Posts Tagged ‘Saudi Arabia’

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Say Goodbye to Regime Change in Syria

Qatar began diverting armsoriginally intended for Libya to Turkey, where they were turned over to rebel forces that had, since June of 2011, been fighting against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. These rebels were grouped together under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), an ostensibly secular resistance group that  was in reality controlled by the Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood

Treason, aid and comfort to Al Qaeda:

In both Turkey and Jordan, corrupt intelligence officers were siphoning off tens of millions of dollars in weapons and munitions, selling them on the black market, where they were bought by al-Nusra and, after 2014, ISIS. The U.S.-backed rebels would often sell or trade their US-provided weapons to both al-Nusra and ISIS, and in many cases, U.S.-trained fighters would defect with these weapons. Thousands of fighters serving under the banner of Al Qaeda and ISIS were, in fact, armed and trained by the CIA.

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Mohammad bin Salman / “MBS”

 

There’s been a coup in Saudi Arabia, and this asshole–a terrorist mass murderer–has seized power. Pepe Escobar, and a must-read piece in Asia Times:

A coup in the House of Saud?
BONUS:

A German intelligence memo outs the Saudis for sponsoring Al Qaeda.

The BND memo crucially detailed how the House of Saud, in Syria, had bankrolled the creation of the Army of Conquest – basically a revamp of Jabhat al-Nusra, aka al-Qaeda in Syria – as well as ideological sister outfit Ahrar al-Sham.

Confirmed in UK Independent

“The BND lists the areas in which Saudi Arabia is adopting a more aggressive and warlike policy. In Syria, in early 2015, it supported the creation of The Army of Conquest, primarily made up of the al-Qaeda affiliate the al-Nusra Front and the ideologically similar Ahrar al-Sham, which won a series of victories against the Syrian Army in Idlib province. In Yemen, it began an air war directed against the Houthi movement and the Yemeni army, which shows no sign of ending. Among those who gain are al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula, which the US has been fruitlessly trying to weaken for years by drone strikes. “

 

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“Iranian Expansionism”

 

Saudi / Trump alliance turning into World War 3.

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Americans Who Cashed in on Campaign to Stop 9/11 Trial

 

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Hypocrisies abound as report highlights Saudi links to UK extremism

If you really want to understand the terrorism big picture, start with my piece:

Why Americans Don’t Understand Terrorism, At All

In other news today, more terrorism hypocrisy concerning Saudi Arabia and Egypt:

Egypt blocked UN sanctions against Saudi branch of Islamic State

IS has spread across the Middle East, including in Mosul, Iraq. But Egypt prevented the UN sanctioning its Saudi Arabian branch as a ‘terrorist group’ (Reuters)

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US President Donald Trump (L) walks with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud after receiving the Order of Abdulaziz al-Saud medal from at the Saudi Royal Court in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Saudi Arabia and Gulf states ‘support Islamic extremism in Germany,’ intelligence report finds

From December:

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Germany denies his government funds extremist groups

A brief seen by the Süddeutsche Zeitung and broadcasters NDR and WDR raised concern over a reported increase in support for fundamentalist Salafism in Germany, warning that the ideology already has 10,000 followers and is growing.

The report, by Germany’s BfV domestic intelligence agency and Federal Intelligence Service (BND) reportedly accused Gulf groups of funding mosques, religious schools, hardline preachers and conversion or “dawah” groups to spread the ideology.