World News (May 11, 2018 Edition): Russia Says No S-300 Missiles For Syria After Netanyahu Visit – Israel Now Faces New Rules Of Engagement In Syria

Russia Says No S-300 Missiles For Syria After Netanyahu Visit:

Russia has made an apparent U-turn on its prior signaling that it would supply the advanced S-300 surface-to-air missiles to Syria after this week’s major escalation between Syria and Israel, which involved scores of surface-to-surface rockets being fired by both sides, primarily across the contested Golan border, and some 28 Israeli aircraft firing around 60 air-to-surface missiles at Syria during the exchange.

Is this the beginning of a Russian lack of commitment in Syria? Or is this the realization that Syria can stand on its own after creating new rules of engagement with Israel?

Russia is now indicating Syria has “everything it needs” to repel Israeli aggression.

Reuters reports that Putin’s personal aide indicated the change in calculus:

The comments, by Vladimir Kozhin, an aide to President Vladimir Putin who oversees Russian military assistance to other countries, follow a visit to Moscow by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, who has been lobbying Putin hard not to transfer the missiles.

“For now, we’re not talking about any deliveries of new modern (air defense) systems,” Izvestia cited Kozhin as saying when asked about the possibility of supplying Syria with S-300s.

The Syrian military already had “everything it needed,” Kozhin added.

Israel Now Faces New Rules Of Engagement In Syria:

Even as CNN is out with a new report condemning Iran for denying any responsibility or role in the latest massive exchange of fire between Israel and Syria, The New York Times has admitted (albeit buried deep in the story) that Israel was the actual aggressor and initiator of hostilities which threatened to spiral out of control overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning.

While CNN and most Israeli and mainstream media sources blame Iran for initiating an attack on Israel, on the very day of the early morning strikes (Thursday), the Times acknowledged“The barrage [of Syria/Iran missiles] came after an apparent Israeli missile strike against a village in the Syrian Golan Heights late Wednesday.”

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Read moreWorld News (May 11, 2018 Edition): Russia Says No S-300 Missiles For Syria After Netanyahu Visit – Israel Now Faces New Rules Of Engagement In Syria

Yemeni Rebels Begin Attacking Saudi Oil Infrastructure: You Know What That Means

Yemeni Rebels Begin Attacking Saudi Oil Infrastructure: You Know What That Means:

The Houthi rebels in Yemen, officially known as Ansurallah, have vowed to intensify rocket attacks on Saudi Arabia’s critical oil infrastructure, warning that they are now manufacturing their own ballistic missiles to achieve those aims, the Financial Times reports.

The threat comes at a time when Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia have begun to increase. Just this Saturday, Saudi Arabia’s air defense system intercepted four ballistic missiles over the southwestern region of Jizan. The debris of those missiles reportedly killed one person. Just a week prior, two other missiles were launched at the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) facilities on the Red Sea.

At the beginning of April, the London-based IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center noted that the Houthis claimed to have carried out three separate rocket attacks on Aramco facilities in ten days, including an attack on a Saudi oil tanker, which suffered some damage and led to the intervention of a coalition naval vessel, which in turn repelled the attack.

Read moreYemeni Rebels Begin Attacking Saudi Oil Infrastructure: You Know What That Means

Green Berets Are Now On The Ground Assisting The Saudi War On Yemen In “A Marked Escalation”

Green Berets Are Now On The Ground Assisting The Saudi War On Yemen In “A Marked Escalation”:

Once again a creeping, years’ long shadow war is expanding from indirect proxy intervention to direct engagement, complete with US “boots on the ground” where no American ground forces were previously thought to exist.

And it’s not Syria, or Libya, or central Africa where the now familiar pattern played out before, but in the Arabian peninsula where the Pentagon has long claimed to merely coordinate intelligence, refuel jets, and provide logistical support to the Saudis which have been bombing Yemen since March of 2015.

On Thursday The New York Times revealed for the first time that US special forces have been on the ground supporting Saudi coalition forces since late last year:

Read moreGreen Berets Are Now On The Ground Assisting The Saudi War On Yemen In “A Marked Escalation”

Saudi Crown Prince Bombshell To Jewish Leaders: Palestinians Must “Accept Peace Or Shut Up”

What bombshell?

