Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah is the country’s key humanitarian lifeline. Washington, Britain and France want it cut off, the lives and welfare of its 28 million people at stake. Losing the city to US/UK/French supported Saudi/UAE aggression could be catastrophic.
Reportedly, many thousands of city residents fled to avoid the fighting, fierce battles raging, including for control of its airport and port facilities.
UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein expressed “grave worry regarding the Saudi and Emirati-led coalition’s ongoing attacks in Hodeidah – which could result in enormous civilian casualties and have a disastrous impact on life-saving humanitarian aid to millions of people which comes through the port.”
Unknown numbers of civilians have been killed or wounded so far. Begun last week, the assault on the city could continue for some time.
A refugee said he and his family are sheltered in a school temporarily with no water, no electricity, no bathrooms, no mattresses, nothing, sleeping on the bare floor – vulnerable anywhere in Yemen to Saudi-led terror-bombing.
Reportedly, Saudi and UAE forces fought their way through the gates of Hodeidah’s airport, aided by helicopter gunship attacks, Houthi fighters contesting them with tanks, artillery and mortar fire.
Civilians in harm’s way are being killed or wounded indiscriminately, aid agencies unable to reach them with medical treatment because of fierce fighting.
According to International Interest editor Sami Hamdi, “(t)he Houthi gamble has always been that as long as they can stay in Sanaa and Hodeidah, then international pressure will force Saudi Arabia to the table to discuss negotiations.”
“Taking the airport and seaport are absolutely fundamental for (US-led Western support for Saudi and UAE) forces because this is the battle that will cut off the lifeline for the Houthis” – along with 70% of Yemenis depending on the city for vital humanitarian aid.
“If Hodeidah is taken, there will be a severe weakening of the Houthis’ position, and it may very well force the(m) into a fight for survival which may make them take negotiations more seriously,” Hamdi added.
Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander-in-chief General Mohammad Ali Jafari is more optimistic, believing Houthi fighters will prevail over US-backed, Saudi-led aggression.
Senior Houthi Supreme Political Council official Mohammad al-Bukhaiti disputed Saudi/UAE claims about successfully storming the gates of Hodeidah’s airport, saying their fighters were repelled, taking heavy losses.
Clashes continue south of the airport backed by terror-bombing, he claimed. On Sunday, UAE deputy chief of staff general Isa Saif Bin Abalan al-Mazrouei was reportedly killed in clashes with Houthi fighters – along with dozens of Saudi-enlisted mercenaries.
Both sides suffered scores, maybe hundreds, of casualties. Efforts earlier to negotiate a ceasefire failed.
Washington, Britain, France, the Saudis and UAE want Houthi resistance defeated. A durable ceasefire is virtually unattainable.
Despite the bulk of the attempted destruction of Syria having taken place during the Obama administration, the fact is that the agenda began marching years before Obama took office and it is continuing to do so today. Ample evidence has been provided demonstrating that a plan to destroy the Syrian government goes back at least to the Bush Jr. administration and the desire to do so goes even further back than that.
One such piece of evidence is a secret State Department cable obtained by WikiLeaks entitled “Influencing the SARG In The End Of 2006” which was distributed from the US embassy in Damascus to requisite officials in the Department of Treasury, National Security Council, White House, Secretary of State, League of Arab States, US Mission To European Union in Brussels, United Nations (NY), US Central Command, and Tel Aviv.
The entire cable was a discussion of a number of available strategies to bring about regime change in Syria and was written during 2006 under the Bush administration.
The cable takes a number of potentially exploitable conditions and expounds upon the realities of the situation, the vulnerabilities of the Syrian government and the “possible action” that can be taken to capitalize on the perceived weaknesses.
The cable begins by stating,
The SARG ends 2006 in a much stronger position domestically and internationally than it did 2005. While there may be additional bilateral or multilateral pressure that can impact Syria, the regime is based on a small clique that is largely immune to such pressure. However, Bashar Asad’s growing self-confidence )- and reliance on this small clique — could lead him to make mistakes and ill-judged policy decisions through trademark emotional reactions to challenges, providing us with new opportunities. For example, Bashar’s reaction to the prospect of Hariri tribunal and to publicity for Khaddam and the National Salvation Front borders on the irrational. Additionally, Bashar’s reported preoccupation with his image and how he is perceived internationally is a potential liability in his decision making process. We believe Bashar’s weaknesses are in how he chooses to react to looming issues, both perceived and real, such as a the conflict between economic reform steps (however limited) and entrenched, corrupt forces, the Kurdish question, and the potential threat to the regime from the increasing presence of transiting Islamist extremists. This cable summarizes our assessment of these vulnerabilities and suggests that there may be actions, statements, and signals that the USG can send that will improve the likelihood of such opportunities arising. These proposals will need to be fleshed out and converted into real actions and we need to be ready to move quickly to take advantage of such opportunities. Many of our suggestions underline using Public Diplomacy and more indirect means to send messages that influence the inner circle.
