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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby kit » 13 May 2019 16:49

abhik wrote:India is a non player in ME, let's not delude ourselves that we will be able to broker a peace between Israel and Iran, non of the players give a rats a$$ weather we object or not.

Brokering a deal does not involve power play, India is not trying to make anyone do its bidding. Rather it has good understanding with both Israel and Iran. India is the best country that can actually broker such a deal ..other than Russia.

Russia would rather keep the fires burning as this would keep oil prices high.

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Postby ArjunPandit » 14 May 2019 20:08


Saudi Arabia said Tuesday it halted pumping on a major oil pipeline after it was hit by armed drones, the latest attack on its energy infrastructure after two of its oil tankers were damaged near the Strait of Hormuz over the weekend.

The armed drones attacked two pump stations on a pipeline that transports oil from the Eastern Province to Yanbu port on the Red Sea, said Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih in a statement. The attack early in the morning caused minor damage and a fire that has since been contained, he said.

Oil prices rose after reports of the attack. Brent crude, the global oil benchmark, was up 1.4% at $71.22 a barrel in afternoon trading in London. West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. oil standard, was up 1.1% at $61.74 a barrel.

Saudi Aramco, which operates the pipeline, has temporarily shutdown the pipeline to evaluate its condition. The oil company is working on restoring the pump station before resuming operations, the statement added.

The Saudi statement comes hours after the Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed their drones targeted vital Saudi facilities, according to a pro-Houthi TV report citing a Houthi military source.

The Saudi minister noted that Saudi oil production hasn’t been interrupted by the attack. He said the recent attacks not only targeted the kingdom but also the security of world oil supplies.

Mr. Falih didn’t directly blame the Houthis but noted it was important to face such terrorist entities.

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Postby UlanBatori » 14 May 2019 21:09

Sounds like the Ali Stair Bin McLean novel "Athabasca". Terrorists there were insiders, and all for money, nothing to do with anything else.

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Postby A_Gupta » 16 May 2019 06:11

Worth a read.
The Hidden Sources of Iranian Strength

https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/05/15/th ... -strength/
Historically, the connections between Iran, Iraq, and the Levant go back generations. Long-standing trade and pilgrimage routes, as well as a constellation of religious seminaries, meant that communities and entire families seamlessly traveled, lived, conversed, and created cultural and social ties. The mere existence of these ties, however, does not translate into politically active groups. Policymakers and the public misunderstand the nature of these ties, explaining them as ones bound by Shiism as a traditional, religious doctrine. This misunderstanding arises from a fundamentally flawed framework that undergirds Washington’s entire Iran and Middle East policy—a belief that what drove the 1979 revolution in Iran was a fanatical quest for Islamic politics. But what actually binds these groups together is not an adherence to specific theological doctrine—if that were the case, Iran would not have close relationships with certain Palestinian factions, nor with Iraqi Kurdish groups, to say nothing of ties to Bashar al-Assad in Syria or the Houthis in Yemen. In order to understand how a political quest for sovereignty, rather than an otherworldly quest for religious rule, animates Iran’s relations with its proxies, it is first necessary to unpack current assumptions about the revolution that led to the Islamic Republic.

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby ramana » 16 May 2019 07:39

This person paints the Iranian revolution in French Revolution terms. And the clergy was exporting similar feudal overthrow of Western supported monarchies.
I once wrote about Arab Nationalism vs Islamic Fundamentalism.
The latter was supported by West in Arab world and looks like they had a blind spot in Iran.
And into the gap stepped in Khomeini to lead this movement.
However its still the clergy that calls the shots.
So is this Iranian Clerical Nationalism?

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Postby ricky_v » 20 May 2019 17:27

apologies if posted before
Thousands in the Egyptian capital Cairo protested President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi decision to hand over two islands to Saudi Arabia. Sisi’s government announced the uninhabited islands of Tiran and Sanafir would be demarcated as being in Saudi waters. The move seemed to have hurt many Egyptians national pride. Saudi Arabia insists it transferred the islands temporarily to Egypt in 1950 to ward off a possible Israeli attack. Israel eventually did occupy the islands after the Suez War of 1956. It returned the entire Sinai Peninsula to Egypt in 1982, in accordance with the 1978 Camp David agreements.

A bridge over the Sea that separates Egypt and Saudi Arabia is to be established, Saudi's King Salman said in Cairo on 08 April 2016 in a press conference with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. This bridge will give teh Saudi military direct access to Egypt, in the event of further unrest in that country.

Eilat is Israel’s only port in the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea, while Aqaba is Jordan’s sole outlet there. According to the United States perception, precedents pointed to Aqaba as an international waterway; the United States could not make an exception in Aqaba just because of the Israeli situation.

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Postby UlanBatori » 22 May 2019 06:21

Now we see the NOTAM prediction

Air defense crews raced to action in the southern Saudi Arabian city of Najran Tuesday night to intercept an attack from Iran-backed Yemeni Houthi rebels as tensions remain high between Tehran and the United States. The attack on Najran, about 10 miles north of the Saudi border with Yemen, was carried out by one Qasef K-2 drone armed with an explosive warhead and targeted a Saudi airport and military facility, the Houthi news outlet Al Masirah said. The broadcaster added that the drone struck an "arms depot," causing a fire.
(MORE: Houthi rebels carry out drone attack on Yemeni military commanders)
Najran has repeatedly been targeted by the Houthis since the Saudi-led war in Yemen began four years ago. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are leading a Western-backed coalition of Sunni Muslim states seeking to restore the internationally recognized government ousted from power in Yemen by the Houthis in late 2014. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
On Tuesday morning, in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) and reported in the pro-regime newspaper Arab News, Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition fighting the war in Yemen, said Houthi militants had tried to hit a civilian facility in Najran with a drone carrying explosives.
"The Houthi-backed terrorist militia of Iran continues to carry out acts of terrorism that pose a real threat to regional and international security by targeting civilian objects and civilian facilities, as well as civilian citizens and residents of all nationalities," Al-Maliki said in the statement.
Saudi Arabia initially declared on Twitter that it had intercepted two "Iranian-made" missiles fired against the province of Mecca, many miles to the north, but Houthi rebels denied targeting Mecca, Islam's holiest site.
Houthi commanders called the claim a tactic by Saudi Arabia to rally support for its war in Yemen. "The Saudi regime is trying, through these allegations, to rally support for its brutal aggression against our great Yemeni people," Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said on Facebook, according to a Reuters report.
Riyadh has accused Iran of ordering last week's drone strikes on two oil pumping stations in the kingdom, for which the Houthis claimed responsibility. Tehran denied responsibility for the strikes.

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby shyamd » 29 May 2019 04:24

Lots of news.
Omani diplomacy prevailed over DC and Tehran to avoid clash.
Iran asked Russia to transfer S400 to protect against US. Putin said we don’t want to get involved in your problem with the US!

Trump advisor warned Trump in Japan that Iran could collapse quickly - we don’t want another Iraq or Libya. This led to statement that Trump doesn’t seek regime change

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Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Postby shyamd » 02 Jun 2019 15:37

IN conducting surveillance flights - past TSP, Iran onto Oman for refuel and beyond into Gulf of Aden and Djibouti (PLAN base) etc

https://wap.business-standard.com/artic ... 230_1.html

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