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  • Al-Qaida calls for revolt against Arab rulers

    02/26/2011 1:36:48 PM PST · by Innovative · 18 replies
    AP News ^ | Feb 26, 2011 | AP
    Al-Qaida's offshoot in Yemen urged Muslims to revolt against Arab rulers and establish governments based on Islamic law, according to an audio tape posted Saturday on militant websites.
  • Al Qaeda-linked militants in Yemen fire rocket towards U.S. embassy, say revenge for drone strike

    09/27/2014 12:05:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/27/2014
    (Reuters) - An al Qaeda splinter group launched a rocket attack on the U.S. embassy in Sanaa on Saturday, injuring several guards, to retaliate for what it said on social media was a U.S. drone strike in a northern province the day before. The rocket landed 200 meters from the heavily fortified embassy, which lies in a compound surrounded by high walls, hitting members of the Yemeni special police force who guard the site. At least two were injured, police said. The attacker fired the rocket from a M72 light anti-tank weapon from a car before speeding away, a police...
  • Gulf Arabs demand return of state authority in Yemen

    10/01/2014 10:54:02 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-2-2014
    Gulf Arab states have demanded the restoration of government authority in Yemen, issuing a thinly veiled criticism of rebels with ties to Iran who have taken control of the capital, Sanaa. Fighters from the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi movement seized Sanaa on Sept. 21 after overrunning an army brigade affiliated to the moderate Islamist Islah party, making them effectively the power brokers in the country. The Houthis have since refused to quit the capital, which they control despite an agreement they signed with President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to make them a part of the government. An emergency meeting of Gulf Cooperation...
  • US sends 2,300 Marines to Mideast as quick response team

    10/01/2014 6:47:46 PM PDT · by traumer · 29 replies
    Pentagon orders crisis unit to Kuwait - video on site -
  • U.S. Plans to Send Over 2,000 Troops to Kuwait [Marines]

    09/30/2014 9:13:44 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Tele Sur ^ | 1 October 2014
    The exact timing or locations of the deployment is unclear, but will happen some time next year. The United States Marine Corps will send 2,100 troops to Kuwait as part of a new special unit designed to respond to crises in the region, a mission that officials claim was planned before the U.S. began conducting air strikes in the region. The new Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Central Command will be deployed in Kuwait to conduct what it calls “theater sustainment missions,” according to Brigadier General John Love, according to news reports on Monday. It will also be equipped...
  • Islamic State crisis: Kerry to lead talks in Paris

    09/14/2014 8:16:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 14 September 2014 Last updated at 21:59 ET
    US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet foreign ministers from around the world in Paris on Monday to discuss how to defeat Islamic State (IS) militants. French President Francois Hollande said the beheading of a British aid worker showed the world must act against IS. About 40 countries, including 10 Arab states, have signed up to a coalition to help fight IS in Iraq and Syria. Several Arab countries have offered to take part in air strikes on IS fighters in Iraq, US officials say. Mr Kerry says he is "extremely encouraged" by promises of military assistance to tackle...
  • How Our Allies in Kuwait and Qatar Funded Islamic State

    09/07/2014 12:31:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/6 | Andrew Gilligan
    The Gulf states of Kuwait and Qatar have actively – and openly – helped terrorist money-raising efforts for IsilIn the great jihadi funding bazaar that is the Gulf state of Kuwait, there’s a terror finance option for every pocket, from the private foundations dealing in tens of millions to the more retail end of the market. Give enough for 50 sniper bullets (50 dinars, about £110), promises the al-Qaeda and Islamic State-linked cleric tweeting under the name “jahd bmalk”, and you will earn “silver status”. Donate 100 dinars to buy eight badly needed mortar rounds, and he’ll make you a...
  • Filipina 'Savagely' Fights 3 Abductors in Kuwait

    09/07/2014 11:03:47 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, September 06, 2014
    They smack her before fleeingA Filipina in her 20s put up a tough fight against three men who tried to abduct her while she was walking back home in Kuwait during the day. The girl managed to foil the kidnap attempt but she paid a heavy price for her resistance, when the angry men gave her a big smack before fleeing. The unnamed girl was walking back home in the capital Kuwait City around noon when the three men intercepted her and tried to take her away to rape her. Residents who saw the battle from their flat windows called...
  • Fingerprint plus a DNA match, and cold case gets hot