The Hariri Scandal
One “vulnerability” considered potentially useful by the State Department was the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and the resulting scandal and tribunal proceedings. The document states,
The Hariri investigation ) and the prospect of a Lebanon Tribunal — has provoked powerful SARG reactions, primarily because of the embarrassment the investigation causes. Rationally, the regime should calculate that it can deal with any summons of Syrian officials by refusing to turn any suspects over, or, in extreme cases by engineering “suicides.8 But it seems the real issue for Bashar is that Syria,s dignity and its international reputation are put in question. Fiercely-held sentiments that Syria should continue to exercise dominant control in Lebanon play into these sensitivities. We should seek to exploit this raw nerve, without waiting for formation of the tribunal.
The plan was then to take advantage of the “embarrassment” and pressures of the scandal by:
Publicly highlighting the consequences of the ongoing investigation a la Mehlis causes Bashar personal angst and may lead him to act irrationally. The regime has deep-seated fears about the international scrutiny that a tribunal — or Brammertz accusations even against lower-echelon figures — would prompt. The Mehlis accusations of October 2005 caused the most serious strains in Bashar’s inner circle. While the family got back together, these splits may lie just below the surface.
The Iranian Alliance
The State Department cable then discussed the probability of being able to exploit Syria’s closer cooperation with Iran by presenting it as inherently anti-Sunni, thus causing friction between Syria and its Sunni allies and neighbors as well as causing friction between Syrian society misinterpreted by the West as being as sectarian as other countries in the Middle East. It states,
Bashar is walking a fine line in his increasingly strong relations with Iran, seeking necessary support while not completely alienating Syria,s moderate Sunni Arab neighbors by being perceived as aiding Persian and fundamentalist Shia interests. Bashar’s decision to not attend the Talabani ) Ahmadinejad summit in Tehran following FM Moallem,s trip to Iraq can be seen as a manifestation of Bashar’s sensitivity to the Arab optic on his Iranian alliance.
Thus, the document explicitly states that it would be possible to “play on Sunni fears of Iranian influence.” It says,
There are fears in Syria that the Iranians are active in both Shia proselytizing and conversion of, mostly poor, Sunnis. Though often exaggerated, such fears reflect an element of the Sunni community in Syria that is increasingly upset by and focused on the spread of Iranian influence in their country through activities ranging from mosque construction to business. Both the local Egyptian and Saudi missions here, (as well as prominent Syrian Sunni religious leaders), are giving increasing attention to the matter and we should coordinate more closely with their governments on ways to better publicize and focus regional attention on the issue.
Assad’s Inner Circle
Another discussion centered around the possibility of using corruption and inter-familial squabbles as well as power grabs by members of Assad’s family and the inner circle of the Syrian government’s power structure in order to foster distrust and division within the government. The cable discussed using targeted sanctions aimed at specific individuals to exacerbate these tensions. It reads,
At the end of the day, the regime is dominated by the Asad family and to a lesser degree by Bashar Asad’s maternal family, the Makhlufs, with many family members believe to be increasingly corrupt. The family, and hangers on, as well as the larger Alawite sect, are not immune to feuds and anti-regime conspiracies, as was evident last year when intimates of various regime pillars (including the Makhloufs) approached us about post-Bashar possibilities. Corruption is a great divider and Bashar’s inner circle is subject to the usual feuds and squabbles related to graft and corruption. For example, it is generally known that Maher Asad is particularly corrupt and incorrigible. He has no scruples in his feuds with family members or others. There is also tremendous fear in the Alawite community about retribution if the Sunni majority ever regains power.
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Targeted sanctions against regime members and their intimates are generally welcomed by most elements of Syrian society. But the way designations are applied must exploit fissures and render the inner circle weaker rather than drive its members closer together. The designation of Shawkat caused him some personal irritation and was the subject of considerable discussion in the business community here. While the public reaction to corruption tends to be muted, continued reminders of corruption in the inner circle have resonance. We should look for ways to remind the public of our previous designations.
Abdul Halim Khaddam, even as far back as 2006, was an integral part of attempts to destabilize Syria. The leverage with Khaddam was that he was a high-profile “old guard” defector that began cooperating with the West in its criticism and attempted destabilization of the Syrian government, even playing an important role in the creation of the “National Salvation Front” and acting as a potential “government in exile” and replacement for Bashar al-Assad. In regards to Khaddam, the document states,
Khaddam knows where the regime skeletons are hidden, which provokes enormous irritation from Bashar, vastly disproportionate to any support Khaddam has within Syria. Bashar Asad personally, and his regime in general, follow every news item involving Khaddam with tremendous emotional interest. The regime reacts with self-defeating anger whenever another Arab country hosts Khaddam or allows him to make a public statement through any of its media outlets.
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We should continue to encourage the Saudis and others to allow Khaddam access to their media outlets, providing him with venues for airing the SARG,s dirty laundry. We should anticipate an overreaction by the regime that will add to its isolation and alienation from its Arab neighbors.
