12 15:29

Saudi Arabia Showing Signs Of Support For Kurdish Fighters, Shows Possible Rift With Turkey Over Qatar

By Brandon Turbeville

Only days after the falling out between Saudi Arabia and Qatar that resulted in a virtual blockade of Qatar by Gulf countries and Egypt, overtures are apparently being made between Saudi Arabia and Kurdish political and military units. While many may not understand the connection between the two events, rest assured there is a direct cause and effect between the Qatari row and the newfound interest in Kurds by Saudi Arabia...

Jun 12 12:31

Settlement, Soft Coup, Realignment or Regional War: 4 Scenarios for Qatar Crisis

The Russian International Affairs Council, a powerful Moscow-based think tank, estimates that there are four scenarios for resolving the ongoing diplomatic conflict between Qatar and other Arab and Muslim states. Written by renowned Middle East observer Vitaly Naumkin, the report outlines what Russia and its regional allies should be prepared for.

Under the first scenario, the parties resolve their differences as a result of mediation by regional and world powers. Doha will be forced to make some concessions, but will not be asked to sacrifice its key foreign policy initiatives, including friendly relations with Iran, and links to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The second scenario sees mediation efforts fail, and pressure on Qatar escalate. Amid threats of even more severe struggle, the emirate's leadership is forced to resign, and is replaced in a soft change of power scenario.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One thing Naumkin does not take into consideration here, is the absolute blood lust shared by Israel; Saudi Arabia; and the US government for regime change in Tehran, and soon.

And the US government and military are very excellent at maintaining wars which should have been over months and years ago, save for US military involvement; Naumkin should ask Syria's Bashar Al-Assad about that.

Regime changing Qatar's government, and making it more antagonistic toward Iran, and using the 11,000 US troops serving there, together with Saudi troops, plus the US Navy's 5th Fleet, stationed in Bahrain, could mount up to a formidable fighting force against Iran.

But the big question which people in Riyadh; DC, and Tel Aviv need to be asking themselves is, if the US goes up against Iran militarily, what will Russia do?!?

In this case, I am not of the opinion that the Duma is just going to sit around and sing "Kumbyah", but will authorise immediate military action on Iran's side, should the US and Saudi Arabia attempt to invade Iran, supported by Israeli intelligence.

Jun 12 11:38

Israel, Saudis, UAE Lobby Congress for Anti-Qatar Legislation

While Israel has been unable to directly join the Saudi-led move to “blockade” Qatar, having very limited contact with them in the first place, that hasn’t stopped them from throwing their substantial lobbying support behind a move already backed by Saudi and Emirati lobbyists to see the US Congress pass anti-Qatar legislation.

The HR 2712 bill, the Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act of 2017, faults Qatar for its support for the Hamas Movement, The bill’s sponsors in the House include a number of lawmakers who have received substantial donations from pro-Israel lobbyists, and donations from pro-Saudi lobbyists as well.

This is part of an ongoing allegation that Qatar’s charitable contributions are going to terrorist movements. Qatar denies that this is the case, saying that the government has been very successful in ensuring that the charities they support actually do charitable work, and don’t simply end up laundering the money to terrorist movements.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The threat of an imminent invasion into Qatar may have been stayed for now, thanks to the rapid action of both Turkey and Iran, pledging troops for Qatar.

However, that being said, look for Israel and the US government to conjure up some horrific false flag to blame on Iran (the real target, here), in the not too distant future, as a "justification" for invading it.

And Iran's "real crimes" here?!? Oh, let me count them for you:

1. Not having a private central bank, which loans money at interest, instead of for a fixed fee, which creates no compound interest.

2. Having a Constitutional Islamic Republic (Israel has no constitution whatsoever)

3. Doing a great job of educating their kids to become competitive on the world stage. In Iran, around 70% of science and engineering students are women

Jun 12 11:04

SAUDI ARABIA’S ATTACK ON QATAR UNRAVELS

A week into the crisis Saudi Arabia instigated when it broke diplomatic relations with Qatar and imposed a land and air blockade of the tiny Gulf state, it is becoming clear that it is failing to bring Qatar to heel.

Instead Qatar has successfully secured pledges of support from Turkey and Iran – the two military giants in this region – appears to have the tacit support of Kuwait, and is gaining diplomatic traction with Russia.

As for the US, though US President Trump has seemed to tilt to Saudi Arabia’s side in this quarrel, US Secretary of State Tillerson – who as a former oil executive must know this region well – seems intent on taking a more conciliatory line towards Qatar, calling for the blockade on Qatar to be lifted. I have no doubt it will be his counsels which in the US will eventually prevail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good!!

Jun 12 09:37

SAUDI ARABIA BECOMES PRO-KURDISH AFTER TURKEY SIDES WITH QATAR

This could be the beginning of a new alignment that will elevate the Russian position in the region while diminishing the influence of the United States.

The new and seemingly prolonged row between Saudi Arabia and Qatar is having some curious and almost shocking knock-on effects.

The most interesting is that Syrian media has been reporting that attacks and even mobilisations from many Gulfi funded terrorists in Syria have declined.

Likewise, state-run Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera has suddenly discovered the extent of Saudi war crimes in Yemen after ignoring the story until last week when Qatar’s exit from the Saudi coalition was formalised.

But by far the most strange development thus far is the newfound Saudi love for the cause of Kurdish nationalism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These re-alignments remind me of the phrase, very common in the Middle East, that "The enemy of my enemy is my friend!"

Jun 12 08:52

Israel, Saudi, UAE team up in anti-Qatar lobbying move

US legislation threatening to sanction Qatar for its support of "Palestinian terror" was sponsored by 10 legislators who received more than $1m over the last 18 months from lobbyists and groups linked to Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

The bill was introduced to the US House of Representatives on May 25, but the text wasn't available until Friday morning, hours after Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Egypt put 59 people and 12 institutions linked to Qatar on a "terror list".

The nations abruptly ended diplomatic relations with Qatar on Monday, accusing Doha of supporting "extremism" and siding with their regional rival Iran.

Jun 12 08:50

Kuwait says Qatar ready for talks as Bahrain moves to freeze assets

The Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry says Qatar is prepared to enter negotiations aimed at solving the diplomatic row with Arab countries as Bahrain’s central bank has issued orders freezing assets and bank accounts of Qatar-linked entities.

Jun 12 08:48

Iran Dispatches Warships to Oman Amid ‘Controlled Insecurity’ in the Gulf

"An Iranian naval flotilla will depart to Oman on Sunday and then will go to the north of the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden," the public relations of the naval forces of the army said in a statement published on the Iranian Tasnim news agency.

The 47th flotilla, comprised of one destroyer and one logistics warship, began its mission Sunday, after a ceremony attended by naval commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari.

Jun 12 08:25

Iran Claims Proof Of ‘Direct US Support” For ISIS Days After Congressman Dana Rohrabacher Floats The Idea

Content originally generated at iBankCoin.com Last Thursday, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher praised ISIS for coordinated terrorist attacks in Tehran which left 17 civilians dead - then suggested that the United States should support the terrorist organization in their endeavors to bring regime change to Iran, comparing the situation to working with Stalin's Russia to get Hitler. Rohrabacher: Isn't it a good thing for us to have Untied States finally backing up Sunnis who will attack Hezbollah and the Shiite threat to us? Isn't that a good thing? And if so, maybe this is a Trump strategy of actually supporting one group against another considering that you have terrorist organizations. Maybe it's a good idea to have radical Muslim terrorists fighting each other?

Jun 12 07:42

Saudi Arabia’s attack on Qatar unravels

A week into the crisis Saudi Arabia instigated when it broke diplomatic relations with Qatar and imposed a land and air blockade of the tiny Gulf state, it is becoming clear that it is failing to bring Qatar to heel.

Instead Qatar has successfully secured pledges of support from Turkey and Iran – the two military giants in this region – appears to have the tacit support of Kuwait, and is gaining diplomatic traction with Russia.

Jun 12 07:34

Qatar hosted Taliban on US request: Official

Mutlaq al-Qahtani, a senior counterterrorism adviser to Qatar’s foreign minister, told Al Jazeera on Sunday that Qatar hosted the Taliban “by request by the US government” and as part of Qatar’s “open-door policy, to facilitate talks, to mediate and to bring peace.”

The Taliban opened a “political office” in Qatar in 2013, but the Qatari government later shut it down. Taliban leaders are still said to be in Doha, however.

Jun 12 07:33

31 December 2016 16:3630 Saudi Mercenaries Killed and Injured by Yemeni Army in Shabwah

According to Al-Alam reporter quoted from Yemeni Sources 30 Saudi mercenaries killed and injured in an assault repelled by Yemeni army in Hijar region of Asilan in Shabwah Governorate.

