Sunday, June 18, 2017

‘US-Saudi arms deal is going to have a decidedly negative effect on the situation in Yemen’

Professor Matthew Crosston said the new arms deal that U.S. President Donald Trump signed with Saudi Arabia “is going to have a decidedly negative effect on the situation in Yemen.”

“Everything the Saudis have done in Yemen has been done with defense weapons bought mostly from the United States,” he noted.

Here’s the full text of the interview:

Is there a link between the new arms deal that Trump clinched with the Saudis and the future of Saudi Arabia's war against Yemen?

Matthew Crosston: There is certainly a link in the sense that everything the Saudis have done in Yemen has been done with defense weapons bought mostly from the United States. This new deal, which Trump most assuredly did as a focus on domestic economic improvement and for giving a benefit to major American defense industry conglomerates, is going to have a decidedly negative effect on the situation in Yemen. It is inconceivable that the Saudis would invest so heavily in new weaponry and then not use it in the conflict it has characterized as essential to its regional hegemonic interests (i.e. counter-acting Iranian influence). When you consider the general categories covered in the deal (air force modernization; air and missile defense; border security and counterterrorism; maritime and coastal security; and communications and cybersecurity), it is not difficult to envision how each individual sector can play a major role in ratcheting up Saudi activity against Houthi rebels in and around Yemen as a whole. And if that happens, then the situation on the ground in Yemen only gets worse.

Keep in mind this ‘link’ is indirect and secondary when it comes to connecting back to Trump. I do not think Trump is anti-Houthi. To be honest, I highly doubt Trump even knows who or what the Houthis are and where they are located or what their interests and goals are. This was an economic deal for the United States and it is largely all Trump cares about. When someone on his team could also, on the side, say this deal will also supposedly undermine ‘radical Islamists in the Persian Gulf,’ it is just the sort of side benefit Trump crows about, even if he has not personally vetted such a claim from an intelligence and national security perspective and even if the claim is largely untrue. Trump cares more about how the soundbite will play to his base than whether the soundbite carries actual facts.

What countries benefit from the chaos in Yemen? 

Matthew Crosston: I am not a fan of ‘beneficial chaos,’ as it were, so I say no countries TRULY benefit from the horrible human catastrophe taking place in Yemen and largely going unnoticed in the West. It is without question a proxy playground for Iran and Saudi Arabia, flexing their political and military muscles and trying to exhibit for the region who is the strongest and who has the proper claim to ‘regional hegemon’ for the greater Middle East. What I find so distressing in this conflict is how little Yemen has to offer either of the two greater powers as a geographical or diplomatic pawn. Yemen is not and was not a major political actor in the region (at least, not compared to half a dozen more powerful states) and the State vs. Houthi rebels angle is, to me, a rather weak justification for all of the devastation and suffering that has been inflicted upon the Yemeni people. I am a scholar and expert on international security and intelligence studies, which means I am not decrying the fact that states still largely act according to hyper-realist logic and almost always look to maximize their national interests and global positioning. I honestly do not have a problem with that reality. But when two larger powers like Saudi Arabia and Iran play these realpolitik grandstanding games out on a far weaker country, where the known consequence is going to be total anarchy and a gigantic humanitarian crisis, then the two countries should both be shunned and hindered by the larger global community. Unfortunately, no one within that community has tried to be a leader yet on this account.

The humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen is worsening by the moment. What could end such disaster?

Matthew Crosston: I was just hinting at that at the end of the last question: there has to be greater determination and effort by the global community at large to put into effect REAL deterrents that would impact both major players (Saudi Arabia and Iran). If these two countries stopped their support of the conflict in general, then the smaller internal unrest between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels would likely either extinguish itself or at least be at a much much smaller level of intensity. This would subsequently allow aid agencies and humanitarian organizations real operating space to enter the country and alleviate pain, suffering, and famine.

So far it has been a horrible stain on the reputation of the international community that the events in Yemen have not really registered a big enough mark in public consciousness. As such, no state seems compelled to step forward and take initiative. Honestly, there isn’t even really much VERBAL condemnation, if you ask me, not in comparison to the level of suffering. So, if we cannot even register high enough attention in terms of verbal acknowledgement, I highly doubt anyone is going to suddenly do an about-face of conscience and decide that the Yemeni people’s suffering should end and end right now! This is one of those instances where the only thing worse than the suffering is the woefully inefficient international response to it.

What's your take on Western media's coverage of Saudi Arabia's onslaught against Yemen?

Matthew Crosston: Most Americans would be very hard-pressed to find Yemen on a map, let alone understand the internal dissension dynamics going on at the moment between the central government and local factions. This basic fact of ignorance goes a long way in determining how little media coverage emerges on the conflict. Too many media organizations are still governed by advertising revenue and ‘viewers’ in one form or another. As a result, our media coverage has suffered from a tremendous ‘dumbing down’ over the past three decades. The onslaught of online ‘news’ has not necessarily signaled an increase in quality, detail, and probing analysis. Yes, we have access to more news from more sources than ever before. But have we, as Americans, become more nuanced, more appreciative, and more global in the news we decide to track and follow? I fear the answer to that question is a resounding ‘no.’ Consequently, Americans will often create a ‘shortcut’ version of the news that can be horrendously misguided.

For example, Yemen is in the Persian Gulf. Therefore, it will lead many Americans to simply think any internal unrest has to be an issue strictly guided by radical Islam and is about the government trying to defend itself against extremists. This is in fact how MANY news outlets all over the world that are in favor of Saudi interests have characterized the Yemen conflict. But as we have explained above and which is readily available for the discerning global citizen interested in more nuanced analysis and root causes, the conflict is far more complex and layered. So, what Western media needs more than anything else are Western citizens interested in that more complex and layered story. If those citizens exist, then media organizations will give the ‘more difficult’ story to them. It is a very basic media version of supply and demand. But we do not have very many of those citizens right now in America. And thus, our media outlets are not supplying people with analyses of the Yemen unrest that do justice to its complexity, importance, and larger international impact.

Dr. Matthew Crosston  is Vice Chairman of Modern Diplomacy and member of the Editorial Board at the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.



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Saturday, May 27, 2017

The World Conference on Lovers of Ahl al-Bayt (AS) and the Takfiri Issue

Islamic Revolution Leader, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei: 
Affection to ahl al-Bayt remains to be an undertaking recognized and esteemed by Muslims worldwide from any sects or affiliations.