    09/06/2014 12:45:41 AM PDT · by csvset · 26 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | September 6, 2014 | Tim McGlone
    NORFOLK Her attacker broke in through a back door while she was sleeping. He tied her up and held a knife to her throat. He said he wasn't going to rape her, that he was hungry and just wanted money. But he did rape her. A month later, he returned in the middle of the night to the same house near Ocean View. He bound the woman and her teenage daughter with duct tape and raped the girl. Norfolk police investigated, but the case went cold. Two years later in Kuwait, in 2010, an Army captain was showering when a...
  • 20,000 U.S. M-16s stolen from unguarded warehouse in Kuwait

    09/04/2014 3:01:51 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 44 replies
    World Tribune ^ | Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 | unattributed
    “There were no guards during the break-in,” the ministry said on April 7. The ministry said the target was a warehouse of the Interior Ministry in Subiya, Middle East Newsline reported. The statement said thieves broke three doors and removed the entire contents of the warehouse.
  • Latest Big Lie: We Have No Strategy

    08/29/2014 12:55:02 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive. That’s because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless dithering. The actual strategy is detente first, and then a full alliance with Iran throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It has been on display since before the beginning of the Obama administration. During his first presidential campaign in 2008, Mr. Obama used a secret back channel to Tehran to assure the mullahs that he was a friend of the Islamic Republic, and that they would be very happy with his policies....
  • Arabs go for air power to counter Iran

    11/18/2009 11:45:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 495+ views
    Space War ^ | 11/17/2009 | Space War Via UPI
    Arab states, particularly in the Gulf, are seeking to build up their air power and missile defenses to counter any challenger from Iran. Mostly they're looking to their traditional arms suppliers in the West, the United States, Britain and France, but Russia is pushing hard for a piece of the action. This year's biennial Dubai air show, which opened Sunday in the United Arab Emirates, provided a showcase for the latest technology on offer. Air power has been the deciding factor in most Middle Eastern conflicts since the 1967 Arab-Israeli conflict, when Israeli warplanes annihilated the air forces of Egypt,...
  • Robin Williams Had The Perfect Response When Troops In Kuwait Interrupted His Comedy Show In 2007

    08/12/2014 5:47:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/12/2014 | PAUL SZOLDRA
    Robin Williams, the famed comedian and actor, died on Monday at age 63. He had a remarkable career, and was one of the funniest people of all time. But beyond his career of making people laugh — one of my favorites being his role as Vietnam-era radio personality Adrian Cronauer — his response in 2007 to troops in Kuwait who basically turned their back on him is one worth remembering. Williams was there for a USO tour for the soldiers, most of whom were either headed to Iraq or supporting combat troops already there. In the middle of a bit,...
  • Tank Biathlon: World Championship fires off near Moscow

    08/04/2014 9:45:24 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 4 replies
    Tank Biathlon World Championship kicks off outside Moscow. Teams from Angola, Armenia, Belarus, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia and Venezuela are participating in the competition.
  • Pakistan troops to defend jittery Saudis

    08/02/2014 8:00:11 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 15 replies
    The Times ^ | 0/8/02/14 | Hugh Tomlinson
    Saudi Arabia has deployed thousands of troops from Egypt and Pakistan along its frontier with Iraq, amid fears of invasion by the al-Qaeda splinter group that has declared a radical Islamic state across the border. Panicked by the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (Isis), Riyadh has taken the drastic step of calling in military assistance from its close allies to shore up the porous 500-mile border, Gulf security sources said.
  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • Qatar spends big on American choppers and missiles

    07/15/2014 3:49:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 07/14/2014 | By Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    Qatar, the world’s top liquefied natural gas exporter, is using its gas money to cash in on some top-of-the-line U.S. supplied military hardware. Qatar’s defense minister, Hamad Bin Ali al-Attiyah, met with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and signed acceptance letters for $11 billion worth of Apache attack helicopters, Patriot missile defense batteries and anti-tank Javelin missiles, the Pentagon said in a statement Monday. “Today’s signing ceremony underscores the strong partnership between the United States and Qatar in the area of security and defense and will help improve our bilateral cooperation across a range of military operations,” said Rear Adm....
  • 'Mayonnaise' Gets Restaurant Worker Slap