Jun 11 15:13

Iran Sends 2 Warships To Oman, Flies Food To Qatar

If there was any confusion on which side of the Qatar crisis Iran found itself, it was swept away today after Iran's Tasnim news, cited by Turkey's Anadolu Agency, reported that Iran plans to send two warships to Oman on Sunday. The two ships will depart using Iran's southern waters off the port city of Bandar Abbas for an overseas mission to the Arab Peninsula state and then on to international waters.

On Sunday, the 47th flotilla, comprised of an Alborz destroyer and Bushehr logistic warship, set sail from the southern port city of Bandar Abbas, Tasnim reported. From Oman, the ships will then head to the Gulf of Aden and international waters north of the Indian Ocean. At the same time, Iran's 46th flotilla consisting of a Sabalan destroyer and Lavan logistic warship, is due to return to Iran on Sunday after completing a two-month mission to secure naval routes and protect merchant vessels and oil tankers in the Gulf of Aden.

Jun 11 11:53

Al-Nusra’s Name has been Removed from Terror List after Rebranding:

The US State Department is hesitant to label Tahrir al-Sham a terror group, despite the group’s link to al-Qaeda, as the US government has directly funded and armed the Zenki Brigade, one of the constituents of Tahrir al-Sham, with sophisticated weaponry including the US-made antitank TOW missiles.

Jun 11 09:29

Qatar's Al Jazeera TV says it has come under cyber attack

DOHA: Pan-Arab satellite network Al Jazeera is combating a large-scale cyber attack on its media platform, but all its entities remain operational, a company source said on Thursday.

"There were attempts made on the cyber security of Al Jazeera but we are combating them and currently all our entities are operational," said a senior employee who declined to be named.

Al Jazeera is the flagship broadcaster for Qatar, which is in a stand-off with fellow Arab states which accuse it of ties to terrorism, in a row that is endangering stability in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"In a time of universal deceit — telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell, "1984".

I, for one, appreciate the English language edition of Al Jazeera, and respect the general integrity of its reporting.

So hang in there, IT people at Al Jazeera; as was said during World War II, if you're catching flack, you know you're over the target.

Jun 11 09:23

Qatar Will Pay John Ashcroft $2.5 Million To Defend Against Terrorism Accusations

As a reminder, Ashcroft was U.S. attorney general under President George W. Bush from February 2001 to February 2005, years in which US policies and laws were reshaped by the so-called war on terrorism that followed the 2001 al Qaeda attacks. Under Ashcroft the US spawned the "Patriot Act", trampling over civil rights everywhere, and made pervasive spying on virtually everyone the norm, courtesy of the NSA.

Perhaps relying on the assumption that Qatar can simply bribe its way again into America's good graces - recall Qatar give Bill Clinton a $1 million "present" for his Birthday, and was one of the biggest foreign "donors" of the Clinton Foundation even when Hillary was still at the State Department...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly do not believe, for a moment, that Saudi Arabia and the US will give Qatar the "grace period" for which it has asked; if, in fact, both countries are looking at war against Iran, things have to move swiftly, and without delay.

So look for some very terrible false flag to happen very soon to be blamed on the Qatari government, and then we are...off and running into a war against Iran, which will most probably mean a war with Russia.

Jun 11 08:40

Cool Qatar: Riyadh plan backfires after Trump flip-flop & Turkey ruse

Saudi Arabia’s standoff against Qatar was fraught with miscalculations and comically ill-conceived notions from the start. But now the crisis is becoming a threat to Riyadh’s own prominence and security in the Middle East.

Jun 11 07:56

Qatar Will Pay John Ashcroft $2.5 Million To Defend Against Terrorism Accusations

Who better to defend Qatar it is a hotbed of terrorism-funding (as per a recent list released by Saudi Arabia et al according to which 59 individuals and 12 entities in Qatar are terrorist) than the US Attorney General who served during the September 11 attacks, John Ashcroft. At least that's what the government of Qatar is thinking, which hired the former US AG to defend the world's wealthiest (on a GDP/capita basis) nation from accusations by Donald Trump and Arab neighbors that it supports terrorism.

Jun 11 07:15

Escalation in Gulf Deals Blow to Qatari Banks

Qatari banks, already stretched by financing demands of the $200 billion 2022 World Cup, took a head-on blow from its neighbors’ abrupt decision to cut economic and diplomatic ties.

At risk are the foreign deposits—especially from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council—that have helped sustain institutions like Qatar National Bank QPSC, the region’s largest by assets, and Doha Bank QSC. Lenders in Qatar and across the GCC have already struggled with declining cash reserves and higher interest rates after governments used bank deposits to maintain spending in recent years amid declining oil prices.

Jun 11 07:15

Qatar-Gulf crisis: All the latest updates

The latest news after Arab Gulf countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and suspended Doha-bound flights.

Jun 10 16:31

Robert Fisk: This is the real story behind the economic crisis unfolding in Qatar

After promising to fight to the death against Shia Iranian “terror,” Saudi Arabia and its closest chums have now ganged up on one of the wealthiest of their neighbours, Qatar, for being a fountainhead of “terror”. Only Shakespeare’s plays could come close to describing such treachery. Shakespeare’s comedies, of course.

Jun 10 13:34

UK and terrorism: Jeremy Corbyn tries the truth

Lawrence Davidson examines the relationship between Britain’s misguided neoconservative foreign policy, the recent terrorist attacks in the country and the outcome of the parliamentary election, which resulted in the ruling Conservatives losing many of their parliamentary seats.>>

Jun 10 09:19

Turkish President: Ankara to Continue to Support Doha

“We will not abandon our Qatari brothers,” Erdogan said at the Turkish parliament on Friday, Anadolu news agency reported.

Erdogan also dismissed a blacklist drawn up by the Arab countries opposed to Qatar and targeting certain Qatari-backed organizations as sponsors of terrorism.

“There is no such thing. I know those foundations,” Turkish President said, adding that Ankara “will continue to give all kinds of support to Qatar."

Jun 10 09:09

WHY HAS THE GCC AND EGYPT TURNED ON QATAR?

It is important to note which countries in the anti-Syria coalition are not part of the anti-Qatar coalition, specifically Turkey. The one thing Turkey and Qatar have in common besides funding and facilitating terrorists for the purpose of overthrowing the Syrian government, is support for the Muslim Brotherhood. After all, Turkey’s Erdogan has long supported the MB and has maintained close ties with them for years. Turkey is also currently debating the possibility of deploying Turkish troops to a base in Qatar.

So what we are seeing is, in part, an anti-Muslim Brotherhood coalition with the focus being placed on Qatar, the country which is seen as being perhaps the biggest patron of the organization.

The Iranian Element

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All of these elements, taken together, appear to be leading toward an ultimate Saudi proxy war against Iran, supported by the US and Israel, which will, almost inevitably, lead to a war against Russia, whose military and political class have, very publicly, stated that any attack on Iran will have Russia come to defend it, militarily.

And I very frankly think that we are looking at a question of "when", rather than "if".

The current regimes in DC, Tel Aviv, and Riyadh want to see the current regime in Tehran crushed, and by any means necessary, in order to install a western-centric puppet, as the US military and intelligence agencies did in 1953, and renew the curse of private central banking in this country.

President Rouhani, the Iranian Parliament, and the Iranian military, have every reason to be concerned about this demonisation of Qatar, and where it might be leading, geopolitically and militarily.

Jun 10 08:06

UAE in dire need of Qatar gas to keep Dubai lit up: Report

The United Arab Emirates depends on imported gas to generate half of its electricity, and the recent diplomatic row with neighboring Qatar risks glittering skyscrapers in the sheikhdom’s largest and most populous city of Dubai to go dark for lack of power.

Jun 10 08:06

Is Qatar paying the price for its pro-Palestine stance?

Qatar's support for Palestinians seems to be one of the key causes of the Saudi-led blockade on Doha, amid increasing convergence between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, and the administration of US President Donald Trump - the president most supportive of Israel in recent decades.

Jun 10 08:05

Iran offers Qatar use of key southern ports, sends cargo plane with food supplies

Iran has offered to allow Qatar use its southern ports to carry on its vital import activities after the emirate's Arab neighbors united to isolate it. The announcement was made by Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani. He was quoted by the Financial Times in a report as saying that Iran had offered Doha to use three of its ports in the Persian Gulf. He said this would enable Qatar to import all the goods it needed.

Jun 09 16:19

President Trump Demands Qatar Stop Funding Terrorists

"Stop funding, stop teaching hate, and stop the killing," US President Donald Trump said Friday during a news conference with the Romanian president after alleging that Doha has propped up Islamist extremists.