The World Conference on Lovers of Ahl al-Bayt (AS) and the Takfiri Issue 
The World Assembly of Islamic Awakening invites thinkers and scholars to send their contributions on the following topics.
•  Concepts, foundations and thoughts of Lovers of Ahl al-Bayt (AS)
•  History and civilization of Islamic religions and its role in the establishment of modern Islamic civilization
•  Ideas of top Muslim thinkers and scholars in the formation of a single, united Muslim nation in the face of deviated groups
•  Alliance and integrity of Lovers of Ahl al Bayt (AS) in the formation of a single, united nation
•  Identification of challenges and threats facing the Lovers of Ahl al-Bayt (AS) and the Muslims world
•  Strategies and solutions to unity of the Lovers of Ahl al-Bayt (AS) in the face of enemies of Islam (global arrogance, Zionism, reactionary regimes and Takfiri groups).


Please send your contributions to info@ islamic-awakening.ir 
Submission deadline: 7/6/2017 
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Final Setback; Trump Administration Doubles the Refugees Rate into US

An email leaked into the public sent by The US State Department to the American private agencies around the world proved the failure of Trump plans on the issue. The email indicates the near doubling of the number of refugees in the coming months into the US.

According to the email sent by State Department spokeswoman Jennifer L. Smith, the travel and visa agencies will be allowed to bring refugees “unconstrained by the weekly quotas that were in place.” New York Times also reports that the weekly quotas will be 1500 which will be more than 6000 a month starting from June. The quota was 2500 for May and previous months which shows a %130 rise.

The news was published the same day Trump’s Travel Ban was ruled out once more this time by the 4th Circuit Appeals Court upholding blocks by a lower rank court. Trumps rule would ban the residents from six Muslim countries, Iran, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen, from entering the US for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days.

The reason for ruling out the Trump Travel ban is announced its being religiously oriented. The court used the expressions and assertions of President Trump during his presidential campaign as proof:

The evidence in the record, viewed from the standpoint of the reasonable observer, creates a compelling case that (the executive order's) primary purpose is religious… Then-candidate Trump's campaign statements reveal that on numerous occasions, he expressed anti-Muslim sentiment, as well as his intent, if elected, to ban Muslims from the United States.  

The rise from 830 to 1500 in weekly refugees’ entrance into the US will be a big failure for Trump and his policies admitted by his administration in State Department email. The string of failures by Trump does not seem to be stopping or slowing down within and without the country.



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The Curious Role of Ayatollah; Who is Sheikh Isa Qassim and How Dangerous Is He for Bahrain Monarchy?

A 1-year suspended sentence for a man infuriates large groups of people demonstrating in his town. The protests are so massive and large that makes the government forces intervene leading to 5 people killed and more than 280 arrested. Who is the man and how significant is he for Bahrainis?

With the start of Bahrain uprising in 2011, the hopes for political and societal reforms in the country were stimulated once more. The government, from the beginning, used harsh reactions to oppress the thousands of hundreds of the people who took to streets to call for their rights. Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Bahrain king, then called for foreign interventions realizing with his inability to control the streets. Saudi intervention aided Bahrain monarchy in controlling the protests and widespread arresting of the activists. The movement however did not die or even fade away because of the presence of its spiritual leader; Sheikh Isa Qassim.

Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim,77, is the Shia cleric living in Duraz, a town in Bahrain. He was student to renowned religious men like Abdul-Hussain Al-Heli,  Mohammad Baqir al-Sadr, and Fadhel Lankarani. Since 2001, he has been leading Friday sermon prayers in Duraz deepening his influence on the people by his wise speeches.

Sheikh Qassim entered the political sphere in 1972, getting elected for the constituent Assembly. A year later, he got elected a member of Bahrain's parliament, the National Assembly of Bahrain until two years later when the assembly was dissolved by the government.

He was also considered the leader of the opposition group, Al-Wefaq, which had a decisive role in leading the protests against the government. The group was suspended in June 2016 after a series of attacks and disputes by the king.

By acting through the years in people’s favor and their rights, Sheikh Qassim turned into a popular character among Bahrainis from Shia to Sunnis and even other religions. The popularity and activities against the ruling monarchy frightened the government and made them limit the spiritual leader of the movement. He was first banned from giving speech in Friday Sermons in Duraz. “Friday prayer can only be held as a congregational not an individual prayer and it's one of the indisputable Islamic duties,” said Sheikh Qassim in a statement.

He was then arrested for recurrent times under various justifications, each time reacted by large groups of people in various cities of Bahrain. He was then revoked from citizenship of Bahrain in 2016 for the authorities to be able to exile him. Thousands of people took to streets in protests from june 20, 2016 around his house in Duraz and started a strike there for more than two months.

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The final blow by the monarchy on the spiritual leader of Bahrain uprising was stating inadmissible financial charges against him and putting him into a long process of trials. Giving the sentence was procrastinated for many times until last week after a meeting between Donald Trump and Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa gave the Bahrain rulers the confidence to give a one-year sentence, in suspension, the Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim.

The verdict was harshly reacted by people in Bahrain and other parts of the world. Multiple people were killed and thousands arrested to prove the critical role of Sheikh Isa Qassim in Bahrain and its 6-year movement. Knowing the influence and being afraid of the after-effects of exile or prosecution, the Bahraini rulers are trying to control him and gradually removing him from the political and societal area of Bahrain. The plan, however, is known and reacted by people in Bahrain putting the rulers in another self-created predicament.



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‘Iran’s democratic system is far more fair-minded to their voters than the American system’; An Exclusive Interview with Robert Carter

Thursday, May 25, 2017

From Saudi Military Intervention to Incarceration of Sheikh Isa Qassim; Bahrain Uprising Is Still Alive

Pearl Roundabout was home to massive protests in Manama in February 2011. More than 200,000 people took to streets to call for substantive administrative reforms. Saudi Arabian intervention in Bahrain uprising took place only one month after the set-off of the rise. On 14 March, and decided by Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the intervention started with 1000 (or 1200) troops with vehicles directing for Manama, the capital of Bahrain by Saudis. “wheeled, light-armored vehicles with roof-mounted heavy machine guns” rushed for the center of protests to suppress the peaceful protests and dissidents by thousands of people in the capital.

The intervention was at the request of Al-Khalifa, Bahraini ruling family, who found no way to oppress the protesting people and control the streets. Nevertheless, Saudi Arabia did the mission for various reasons. Bahrain had already been Saudis’ trading partner and loss of oil fields, investment, and processing plants was not desirable for the invading country. Besides, Saudis would lose “the key conservative Sunni ally.”