    07/14/2014 5:22:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014
    A Kuwaiti man swore at an Asian restaurant worker before slapping him in the face because he added mayonnaise to his meal. The Kuwaiti said he ordered a fast food meal for his pre-fasting dawn Suhour meal and told the worker not to add mayonnaise. “After he paid and started to eat, the customer noticed that the worker had added a touch of mayonnaise to the meal,” Al Watan daily said in a report from Kuwait City. “He went mad and jumped at the worker. He then swore at him before slapping him in the face. Police later arrived and...
  • The Economist names the only democracy in the Middle East, and it isn’t Israel

    07/08/2014 11:44:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/08/2014 | Noah Rothman
    With the rise of Islamist organizations, repressive regimes, and civil conflicts which threaten regional stability, the promise of the Arab Spring of 2011 quickly devolved into an Arab winter. In an expansive article in The Economist, the threat to the Middle East is discussed in appropriately grave terms; Syria and Iraq are in flames while Jordan looms as the next domino to potentially fall. Libya and Yemen, where Islamic terror networks operate with impunity, are labeled “failed states.” Those Middle Eastern nations that are not in danger of imminent collapse are either absolute monarchies or counties which merely maintain...
  • The Middle East That France and Britain Drew Is Finally Unravelling

    06/28/2014 7:33:29 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 10 replies
    The New Republic ^ | June 26, 2014 | John Judis
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) publishes a weekly webzine, The Islamic State Report. The latest issue is headlined “Smashing the Borders of the Tawaghit.” (“Tawaghit” are non-Muslim creations.) ISIS, citing the Sykes-Picot Treaty of 1916 between the British and French, boasts that it is destroying the “partitioning of Muslim lands by crusader powers.” That may seem like a quixotic task for a relatively small band of irregulars, but in trying to redraw the map of Iraq and Syria, ISIS has hit upon a weak link in the chain holding the nations of the Middle East together. It...
  • 8 Signs That ISIS Will Strike in the U.S. Soon (Several Videos)

    06/21/2014 9:30:39 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 21 2014 | Robert Spencer
    (If you go to the site, you might want to mute the sound on the first VIDEO, it is accompanied by Islamic song.) The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) doesn’t have designs on just Iraq and Syria. It has published maps in which its envisioned Islamic state encompasses not just those two countries, but also Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Cyprus, parts of Turkey, and (of course) Israel. But it doesn’t stop there, either. Clearly ISIS plans to mount jihad terror attacks in the United States – and there are numerous indications that such an attack could come sooner rather...
  • Kerry Chats w/Terrorist Leader in TWA Flight 847 Hijacking

    06/09/2014 8:59:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 6/6/14 | Daniel Greenfield
    Here’s John Kerry having a good time with Nabih Berri, the head of the Amal Movement, and speaker of the Hezbollah dominated Lebanese parliament. What better way to follow up the Taliban deal than to meet with another terrorist hijacker. Back in 1985, Amal and Hezbollah terrorists used the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 to demand the release of imprisoned terrorists. A TWA airliner, Flight 847 en route from Athens to Rome, was hijacked by Shia terrorists of the Hizballah organization who demanded the release of Shia prisoners held in Kuwait, Israel, and Spain. The airliner was forced to fly...
  • Sharjah Man Survives ‘High-Rise’ Fall

    06/07/2014 2:05:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Gulf News ^ | June 7, 2014 | Aghaddir Ali
    37-year-old in hospital after fall from a high-rise building in Al Majaz areaSharjah: A 37-year-old man has survived a fall from a high-rise in the Al Majaz area of Sharjah, an official at Sharjah Police told Gulf News. Police said the Filipino man fell from his apartment’s balcony at around 7pm on Friday and was admitted to Kuwaiti Hospital in critical condition. No further information was available on which floor he fell from. The man was reported to be under the influence of alcohol when he fell from his balcony. It is not clear whether the man attempted to commit...
  • Asian Girl Kills Molester in Kuwait

    06/06/2014 10:47:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, June 06, 2014
    An Asian girl killed an Egyptian man by stabbing him many times after he tried to molest her near her house in Kuwait, a newspaper said on Friday. Police arrested the girl who said she stabbed the man with a kitchen knife in self defence after he tried to molest her many times.
  • Canadian oil can make world safer