Flashback:

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Saudi Crown Prince Bombshell To Jewish Leaders: Palestinians Must “Accept Peace Or Shut Up”:

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) issued a stunning and unprecedented rebuke to Palestinian leadership while speaking to US Jewish groups in the midst of the prince’s American tour last month.

MBS reportedly told the heads of Jewish organizations in a closed-door meeting in New York on March 27th that Palestinians should either accept peace proposals or “shut up,” according to Axios.

Multiple diplomatic sources, including a leaked Israeli foreign ministry cable sent from the Israeli consulate in New York, confirm the statements which shocked the audience to the point that “people literally fell off their chairs.”

Read moreSaudi Crown Prince Bombshell To Jewish Leaders: Palestinians Must “Accept Peace Or Shut Up”

World News (April 24, 2018 Edition): Russia Buys 300,000 Ounces Of Gold In March, Nears 2,000 Tons In Reserves – UK: Telford Grooming Scandal: Former Social Services Boss, Local Lawmakers Exposed as Paedophiles

Russia Buys 300,000 Ounces Of Gold In March – Nears 2,000 Tons In Reserves:

Under the instruction by President Putin, the Bank of Russia has been implementing the program of increasing the absolute share of gold in the gold and currency reserves of Russia for many years.

Trump Bashes “Insane” Iran Deal, Wipes Dandruff Off Macron’s Shoulder

World wine output falls to 60-year low:

PARIS (Reuters) – Global wine output fell to its lowest level in 60 years in 2017 due to poor weather conditions in the European Union that slashed production in the bloc, international wine organisation OIV said.

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Turkish President Erdogan Blasts The US For “Sending 5,000 Trucks Loaded With Weapons To Northern Syria”:

“We cannot buy weapons from the US with our money, but unfortunately, the US and coalition forces give these weapons, this ammunition, to terrorist organizations for free,”

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Ron Paul Asks “What Will Weapons Inspectors Find In Syria… And Does It Matter?”:

A hasty decision to use force is foolish and dangerous. As Western journalists reporting from Douma are raising big questions about the official US story of the so-called gas attack, Trump’s inclination to shoot first and ask questions later may prove to be his downfall.

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Read moreWorld News (April 24, 2018 Edition): Russia Buys 300,000 Ounces Of Gold In March, Nears 2,000 Tons In Reserves – UK: Telford Grooming Scandal: Former Social Services Boss, Local Lawmakers Exposed as Paedophiles

#GrandSolarMinimum Update 4/12/18 – April Blizzard – Cloud Seeding – Worsening Cosmic Rays – UV-C (Video)

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Saudi Crown Prince Admits Saudis “Financed Terrorist Groups”, Blesses Israeli Statehood

Saudi Crown Prince Admits Saudis “Financed Terrorist Groups”, Blesses Israeli Statehood:

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) admitted in a wide-ranging interview in The Atlantic that Saudi nationals have funded terrorist groups, and quite stunningly – that Israelis are entitled to live peacefully on their own land yet another indicator that the relationship between Riyadh and Tel Aviv is strengthening.

When it comes to financing extremist groups, I challenge anyone if he can bring any evidence that the Saudi government financed terrorist groups. Yes, there are people from Saudi Arabia who financed terrorist groups. This is against Saudi law. We have a lot of people in jail now, not only for financing terrorist groups, but even for supporting them. –The Atlantic

Bin Salman’s comments come days after a U.S. judge rejected Saudi Arabia’s request to dismiss lawsuits accusing it of involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

Read moreSaudi Crown Prince Admits Saudis “Financed Terrorist Groups”, Blesses Israeli Statehood

Saudi Crown Prince: America Asked Us to Spread Ideology of ISIS

Saudi Crown Prince: America Asked Us to Spread Ideology of ISIS:

In the latest continuation of western media’s shameless promotion of a known war criminal, the Washington Post sat down with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) last Thursday for a 75-minute discussion (even the Post itself previously published an acknowledgment of his crimes).