Bahrain Uprising with hundreds of thousands of people in the streets

A major part of Bahrain’s population is Shia, while its rulers are Sunni. However, while the protests were started by Shia in February 2011, the Sunnis who wanted democracy and personal freedom joined the movement soon. What Saudis most feared about Bahrain’s movement was a domino effect in which the protests and potential reforms would cross the borders to other Arab countries of the region including their own monarchy. Concerned about the effect of change in Bahrain and its influence in Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah, then the king of Saudi Arabia, did what he could to halt the movements towards democracy in Bahrain.

Abduction, torture, and murdering more than 40 citizens during the military intervention was the heir of Saudis for Bahrain. In 2014, more than 5000 Saudi and Emirati forces and 7000 us troops were reported to be posited near Pearl Roundabout, the center of protests. The Role of western countries, especially US and UK in arming and encouraging Saudi intervention is of great significance.

The United States hosts “United States Navy Fifth Fleet in Bahrain since 1947. Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are two of the main customers of American arms in the region. Besides, US and UK provide the two countries with professional military trainings. The modernization program and public order enforcement measures consecutively by US and UK has been done for long years and for sure aided Saudis in oppressing the Protests in Manama. The double standard used by western countries on democracy and human rights in different countries made the British Parliamentary member Jonathan Edwards say:

This is the shocking face of our democracy to many people in the world, as we prop up regimes of this sort… it is intensely hypocritical of our leadership in the United Kingdom.

These and other events indicates that the United States and its western allies do not find democratic movements in the Middle East in line with their aims in the region. The use of Saudi as a regional shield to hinder the public movements was a strategy to slower losing their influence in the region.

Saudi intervention helped Al-Khalifa and its forces revitalize their strength and restart arrestments and incarcerations of political and human rights activists. Prosecution and long detentions reduced the possibility of imminent reform in Bahrain. Religious influential persons in the country were either house arrested, or put to prison to hinder any possibility of the rejuvenation of the movement.

Sheikh Isa Qassim, Bahraini cleric, has recently been sentenced to prison for one year

The latest one of these was Sheikh Isa Qassim, the Shia cleric who has been given a one-year sentence to prison. This takes place after last week’s meeting between Donald Trump, the US president, and Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Bahrain King in Riyadh in which the former expressed his full military and financial support for the ruling monarchy in Bahrain. The sentence was objected by some freelance writers and independent human rights organizations while others preferred to keep silent.



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It’s NOT America; Saudi Arabia Has the Greatest Army and Highest Military expenditure in the World

Saudi Arabia is ranked 4th in the list of countries by military expenditures. The list shows that the country has planned to expend $63.7 Billion in military section of it budget. The figure accounts for 10 percent of GDP in Saudi Arabia which is the highest among the first twenty countries in the list. This shows the importance of military advancement for Saudi rulers which is by no means considered as a defensive strategy.

The expenditures for the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Forces, Royal Air Defenses, and Royal Strategic Defenses as different sections of defense forces in Saudi Arabia is not to be compared with the US and China cost-wise. However, there are other facts that makes Saudi Army the biggest in the world.

Having 215 F-15 aircrafts, the Paveway IV, and special operation force  could not be enough to make the country’s military functions the widest and largest in the world. There is one another element, however, that aides Saudi Arabia on the way; cash. Saudis are one of the biggest exporters of oil in the world. The income has enabled them through the years to promote their violent purposes in the region.

The recent deal between the United States and Saudi Arabia could, or must, be assessed under former revelations about Saudi’s backing terrorist groups in the Middle East. In a document revealed by WikiLeaks in 2016, a US Department Memo proves Saudi Arabia has lent hand in creation and providing financial support for ISIS. The Memo reads:

We need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to Isis and other radical groups in the region.”

The memo is written when the US has felt the danger of the progresses and advancements of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. ISIS is only one of the groups made strong under the military and financial supports of Saudi rulers and donors.

ISIS forces in Syria

Another WikiLeaks document shows that Al-Qaeda has also been supported by Saudi monarchy. Sent in December 2009, the cable read, “Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaeda, the Taliban, LeT [Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan.” Saudi kings and princes wants their power boosted in the region by destabilizing the countries and making wars by supporting the opposition forces and directing terrorist groups like ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and Jabhat Al-Nusra.

Besides financial and military support, ISIS and Al-Qaeda are ethologically trained by Wahhabis leaders in Saudi Arabia. As Professor Bernard Haykel says, “The ISIS’ religious genealogy comes from Salafism', a theological current that is very old that is quite literalist.” Wahhabis are extremists who run against all other Muslims using violence and justifying cruelty against human being.

“Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar, and for our Qatari friends”; John Mc Cain’s words talking at the Munich Security Conference are illuminating. He was praising Prince Bandar, then the head of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence services and a former ambassador to the United States, for supporting forces against Bashar Al-Assad in Syria. These and numerous other documents and evidences proves that Saudis are the main leaders and runners of the terrorist groups in the region.

The $110 billion arms deal between the US and Saudi Arabia is in fact a deal between US, ISIS and Al-Qaeda considering the leading role of Saudi Arabia for these terrorist groups. The list of countries by military expenditure can be re-written considering Saudi forces in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other war-stricken countries of the region in the forms of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Jabhat Al-Nusra and other terrorist groups. 



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Clashes between Bahraini anti regime protesters and Regime force: Photo Report

Heavy clashes took place between Bahraini anti-regime protesters and the kingdom’s security forces in Diraz Village in northern Bahrain on Tuesday 23rd of May 2017.

 

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Human violators open anti terrorism center on one end and slaughter Bahrainis on the other end within no time

Human violators open the anti-terrorism center in Saudi Arabia on May 21st and slaughter Bahraini protesters on May 23rd.

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Decision to apply chemicals in an area of Yemen during the meeting of US-Arab officials in Riyadh

According to a senior intelligence officer of Emirates, in the top-secret meetings of the US-Arab officials in Riyadh, the decision is made to use chemicals in an area of Yemen (in accordance with the military importance and the situation of the city of Hodeida) suggesting that a group which is an affiliate of Saudi Arabia along with scientific help and support of the U.S, is to publish the distorted reports of the legal organizations and international anti-war organizations in the international media by accusing the army and popular committees in Yemen of using chemicals of mass destruction and pretending that shipments from Iran have been available to the army and popular committees in Yemen.



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Hamas is the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people

Qatar emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani disclosed his countries’ tense relation with Donald Trump administration and said: “Donald Trump is facing legal issues in his home.”

Sheikh Tamim stressed: “Qatar strongly condemns the allegations on supporting terrorism especially Qatar’s relentless efforts along with its allies to fight against ISIS.”

He added: “The real danger is the behavior of some governments that caused terrorism by adopting an extremist version of Islam that does not reflects its tolerance. These states did not do anything on combating terrorism except issuing statements which accuse all moderate activities.”