"No more funding," Trump emphasized. His comments come following the diplomatic row that erupted last week between Qatar and major Middle East powers like Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Mattis Aware of Steps Planned to Isolate Qatar - Pentagon
The "high level" of support — whether it be financial, logistical or moral — for terror groups originating in Doha must stop, the president said.

"I want to call on all of the nations to stop immediately supporting terrorism," Trump reiterated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully obvious that Tillerson's remarks earlier today were simply for American public consumption, as though the US government had absolutely nothing to do with greenlighting this coming war.

We are in a place now, where there can be no speculation about "if" a war against Qatar, and ultimately Iran, is going to happen; we are in a place of "when" such a war will happen.

My gut is telling me, sooner rather than later.

I have to wonder what the orders are for those 11,000 US service members in Qatar are going to be, once the fertilizer hits the ventilation shaft.

Jun 09 15:49

Barcelona football fans could face 15yrs in prison, $135K fine in UAE over Qatar sponsorship

In 2011, Barcelona FC signed a historic deal with Qatar Sports Investment to put a sponsor's logo on their shirts for the first time in 111 years. Now, however, the club’s Emirati fans could face jail time and large fines for wearing Barca jerseys.

While the football club’s sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways ends June 30 – with Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten occupying the coveted spot during the 2017-18 season – the increasing tensions in the Gulf region have inflicted substantial collateral damage.

So for those of you in the UAE wearing a Barcelona shirt with "Qatar Airways" you're gonna face a fine ???????? #petty

— Haya Abdulrahman ? (@l_Haya_l) June 7, 2017

Earlier this week, UAE authorities announced that social media posts sympathetic to Qatar are punishable by three to 15 years in jail, or a fine of at least 500,000 AED (US$135,000).

Jun 09 13:55

Tillerson Tells Arab States To Lift Qatar Blockade: "It's Hindering The Campaign Against ISIS"

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, which includes UAE, Bahrain and Egypt and others, to lift its blockade of Qatar, saying that the cutoff is hindering the fight against the (Qatar-funded) Islamic State. Tillerson also said the blockade had led to food shortages and forced families to uproot themselves and pull their children from school.

“We believe there are unintended consequences, especially during this holy month of Ramadan but they can be addressed immediately,” Tillerson said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I applaud President Trump's Tillerson's approach to attempting to resolve this issue; and yes, it is horrifically awkward, because the US government has alliances on both sides of the issue, and Qatar hosts about 11,000 US service members.

But that being said, I am concerned that Tillerson doesn't know with whom he is dealing, between the Royal House of Saud, the Saudi government, and Saudi military. The concept of "face" is critically important in the Middle East, and unless he and President Trump can figure out a way to get the Saudis to back down without appearing to have "lost face" on this issue.

And after his visit to Saudi Arabia, Trump may have just given the Saudis the indication that they had a "green light" to go ahead with this blockade; if so, that has got to be undone, and quickly.

Jun 09 13:33

Pakistan to send soldiers to Qatar

Following Turkey’s decision to deploy troops in Qatar, Pakistan took a similar step, by deciding to send twenty thousand soldiers to the region

Jun 09 12:16

RUSSIA’S FOOD SHIPMENTS TO QATAR ARE A SOFT POWER MASTERSTROKE

The Qatari-Saudi Cold War is a geopolitical scheme cooked up by the US and the UAE, as I explained in my 21st Century Wire article about “The Machiavellian Plot to Provoke Saudi Arabia and Qatar into a “Blood Border” War”, but it’s not exactly a surprise that it happened. My September 2016 forward-looking analysis about “The GCC: The Tripartite’s Big Barter In The ‘Eurasian Balkans’” presciently forecast that a second round of Gulf tensions was bound to occur, and that the Great Power Tripartite of Russia, Iran, and Turkey could cooperate with Qatar in helping to break Riyadh’s stranglehold on the GCC. Moreover, my Geopolitica.Ru analysis from earlier this week about “Russia’s Energy Diplomacy In The Mideast: Boom Or Bust?” accurately predicted that Russia will play a role in mediating tensions between the two feuding GCC countries, which has now officially come to pass with the Qatari Foreign Minister’s visit to Moscow this weekend.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As always, Putin is a million chess moves ahead of everyone else in this geopolitical "realignment" in the Middle East.

Jun 09 11:30

Saudi Arabia issues 10,000 Riyal fine for watching al-Jazeera

Saudi Arabia issued an outright ban against watching the al-Jazeera TV channel on Thursday, in the latest bizarre twist in its on-going diplomatic spat with Qatar.

The Saudi commission for tourism and national heritage issued a warning of a 10,000 riyal ($2700) fine if any tourist outlet failed to censor the Qatari news channel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Al Jazeera's website has also been hit with a major DDOS attack.

Jun 09 10:35

Trump faces growing Senate resistance on Saudi arms deal

As President Donald Trump aligns with Saudi Arabia amid a fresh dispute among Gulf nations, senators in both parties as soon as Thursday will try to block him from selling more than $500 million in offensive weapons to Riyadh.

The Senate bid to stop the Saudi arms sales — a small portion of what the White House claims will be a $110 billion package — is likely to fail. But the push to tie Trump's hands will probably find more support than a similar brushback pitch directed at President Barack Obama last year, as Democrats are far more united behind the proposal. Not only do Democrats have little reason to give Trump a win on any front, they're also stepping up their outcry over Saudi involvement in Yemen’s worsening civil war.

Jun 09 09:02

Cholera Outbreak in Yemen Takes Major Turn for the Worse

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Thursday that Yemen’s cholera outbreak has intensified. The Yemeni government, unable to keep pace with the spread of the disease, has declared a state of emergency in Sanaa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Biological warfare????

Jun 09 09:01

With Trump on Board, the Saudis Move Against Iran

Saudi Arabia accusing Qatar of sponsoring terrorism is like the McDonald's fast food chain accusing its Burger King rival of sponsoring obesity. However the schism that has opened up between the Gulf States carries with it a dangerous portent of a regional conflict with ramifications for the entire world.

Jun 09 08:39

WEEKS’ END TOON ~~ WHO’S BEHIND THE ISIS ATTACK ON IRAN

The revelation comes a day after Reuters reported that the US risks being branded a war criminal for its support of the Saudi war in Yemen, which has led to thousands of innocent civilian casualties.

Jun 09 08:37

FLASHBACK - Qatar Petroleum to merge LNG giants Qatargas, RasGas

Qatar Petroleum (QP) plans to integrate Qatargas and RasGas Co. Ltd., forming a combined company will retain the name Qatargas and operate all of Qatar’s LNG ventures.

Qatargas operates seven LNG trains with production capacity of 42 million tonnes/year, expansion of which came through projects in partnership with ExxonMobil Corp., Total SA, ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, and Mitsui & Co. Ltd.

RasGas operates seven LNG trains with production capacity of 37 million tpy with a fleet of 27 LNG carriers under long-term charter agreements with ship owners. It also has developed offshore and onshore facilities for the extraction, processing, liquefaction, and storage of gas from Qatar’s North field, a primary gas source for both firms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder if this threatened formation of a rival oil corporation had anything to do with Qatar going from US friend to US enemy...

Jun 09 08:30

The UAEs foreign minister hints at support for 'regime-change' coup in Qatar

The UAE's foreign minister appeared on CNN on Tuesday, in which he discussed the ongoing spat with Qatar.

"The best solution is for cooler heads to take charge in Doha," Anwar Gargash said, when asked about scenarios in which Doha could end its alleged support for Iran.

Gargash's proposed solution strongly implied Abu Dhabi is not content with the current Qatari ruler and would want to see, or maybe even implement, change in the country's leadership.

Jun 09 08:27

Jordan moves to repeal law allowing rapists to escape punishment by marrying victim

“Actual rape cases are rare in our society. Sometimes, girls under 18 lose their virginity to force their families to accept marriage to their boyfriends,” she told al Arabiya. “Accepting marriage under Article 308 is better than leaving girls to be killed by their parents or relatives. … It protects the girls by forcing attackers to marry them.”

Jun 08 15:59

In "Clear Escalation", Arab Countries Release List Of Terrorists Supported By Qatar

In what commentators have dubbed a "clear escalation", moments ago Arab states including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, have released a list that designates 59 individuals and 12 entities in Qatar as terrorist. The complete list of those named includes Qataris, Jordanians, Egyptians, Kuwaitis, Libyans.

The four countries released the names in “light of their commitment to fighting terrorism, drying up their sources of funding, combating extremist ideology and its dissemination and working together to eradicate it and immunize communities,” according to a statement made available to Al Arabiya.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, I am very concerned that, seeing how these countries are lining up to demonize Qatar (this includes the UAE; Saudi Arabia; Egypt, and Bahrain), will probably be working in concert (along with the US military) to attack it.