Divide And Conquer – Governmental Departments
The document points out that a newly crowned leader of Syria was immediately faced with the old guard, new guard, and a guard loyal only to money and power. Bashar al-Assad was well aware of this fact – that some elements in the government were not loyal to him or even to Syria – and thus may have been hyper-aware of the possibility of a coup from both internal and external factors. As a result, the document states the potential to cause distrust and rifts between personalities in the government, possibly even setting events in motion that would lead to a coup. At the very least, the US was looking to create the perception and suspicion of a coup taking place so as to facilitate distrust and division within the ranks of the Syrian government. The document says,
Bashar constantly guards against challenges from those with ties inside the military and security services. He is also nervous about any loyalties senior officers (or former senior officers) feel toward disaffected former regime elements like Rifat Asad and Khaddam. The inner circle focuses continuously on who gets what piece of the corruption action. Some moves by Bashar in narrowing the circle of those who benefit from high-level graft has increased those with ties to the security services who have axes to grind. –
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The regime is intensely sensitive to rumors about coup-plotting and restlessness in the security services and military. Regional allies like Egypt and Saudi Arabia should be encouraged to meet with figures like Khaddam and Rif, at Asad as a way of sending such signals, with appropriate leaking of the meetings afterwards. This again touches on this insular regime’s paranoia and increases the possibility of a self-defeating over-reaction.
Propaganda Against Economic Reforms
When Assad took power, he was immediately seen as a reformer not just in the social and political sector, but also the economic sector. While some of Assad’s attempts at reforms were not productive, others were. However, the United States intelligence community desperately wanted to paint Assad’s reform attempts as, on one hand, failures, while, on the other hand, nothing more than a smokescreen for more corruption. The idea was to pressure Assad in the run-up to the 2007 presidential election and sow seeds of disappointment in the minds of the Syrian people. The document reads:
Bashar keeps unveiling a steady stream of initiatives on economic reform and it is certainly possible he believes this issue is his legacy to Syria. While limited and ineffectual, these steps have brought back Syrian expats to invest and have created at least the illusion of increasing openness. Finding ways to publicly call into question Bashar,s reform efforts )- pointing, for example to the use of reform to disguise cronyism — would embarrass Bashar and undercut these efforts to shore up his legitimacy. Revealing Asad family/inner circle corruption would have a similar effect.
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Highlighting failures of reform, especially in the run-up to the 2007 Presidential elections, is a move that Bashar would find highly embarrassing and de-legitimizing. Comparing and contrasting puny Syrian reform efforts with the rest of the Middle East would also embarrass and irritate Bashar.
The document also describes how economic stagnation should be used to sow seeds of discontent with the Syrian population. The document states,
Perpetually under-performing, the Syrian economy creates jobs for less than 50 percent of the country,s university graduates. Oil accounts for 70 percent of exports and 30 percent of government revenue, but production is in steady decline. By 2010 Syria is expected to become a net importer of oil. Few experts believe the SARG is capable of managing successfully the expected economic dislocations.
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Syria has enjoyed a considerable up-tick in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the last two years that appears to be picking up steam. The most important new FDI is undoubtedly from the Gulf.
The United States has a well-documented history of using Kurdish fanaticism as a method of destabilization and proxy war. Interestingly enough, the Kurds constantly reveal themselves to be easy prey for the United States, resembling Charlie Brown always giving in to the temptation to kick the football that is inevitably going to yanked away from them. Still, the Kurds are easily manipulated by the United States, used as destabilization actors and proxy soldiers such as they are being used today in Northern Syria and Western Iraq. In regards to the Kurds, the document states,
The most organized and daring political opposition and civil society groups are among the ethnic minority Kurds, concentrated in Syria,s northeast, as well as in communities in Damascus and Aleppo. This group has been willing to protest violently in its home territory when others would dare not. There are few threats that loom larger in Bashar,s mind than unrest with the Kurds. In what is a rare occurrence, our DATT was convoked by Syrian Military Intelligence in May of 2006 to protest what the Syrians believed were US efforts to provide military training and equipment to the Kurds in Syria.
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Highlighting Kurdish complaints in public statements, including publicizing human rights abuses will exacerbate regime’s concerns about the Kurdish population. Focus on economic hardship in Kurdish areas and the SARG’s long-standing refusal to offer citizenship to some 200,000 stateless Kurds. This issue would need to be handled carefully, since giving the wrong kind of prominence to Kurdish issues in Syria could be a liability for our efforts at uniting the opposition, given Syrian (mostly Arab) civil society’s skepticism of Kurdish objectives.
I highly recommend reading my articles as well as those by Sarah Abed in order to gain a greater understanding of the complexities of the Kurdish issue in Syria.
In a telling segment, the cable discusses using Islamic extremists from outside Syria in order to destabilize the country, mostly by publicizing the presence of the groups and then presenting a weak response by the Syrian government, thus encouraging extreme elements. It should be noted that these extreme elements originated outside but residing in Syria such as Hamas but not limited to that group. The cable mentions that the level of extreme elements native to Syria are not well known to Western intelligence, as well as the fact that Syria and Bashar al-Assad are not only opposed to these extremists but that they are actively fighting them. Once again, we see the secular nature of Syrian society presenting an obstacle to Western goals of destabilization.
The document says,
Extremist elements increasingly use Syria as a base, while the SARG has taken some actions against groups stating links to Al-Qaeda. With the killing of the al-Qaida leader on the border with Lebanon in early December and the increasing terrorist attacks inside Syria culminating in the September 12 attack against the US embassy, the SARG,s policies in Iraq and support for terrorists elsewhere as well can be seen to be coming home to roost.