While the Post’s write-up focuses mainly on the allegation that MBS has Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, “in his pocket,” the war in Yemen, and the rights of women in the Kingdom, most curious is the second-to-last paragraph of the report, which states the following:

“Asked about the Saudi-funded spread of Wahhabism, the austere faith that is dominant in the kingdom and that some have accused of being a source of global terrorism, Mohammed said that investments in mosques and madrassas overseas were rooted in the Cold War, when allies asked Saudi Arabia to use its resources to prevent inroads in Muslim countries by the Soviet Union.” [emphasis added]

Read moreSaudi Crown Prince: America Asked Us to Spread Ideology of ISIS

Defense Secretary James Mattis: US involved in ‘battlefield management’ of Saudi war against Yemen

US involved in ‘battlefield management’ of Saudi war against Yemen: Mattis:

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has acknowledged that Washington has been involved in managing Saudi Arabia’s brutal airstrikes in Yemen.

Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday, Mattis said the US military is “doing the planning” of Saudi Arabia’s military campaign against Yemen.

“So this is a very dynamic sort of battlefield management,” he said.

Mattis also admitted that the US has been involved in mid-air refueling of Saudi warplanes, claiming that the operation could help minimize civilian casualties in the war-torn country.

The Pentagon chief’s comments contradict long-standing claims of a very limited, non-combat engagement in the Saudi war on Yemen. The US has previously said that it provides intelligence and logistical support.

The White House also claims that its involvement has nothing to do with the civilian death toll in the Arab country.

H/t reader eric:

“This explains why the Saudi has had so many screw ups.”

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Video of Saudi Arabia’s not so “patriot” missiles, turning around and hitting Riyadh rather than #Yemen.

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Caught On Video: Houthi Rebels Shoot Down Another Saudi F-15 Fighter Over Yemen

Caught On Video: Houthi Rebels Shoot Down Another Saudi F-15 Fighter Over Yemen:

On March 21, the Houthi insurgency in Yemen, also known as the Houthi rebellion, reportedly shot down a Saudi Arabian McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, in the northwestern region of war-torn Yemen, cited Sputnik.

A source within the Yemeni air defenses told Saba News Agency that Houthi rebels launched a surface-to-air missile (SAM), and “managed to hit an F-15 aircraft belonging to the aggression [Saudi Arabia], carrying out criminal and hostile raids over the city of Saada.”

The source confirmed to Saba that Houthi rebels carried out “monitoring and targeting of the aircraft [F-15] with the latest defense technology developed locally successfully.”

Read moreCaught On Video: Houthi Rebels Shoot Down Another Saudi F-15 Fighter Over Yemen

‘Peanuts for you’: Trump showcases weapons US sold to Yemen-bombing Saudi prince (VIDEO)

Greatly supporting the military-industrial complex and these Saudi bastards!


US President Donald Trump (R) holds a defence sales chart with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, March 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan / AFP

‘Peanuts for you’: Trump showcases weapons US sold to Yemen-bombing Saudi prince (VIDEO):

US President Donald Trump brought several pictures of American weapons to a meeting with visiting Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. He boasted of multibillion-dollar sales of arms to the kingdom.

Showing a sign to journalists at the meeting that read “12.5 billion in finalized sales to Saudi Arabia,” Trump boasted about all the money that US defense contractors would be getting for their products.

“Three billion dollars, 533… million dollars, 525… million dollars,” Trump said as he pointed at the pictures. Then he turned to the crown prince and added: “That’s peanuts for you!” The Saudi de facto ruler burst in laughter.

Read more‘Peanuts for you’: Trump showcases weapons US sold to Yemen-bombing Saudi prince (VIDEO)

US CENTCOM Chief Comes Clean: General’s Three Stunning Admissions In The Mid-East

US CENTCOM Chief Comes Clean: General’s Three Stunning Admissions In The Mid-East:

Assad has won, Iran deal should stand and Saudis use American weapons without accountability in Yemen: head of U.S. military’s Central Command’s stunning Congressional testimony.

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Trump Asked Saudi King For $4 Billion So US Troops Can Leave Syria

FYI.