He said in this regard: “No one has the right to accuse us of terrorism just because the Muslim Brotherhood has been labelled a terrorist organization and to reject the key role of resistance movements by Hamas and Hezbollah, as well.”

Sheikh Tamim also asked Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to revise their stances regarding Qatar and to stop frequent charges which don’t serve in order to achieve the common interests.

About the Arab-Islamic-American summit held in Riyadh, he called countries to put their efforts seriously away from emotions and misjudgment due to the increasing risk of chaos in the region.

“At the same time, Qatar has been able to establish good relations with Iran and the United States. Iran represents a regional and Islamic power that cannot be ignored and it is unwise to face up against it. It is a big power in the stabilization of the region and cooperating with it guarantees regional stability,” he said at the end.



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Rand Paul explains move to force vote opposing Saudi weapons deal

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News in his U.S. Senate office on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Paul explained how he will do it and why.

There’s an arms export legislation from the 1970s and it gives the power to one senator to ask for a vote if they object to an arms sale. I think that by selling Saudi Arabia more arms, we further the arms race. We encourage more arms to be bought on both sides of the arms race. I think that there’s evidence that Saudi Arabia has been involved with terrorism. One of the leaked emails from Hillary Clinton was her saying that ‘my goodness, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are funding ISIS in Syria—we need to do something to get them to quit funding these radical groups. So there’s a lot of evidence. There’s even evidence going back to 9/11. Sen. Graham—Bob Graham—said that he thought that there was from the 28 pages and other evidence that there was a great deal of evidence pointing to Saudi Arabia’s government actually being involved in 9/11.

When asked to explain what he means by the “arms race” in the Middle East, Paul told Breitbart News that the various factions of Islam have been “killing each other” for a millennium and America should not help it along. Paul said:

In the Middle East, everybody is arming up. Israel has nuclear weapons, and Israel has hundreds if not thousands of ballistic missiles. Iran has ballistic missiles. Saudi Arabia has ballistic missiles. But as we give more weapons to Saudi Arabia, the reaction from both Israel and Iran is ‘well, gosh, if Saudi Arabia has more, maybe we need more?’ It ratchets up. Saudi Arabia already has weapons that they point at Tehran and Tel Aviv. They actually have Chinese missiles that you can see from satellite photos aimed at Tel Aviv and pointed at Tehran. I don’t know—I just don’t think we need to encourage it. The place is such a stinking mess over there. They’ve been killing each other for a thousand years. I just don’t think feeding their fury with more weapons is a good idea.

Paul previously used this exact tactic—forcing a Senate vote on a Saudi weapons deal—toward the end of the Obama administration to limited success. While only a quarter of the Senate backed him up, in the end the Obama administration changed part of the deal.

The senator went on to say:

We’ve done this one time previously, last fall, and I think we got about 25 votes to stop the sale. But interestingly, the publicity and the debate that developed around it—President Obama, who had sold more weapons to Saudi Arabia than all of the previous presidents combined, changed his mind after hearing the debate. So our hope is after public participation, that maybe the public will say: ‘Why are we doing that? Why are we involved in another war in Yemen?’ I think it’s enough on our plate to try to do something about ISIS than to get involved in another war in another country.

Paul did praise President Trump’s efforts to get Saudi Arabia on board with the fight to destroy ISIS and said his speech in Riyadh was great, but that the president may run into serious problems since Saudi Arabia is not likely to change their ways from previous support of such groups.

“I think it is a good idea that he’s telling and encouraging the people who live there to do something about ISIS, if Saudi Arabia would do something about it,” Paul said. “The problem is in the past Saudi Arabia has actually been supporting radical groups like ISIS. I don’t really trust them to do it. Also, in the neighboring country of Yemen, they’ve been indiscriminately bombing. I’m afraid they’ll use some of our weapons to bomb civilians. About six months ago they bombed a funeral procession, killing 124 civilians and wounding 500. I don’t want that to be done with American weapons. I think that gives us a black eye in the area and it actually may create more terrorists than it kills.”



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Wahhabism to ISIS: How Saudi Arabia exported the main source of global terrorism

The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed and horrified by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia’s ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, wondering, “Don’t the Saudis understand that ISIS threatens them, too?”

HISTORY RETURNS WITH ISIS

It is not hard to understand how the founding of the Islamic State by ISIS in contemporary Iraq might resonate amongst those who recall this history. Indeed, the ethos of 18th century Wahhabism did not just wither in Nejd, but it roared back into life when the Ottoman Empire collapsed amongst the chaos of World War I.

The Al Saud — in this 20th century renaissance — were led by the laconic and politically astute Abd-al Aziz, who, on uniting the fractious Bedouin tribes, launched the Saudi “Ikhwan” in the spirit of Abd-al Wahhab’s and Ibn Saud’s earlier fighting proselytizers.

he Ikhwan was a reincarnation of the early, fierce, semi-independent vanguard movement of committed armed Wahhabist “moralists” who almost had succeeded in seizing Arabia by the early 1800’s. In the same manner as earlier, the Ikhwan again succeeded in capturing Mecca, Medina and Jeddah between 1914 and 1926. Abd-al Aziz, however, began to feel his wider interests to be threatened by the revolutionary “Jacobinism” exhibited by the Ikhwan. The Ikhwan revolted — leading to a civil war that lasted until the 1930’s, when the King had them put down: he machine-gunned them.

For this king, (Abd-al Aziz), the simple verities of previous decades were eroding. Oil was being discovered in the peninsular. Britain and America were courting Abd-al Aziz, but still were inclined to support Sharif Husain as the only legitimate ruler of Arabia. The Saudis needed to develop a more sophisticated diplomatic posture.
So Wahhabism was forcefully changed from a movement of revolutionary jihad and theological takfiri purification, to a movement of conservative social, political, theological, and religious da’wa (Islamic call) and to justifying the institution that upholds loyalty to the royal Saudi family and the King’s absolute power.

ISIS is deeply Wahhabist,It could be seen essentially as a corrective movement to contemporary Wahhabism.
As the Saudi monarchy blossomed in the oil age into an ever more inflated institution, the appeal of the Ikhwan message gained ground (despite King Faisal’s modernization campaign). The “Ikhwan approach” enjoyed — and still enjoys — the support of many prominent men and women and sheikhs. In a sense, Osama bin Laden was precisely the representative of a late flowering of this Ikhwani approach.

Today, ISIS’ undermining of the legitimacy of the King’s legitimacy is not seen to be problematic, but rather a return to the true origins of the Saudi-Wahhabi project.
After all, the more radical Islamist movements were perceived by Western intelligence services as being more effective in toppling the USSR in Afghanistan — and in combating out-of-favor Middle Eastern leaders and states.