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Publicize presence of transiting (or externally focused) extremist groups in Syria, not limited to mention of Hamas and PIJ. Publicize Syrian efforts against extremist groups in a way that suggests weakness, signs of instability, and uncontrolled blowback. The SARG,s argument (usually used after terror attacks in Syria) that it too is a victim of terrorism should be used against it to give greater prominence to increasing signs of instability within Syria.
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This analysis leaves out the anti-regime Syrian Islamists because it is difficult to get an accurate picture of the threat within Syria that such groups pose. They are certainly a long-term threat. While it alludes to the vulnerabilities that Syria faces because of its alliance with Iran, it does not elaborate fully on this topic. The bottom line is that Bashar is entering the new year in a stronger position than he has been in several years, but those strengths also carry with them — or sometimes mask ) vulnerabilities. If we are ready to capitalize, they will offer us opportunities to disrupt his decision-making, keep him off-balance, and make him pay a premium for his mistakes.
The trail of documentation and the manner in which the overarching agenda of world hegemony on the behalf of corporate-financier interests have continued apace regardless of party and seamlessly through Republican and Democrat administrations serves to prove that changing parties and personalities do nothing to stop the onslaught of imperialism, war, and destruction being waged across the world today and in earnest ever since 2001. Indeed, such changes only make adjustments to the appearance and presentation of a much larger Communo-Fascist system that is entrenching itself by the day.
This document demonstrates the goals of destabilizing Syria using outside terrorist organizations, Kurdish fanatics, and any existing rifts between government figures. All of these elements were called into play when the West began its war against Syria in 2011. Thankfully, however, all of these elements have also failed.
Well this is going to hurt: Der Spiegel reports that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered that all government contracts cease being awarded to German companies in what’s being interpreted as an aggressive punitive measure after a year of already deteriorating Saudi-German relations and as Germany has expressed its plan to stick by the Iran nuclear deal.
Der Spiegel cites companies with long-term partnerships inside Saudi Arabia as already being impacted; however, there’s still little clear confirmation on how far reaching the move will be: “Citing no sources, it said the move was likely to hit major companies such as Siemens, Bayer and Boehringer Ingelheim as well as carmaker Daimler,”according to Reuters, citing the Der Spiegel report published late Friday.
Germany generated 2017 exports worth 6.6 billion euros ($7.7 billion), according to official German figures, and is deeply invested in multiple major Saudi infrastructural projects, as Der Spiegal explains, “Some 800 German companies are active in the country, and 200 have offices in Saudi Arabia with a total of 40,000 employees,” which could be severely impacted, depending on how far the Saudis are willing to go.
This includes German mega-conglomerate Siemens which just signed a contract worth around $400 million to deliver five gas turbines for a new Saudi power plant, and Daimler, which secured an order to supply 600 Mercedes‑Benz Citaro buses from Saudi bus operator SAPTCO.
German sources privy to the Saudis’ opaque maneuvering say the situation is dire, as Reuters relates:
“For Germans, the doors in Riyadh have suddenly been closed,” says one experienced businessman in the Saudi capital. Meetings with delegations from Germany that were set up before the crisis are being canceled. “That hurts,” says Oliver Oehms of the German-Saudi Arabian Liaison Office for Economic Affairs in Riyadh.
A senior German businessman in Saudi Arabia, who asked to remain anonymous, told Reuters on Friday that especially the healthcare sector was currently feeling added scrutiny when applying for Saudi tenders.
“They have even been asking: Where are the products coming from? Are they made in Germany? Do you have other manufacturing sites? And as soon as this is made in Germany, they have been rejecting any German applications for tender,” the person said.
There are significant rumors suggesting MbS is acting out of personal malice and vindictiveness toward Germany. Relations between the two countries become strained after a series of critical remarks by German officials over Saudi Arabia’s overreach in Lebanese politics — where last November’s Hariri affair left German leaders generally faulting MbS for kidnapping the Lebanese prime minister and holding him against his will.
At that time then-Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel had criticized the Saudis for spreading “political adventurism” in the Middle East, causing the Saudis to withdraw their ambassador to Germany, who still hasn’t returned.
It further appears this could be the first major economic blow to European countries not willing to stand by Trump’s decision to pull the US from the JCPOA. Shortly after President Trump announced the US pull-out, Iran’s President Rouhani promised that his country would continue abiding by its terms only if Iranian businesses could continue operating normally in their dealings with EU countries.
The Iranians quickly got reassurance from the E.U. energy chief, who announced last week that Europe would continue to honor the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement. And speaking at a news conference after an emergency meeting of EU leaders in Bulgaria in response to US posturing, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker declared proactive measures“to allow the European Investment Bank to facilitate European companies’ investment in Iran. The Commission itself will maintain its cooperation will Iran.”
Some analysts have suggested that Iran can possibly survive the newly unveiled US sanctions regimen — which Secretary of State Pompeo this week called so pervasive that Iran will struggle to “keep its economy alive”— should sizable EU trading partners like Germany and France resist US pressures and create alternative means of bypassing US hurdles. Britain has also signaled its desire to stay the course even after threats of US backlash.
However, Tehran’s leadership itself acknowledged this week that EU cooperation is not enough: “With the withdrawal of America… the European political support for the accord is not sufficient,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Miguel Arias Canete, EU commissioner for energy and climate, during a meeting in Tehran.