Right now, it doesn't feel that we are in an "if" moment, that it can, with negotiations, be remedied; it feels like we are in a "when" moment, and that moment could happen at any time.

On the Qatari side, we see Turkey and Iran siding with Qatar.

And while some of the people enumerated on this list may well be terrorists, Qatar is really getting punished for its dominance in natural gas, where it shares underground reservoirs with Iran in the North Field; the Saudis want this for themselves, as their oil reserves are beginning to tap out, which means that their economy may ultimately tank, unless they can control Qatar's natural gas.

So ultimately, this is about regime change in Doha, which will most probably mean at least an attempted regime change in Tehran.

Backing up to really see the "big picture" here, I am very much reminded of the Moriarty speech at the end of the 2nd Sherlock Homes movie, "A Game of Shadows". He makes the observation that a war is coming, and he wants a lock on both the bullets and the bandages.

We are seeing an escalating situation in Syria; a war approaching against Qatar,and potentially, against Iran (which most probably means, war with Russia).

Jun 08 13:21

Iran enters the Qatar-Saudi conflict as war draws near

Iran has taken the position that 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend'. On top of this, Iranian-Qatari cooperation over gas looms large.

Jun 08 12:59

Trucks of Fruits, Vegetables and Livestock on the Road to Qatar Return to Jordan

Thirty-three refrigerated trucks of fruits and vegetables destined for Qatar on Wednesday returned to Jordan, as Saudi Arabia closed its land borders with the Gulf state, according to officials.

Jun 08 12:11

Turkey scrambles for regional footing as Qatar debacle expands

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan broke his silence over the crisis engulfing his country’s closest Arab ally Qatar today, condemning the actions of the group of Gulf countries that cut off ties with the emirate over its alleged support for extremist groups and Iran. In a related move, Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has decided to fast-track bills to deploy Turkish forces in Qatar and train Qatari troops in its legislative agenda. Turkey is building a base in Qatar that will eventually host up to 10,000 troops under an accord in which Turkey pledged to defend the Gulf state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me get my head around this; in one corner, we have Turkey; Iran (and with it, most probably, Russia); and Qatar; in the other corner, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.

In looking at the facts and developments on the ground, what I am seeing is a prelude to pitting Iran against Saudi Arabia in a war, then attempting to regime-change Tehran, as the US government did in 1953, and insure that the country becomes balkanised, just as is happening in Iraq, to prevent it from having its current power and weight in the Middle East any longer.

This will, of course, make Israel very happy, because it doesn't like competing economically with Iran, and has declared it an "existential threat" to Israel's existence (which is is not: Iran hasn't started a war in over 200 years).

However, there are a couple of caveats to be considered in any such action.

First, the Iran of 2017 is not the Iran of 1953; Iranians are a very geopolitically sophisticated, tech-embracing people, who remember their history, and are determined to not allow it to be repeated.

Secondly, the large, militarily-capable gorilla, snoozing on Bosendorfer Grand in the living room...is Russia. Russian political and military leaders have a very excellent relationship with Iran, and have been very vocal about coming to its aid, militarily, should it get attacked.

Russia and Iran's growing cooperation hints at a new Middle East, March, 2017

So, a war against Iran is most probably going to mean war against Russia.

I cannot think of a more ham-fisted, pig-headed move the US/Saudi consortium could make at this time, than a war against Russia over Iran.

However, unfortunately, just because a military attack against Russia is the most ham-fisted, pig-headed move the US/Saudi consortium could make, is utterly no guarantee that they won't do it.

Jun 08 11:44

America is no longer a force for stability in the Gulf

The blacklisting of Qatar is a sign of President Trump’s new world disorder

Jun 08 11:40

PURPORTED ‘US AID WORKER’ KIDNAPPED IN YEMEN WAS COORDINATING WEAPONS SHIPMENTS

In 2015, US logistics coordinator Scott Darden was captured by Houthi forces in the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa, and held for six months before his release. During that time, he was presented purely as participating in helping the delivery of humanitarian aid into the country.

He did that, as part of his employment for New Orleans-based Transoceanic Development was overseeing the transportation of humanitarian aid to the nation, which in the midst of a Saudi invasion is struggling with a nascent famine. Today, however, the New York Times is reporting that his job also had him delivering shipments of war materiel to US special forces operating in Yemen.

Some officials were willing to confirm the broad details of this, but they and Darden himself were unwilling to provide specifics, citing its “highly classified” nature. This is fueling new calls within the House Armed Services Committee to exercise at least some oversight over what was being done.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not completely surprised at the US Military's "business as usual" in Yemen, hiding behind the facade of "humanitarian aid" to distribute weapons to Al-Hadi loyalists?!?

Jun 08 11:02

QATAR'S CREDIT RATING CUT OVER GULF BLOCKADE CRISIS

International rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has downgraded Qatar’s credit rating as outflows from portfolio investments have dragged the emirate’s national currency to 11-year lows.

The Arab Gulf state's long-term rating was cut one notch to AA- from AA. The agency put the rating on CreditWatch with negative implications, expecting further lowering.

Earlier this week, some Muslim countries led by neighboring Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic, trade and transport ties with Qatar due to alleged support of terrorism, a charge that Doha denies.

S&P said the blockade could exacerbate Qatar's external vulnerabilities and put pressure on economic growth and fiscal stability.

“We expect that economic growth will slow, not just through reduced regional trade, but as corporate profitability is damaged because regional demand is cut off, investment is hampered, and investment confidence wanes,” said the US-based agency.

Jun 08 10:58

DECLASSIFIED DOCS PROVE US GOV’T KNOWINGLY ARMED ISIS, CLAIMED WEAPONS WERE ‘LOST’

After an audit from the Department of Defense revealed that the Pentagon couldn’t account for over $1 billion in weapons and equipment that was meant for fighters in Iraq, the question remains: Did ISIS gain $1 BILLION in weapons and equipment as a result?

The September 2016 audit was declassified after the human rights organization Amnesty International filed a Freedom of Information Act request. It revealed that the Pentagon “did not have accurate, up-to-date records on the quantity and location” of the majority of the equipment that was meant for the Iraqi Train & Equip Program.

The missing equipment came from the $1.6 billion budget Congress allocated for the program in 2015. The budget was approved in the name of fighting the Islamic State of Iraq & Syria—a group of militants that didn’t exist until nearly a decade after the United States invaded Iraq in 2003.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a Jean-luc Picard, double-face-palm moment, at warp speed, upon reading this.

Jean-Luc Picard double face-palm moment

Since when, please, did American military in Iraq become simply "collateral damage" to the DOD?!?

As much as I hate the economic reasons for this war, and all the other wars in which the US military has become enmeshed, those in government who signed off on this should be charged with, and tried, for treason.

Jun 08 10:20

FLASHBACK: New revelations in attack on American spy ship

By John Crewdson
Tribune senior correspondent

OCTOBER 2, 2007

Bryce Lockwood, Marine staff sergeant, Russian-language expert, recipient of the Silver Star for heroism, ordained Baptist minister, is shouting into the phone.

"I'm angry! I'm seething with anger! Forty years, and I'm seething with anger!"

Jun 08 09:50

Qatar Puts Military On Highest State Of Alert Over Fears Of Imminent Incursion

Yesterday's news that Saudi Arabia has issued an ultimatum to Qatar, listing ten demands among which that Qatar end all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, has prompted a dramatic response by the small Gulf nation, and according to a just released report by Arabic CNN (and confirmed locally) US officials have said they have observed increased Qatari military activity as the country placed its forces "on the highest state of alert" over fears of an imminent military incursion.

Jun 08 09:49

Pence's Anti-Russian Rhetoric Was 'Aimed at Distracting Attention From Qatar'

Vice President Mike Pence's statement regarding Russia and Iran's threat appears to be a continuation of the outdated policy of Barack Obama, Russian political analyst Kirill Koktysh told Radio Sputnik, suggesting that there are certain divisions within the Trump administration.

Jun 08 09:43

Turkey parliament approves troop deployment to Qatar

Turkey's parliament approves a measure to deploy troops to a Turkish military base in Qatar amid a widening rift between the Arab country and neighbors in the Persian Gulf region.

Jun 08 09:43

Saudi-Qatar Spat Spilling Over to Terrorist-Held Regions in Northwestern Syria

Intensified tensions between Qatar and Saudi Aribia are leading to serious infighting between their proxy forces in Syria's Idlib province, local sources said Wednesday.