    05/15/2014 8:00:22 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 7 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | May 15, 2014 | MARK MILKE
    Given Canada’s proximity to the United States, we tend to take our peace and security for granted. This comfortable distance from most of the world’s violence has led us to underestimate how useful Canada might be in defusing threats elsewhere using energy as leverage. Canadians might have a general sense that oil in particular matters to world affairs; but given that Canada has never been a superpower, it has never been responsible for the wider world order to ensure that oil (or natural gas) flows to countries that need it. Given recent developments at home and abroad, that blissful unawareness...
  • Soldiers say goodbye for now

    05/05/2014 12:43:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — It was zero-dark-thirty — a military term to express something really early, a time when even the sun is slumbering. But the Murr Community Center was full of soldiers and family members, although some of them were taking cat naps, stretched out on the floor or with heads on tables. Others, especially children, were flashes of energy at 3:45 a.m., belying the truth it was still bed time. Sunday was the day the second contingent of 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion soldiers were deploying — the first group left Thursday — this time eventually to Kuwait, Jordan, Bahrain,...
  • Arab world: Has the penny finally dropped?

    05/02/2014 8:09:30 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/26/2014 | ZVI MAZEL
    Since the start of the ill-named “Arab Spring,” the Muslim Brotherhood has been very much in the news. Coming to power through democratic elections in Egypt and Tunisia, they were toppled within a short time by the people, who discovered their true intentions. There were some in the West – but not all – who saw the light as well. British Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered a comprehensive review of the movement,... its activities in Britain and its impact on the country’s interests. The decision was made because the Brotherhood is allegedly behind terrorist operations in Egypt, and because...
  • Saudis parade nuclear missiles for the first time in defiance of US-Iranian nuclear accord

    04/29/2014 1:38:12 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 39 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | 04/29/2014 | Debkafile
    Saudi Arabia became the first Middle East nation to publicly exhibit its nuclear-capable missiles. The long-range, liquid propellant DF-3 ballistic missile (NATO designated CSS-2), purchased from China 27 years ago, was displayed for the first time at a Saudi military parade Tuesday, April 29, in the eastern military town of Hafar Al-Batin, at the junction of the Saudi-Kuwaiti-Iraqi borders. . . . . . The West has no information about when the new Chinese missiles were delivered to Saudi Arabia. The presence of the top Pakistani soldier at the parade of military and nuclear hardware was meant as corroboration of...
  • Dem Politician Appointed by Obama Defends Muslim Airline that Bans Israeli Jews

    04/27/2014 10:45:14 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 15 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 04/24/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    In late 2013, a formal complaint was filed with the U.S. Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) alleging illegal discrimination by Kuwait Airways (KA) on the basis of national origin, in violation of federal law proscribing such discrimination by air carriers. The complaint concerned the airline’s refusal to transport Israeli nationals on nonstop flights from New York to London. The Secretary denied the complaint earlier this year, asserting that KA had not violated any U.S. anti-discrimination law because the airline is required to comply with Kuwaiti law, which prohibits Israeli passport holders from entering Kuwait. As the attorney now pursuing this matter...
  • Awkward relations (American president and the Saudi king will have an unusually edgy meeting)

    03/28/2014 3:58:33 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 18 replies
    Economist ^ | Mar 29th 2014
    BARACK OBAMA may recall a tricky moment when he first met King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia five years ago. Bending to shake hands with the octogenarian monarch, the taller American appeared to bow deeply. Republican snipers in America gleefully blasted the president for “kowtowing” to rich Arabs. Such protocols should run more smoothly when Mr Obama heads to Saudi Arabia on March 28th for his second time in office. Unfortunately, however, relations between the two countries have seldom been more awkward. Their close alliance dates to the end of the second world war, when an ailing Franklin Roosevelt met Saudi...
  • Obama Seeks to Calm Saudis as Paths Split