The U.S. Treasury will reportedly target Iran’s oil industry and its central bank particularly when it re-imposes sanctions after a 90 or 180-day wind-down period, to be determined by the sector in question.
Perhaps most interesting about Friday’s bombshell Der Spiegel report is that MbS seems to be acting out of a sense of personal malice and vindictiveness toward Germany.
According to the report, citing the German-Saudi Arabian Liaison Office for Economic Affairs in Riyadh, “Young crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS for short, appears to be “deeply offended” by the German government, says Daues, who adds that his information comes from confidants in Riyadh.”
Blunt public criticism of that nature is considered a no-no in the world of diplomacy. “Why didn’t Gabriel pick up the phone and call Riyadh if he was concerned,” asks one influential member of the royal family during a meeting a in Riyadh.
Within the palace, the impression was that the remarks made on Nov. 16 were a cheap shot by the German foreign minister to drum up support among voters, the royal family member says, adding that the prince was not happy.
Should the Saudis follow through in playing US lapdog and mediator when it comes to pressuring EU withdrawal from trade and economic ties with Iran, especially in the multi-billion dollar energy and banking sector which the US hopes to decimate, could this be the tipping point for Germany, France and Britain which makes salvaging the JCPOA too costly?
The fallout from Trump’s “with us or against us” ultimatum — the awaited “sanctions battle”— has begun.
SyrPer has received ‘TOP SECRET” Saudi communications via sources in Lebanon. These documents will show how the Saudi regime is trying to dominate the Lebanese electoral scene and to drive a wedge between Hizbollah and the government. I have translated the documents for my readers. Enjoy:
“Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
6/24/1439 AH TOP SECRET
URGENT – CLASSIFIED
MINISTER PLENIPOTENTIARY WALEED AL-BUKHAARI
In reference to the Royal Decree, the Foreign Ministry orders action to make necessary assistance available to the Mustaqbal (Future) Movement ticket and the (Lebanese) Forces Party in the Lebanese parliamentary elections in order to take steps, at the first opportunity, to present a proposal in the new Lebanese Parliament to legalize the presence of Syrian refugees on Lebanese soil and to put together a pressure point for Hizbollah especially in the area of the Bekaa for the purpose of changing the social fabric and to accomplish the following:
First: weakening Hizbollah’s influence in its stronghold (the area of the Lebanese Bekaa).
Second: creating a fissure between Hizbollah and its popular base.
Third: removing the area from the control and influence of Hizbollah and its extension in Syria, and, especially, the border.
(This is to be done) with adherence to guarantees to Christians by way of establishing earmarked and stable camps on the model of the Syrian camps in Turkey or the Palestinian ones in Lebanon. And what they need will be covered by international funding. There also must be a commitment to elect the leader of the Lebanese Forces, Dr. Geagea, president of Lebanon in the coming term.
Signed: ‘Aadil Ahmad Al-Jubayr
IN THE NAME OF GOD, THE COMPASSIONATE AND THE MERCIFUL
THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA KINGDOM ADMINISTRATION
ROYAL COURT ADMINISTRATION Issue No.: 24268
Issue Date: 8/1/1439
ATTACHMENTS: TOP SECRET
We refer to the obligation of continuing political and financial support for the Lebanese Prime Minister Sa’ad-Al-Deen Al–Hareeri until the end of the parliamentary elections and the securing of a weighty bloc through which there might be an alliance with Dr. Sameer Geagea in order to assemble a government friendly to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and led by the Minister, Nuhaad Al-Mashnooq.
After that, there shall be a breaking of relations with Sa’ad Al-Hareeri after the settlement of all his financial loans owed to the sons of His Highness King ‘Abdul-‘Azeez, this being a noble deed by His Highness and Crown Prince, Prince Muhammad BinSalmaan, as long as he (Hareeri) commits to what he is asked to do in the elections.
This is what we have determined to be appropriate in this regard and we have supplied all parties with a copy of our decree so that it may be taken in full faith and confidence and, therefore: Complete the necessary tasks by virtue of it.
SALMAAN BIN ‘ABDUL-‘AZEEZ OF THE HOUSE OF SA’OOD
PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS (SIGNATURE AND SEAL)
Well, folks, how do you like that? And the U.S. has got a bee in its bonnet over Russian interference in the American elections. I’m howling with laughter.
WASHINGTON D.C. With little fanfare, the United States has cut all funding to the White Helmets. My source in Damascus has told me that the reason is that the OPCW investigating the so-called chemical weapons use in the Ghouta has come to the conclusion that the event was completely staged. The inspectors are leaking some information. Evidently, Vanessa Beeley, has had a remarkable effect on people’s perceptions of this terrorist group and that included the inspectors. In conversations and interviews with citizens in the Ghoutaa, the overwhelming testimony is that no CW was used and that the frenetic scenes of “rescuers” hosing down terrified children was nothing more than an elaborate joke. And from Tony Gratrex:
Oil prices have ben plunging. However, the Saudis hav announced that il will be climbing 80%. This explains a lot of what we are seeing internationally with the BRICS nations. The real story is in the following video.