The United States’ double standards in dealing with terrorism are once again under the microscope following the recent visit by Trump to Saudi Arabia.The wealthy Saudi Regime is a close US ally, and widely known as a major hub for terrorism financiers that has been confirmed by senior experts. Now, Europe is the major victim of US double standards; apparently Manchester Arena attack tragedy is the direct consequence of supporting terrorism by Western countries.



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Scientists race against time as Yemen’s deadly cholera outbreak spirals

As Yemen’s cholera outbreak gathers pace, an investigation is under way to determine whether a new and more deadly strain of the disease is responsible for a second wave of cases that hit the country last month.

With more than 2,000 suspected cases reported daily, medical supplies are running low and in some hospitals beds are shared by up to six children. Scientists are urgently trying to identify the suspected new strain at specialist laboratories in France.

Malnutrition, lack of clean water and a conflict that has destroyed infrastructure and hampered access to medical supplies have allowed the epidemic to escalate, according to those coordinating the aid response.

“This is the second wave of cholera we have seen here recently, and it is spreading at an alarming rate,” said Nevio Zagaria, head of mission in Yemen for the World Health Organization (WHO).

Speaking from the capital, Sana’a, Zagaria said: “We had an outbreak that started in October 2016 and which declined in January. Now, in the last month, we have seen more cases in three weeks alone than in the previous six months.”

Since 27 April there have been 329 deaths and 32,056 confirmed new cases, according to the latest figures. Of those, 16% are among children under five and 20% among children aged five to 14.

“We have started an investigation to determine whether a new and more virulent strain of the cholera, perhaps originating in Somalia or Ethiopia, has been generating a higher mortality rate during this second wave of infection,” said Zagaria.

Samples have already been collected by the WHO for testing in Paris. Experts hope the results can help them understand how the disease has been spreading.

The immediate forecast is grim, however. Even by the most conservative estimates, there will be 150,000 cases of cholera within the next six months, said WHO statisticians.

Yemen has a population of almost 27 million. With food shortages and hunger spreading, the UN estimates nearly 19 million people are in need of help.

Among the most vulnerable are the undernourished. Medics on the ground said children are dying from a preventable disease because they lack supplies to treat them.

In Sana’a – the epicentre of the outbreak, with 8,000 cases – one doctor said his hospital had been receiving more than 100 suspected cases an hour.

Dr Mohammed Zaid said: “I personally received 180 cases in one day. People are left lying in the corridors and in some cases we are having to put six children in one bed.

“We are urging the international organisations to scale up their response. We are facing so many challenges: we lack medicines and medical supplies, we do not have enough doctors and nurses. We don’t even have a place to wash our hands.”

Sameera, three, is among his patients. She has four siblings but is the only one infected. Her mother said: “She likes to go outside the house and always sucks her thumb. She suddenly got sick and had severe diarrhoea and was vomiting. She has been receiving treatment for three days now and is improving.”

Cholera, an acute diarrhoeal infection, is spread through contaminated food or water but can be effectively treated with the immediate replacement of lost fluids and salts. Without treatment it can lead to death in just a few hours, even for healthy adults.

Three-quarters of people infected with the disease display no symptoms, but the pathogens remain in their faeces for seven to 14 days, meaning they can infect others. Cholera has an incubation period of between two hours and five days and can spread very quickly, especially in areas where there is overcrowding and poor sanitation.

Experts in Yemen said a shortage of trained medical staff had led to misuse of the limited supply of intravenous fluids. Amid the political upheaval and violence, health workers already on extremely low salaries are no longer being paid.

With the capital under rebel control since February 2015, the government has moved to the southern port city of Aden. Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia has led a US-backed military intervention aimed at reinstating the ousted President, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and countering the advances of the Iran-backed Houthi forces.

“Medical professionals haven’t been paid for months,” said Mark Kaye, a humanitarian adviser for Save the Children. “What we are seeing now in Yemen is a man made disaster. As well as the latest outbreak of cholera potentially belonging to a more aggressive strain, there is a lack of systems in place to deal with the crisis.

“Facilities are being destroyed or damaged due to fighting. We can provide support on the frontline, but it’s merely a sticking plaster. Only once there is a peace process can we get aid to the sick and hungry and start to rebuild the institutions that have been damaged or destroyed.”

 



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Iran just held an election. So why is the theocratic monarchy Saudi Arabia our friend?

We refer to Iran as our enemy, and yet Rouhani is considered a moderate, and in last year’s parliamentary elections, moderates and reformers had their strongest showing ever in Iran.

This weekend, President Trump visited Saudi Arabia, where no national elections are held. That country is governed by a royal family. Islam is the state religion, and the puritanical Wahhabi Islamic movement that dominates Saudi Arabia controls many aspects of life.

Saudi Arabia is our friend, and yet we go around the world selling and evangelizing equality, freedom of choice, free elections, self-determination and democracy. How can we look at ourselves in the mirror without seeing two faces?

Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy, while Iran just held a presidential election. The Saudis ban the Bible, while Christians and Jews have reserved seats in the Iranian parliament. Saudi money financed the Sept. 11 attacks, while no terrorist attack in the U.S. has been linked to Iran. More than half of all Iranian university students are women, and in Saudi Arabia, women are not even allowed to drive.

Can someone explain exactly why we ally with Saudi Arabia against Iran?

Trump seemed truly happy in Saudi Arabia. He was welcomed as a king and his children as royal heirs. He is comfortable among his royal hosts, away from the dissenters at home who fail to show proper respect.

And why? For one, Trump urges a greater fight against terrorism, but he fails to point out that most of the Sept. 11 attackers were from Saudi Arabia. For another, he lashes out against extremism, but he ignores that Al Qaeda and Islamic State have derived much of their strength from Wahhabism, which is supported by the Saudi royals.

Trump should enjoy being royalty, but he should not bring it home with him.



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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

All You Must Know about Salman Abedi, the Manchester Suicide Bomber

The 22-year-old suicide bomber of Manchester arena is originally from Libya. He has visited Libya recently and getting back to the UK, detonated a bomb to kill 22 people attending a concert in Manchester.

Abedi’s family fled from Libya after the prosecution by North African state’s late ruler Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was on the way.

He is suspected to have been trained in Syria in his latest travel to Libya. As Gerard Collomb, the French Interior Minister, said in an interview, the Abedi’s travel to Syria for training and his links to ISIS has been proven so far. Abedi was also reported to be a close associate of Raphael Hostey, Manchester IS recruiter, who was killed in Syria in 2016.