    03/28/2014 5:44:58 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 3/27/14 | David K Kirkpatrick
    Over seven decades, the United States and Saudi Arabia forged a strategic alliance that became a linchpin of the regional order: a liberal democracy and an ultraconservative monarchy united by shared interests in the stability of the Middle East and the continued flow of oil. But with President Obama arriving in Riyadh on Friday, the rulers of Saudi Arabia say they feel increasingly compelled to go their own way, pursuing starkly different strategies from Washington in dealing with Iran, Syria, Egypt and the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the region. “Their view of Mr. Obama is that his entire...
  • How Russia is rousing a sleeping energy bear

    03/25/2014 4:27:22 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 23 replies
    The Globe And Mail (Canada) ^ | March 25, 2014 | SHAWN MCCARTHY
    Russia’s aggressiveness in Ukraine is proving a boon to North American energy producers looking for greater export opportunities. Whether for natural gas projects in the United States or for oil pipelines in Canada, the West’s confrontation with energy powerhouse Russia has refocused North American political debates – including the controversy over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline – on the need for global energy security. Russia’s aggressiveness in Ukraine is proving a boon to North American energy producers looking for greater export opportunities. Whether for natural gas projects in the United States or for oil pipelines in Canada, the West’s confrontation...
  • Conspiracy Theory: Asian VIP Behind Missing Malaysian Airliner, Claims Kuwaiti Activist

    03/18/2014 6:05:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, March 18, 2014
    Mutairi claims she can resolve the mystery if askedAn outspoken Kuwaiti female activist, reputed for her controversial views, claims she has information that will lead to the missing Malaysian airline flight and that an important Asian personality is behind what she described as the flight’s disaster. In a YouTube film published in regional newspapers, Salwa Al Mutari said she would only reveal information about the passenger aircraft only when she receives formal request. She said that the unnamed Asian man was aboard the flight but that he had not revealed himself, adding that he is between 40 and 60 years...
  • In Kuwait... "Outside Coverage Area"… Means Drunk

    03/03/2014 11:50:41 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, March 03, 2014
    Newspaper uses news expression to describe inebriatedA Kuwaiti newspaper has come out with a new expression to describe a drunk man —‘outside the coverage area’ —terminology often used by mobile phone operators. The Arabic language daily ‘Al Watan’ made the description in a brief report about a 42-year-old local man who was caught by police driving his car while drunk. A police patrol stopped the man, a bedoun (without identity), after noticing that the vehicle was moving in a zigzag way on the Gulf emirate’s seaside road. “When police men came close to him, they could smell alcohol. It turned...
  • The Israeli Solution

    02/25/2014 2:29:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    In its annual survey of American Jewry published last October, the American Jewish Committee found that 75 percent of American Jews agree with the statement, “The goal of the Arabs is not a peaceful two-state agreement with Israel, but rather the destruction of Israel.” And yet, American Jews supported the establishment of a Palestinian state 50% to 47%. Next week over 10,000 predominantly Jewish American supporters of Israel will gather in Washington at AIPAC’s annual policy conference. Given their high commitment to Israel, probably most of those gathered belong to the 47% of American Jews who opposed Palestinian statehood. Yet...
  • Come To The Waters [charismatic caucus]

    02/22/2014 10:06:17 AM PST · by Jedediah
    I am testing the fruit of your humility(actual surrender) in the waters of My Virtue(obedience to my Word spoken or written)and in this washing only your true fruit shall pass(survive) through this furnace of fire remaining silver or gold for I must find my image alone in these waters that have the ability to Quench(satisfy) this Fire(My Spirit) . Malachi 4:1-2 4 “Watch now,” the Lord Almighty declares, “the day of judgment is coming, burning like a furnace. The proud and wicked will be burned up like straw; like a tree, they will be consumed—roots and all. 2 “But for...
  • MiG-29s May Be Part of Egyptian Arms Deal

    02/14/2014 10:36:30 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    AIN Online ^ | February 14, 2014 | David Donald
    According to media reports, Egypt’s interim government, installed by the army in July 2013, is negotiating a $2 billion arms package with Russia. Some sources say the deal may have already been signed during the visit this week to Moscow by the head of the Egyptian army, Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. It is understood that the deal is being funded by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. Cairo appears to have turned to Russia following the souring of relations with Washington after the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi last summer. In spite of the political background, an Egyptian...
  • Exclusive: CIA Helped Saudis in Secret Chinese Missile Deal