Two princes have already been killed; one in a helicopter crash and the other after he drew his weapon allegedly resisting arrest. The inside story on the ‘crash’ is that the Saudi Air Force shot down the copter to prevent a fleeing royal from leaving the country.
These things just don’t happen unless there is a major counter-coup in the works.
The original coup occurred in April of 2015 and first counter-coup played out back in September of 2015.
Everything that is now occurring in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) revolves around one man…and it’s not King Salman. The domestic and international affairs of KSA revolve around his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia — Mohammad bin Salman — is also the current Minister of Defense. The following short bio provides more detailed info about the future monarch.
Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Arabic: محمد بن سلمان بن عبدالعزيز آل سعود; born 31 August 1985), also known as MBS, is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, First Deputy Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia and the youngest minister of defense in the world. Mohammad bin Salman is also president of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs. He has been described as the power behind the throne of his father, King Salman. He was appointed Crown Prince in June 2017 following his father’s decision to remove Muhammad bin Nayef from all positions, making Mohammad bin Salman heir apparent to the throne.
Ever since Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) assumed his various positions of power, all hell has broken loose in the kingdom, as well as throughout the Middle East.
The engineered Yemen War, in particular, appears to be the pet project of the very young Minister of Defense. It also represents the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world today.
The Middle East is now the site of the most dynamic and consequential moves and maneuvers on the global geopolitical chessboard. Saudi Arabia is now at the epicenter of the geopolitical earthquakes and international aftershocks.
What is transpiring in Saudi Arabia and Yemen, Syria and Iraq, Qatar and Lebanon, Palestine and Israel will determine the ultimate success or failure of the ongoing Greater Israel Project.
The final outcomes in the Northern Levant will especially reflect the degree to which the Modern State of Israel will dominate the Mideast.
What is now indisputable is that the ascension of King Salman was the result of a MOSSAD-directed coup. In this way the illegitimate heir — Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman — a close friend of Israel (some have conjectured that MBS is a MOSSAD asset) would eventually become king. He’s already making waves by establishing a much closer relationship with Israel.
In fact, everything that’s taking place in the Middle East today is occurring in the interest of advancing the Greater Israel Project.
Why does Muslim Saudi Arabia make common cause with Jewish Zionist Israel?
Because both nations are ruled by the same agents of Zionism.
Israel, of course, is ruled by the arch-Zionist Ashkenazis who emigrated from Europe post World War II.
Saudi Arabia is ruled by the House of Saud, a crypto-Jewish family that the stole the kingdom from the rightful Arabian Bedouin heirs. The following 3 exposés authoritatively delineates the historical theft of Saudi Arabia, as well as who the co-conspirators were operating behind the scenes.
As unbelievable as this may sound, the actions of Saudi Arabia over the past 50 years clearly indicate they are pro-Israel to the extreme, and even to the detriment of their neighboring Muslim countries.
The Shiite-dominated nations such as Iran can attest to this ever-worsening state of affairs.
Vegas Massacre & Uraniumgate
This is where things get very complicated.
The HARVEST massacre on October 1st in Las Vegas has been the most complex and inscrutable ‘false flag’ operation in U.S. history.
SOTN was the first to label the mass shooting “a false flag within a false flag which was actually part hoax and part reality”. This CIA-directed psyop was also executed by rogue elements within the U.S. Intelligence Community who are relentless in their efforts to overthrow the Trump Administration.
As always, this extremely purposeful psyop was specifically designed to distract the American people from the Democrat’s exploding “Uranium One” scandal. The fake Russia-Trump collusion story was, in fact, concocted because the Democrats knew they had to muddy the waters. The DNC did not expect Trump to win last November; Deep State also knew that President Trump was privy to the entirety of Uraniumgate. Hence, the Deep State Democrats resolved themselves to associate Team Trump with Russia collusion when it was the Clinton Crime Family, the DNC and the Soros Money Machine who were really the guilty parties.
Quite incredibly, the only explanation that describes what really happened in Vegas is a full-blown Saudi counter-coup … coupled with a C.I.A. black op … together with an FBI entrapment scheme … and ending with a massive convoluted cover-up that continues to fall apart by the day.
At the very heart of all of these various black operations, burgeoning scandals, and false flag attacks is one of the most egregious betrayals ever to occur in the American Republic that was perpetrated by the Obama Administration—Uraniumgate. The U.S. government under Obama, especially with the assistance of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is also guilty of high treason and ongoing sedition, as well as premeditated genocide, calculated war crimes, and other crimes against humanity.
Mass Shooting at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas
What really happened in Vegas can only be pieced together by the various whistleblower accounts that are slowly being posted on the Internet.
Because of the many established Saudi connections which clearly existed on that October 1st Sunday evening, everything points to a bona-fide remote counter-coup implemented by the anti-MBS camp in Saudi Arabia.
If the excellent photographic evidence that purports to show MBS being escorted out of the Tropicana Hotel by a SWAT team, then “bingo”, this whole story makes perfect sense.
The man in the black shorts and white V-neck is obviously being escorted and had short notice to vacate the premises.
What follows is the video from which the preceding photo was taken from. A forensic analysis of the video will conclusively reveal if the gentlemen in shorts is actually MBS.
Now take a closer look at the SWAT team member at point with the yellow shirt carrying the unusual weapon.