The 22-year-old man had also potential ties with Abd al-Baset Azzouz, who went to Libya and “run a 200-300-strong militant network for Osama Bin Laden’s successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri.” The area of Manchester in which Abedi used to live is known as the zone of dissidents related with LIFG (Libyan Islamic Fighting Group). LIFG, which has ties with Al-Qaeda, still runs in the country.

Mohammed Saeed El-Saeit, Muslim Imam in Didsbury of Manchester, said Telegraph he knew the man and his act is not surprising for him. Known for his speeches about ISIS, El-Saeit says Abedi was filled with hate due to his speeches against ISIS:

He used to show me the face of hate and I could tell this person does not like me. It’s not a surprise to me.

Salman Abedi’s family mostly returned to Libya except for a brother who was arrested in a raid by Police forces on Tuesday. The potential ties of Ismail, Salman’s brother, with terrorist groups and his brother’s act has not been reported yet.



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Argentinians and Barcelona Fans in Shock; 21-month Prison for Leo Messi Confirmed by Spanish Supreme Court

The Spanish supreme court confirmed a 21-month prison sentence for Leonel Messi, the Argentinian soccer star. The sentence is said to due to breaching tax rules on three cases in 2007, 2008, and 2009. He was 7 months in prison for each of the frauds and also fined 532,313.31 euros.

The total amount of tax offences is £3.5 million. Besides, he also failed to declare £8.7 million in image rights. His father had also been sentenced to 21 months in jail, but his was decreased to 15 months.

Reports indicate the fans of the soccer super player should not be worried about his future. According to the laws in Spain, the sentences under two years can be served as probation. So, he is unlikely to spend any time in prison.

 



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Saudi Arabia agrees to form a coalition government in Yemen

Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatar’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, has reported Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir reached an agreement with Russia and the United States to make peace among all Yemeni groups within the next three months.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani added: “according to the agreement, Yemeni President Mansour Hadi will be deposed and a reliable person to all parties will be chosen for establishing a coalition government.”

Qatar’s Minister of Foreign Affairs added: “as the disputes between the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia increased in Yemen, it is possible that the Emirates independently divide Southern Yemen from the North. So in this regard, the Saudi foreign minister promised Russia to solve this problem considering all political groups in Yemen’s future.”

Commenting on the dismissal of Aden’s governor by Yemeni President and the southerners’ countermeasure for the independence of the southern part, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said: “the former governor has not yet accepted Mansour Hadi’s decision on his dismissal. We need more time to compensate for such errors.”

It is worth mentioning that former governor of Aden Aidarous al-Zubaidi along with Yemen’s ex-cabinet minister Hani Bin Braik left Saudi Arabia for the Emirates last Friday to solve the problem.



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Saudi women’s first reaction toward the attention to Ivanka

Recently, a profile video in social media networks has been released in which a Saudi lady comments on the presence of US president’s daughter Ivanka Trump and his father Donald Trump on their visit to Saudi Arabia.

This lady lamented that the event seized lots of attention of Saudi social media users.

The presence of Ivanka Trump made headlines. The hashtag #Trump’s_daughter, in Arabic, is the top trending hashtag in the country. In response to the move, Saudi lady harshly said: “People’s attention to Trump’s daughter shows how much they are foolish and suffer from mental illnesses.”

Expressing disgust at the situation which led people to ignore important events in the world that affect their present and future, she described those who pant for Ivanka as “bunch of retarded sheep.”



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Muslim countries participation in Riyadh’s meeting is contrary to Islamic values

Yusuf al-Qaradawi, preacher and President of the International Union of Muslim scholars in a meeting with scholars from different parts of the Muslim world in the capital of Qatar said: “Saudi Arabia’s meeting with the President of the U.S. and the Islamic world and Arab country is disrespect to the superiority of the Islamic world and Islamic civilization and is considered to be an unfounded measure.” He further said: “This is a Christian-Jewish plot and it was designed to ensure the benefits of the Zionists and their families and to spoil the image of the real Islam.”

Sheikh Qaradawi further added: Saudi leaders have been following in the footsteps of the disbelievers and these meetings are carried out on the basis of the interest of this country. He pointed out that Wahhabism is a representative of Islam world and the measures done by its leaders are treason against Islamic world and Muslims.

The Sheikh went on to say: ‘Extremism’ and ‘Wahhabism’ of Saudi Arabia are the main enemies of the Muslim world and the difficult conditions that Muslim and Arab community is witnessing today is rooted in the self-interested plots of the Saudis. So, how is it possible for such a country that calls heads of other countries to be united and converged in order for them to deal with extremism and terrorism, to which actually Saudi itself is the main cause.

Yusuf al-Qaradawi ended his words by saying that participation of the Gulf and Islamic countries in the Conferences under the title as American-Islamic summit which is led by America and Saudi Arabia contradicts Islamic law and leads to marginalization of Islamic countries and the critical role that they play.



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Terrorist attack kills 22 in Britain’s Manchester

The death toll makes the incident the deadliest attack on British soil since the 7/7 bombings. Nearly 59 people were left injured following the Monday night explosion at Manchester Arena with children and teenagers being among the dead and injured.

Footage showed thousands of people fleeing the arena in a panic after an explosion ripped through the foyer of the arena around 10.40pm local time where many young people had gathered for a concert.

People reported a huge bang as they left at the end of a performance by US singer Ariana Grande, whose fan base is predominantly teenage girls.

Eyewitnesses said the explosion was heard outside the auditorium after the artist had finished her show and left the stage. There was initial confusion on social media as to whether the loud bang could have been gun shots, or even a speaker exploding, but police confirmed the incident was being treated as suspected terrorism as the grim death toll was announced.

 

Security sources believe the attack may have been the work of a suicide bomber, although this is unconfirmed.

Casualties were taken to hospitals throughout the city, with unconfirmed reports from medical staff of “shrapnel like injuries” being treated.

Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement “We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack.

“All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.”

North Manchester General is currently on lockdown and only allowing access to emergency patients and ambulances.
Security are guarding the entrance of the road to the main car park and questioning people as they arrive.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins has confirmed 19 people dead and 50 injured. Casualties are being treated at six hospitals across Greater Manchester. He also confirmed it was being treated as a terrorist incident.

Grande is an American citizen and the US Department of Homeland Security has said it was “closely monitoring” the situation at Manchester Arena in the wake of the incident.

Earlier Warnings

Last week UN Security Council’s counterterrorism agency had warned that a wave of “dangerous and disillusioned” ISIS terrorists fleeing defeat in Syria and Iraq earlier this year might hit targets in Europe.