Trump Asked Saudi King For $4 Billion So US Troops Can Leave Syria:

The Washington Post has revealed that President Trump attempted to extricate US troops from Syria by asking ally Saudi Arabia to foot the bill for postwar reconstruction and “stabilization” projects in the area of northeast Syria currently occupied by US coalition forces, to the tune of $4 billion. The deal would involve US allies like Saudi Arabia moving into a lead position regarding coalition policy in Syria, while hastening a US exit.

Though the coalition continues to claim that its occupation of Syrian soil is toward anti-terror and humanitarian efforts, including the reestablishment of civilian infrastructure in a region previously controlled by ISIS, America’s top general, CENTCOM chief Gen. Joseph Votel, admitted in congressional testimony this week that the Syrian government along with its Russian and Iranian allies have effectively won the war.

General Votel’s very frank admissions on Syria stunned hawks like Senator Graham, who were looking for more muscular policy goals. The Washington Post summarized this part of the exchange as follows

Read moreTrump Asked Saudi King For $4 Billion So US Troops Can Leave Syria

“His Body Was Badly Swollen” – Chilling Account Of Death, “Coercion And Abuse” At The “Riyadh Ritz-Carlton”

“His Body Was Badly Swollen” – Chilling Account Of Death, “Coercion And Abuse” At The “Riyadh Ritz-Carlton”:

Several months ago, we picked up on a story circulating in the Arabic-language press that one of the dozens of Saudi Arabian elites who had been rounded up during Mohammad bin Salman’s corruption crackdown had been beaten to death by mercenaries at the Riyadh Ritz Carlton.

Here’s an excerpt from that story, translated to English by Middle East Eye:

Major general Ali Alqahtani, who was detained in early November as part of an alleged anti-corruption drive, had been working in the royal guard forces.

He was the manager of the private office of Prince Turki Bin Abdullah, the son of former king Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, according to the newspaper.

Alqahtani died on 12 December after being tortured with electric shocks, and his family struggled to recognise him after receiving his body, according to sources, the newspaper reported.

About a month before reports of Al Qahtani’s death, the New York Times’ Tom Friedman was being mercilessly mocked for a bizarre puff piece portraying bin Salman as a brilliant and liberal modernizing reformer.

Read more“His Body Was Badly Swollen” – Chilling Account Of Death, “Coercion And Abuse” At The “Riyadh Ritz-Carlton”

Britain rolls out the red carpet: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince lunches with the Queen at Buckingham Palace and talks trade and human rights with May at No 10 amid angry protests at the war in Yemen

Britain rolls out the red carpet: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince lunches with the Queen at Buckingham Palace and talks trade and human rights with May at No 10 amid angry protests at the war in Yemen

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How Al-Qaeda Ended Up With Anti-Aircraft Missiles: Here Is The Congressional Authorization

How Al-Qaeda Ended Up With Anti-Aircraft Missiles: Here Is The Congressional Authorization:

After the terrorist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a rebrand of Jabhat al-Nusra, which is the Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate, claimed responsibility for the dramatic downing of a Russian Su-25 fighter jet over Idlib in northwest Syria on Saturday – the first Russian plane downed in Syria since 2015 – a number of analysts have published articles asking the obvious million dollar question: where did al-Qaeda get the portable anti-aircraft missile system used in the attack?

Once such article in Al Monitor speculates on the following: “The three immediate questions that arose from the attack were how the downing was made possible, how the militants acquired the arms and whether there was a bigger-level player behind the attack.”

MANPADS are heat seeking shoulder fired missiles capable of hitting targets flying at anywhere between 10,000 and 15,000 feet. Image source: Activist Post

And Al Monitor seems to answer its own question in the following when listing the array of allied groups now operating under the leadership of al-Qaeda (HTS) – among them groups previously “vetted” and approved to receive advanced weaponry by the CIA (specifically the TOW anti-tank missile):

Read moreHow Al-Qaeda Ended Up With Anti-Aircraft Missiles: Here Is The Congressional Authorization

International arms watchdog finds that most ISIS weaponry was purchased by the United States and Saudi Arabia before being shipped to opposition forces in Syria and Iraq.

International arms watchdog finds that most ISIS weaponry was purchased by the United States and Saudi Arabia before being shipped to opposition forces in Syria and Iraq.

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