“Yellow-shirt guy is MOSSAD, using an Israeli x95 model rifle not available for sale in the US, is using the IDF 6-point of contact rifle grip, and is pointing a loaded firearm with finger on the trigger, not a US police doctrine, to say the least.” (Source: Comment posted at Armed Men Point Guns at TROPICANA Casino on Night of Shooting)
Special Note The single most important part of this plot concerns MBS, the Crown Prince. That he is being protected by an IDF-MOSSAD operative certainly presents a critical issue. Has MBS been flipped by the POTUS? Before the election, Candidate Trump was quite vocal about Saudi Arabian involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was set on exposing it. After Inauguration Day President Trump does the biggest arms deal in memory with the Saudi regime. Then he backs the monarchy’s harsh provocations against Qatar. Trump had also signed off on a military operation inside of Yemen earlier this year. What’s really going on here? Has MBS since been flipped by Trump to cease and desist all funding and arming of ISIS? Is MBS operating in a strict survival mode; for his failure to follow Trump’s lead will expose the KSA ruling monarchy to the wrath of America for its complicity in the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.
This whole story only gets more complicated by the day.
While a full-blown counter-coup did take place in Las Vegas on October 1, so did a [PREMEDITATED] massacre of the C&W patriots who attended the HARVEST. However, those who participated in the Saudi counter coup had nothing to do with the carnage at the HARVEST music festival.
How to reconcile these two simultaneous dramas is the real challenge for every armchair investigator and deep researcher. Actually, the actual back story may look more like a false flag within a false flag conducted simultaneously with a 3rd false flag. Furthermore, each of these may have been part hoax (e.g. crisis actors) blended with obvious elements of reality (i.e. many people really died or were gravely wounded).
The resulting cloud of confusion from these various plots and sub-plots was supposed to guarantee that the very real sneak attack on the conservative concert-goers would elude detection. The ultimate effect would be to so intimidate the Right that they would not feel safe gathering together in public spaces anymore. The threat of more terror attacks would hang over their collective heads like the Sword of Damocles. In this way, the Trump movement would be hindered and its future initiatives stymied.
The crucial point here is that the Saudi counter coup is being aggressively disseminated — via the Alt Media — in order to present the false appearance of ‘collateral damage’ at the HARVEST. Again, unless they were MOSSAD agents who made up the MBS assassination team, Saudis would never risk being caught killing Americans after 9/11.
It ought to be very clear by now that the 58 killed and 546 injured at the “Mandalay Massacre” were NOT collateral damage. They were the victims of a highly coordinated false flag attack on the Patriot Movement. That stealth attack was the result of the clandestine war that is being commandeered by George Soros & Company. The agents of Deep State are attacking the Patriot Movement in a surreptitious manner until the Bolshevik cowards feel safe enough to come out into the open. They didn’t even show up to protest on their scheduled “regime change” day that was set for this past November 4th.
For President Trump to tweet the following 2 messages speaks volumes about where he’s at with the present Saudi rulers. The real coup here then is the US government reining in an out-of-control Wahhabi monarchy and citizenry. Only time will tell about this seeming diplomatic victory for Trump. Nevertheless, it’s the covert Israeli connection that is quite worrisome.
As expected, Saudi Arabia has cast itself as the victim of external Shia plotting after its internal weekend of chaos which included a missile attack from Yemen, the deaths of two princes and other high officials within a mere 24 hours, and an aggressive crackdown against dissent in the royal family which saw close to a dozen princes placed under house arrest. And as Al Jazeera noted,in this Saudi version of ‘Game of Thrones’, the 32-year-old Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) shows that he is willing to throw the entire region into jeopardy to wear the royal gown.
While Saudi Arabia has long blamed Iran for sowing unrest in the region, this evening’s declaration by Saudi Gulf affairs minister Thamer al-Sabhan that Lebanon has “declared war” against the kingdom is truly a historic first. But perhaps the biggest problem is that international media is currently uncritically spreading the statement, whereas what such a bizarre claim actually warrants is laughter. Thankfully, Nassim Nicholas Taleb sums it up nicely with a basic geography lesson: “Either the media is stupid, or Saudi rulers are stupid, or both. Lebanon did not formally declare war and there is no common border.”
Still image taken from a video distributed by Yemen’s pro-Houthi Al Masirah television station, which purports to show the ballistic missile previously launched at Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia said on Monday that Lebanon had declared war against it because of attacks against the Kingdom by the Lebanese Shi‘ite group Hezbollah.
Saudi Gulf affairs minister Thamer al-Sabhan told Al-Arabiya TV that Saad al-Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister on Saturday, had been told that acts of “aggression” by Hezbollah “were considered acts of a declaration of war against Saudi Arabia by Lebanon and by the Lebanese Party of the Devil”.
Though clearly absurd (that Lebanon has declared war on KSA), the statement is driven by legitimate and deep-rooted fear, for not only has Hezbollah transformed itself into a Middle East powerhouse whose influence has grown vastly in the midst of the Syrian war, but it has transitioned into a quasi-state which has gained the respect of Lebanese and Arabs across the region. As we’ve noted many times before, it is fear of Hezbollah and its increasingly broad acceptance and legitimacy within Lebanese state institutions that also drives heightened Israeli rhetoric and bellicosity of late, which has once again “surprisingly” found itself on the same side as Saudi Arabia.