Jun 08 09:23

Syria's Cauldron: One Step Away from Major Showdown

Syrian rebels from Eastern Lions and Ahmad al-Abdo Army formations – the elements of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) - state that they are «intensely» attacking Iranian-backed pro-government militias in the eastern Syrian desert in an operation dubbed «The Land is Ours». The forces’ strength is around four thousand. The main enemies are the Islamic State (IS), Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian government-allied forces. The operation is conducted near Syria’s borders with Iraq and Jordan. This time, the mission is to squeeze the SAA and its allies out from the desert areas.

Evidently, one of the goals pursued by the escalation of hostilities is to demonstrate that the armed opposition is a force to reckon with at a time the crisis management talks are held in Astana and Geneva. Obviously, this is an attempt to subvert the ongoing international peace efforts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The unanswered question here is, just how long will it be, before US and Russian forces engage in direct combat in Syria?!?

I don't know what the Vegas odds on such an event taking place, but were I a betting woman, I would bet that the odds, unfortunately, are quite good, that this will happen, and my hunch would be, sooner rather than later.

Jun 08 09:17

USS Liberty White House-sanctioned attack on June 8, 1967 - TERRORSTORM Documentary Excerpt

"Rear Admiral (Lawrence) Geis, then commanding the carriers in the Sixth Fleet, called Washington personally to confirm the recall order. Secretary of Defence (Robert) McNamara came on the line, and then President Johnson himself told Geis, 'I want that goddamn ship going to the bottom. No help -- recall the wings.'"

Jun 08 09:08

The Pivot? Qatar Foreign Minister To Visit Moscow On Saturday

With Gulf tensions still rising, and culminating with last night's report on Arabia CNN that Qatar has put its armed forces on the highest military preparedness level, the small nation may be preparing to unveil its "Eastern pivot": moments ago Russia's RIA news agency reported that the Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani will Visit Moscow on Saturday where he will hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

"Negotiations will be held on Saturday," a Russian foreign ministry official said. However, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin does not yet plan to meet with al-Thani.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lavrov is a realist, par excellence. I am very convinced that if asked, Russia will come to Qatar's aid in a very reasonable, and responsible way.

That having been said, I would like to urge Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, and the Qatari government, to take every practical precaution to insure that your plane does get to Moscow; this port blockade could well escalate into an air/sea blockade in a heartbeat.

You may well need to "get out of Dodge" (leave before this happens) sooner than your Saturday meeting, by a route that neither Saudi Arabia and its US government partner in war crimes, can detect.

Jun 08 08:43

Qatar Says "We Will Never Surrender", Welcomes Turkish Troops As Iran Offers Food, Ports

Even as the world's attention turns to the Comey testimony for the next few hours, the Qatar diplomatic crisis (where CNN's "report" of Russian hacking now appears long forgotten) continues, and moments ago a barrage of headlines from Qatar suggests that the small nation, which may or may not be preparing for military action, is happy to welcome the Turkish troops that will be arriving soon as reported yesterday, with its foreign minister stating that "we are not ready to surrender and will never compromise the independence of our foreign policy." Also, and perhaps even more critically, Qatar - whose foreign minister is set to fly to Moscow on Saturday - also announced that Iran is ready to help with food and that three of Iran's ports will be designated for use for Qatar.

From the wires:

QATAR FM SAYS IRAN SAID THEY ARE READY TO HELP QATAR WITH FOOD & 3 OF THEIR PORTS WILL BE DESIGNATED FOR QATAR: RTRS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This wouldn't have happened at all, if Saudi Arabia didn't believe it did not have the full backing of the US, to pull this stunt.

Trump's offer to assist in a "resolution" of the conflict is pure, Trumpian theatre; full of sound and fury, but signifying .... absolutely nothing. This geopolitical kerfuffle is largely of his own making.

Folks, keep your eyes on the ball here; the real target, in all of this, is Iran, and conjuring some kind of "justification" for a war against it; please do not let that reality out of your sight for a moment, because it ultimately will be your kids, getting drafted, and on the front lines of such a war.

Jun 08 08:37

The Plan Is In Action To Dismantle The Middle East, The Big Rotation Has Begun

Comey statement to the Senate reveals absolutely nothing, Comey skirt around the issue and reveals that Trump never told him to stop investigating. Trump is looking for options to pull out of Afghanistan while the deep state is forcing him to bring in more troops.

Jun 08 08:31

Germany brands Qatar and Arab states row 'Trumpification' in huge swipe against President

Mr Gabriel urged all sides to avoid further escalating the crisis gripping the Gulf, warning that disagreements among Gulf states could weaken the US-led coalition's fight against the Islamic State.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain on Monday said they would sever all ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

The German vice chancellor criticised the policies set out by American President Donald Trump as ushering in an era of protectionism and warned that "Qatar could become completely isolated and be existentially affected".

Jun 08 07:49

The Jared Kushner Trump Administration Confronts Qatar

Usually, something is said or done after a Bilderberg meeting. The 2017 post-Bilderberg headlines are somewhat terrifying. A dispute between Saudi Arabia and Qatar has flared up. Both nations have US troops on their soil. The Saudis have accused Qatar of funding ISIS. Actually, the Saudis, the US, the UK and Israel have been doing a much better job at that than Qatar. Qatar did ransom 26 men from a hunting party in Iraq. The money was paid to Iraq’s popular militias which were organized by Iran and outnumber the Iraqi regular Army. At present these soldiers are on the border with Syria and could link up with the Syrian Army within 2 months. This disturbs the Israelis and their client states, the US, the UK and the Saudis.

Jun 08 07:47

How Britain aided Israel’s 1967 war

The Centurion was the main British battle tank for around two decades following the Second World War and Israel had already placed orders for it before Eshkol’s trip.

By July 1965, Britain supplied Israel with more than 180 such tanks. Another 150 were transported between that month and May 1967.

They were not the only weapons that Britain gave Israel. Just one week before Eshkol’s government made a surprise attack against Egypt on 5 June 1967, a ship brimming with machine guns, tank shells and armored vehicles sailed to present-day Israel from the English port of Felixstowe. It was among a series of secret weapons deliveries.

Jun 08 07:32

The Machiavellian Plot to Provoke Saudi Arabia and Qatar into a “Blood Border” War

Experts all across the world are trying to figure out what’s really fueling the Qatari-Saudi Cold War, but the answer is simple – the US. As it’s always prone to do, Washington is masterfully playing a game of divide and conquer in the Mideast, doing the same thing to its Gulf allies as it did to its North African ones during the theater-wide “Arab Spring” Color Revolutions, except this time pitting them against one another on a state-to-state level as opposed to an intra-state one between the government and some of its citizenry.

Jun 08 05:44

WHO ARE THE GREEN, YELLOW AND RED MILITANTS IN SYRIA?

In order to simplify the Syrian theater of proxy wars, it can be divided into three separate and distinct zones: that are, the Syrian government-controlled areas, the regions administered by the Syrian Kurds and the areas that have been occupied by the Syrian opposition. Excluding Idlib Governorate which has been occupied by the Syrian opposition, all the major population centers along the western Mediterranean coast are controlled by the Syrian government: that include, Damascus, Homs, Hamah, Latakia and Aleppo, while the oil-rich Deir al-Zor has been contested between the regime and the Islamic State.

Jun 07 19:26

Declassified Docs Prove US Gov’t Knowingly Armed ISIS, Claimed Weapons Were ‘Lost’

After an audit from the Department of Defense revealed that the Pentagon couldn’t account for over $1 billion in weapons and equipment that was meant for fighters in Iraq, the question remains: Did ISIS gain $1 BILLION in weapons and equipment as a result?

The September 2016 audit was declassified after the human rights organization Amnesty International filed a Freedom of Information Act request. It revealed that the Pentagon “did not have accurate, up-to-date records on the quantity and location” of the majority of the equipment that was meant for the Iraqi Train & Equip Program.

Jun 07 15:33

Turkey Throws Support Behind Qatar in Rift Among Arab Nations

Turkey signaled support for Qatar on Wednesday after the tiny Gulf country was isolated by several of its neighbors in a major rift among Arab nations.

Meeting in a special night session of Parliament, Turkish lawmakers rushed through new laws that will allow the Turkish Army to conduct joint military exercises with Qatar and members of the Turkish gendarmerie to train their Qatari counterparts.

The new legislation also allows Turkey to send more troops to Qatar, where it has an army base and about 150 soldiers.

Jun 07 12:39

Why Has The GCC And Egypt Turned On Qatar?

By Brandon Turbeville

In a shocking move, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain led banded together to cut ties with Qatar at the same time, leaving much of the world stunned. Even more unexpected was the reason given by Saudi Arabia; i.e. that Qatar is supporting terrorism. The demands made by the anti-Qatar coalition were that Qatar cease funding “terrorist organizations” (Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas) before ties are restored.