Jean-Paul Laborde Executive Director, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) told reporters on Thursday that Scores of foreign ISIS fighters, determined to come back to Europe, are “more dangerous” than previous waves of returnees. He added that some may be eager to seek revenge after defeats on the battlefield, including in recent confrontations in Mosul.

Some 5,000 EU nationals are currently fighting in Syria among the ranks of ISIS and other terrorist groups, a senior Syrian official said last month, warning that it’ll be a disaster for European security if these militants return.

Early May, British media reports indicated that hundreds of ISIS terrorists are returning to the country from Syria, with the country’s security forces saying they are unable to control the returnees.

Sources say the influx of ISIS is stretching the UK’s security services to breaking point, with up to 30 officers required to provide 24-hour monitoring of just one suspect.

This comes after a British defector from the Takfiri terrorist group told how up to 300 British members of ISIS remain in the Syrian warzone.



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We own the whole truth regarding Trump’s visit to Israel and Saudi..!

Saudi Arabia put huge efforts to exploit Trump’s visit to re-build the fallen and destroyed hope of its soldiers as a psychological war fan us, and for our long experience we understood it very clearly that the visit was only a visit to sign and receive the value of the paid tribute by the Kingdom to Trump to satisfy him only, and finally Trump told Saudi to understand that America Itself cannot defend you, you are completely devoured, we will continue to sell you weapons only that is you who both pay money and defend your country.

Even though Saudi Arabia sold even the Palestinian cause and sold Islam and its nation converted it to an American one which its Zionist people are silent who did not move even in marches to reject the biggest insult to the Islamic religion by this fateful visit, with the exception of the Yemeni people only put underline only.

As for the exact and sophisticated weapon, we heard Asiri talking about them saying they have a weapon that hit the car in the traffic jam of Yemen and without the injury of neighboring cars and other media war that evaporated in Yemen practically.

With regard to the lie of reviving the Saudi economy is a lie and the fact that it is a sale of the Saudi economy, which we talked about earlier in the announcement on the vision of # 2030 privatization of companies and factories and sale to Jews in preparation for their control on the two holy shrines.

In general, the Yemeni people were not affected. These crowds pulled out to the 70s Square and demonstrated despite all the aggression, poverty, hunger and disease. But militarily, they were volcanoes of anger, like the mercenary of Sudan’s mercenaries, the Reform party and the crawling to south in Midi and Naham.

Politically when the son of Sheikh thought the time is appropriate to surrender the Yemenis. Saw the huge aura that appeared on the Saudi peaks with Trump and collapsed their forces and only to hand over the port of Hodeidah in principle Saudis handed over their necks for the slaughter instead of shelling.

The Saudi regime using the whole capacity could do nothing…Wide open your eyes and insights, it is the time of the Yemeni extreme victory we have an Islamic doctrine which made us continue to fight because the Saudis forgot the Islam during this Trump’s visit, their Islam was what they were keeping fighting for, owing to this fact day by day their fronts are going to get emptier…



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The disclosure of documents of Saudi Arabia’s support of ISIS and terrorism

Rafal Bochenek, the spokesman of the Government of Poland in an interview with Foreign Policy said: “we have information that the Saudi Arabian National Guard Forces (SANG) and Saudi’s Defense ministry are extensively training terrorists in 130-battalion barracks of air defense located in Al Kharj city in 77 km south of Riyadh with the

GPS coordinates of N 24° 6′ 36.0432″ and E 47° 13′ 32.6928″.”
The Education Center Staff: Salman Abdulaziz Al Hares, Mohammed Abdullah Alhazmi, AbdelRahman Al-Ahmad al-Arefe, Khalid Al-Sharari, Walid Sultan Al Hajri.

There is a two month training period in the barrack for training more than 400 ISIS Terrorists in each period.
These terrorists are attracted by The King Khalid Foundation in riyadh (with the GPS coordinates of N 24° 24′ 4.3488″ and E 46° 23′ 36.7044″) from different European, Asian and African countries, especially Germany, France, Chechnya, Tatarstan, Algeria, Egypt, etc and transfer to Saudi Arabia under the guise of religion!

The terrorists after finishing their training are transferred to Istanbul by Desert Vessel co. And dispatched to Syria and some of them entered to Iraq from the Al-Anbar border.

The terrorists are committed to one-year participation in the Syrian Civil War and the Iraq War, after the one-year commitment return to their homeland via Turkey.

The terrorist-creating machine is still active in the production line of Riyadh, Istanbul, Syria and Europe.



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In the last three years, situation in Kashmir has gone out of hand where bringing peace is very challenging

Yadav has met leaders of the Congress and the Left parties, besides BJP’s Yashwant Sinha, who was part of a non- government delegation that had visited Kashmir, as part of efforts to organize a national conference on the situation there.

“The situation in the valley has become very serious and gone out of hand in the last three years. Bringing peace there now is very challenging. It is in the grip of militancy which had not been seen in the last 15 years. The government is unable to control it,” he said in a statement.

He also cited cases of violence by cow vigilantes and alleged caste attacks in some parts of the country and accused outfits linked to the BJP and the groups affiliated to it for the “disturbing” development.

The Rajya Sabha MP also targeted the Narendra Modi government for not fulfilling the “42 big promises” the BJP had made to the masses before it was voted to power in 2014.

The saffron party had promised employment to two crore youths annually and a minimum support price (MSP) for farm produce which would be 50 per cent more than their cost of production, he said, adding that only 1.35 lakh new jobs were added in 2014-15.

Many farmers were forced to commit suicide as they had to sell their produce at a price less than the MSP, Yadav alleged.

In the health and education sectors, he said, the Modi government is the first which reduced the budget of both the ministries.

This government is for the rich and elite class, and not for the poor, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, he alleged.



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Major Gogoi, who tied Kashmiri local to jeep, as a ‘human shield’ awarded by Army Chief Rawat

He has been performing his counter insurgency duties for more than a year with the 53 Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in Jammu and Kashmir.

Gogoi belongs to the Army Supply Corps of the Indian Army. The officer was awarded by Army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat during his recent visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

Major Gogoi was in the spotlight after a video shot during the April 9 Srinagar Lok Sabha by-polls, posted on the social media, showed a man tied on the bonnet of an Army jeep in Jammu and Kashmir’s Badgam.

The video went viral and sparked a major controversy, with one faction condemning the Army’s action while the other commended their ingenuity.

The Court of Inquiry regarding April 9 incident is under finalisation.

While awarding the officer, all factors including notable performance of the officer and overall emerging indicators of the Court of Inquiry have been well-considered.



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Bahraini regime attacks on Sheikh Issa Qasim’s house and arrests him

There are a number of news of continuing confrontations between the forces of the Bahraini regime and the citizens in the arena of redemption and the news of the increase in casualties.