And at a moment that Israel has begun massive war games, and as MBS continues his purge toward total consolidation of power over the kingdom, both unlikely bedfellows continue their war of words against Hezbollah. It’s no secret that common cause in Syria of late has led the historic bitter enemies down a pragmatic path of unspoken cooperation as both seem to have placed the break up of the so-called “Shia crescent” as their primary policy goal in the region. But that’s perhaps why few pundits seemed overly shocked when Israeli media reported in early September that bin Salman may have made a secret visit to Israel, in spite of the fact that the kingdom does not recognize the Jewish state, and the two sides do not have diplomatic relations.
Will the current chaotic trajectory of things and unholy alliance between the Saudis and Israelis place Lebanon in the cross hairs of yet another Israeli-Hezbollah war? While we’ve recently addressed this question, this new and erratic Saudi declaration certainly puts the region a big step closer to such a war becoming a reality.
Though this question of the looming specter of an Israeli-Lebanese War (which would surely involve the Saudis aiding Israel politically inside Lebanon) has been addressed many times over of late, the real question, which isn’t often analyzed, is the true military capabilities of Hezbollah. What has both Israel and the Saudis worried is the fact that the Syrian war has possibly strengthened Hezbollah, not weakened it.
An armed conflict between Riyadh and Tehran would have a major impact on oil markets and the global economy. RT asked experts what a war between the two Middle East superpowers would mean for crude prices.
If a conflict happens, oil prices could increase 500 percent.
“Energy prices will seriously depend on the severity of the conflict. Let’s remember the unrecognized Iraqi Kurdistan, which in a state of continuous war exported about 550,000 barrels per day through Turkey. In this connection, we can expect a panic rise in oil price to $150-$200 on the first day of the conflict… If Saudis and Iran attack each other’s oil facilities, crude prices can skyrocket to $300,” Mikhail Mashchenko, an analyst at the eToro social network for investors told RT.
Ivan Karyakin, an investment analyst at Global FX, points out that the area of possible conflict pumps a third of global oil. Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar together produce about 28 million barrels per day, which is slightly less than 30 percent of global production; prices will go up immediately to $150-180 per barrel, he said.
“Then everything will depend on the duration of the conflict. The world market will survive two or three days of the conflict. If the conflict lasts a week, then prices will rise to $200 or higher, and this will have long-term consequences, as stockpiles will decrease,” Karyakin said.
The analyst insists a war between Riyadh and Tehran is unlikely, as it’s not in the interests of Russia and China.“Russia is a partner of many conflicting countries in the Middle East. Largest oil importer China, which carries the greatest risks in the event of a rise in oil prices, will use all its influence on Iran and the US to prevent a conflict,” he said.
A war in the Middle East will be very unprofitable for importers, according to Ivan Kapustiansky, Forex Optimum analyst. “In the event of war, markets may lose about 20 percent of the world supply. First of all, of course, the largest importers will be affected. These include the US, China, Japan, as well as the eurozone, in fact, the main locomotives of the world economy,” he said.
Both Saudi Arabia and Iran understand how crucial oil is to their economies, and will try to maintain production even in the event of a conflict, says Andrey Dyachenko, Head of Private Solutions Department of Сastle Family Office in Russia and the CIS. “Even a temporary drop of market share will mean that other players like the US will take their place. And they will not be able to get their market share back. Therefore, if such a conflict does happen, both Saudi Arabia and Iran will do everything possible to continue producing and supplying as much as possible,” he said.
What will happen to the global economy
A sharp jump in oil prices and other hydrocarbons will threaten the stability of the entire global economy, as it will lead to a surge in inflation, warns Dyachenko. “At the time of relatively low growth rates, a significant jump in inflation will lead to the impoverishment of a large part of the world population,” he added.
Both producers and importers will be forced to slash prices to prevent it, according to Dyachenko.
War is unprofitable for both Saudis & Iran
Relations between Riyadh and Tehran have seen worse times than now, assures Petr Pushkarev, Chief Analyst at TeleTrade. The Iranian revolution of 1978-79 and the death of Iranians during the Hajj pilgrimage in 1987, which led to the severing of diplomatic relations between Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia for three years, were a greater stress test for the countries.
“For the coming years, Saudi Arabia itself is too busy with technological and innovative projects to replace the lost oil revenues. They are not at all ready for full-scale armed conflicts with their neighbors right now, which would be very costly, and very inappropriate at the time when Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is intensely concentrating power around himself. Perhaps the presence of an external enemy like Iran can suit his purpose, but only in the mediated conflict on the territory of Yemen,” Pushkarev said.
According to eToro’s Mikhail Mashchenko, the war is unprofitable for both Saudi Arabia and Iran. “The Saudis, although they feel more confident than their eastern neighbors, have a budget deficit of 10 percent of GDP. Tehran has only begun to increase oil exports after a partial lifting of the sanctions,” he told RT.
Most experts agree a conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran will be limited to proxy wars like the ones going on in Yemen and Syria. The situation is comparable to the Cold War proxy wars between the United States and the Soviet Union.