The recent isolation of Qatar by Saudi Arabia and several other Gulf State countries as well as Egypt caught many in the geopolitical world by surprise and has left many people scratching their heads as to why such a willing and active player in worldwide destabilization would suddenly be abandoned by several of the states that have colluded with it in the past. The answer is anything but simple but it is actually more logical than how it might appear on the surface...

Jun 07 12:15

THE SAUDIS DEMAND TOTAL SURRENDER BUT QATAR MAY NOT FOLD

Many people believe that Qatar will soon give in to recent Saudi demands and threats. I first though so too but have changed my opinion. Qatar will likely hold out way longer than anyone assumes and fight more intensive and much longer than foreseen. The Saudi "young leader" has now given Qatar 24 hours to submit to 10 demands. These include (unconfirmed) the dismantling of Al Jazeera, breaking off of all diplomatic relations with Iran and (the Israeli demand of) ending all support for the Muslim Brotherhood and especially Hamas. The Saudis threaten with a military invasion.

Jun 07 11:25

ISIS RECRUITER WHO RADICALISED LONDON BRIDGE ATTACKERS WAS PROTECTED BY MI5

The terrorists who rampaged across London on the night of 3 June were part of a wider extremist network closely monitored by MI5 for decades. The same network was heavily involved in recruiting Britons to fight with jihadist groups in Syria, Iraq and Libya.

Police have confirmed that Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba were the three terrorists shot dead after participating in a brutal van and knife attack in the London Bridge area.

According to press reports, both Butt and Redouane were longstanding members of the proscribed extremist network formerly known as al-Muhajiroun. After 9/11, the group operated under different names such as Shariah4UK, Muslims4Crusades and Islam4UK. Originally founded by Lebanese firebrand, Omar Bakri Mohammed, who was banned from returning the UK after the 7/7 attacks, the network was later run by Bakri’s deputy, Anjem Choudary.

RED FLAGS, MISSED

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then why were British intelligence and police unable to stop this from happening?!?

The biggest question now, is, cui bono?!? Who benefits from allowing terrorists to strike at random in the UK?!?

Let's just say that those in the bowels of power in the UK, fronted by Prime Minister May, have benefited greatly, and see their wish of putting the internet under total government control coming nearer;
THERESA MAY TO CREATE NEW INTERNET THAT WOULD BE CONTROLLED AND REGULATED BY GOVERNMENT; The British Deep State has passed a bill to abolish cryptography; Cryptography killed by back-door legislation; and wants to toss human rights laws that hurt terror suppression. Theresa May rip up human rights laws which impede new terror legislation.

And how does one accomplish creating fertile ground in the minds of the British voters to accept such draconian laws which may be shaping up here?!?

It is very simple; by allowing terror to happen, then using the dead and wounded bodies as a "bloody shirt" to wave at the crowds, while you are demanding these changes in the law.

And Prime Minister May, a word here, please; the kinds of legislation you have both passed, and are proposing, will not alleviate
the kinds of terror attacks under which the UK, and Europe, have been suffering.

When the countries from which many of these refugees come have been regime changed, generally through war, and those wars have left them with absolutely no power over their own personal and national destiny; when people have been broken, by the sheer depth and breadth of their dispossession, courtesy of countries like the US and UK, which have a pretty dismal track record of accusing a country of doing something it didn't; invading and regime changing that country in order to expropriate resources to which they have utterly no moral right, such individuals are ripe for radicalisation and violence.

You, and the rest of the British government, must understand that to expect otherwise is both disingenuous, and very dangerous for your people, as recent events have proven.

The biggest resource that your country, and the US, want to control, are energy resources in the Middle East and Africa.

And here is my proposal, which is guaranteed to ratchet down your, and my, country's eternal lust for controlling fossil fuels.

Both countries have some of the best scientists and engineers in the world; I suggest that the US and UK develop an energy consortium, and challenge scientists and engineers from both countries to develop workable, alternative energy solutions, then patent the result and sell it, dividing the resources equitably, and making sure that the universities which were the brain trust on this get handsomely compensated for their efforts.

Both your and my countries can do this; if there is a will, there is a way, Madam Prime Minister.

But if there is no push toward such a solution, the world will know that random terror attacks in the UK and beyond are, in your perspective, "just the cost of doing business" in your country's militant resource-scrambling and extraction around the world.

Jun 07 10:59

ISIS Was Allegedly Behind the London Bridge Attacks, Who Is Behind ISIS?

The Islamic State (ISIS) was originally an Al Qaeda affiliated entity created by US intelligence with the support of Britain's MI6, Israel's Mossad, Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Saudi Arabia's General Intelligence Presidency (GIP).

The origins of Al Qaeda date back to the Soviet-Afghan war. The Koranic schools in Afghanistan used to train Al Qaeda recruits were financed by the CIA, using textbooks published by the University of Nebraska. That's where the evil ideology of Islamist extremism referred to by PM May originated: The Global War on Terrorism is a lie, Islamic terrorism is a product of US foreign policy which claims to be spreading Western civilization.

Jun 07 09:47

US Investigators Blame ‘Russian Hackers’ for Qatar Split With Saudis

While President Trump has personally claimed credit for the split between Qatar and the other Gulf Arab states, some US investigators are engaged in particularly wild speculation today, aiming to make the whole situation a plot carried out by Russian hackers.

A little over a week into the latest row, tensions between Qatar and other Gulf states is a hugely complicating factor for US foreign policy in the region, particularly since Qatar hosts the largest US military base in the Middle East. Qatar’s split is something that’s been an ongoing issue for years, based around differing views on the Arab Spring.

Fake news helped though, too, as while that row between Qatar and the Saudis has been a thing for years, this latest escalation centered around a report in the Qatar state media, right after President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia to make hawkish speeches about Iran, quoted the Qatari Emir warning against seeking military confrontation toward Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump cannot have this situation both ways.

Either he was responsible for the blockade, and the Saudi ultimatum against Qatar, or he was not; it's sort of like being pregnant; one either is, or is not, period, end of discussion.

But in the collusion of events within the last 24 hours, one can see the opening salvos of a war against Iran coming, and coming quickly. Fast forward to this morning:

Turkey approves a bill to send troops to Qatar

Assad's military alliance threatens strike against US forces in Syria.

Qatari riyal crashes after Saudi Arabia orders their banks to cut exposure to it

Iran blames Saudi Arabia for terrorist attack,
Vows revenge.

UAE threatens 15 years jail time for publishing statements sympathetic to Qatar

Tehran Stock Exchange down 76% after terror attack

All of these situations, evaluated together, most probably mean a coming war against Iran, which possibly means war with Russia, and sooner rather than later.

Jun 07 09:33

Saudis 'Shocked, Shocked!' to Discover Qatar Funds Islamists Just as They Do

The diplomatic conflict between Qatar and a number of other Arab states over the support for terrorist groups shows the hypocrisy of Riyadh, which has been repeatedly spotted funding extremists, analysts told Sputnik.

Jun 07 09:27

ISRAEL BACKS SAUDI’S LATEST CONFRONTATION WITH QUATAR

Israeli officials have gleefully endorsed the position of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in a growing confrontation with Qatar, the most public acknowledgment yet of the deepening alliance between certain Gulf states and Tel Aviv over their common enmity towards Iran.

Jun 07 09:23

Jordan willing to home German airbase

Jordan yesterday expressed readiness to study the transfer of German troops from the Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey to an airbase in Zarqa in the east of the kingdom.

Jun 07 08:45

Trump Takes Credit for Saudi Move Against Qatar, a U.S. Military Partner

President Trump thrust himself into a bitter Persian Gulf dispute on Tuesday, taking credit for Saudi Arabia’s move to isolate its smaller neighbor, Qatar, and rattling his national security staff by upending a critical American strategic relationship.

In a series of tweets, Mr. Trump said his call for an end to the financing of radical groups had prompted Saudi Arabia and four other countries to act this week against Qatar, a tiny, energy-rich emirate that is arguably America’s most important military outpost in the Middle East.

“During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology,” he wrote in a midmorning post. “Leaders pointed to Qatar — look!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you are looking at with the coordination of the following events together:

The naval blockade of Qatar:

Saudi Arabia and UAE impose a naval blockade on Qatar

The 24 hour ultimatum from Saudi Arabia that Qatar abide by its decrees, or else, face a military attack:

Saudi Arabia gives Qatar a 24 hour Window to Meet its Ultimatum

The US Siege of Raqqa, Syria:
US Apaches provide Kurdish troops the psychological edge to their siege in Raqqa

And the attack against the Iranian Parliament today:

TERRORISTS RAID IRAN PARLIAMENT, MAUSOLEUM; GUNMEN, SUICIDE BOMBERS LEAVE AT LEAST SEVEN DEAD

When you put all these events in context, you are looking at the opening salvos of a war against Iran.