As per the latest information, Bahraini regime has arrested Shiekh Issa al-Qasim as well as a number of peaceful protesters in front of his house.

The Bahraini regime used the helicopter to suppress the travelers towards the town of Diraz and open fire on them.



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Yemeni revolutionaries captured an Israeli Mossad agent aiding Saudi forces in the central province of Ibb, reports say

(Sana’a, Yemen) — According to Kuwaiti news agency (KUNA), Yemeni revolutionaries, better known as the Houthis, have claimed that they held captive an Israeli man with a German counterfeit passport under the guise of UN’s food program mission in Ibb, 93 kilometers (120 miles) south of the capital, Sana’a.

Houthi spokesman Mohamed al-Bukhaiti told al-Hurra news channel’s correspondent in Sana’a that the Mossad agent was arrested during an ambush along with eight other Saudi mercenaries, adding that the Israeli agent’s real name is Chaim Ben-Artzi and is ranked Lieutenant in the Israeli 35th Brigade with the IDF military code of ?56912493765cc231438 who confessed that he was instructing Saudi mercenaries how to sabotage Yemeni defense efforts.

“…new information elicited by integrating this high-ranking Israeli agent, corroborates the earlier claims that there is a strong cooperation between Mossad and Saudi top military commanders in Yemen. Israeli advisors helping Saudi occupation on laying out strategic and military plans, and guiding them in the battlefield” Mr. al-Bukhaiti was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

We know, added the Yemeni official, that Mr. Ben-Artzi is speaking Arabic fluently and was trained in acts of sabotage such as making and planting roadside bombs, identifying key Yemeni individuals and secretly passing information to his Saudi counterparts; his arrest is a blow to Israeli attempts to destabilize Yemen.

Mohammad al-Bukhaiti, spokesperson and a member of the Political Council of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement

Meanwhile, Houthi rebels fired a SCUD missile at Saudi Arabia’s capital Monday in an attack that appeared timed to coincide with President Trump’s visit to the city, two U.S. officials told NBC News.
The missile landed without incident about 20 miles away from Riyadh hours before Trump’s arrival, the officials said.



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SNP election policy document launch postponed after Manchester attack

The launch of the Scottish National Party’s policy offer was suspended on Tuesday after at least 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber at a concert in the English city of Manchester.

The presentation of the SNP’s policy document for Britain’s June 8 national election was suspended along with all other party campaign events until further notice, in the wake of what police said was a suicide attack.



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Bahraini forces attack a number of anti regime protesters

  • Continuing confrontations between the forces of the Bahraini regime and the citizens in the arena of redemption and the news of the increase in casualties.
  • Bahraini regime forces arrest a number of peaceful protesters in front of the house of Ayatollah ‘Issa al-Qasim.
  •  Martyrdom of the young Bahraini # Mohammed_Kazem_Zine_Delin by the regime forces in aldraz.
  •  The Bahraini regime uses the helicopter to suppress the travelers towards the town of Diraz.


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Trump’s first oversea visit, new conflict in Middle East

Adding a brutal war to the mix is pushing the country into catastrophe. The behavior of the Saudi coalition gets a lot more press: It has bombed humanitarian warehouses, medical clinics, schools, bridges along key humanitarian aid routes, commercial food and water facilities, water infrastructure, and several of the ports used for humanitarian imports. And despite U.N. pressure, the Saudis have shown little concern for the civilian impact of their operations, even to the point of famously bombing a widely attended funeral in Sanaa, killing more than 100 people.

Before the campaign event in South Carolina, Trump accused Saudi Arabia of being behind the 9/11 attacks. “Who blew up the World Trade Center?” Trump asked on the morning of February 17, 2016. “It wasn’t the Iraqis, it was Saudi — take a look at Saudi Arabia, open the documents.”

After going from implicating them in the worst terror attack ever to take place on US soil, Donald Trump is now best buds with the terrorist regime in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is responsible for the death of 2,369 Americans — yet Trump is dining with them last weekend.

According to the White House, the agreement will help Saudi Arabia face and fight terrorism in the Middle East.

Left unmentioned is the fact virtually all terror groups in the Middle East—including the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and al-Nusra (now Jabhat Fatah al-Sham)—subscribe to the Wahhabi version of Sunni Islam and would not exist without the assistance and encouragement of the Gulf Emirates.
At the end we should declare this fact that Trump just like Obama, is curtsying to the terrorist Saudi Arabian regime and selling them weapons which are in turn used to kill innocent women and children. Just like Obama, Trump is continuing war, and in fact, doubling down.



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United Arab Emirates supports political solution to resolve the crisis in Yemen

Anwar Qarqash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, stressed that the UAE believes that the war in Yemen succeeded in achieving its goals to suppress the Houthi rebels and now the time has come to give diplomacy the chance to show a wider role in this issue.

According to Sharjah24 who quoted the national UAE news agency, on the sidelines of the annual report of the National Committee for Combating Human Trafficking in the United Arab Emirates, Qarqash asserted: “The UAE deployed all its facilities and capabilities to support the legal administration in Yemen and the UAE sacrificed its best guys for defending an Arab homeland against religious and political disturbance.”

At the meeting, Anwar Qarqash by referring to the suffering people of Yemen in the past two years and emphasizing the need to end this situation stated: “We suggested our friends in Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and Russia to provide the opportunity for the return of the former Yemeni ambassador to the UAE, Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, to his country in order to play more effective role in this issue since his presence in the UAE has benefit for none.”

Qarqash in another part of the speech, referred to his acquaintance with Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, the current President of Yemen, and emphasized that we are confident that Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi will stand against any proposal that causes the suffering and hardship for the Yemenis.



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Trump’s trip to Riyadh aims to reduce Russia’s influence in the Middle East

R. Stephen Beecroft, the U.S. ambassador to Egypt, said that terrorism became like a plague which many countries around the world suffer from. Washington and its allies are trying to destroy this wide spread plague.

The ambassador said that Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia and his meeting with the heads of the Arab countries are the beginning of his preset policies in the Middle East, including the policy of reducing Russian influence in the region.

Beecroft also stressed that Russia’s behavior in the past 5 years has aggravated many crises in the Middle East. Trump’s visit aims to reduce Russian influence, dismantle terrorist groups and defend the principles of liberalism and democracy.

He said that the rich civilization and culture of the noble people of Egypt and the fateful role of Egypt in the Middle East was enough for the U.S. embassy to prevent from the transition of the Arab-American summit from Sharm El Sheikh to Riyadh. He is hopeful that the president Trump pays more attention to Cairo and Egypt in his trip to the Middle East.



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