If Qatar does not respond to Saudi Arabia's demands, after being somewhat defensive toward Iran, it will be regime changed.

Regime change in Damascus is on, to isolate Iran even further.

What really concerns me, in all of this, is how soon the US and Russia will be locked in combat, either over Syria and/or Iran. And right now, the US military does not have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war with Russia (and/or China).

Jun 07 08:22

Trump, Israel Back Saudi Power Play Against Qatar

Max Blumenthal of Alternet's Grayzone Project says President Donald Trump's backing of the Saudi Arabian campaign against Qatar could be the "pilot program" for a wider regional agenda of U.S.-backed Saudi hegemony

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is one small problem, and that is Yemen, which is showing that for all their advanced weapons, the Saudis are not motivated fighters.

Jun 07 08:19

Iran’s parliament, Imam Khomeini's Mausoleum come under attack

They are blaming Saudi and Trump for this terrorist act.

The attack on the parliament happened when at least four gunmen, disguised as women, entered the visitors' hall of the building, opening fire on the security guards there. According to an Interior Ministry statement, the terrorists were all killed before they could make it to the administrative building of the parliament.

The assault has forced a lockdown on the legislature.

Jun 07 08:16

Saudi Arabia Behind Deadly Attacks in Tehran - Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Iran's Revolutionary Guards accused Saudi Arabia of being behind the twin terrorist attacks in Tehran.

"This terrorist attack happened only a week after the meeting between the US president [Donald Trump] and the [Saudi] backward leaders who support terrorists. The fact that Daesh has claimed responsibility proves that they were involved in the brutal attack," a statement read as quoted by Reuters.

Earlier in the day, a group of four people in women's clothes opened fire in the building of the Iranian Parliament, with a subsequent explosion. Another attack involving an explosion took place near the Imam Khomeini shrine.

Jun 07 08:05

Claims of 'Russian Hackers' in Qatar Seen as Attempt to Pit US, Russia

Vladimir Dzhabarov, the first deputy chairman of the Russian upper house International Affairs Committee said that he considers eports of alleged Russian hackers behind a planted pro-Iranian story on Qatar's news agency website as an attempt to push the US and Russia as the leading players in the Middle East.

Jun 07 08:02

US officials scramble to limit Donald Trump's diplomatic damage over Qatar tweets

Government agencies sought to mitigate the impact of president’s lambasting, restating existing policy and playing down the significance of the tweets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Jun 07 07:59

America’s Reign of Terror: A Nation Reaps What It Sows

The shadow government’s tyranny has made the U.S. the biggest purveyor of terrorism on the planet. And it’s the American people suffering the consequences.

By John Whitehead

“The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.” ? James Madison

Who designed the malware worm that is now wreaking havoc on tens of thousands of computers internationally by hackers demanding a king’s ransom? The U.S. government.

Who is the biggest black market buyer and stockpiler of cyberweapons (weaponized malware that can be used to hack into computer systems, spy on citizens, and destabilize vast computer networks)? The U.S. government.

What country has one the deadliest arsenals of weapons of mass destruction? The U.S. government.

Who is the largest weapons manufacturer and exporter in the world, such that they are literally arming the world? The U.S. government.

Jun 07 07:50

BEX ALERT - Russian hackers may have put out fake info that helped spark Gulf crisis

Russian hackers are suspected of interfering with a news site in Qatar and may have put out fake information that helped spark a diplomatic crisis in the Gulf, CBS News has learned.

Jun 07 07:40

Israel backs Saudi Arabia in confrontation with Qatar

Israeli officials have gleefully endorsed the position of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in a growing confrontation with Qatar, the most public acknowledgment yet of the deepening alliance between certain Gulf states and Tel Aviv over their common enmity towards Iran.

Meanwhile, evidence has emerged of close cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and a key Israel lobby group to pressure Qatar over its support for the Palestinian resistance organization Hamas.

Jun 07 07:28

Turkey Fast-Tracks Bill Approving Troop Deployment To Qatar

Turkey's parliament will fast-track a bill on Wednesday allowing its troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in Qatar, officials from the ruling AK Party and the nationalist opposition said, according to Reuters.

Jun 06 15:32

Saudi Arabia Gives Qatar 24 Hour Ultimatum As Analysts Warn Of "Military Confrontation"

Shortly after imposing a naval blockade in the immediate aftermath of the Qatar diplomatic crisis, one which left the small Gulf nation not only politically isolated and with severed ties to its neighbors but potentially locked out of maritime trade and crippling its oil and LNG exports, on Tuesday SkyNews Arabia reported that Saudi Arabia has given Qatar a 24 hours ultimatum, starting tonight, to fulfill 10 conditions that have been conveyed to Kuwait, which is currently involved in the role of a mediator between Saudi and Qatar.

Jun 06 14:58

Qatar's unifying World Cup vision erodes as nations cut ties

Qatar launched its bid for the 2022 World Cup with a powerful vision that soccer could unite the Middle East.

"Just think together of what we can achieve together," Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, the wife of the Qatar's then-ruler, told FIFA voters in 2010. She ambitiously forecast a "culture of peace across our region through football,"

With five years until kickoff, that optimism is rapidly disintegrating after Arab neighbors severed ties on Monday with the tiny nation that turned to sports to buttress its global status.

FIFA is hoping the regional rifts are healed long before world soccer's governing body might have to contemplate any change of host, a move that would deal a heavy blow to Qatar's reputation and economy as it is investing more than $150 billion on infrastructure to handle the World Cup.

Jun 06 13:22

Gulf States Launch Naval Blockade Of Qatar

In what has emerged as the most significant escalation to result from the Qatar diplomatic crisis - which pits two of OPEC’s largest oil producers, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, against the world’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas and further disrupts stability in the region - the biggest Middle East oil and container ports banned all vessels sailing to and from Qatar from using their facilities.

According to a notice posted on the website of Inchcape Shipping, Saudi Arabian and Bahraini authorities closed off all of their ports to Qatari-flagged vessels or ships traveling to or coming from the Persian Gulf state, in what has been described as a naval blockade.

Jun 06 12:14

Oden Yinon Plan A Zionist Master Master Plan for the Middle East

IF there was ever a time to comprehend the Greater Zionist Israel Master Plan for the Middle East it would be right now!

Here is a before and after map that is already starting to take shape.
This is a pre-planned series of events.

Jun 06 11:41

3 QUESTIONS YOU’RE NEVER SUPPOSED TO ASK AFTER A TERRORIST ATTACK

In a world where defense budgets are astronomical and wars of occupation and destabilization never end, political leaders in the UK and in Europe want you to accept street-level terror as the new everyday normal. The attacks are unstoppable, they say, and the world must embrace this hopelessness with faith that the government is doing all it can to create a better, safer world. Run, hide, and call the authorities, for you are helpless in this reality, so they say. But who creates and sustains this reality?

Jun 06 11:18

FIFA BEING USED TO PRESSURE QATAR, AS WORLD CUP 2022 IS NOW UNDER SCRUTINY

It is very clear that the recent tension and blockade between Gulf States (lead by Saudi Arabia) and Qatar have absolutely nothing to do with terrorism, and everything to do with natural gas and energy dominance.

Zerohedge notes…

–as often happens, the official narrative is traditionally a convenient smokescreen from the real underlying tensions.

The real reason behind the diplomatic fallout may be far simpler, and once again has to do with a long-running and controversial topic, namely Qatar’s regional natural gas dominance.

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As a result of the tiny nation’s growing financial and political “independence”, its neighbors grew increasingly frustrated and concerned: “Qatar used to be a kind of Saudi vassal state, but it used the autonomy that its gas wealth created to carve out an independent role for itself,” said Jim Krane, energy research fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute, quoted by Bloomberg.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When Karl Marx made the observation that all wars are economic in their origin, one cannot think of a better example that this kerfuffle over Qatar.

So what are the US and Saudi Arabia going to do now, invade Qatar as the prelude for invading Iran?!?

Because right now, were I a betting woman, I would not bet against it; those in the bowels of power in the Unhinged, Surveilled States of American know an economic crash is coming, and desperately want to get a war going as a distraction from that crash.

And the following, very disturbing article appears in sputniknews.com, with a dateline of today:

Next Step - Invasion? Why Saudi Arabia Moved to Cut Ties With Qatar

Jun 06 10:33

Pentagon contradicts Trump tweets and praises Qatar for its ‘enduring commitment to regional security’

After Saudi Arabia and several other Middle East countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over its alleged support of terrorism early on Tuesday, Trump took to Twitter to praise the Saudis’ commitment to fighting extremist ideology.

“So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off,” the president tweeted. “They said they would take a hard line on funding extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!”

The problem is that Qatar is also home to Al-Udeid Airbase, a key base that houses 11,000 American troops and that the U.S. military regularly uses to launch airstrikes against ISIS and other militant groups in the region.

Jun 06 10:05

The Zionist Plan for the Middle East – A greater Israel

When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria and Iraq, the war on Yemen, the process of regime change in Egypt, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East.

Jun 06 09:41

"FORGET TERRORISM": THE REAL REASON BEHIND THE QATAR CRISIS IS NATURAL GAS

The real reason behind the diplomatic fallout may be far simpler, and once again has to do with a long-running and controversial topic, namely Qatar's regional natural gas dominance.

Recall that many have speculated (with evidence going back as far back as 2012) that one of the reasons for the long-running Syria proxy war was nothing more complex than competing gas pipelines, with Qatar eager to pass its own pipeline, connecting Europe to its vast natural gas deposits, however as that would put Gazprom's monopoly of European LNG supply in jeopardy, Russia had been firmly, and violently, against this strategy from the beginning and explains Putin's firm support of the Assad regime and the Kremlin's desire to prevent the replacement of the Syrian government with a puppet regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, the pieces are falling into place,and making sense, for this geopolitical kerfuffle.

As Deep Throat was fond of saying to Woodward and Bernstein, "Follow the money!!"

and I have to wonder; is this going to be the "justification" used by the American Deep State, in concert with the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America, to go to war against both Qatar and ultimately, Iran?!?

To gain control of this natural gas resource for Saudi Arabia?!?

Also, please consider the following:

Qatar hosts the largest military base in the Middle East

Are the American forces now going to be fighting its host country, and what signals does that send to all the other countries around the world where American bases have been strategically located?!?

The short answer here, is not great signals at all; any US military strike against Qatar will be viewed as a complete violation of US Military/host country protocol, and make government overseas very nervous about how quickly the US government is ready and willing to turn from friend to enemy.

Jun 06 08:37

Gulf crisis: 550 Pakistani pilgrims stranded in Qatar flown to Muscat

At least 550 Pakistani pilgrims stranded at Doha Airport after a diplomatic rift between Qatar and six other countries were evacuated and flown to Muscat on Tuesday, said Pakistani embassy officials.

The pilgrims, who were travelling to Saudi Arabia for Umrah via Qatar, were stranded in Doha after several countries including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Egypt, Maldives, Yemen and the eastern Libyan government and The Maldives cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Dawn News quoted Sadia Khurram, an official of the Pakistani embassy in Qatar, as saying that that initial arrangements to transport Pakistanis stranded at Doha airport to Saudi Arabia were made by Qatar Airways, and that Oman Air was used for the operation.

Jun 06 08:18

HACKED EMAILS EXPOSE US WORKING WITH UAE AGAINST IRAN AND QATAR

The email account of one of Washington’s most influential foreign operatives, Yousef Al-Otaiba, has been hacked. A number of those emails were sent to the Intercept, as well as the Huffington Post and the Daily Beast, the Intercept reports. The hacker has allegedly promised to release a trove of these emails publicly.
Otaiba is the United Arab Emirate’s ambassador to the United States, and the Intercept confirms that the Hotmail account in question is the one he used for his business in Washington. The Huffington Post further confirmed that at least one of the emails is authentic, and a UAE spokesperson confirmed Otaiba account had been hacked. None of the eight individuals whose names were involved in the email exchanges – and who were contacted by the Huffington Post for comment – denied that the exchanges took place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is that phrase so common in the Middle East, the enemy of my enemy is my friend?!?

Jun 06 08:13

Qatar is in trouble with Saudi Arabia. But the west can’t afford to pick a side

This week Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt announced that they were again cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar. In a sharp escalation, they have also closed their borders to Qatari aircraft and ships, and the Gulf states have said that Qatari citizens in their countries must leave within two weeks. It is unclear how the standoff will be resolved, but the Saudis and their neighbours are making a clear play for western support, accusing Doha, Qatar’s capital, of backing terror groups including al-Qaida and Islamic State.

Jun 06 08:12

Donald Trump appears to back Saudi Arabia in Qatar stand off with Gulf states

Donald Trump has appeared to side with Saudi Arabia in its diplomatic stand-off with Qatar, referencing his recent trip to the Saudi capital of Riyadh in which he vowed to end support for Islamic extremism.

"During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!" the US president tweeted on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia, along with Gulf neighbours the UAE and Bahrain as well as Egypt, moved to isolate the tiny kingdom on Monday in a coordinated severing of diplomatic ties. The row could have manifold economic and political effects for the Middle East, as well as alter the course of the region's many conflicts.

Jun 06 08:06

Donald Trump Praises Middle East Countries for Cutting Ties with Qatar

President Donald Trump reacted to the news that several Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, cut ties with Qatar.

“Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!” Trump wrote enthusiastically on Twitter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every time the US wants to attack another country, we are promised terror will end. It is the attacking of countries that leads to real terrorism. The rest are all actors supporting the war agenda.

Jun 05 17:35

Manchester atrocity: UK government must come clean about its relationship with Libyan Islamists

Mohamed El-Doufani argues that British governments provided a safe haven for Libyan Islamists whom it used as tools to destabilise Muammar Gaddafi's regime, and says that following the Manchester atrocity it must come clean about its links with them.

Jun 05 15:45

UK Police Release All Detained Over London Terror Act Without Charges

The UK Police have released without charges all those detained over the deadly terrorist attack in London that claimed lives of five people and injured dozens more on Saturday.

Jun 05 12:21

The Shocking Trigger Behind Today's Gulf Scandal: Qatar Paid Al-Qaeda, Iran $1BN In Hostage Deal

The FT has unveiled what its believes is the key trigger behind the shocking overnight collapse in diplomatic relations between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors. According to the FT, the catalyst that forced the Saudis and their allies to unveil the cut in diplomatic and economic ties, is that Qatar allegedly paid up to $1 billion to Iran and al-Qaeda affiliates "to release members of the Gulf state’s royal family who were kidnapped in Iraq while on a hunting trip, according to people involved in the hostage deal"; the secret deal was allegedly one of the triggers behind Gulf states’ dramatic decision to cut ties with Doha.

The details of the payoff: "around $700m was paid both to Iranian figures and the regional Shia militias they support, according to regional government officials. They added that $200m to $300m went to Islamist groups in Syria, most of that to Tahrir al-Sham, a group with links to al-Qaeda."

Jun 05 11:36

SALMAN ABEDI PARTICIPATED IN BRINGING DOWN MUAMMAR GADDAFI

According to the BBC’s evening programme, Newsnight, Salman Abedi (author of the Manchester attack) and his father, (Ramadan Abedi, an MI6 agent), took part in bringing down the state of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

Jun 05 08:08

‘Terrorism, meddling in affairs’: Arab countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the country of backing terrorist groups. Qatar has called the move a "campaign of incitement" which is "based on lies."

Jun 05 07:57

Arab nations cut ties to Qatar, deepening rift in Persian Gulf

Four key Arab nations cut diplomatic ties to Qatar on Monday over its relations with Iran and support of Islamist groups, isolating the tiny energy-rich country by cutting off its land, sea and air routes to the outside world.

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates began withdrawing their diplomatic staff from Qatar as regional airlines quickly announced they'd suspend service to its capital, Doha.

Qatar, which is to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and is home to approximately 10,000 American troops at a major U.S. military base, criticized the move as a "violation of its sovereignty." It long has denied supporting militant groups and described the crisis as being fueled by "absolute fabrications" stemming from the recent hack of its state-run news agency.

Jun 05 07:49

Arab powers sever Qatar ties, widening rift among US allies

The Arab world's strongest powers cut ties with Qatar on Monday over alleged support for Islamists and Iran, re-opening a festering wound two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump's demand for Muslim states to fight terrorism.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut relations with Qatar in a coordinated move. Yemen, Libya's eastern-based government and the Maldives joined in later.

Qatar denounced the move as based on lies about it supporting militants. It has often been accused of being a funding source for Islamists, as has Saudi Arabia.

Jun 05 07:10

Saudi-Qatar rift first fallout of Trump visit: Iran

A senior Iranian official says Saudi-led severing of diplomatic ties with Qatar is the the first fallout from US President Donald Trump's visit to the region last month.

Jun 05 07:09

Saudi, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt cut ties with Qatar

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have cut diplomatic ties and all land sea and air contacts with Qatar, accusing the Persian Gulf country of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs.

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