    01/29/2014 7:44:03 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 1/29/14 | Jeff Stein
    Saudi Arabia has long been a backroom player in the Middle East's nuclear game of thrones, apparently content to bankroll the ambitions of Pakistan and Iraq (under Saddam Hussein) to counter the rise of its mortal enemy, Iran. But as the West and Iran have moved closer to a nuclear accommodation, signs are emerging that the monarchy is ready to give the world a peek at a new missile strike force of its own - which has been upgraded with Washington's careful connivance. According to a well-placed intelligence source, Saudi Arabia bought ballistic missiles from China in 2007 in a...
  • Dubai retailer Al Futtaim to invest $2.3bn in Egypt

    01/25/2014 2:54:34 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Daily News Egypt ^ | January 22, 2014 | unattributed
    The investment plan is positive for Egypt’s army-backed government, which is trying to attract foreign money back to the country and create jobs to ease social discontent as it manages a difficult transition to elections this year... MAF, the sole franchisee of French retailer Carrefour in the region, will expand one of its shopping malls in Cairo’s Maadi district at a cost of EGP 3.2bn, and begin construction next week of another mall next to Cairo’s main airport that will cost a similar amount, Malas said. In addition, the company expects to complete construction of its “Mall of Egypt” project...
  • Michael Moore on Saddam's capture (BARF alert!)

    12/15/2003 7:02:49 AM PST · by SB00 · 184 replies · 1,778+ views
    Sunday, December 14th, 2003 We Finally Got Our Frankenstein... and He Was In a Spider Hole! -- by Michael Moore Thank God Saddam is finally back in American hands! He must have really missed us. Man, he sure looked bad! But, at least he got a free dental exam today. That's something most Americans can't get. America used to like Saddam. We LOVED Saddam. We funded him. We armed him. We helped him gas Iranian troops. But then he screwed up. He invaded the dictatorship of Kuwait and, in doing so, did the worst thing imaginable -- he threatened an...
  • Coming 'oil glut' may push global economy into deflation

    01/18/2014 10:12:50 AM PST · by Kennard · 63 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:52PM GMT 15 Jan 2014 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    One piece of the jigsaw puzzle is missing to complete the deflation landscape across the West: a slide in oil prices. This is becoming more likely each month. Turmoil across the Middle East and parts of Africa has choked supply over the past two years, keeping Brent crude near $110 a barrel despite a broader commodity slump. Cotton and corn prices have halved, as has the UBS index of industrial metals. Such anomalies rarely last. "We estimate that crude oil is now the mostly richly priced commodity in the world," says Deutsche Bank in a fresh report. Michael Lewis, the...
  • What I learned on the Highway of Death in Iraq - Allen West

    01/17/2014 8:15:25 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 18 replies
    Steadfast anbd Loyal Blog ^ | January 17, 2014 | Allen West
    Today is the 23rd anniversary of the start of the First Persian Gulf War also known as Operation Desert Storm. I was a 29-year-old Captain in the First Infantry Division, “The Big Red One” at Ft. Riley in Kansas. Angela and I just celebrated our first wedding anniversary in December 1990 and now I was deploying into combat — something she had seen her own dad do twice to Vietnam. I was the Fire Support Officer for Task Force 2-16 Infantry (call sign Ranger 14) in the 2nd Brigade (Dagger). Our mission was to be the lead task force of...
  • Eurofighter in lead to sell 28 planes to Kuwait

    01/16/2014 9:32:20 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Paris — The European Eurofighter consortium has signed a draft agreement to sell 28 of its fighter planes to Kuwait, online French newspaper La Tribune reported on Thursday. Of the 28 outline sales, which are not yet binding, four are covered by options to purchase, the report said. The report, citing various sources, said that Alenia Aermacchi, a subsidiary of Italian group Finmeccanica which is a member of the consortium, had obtained Kuwait's signature on the agreement a few days before Brazil announced that it had chosen to buy Gripen fighter planes made by Swedish company Saab. Brazil chose the...
  • (Inter racial) local couple wants answers after racial slur found on key tag

    01/03/2014 11:21:27 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 73 replies
    www.ajc.com ^ | 1/2/14 | unknown
    EAST POINT, Ga. — A Georgia couple says they're still in shock after they were the target of racism at a popular local restaurant. A U.S. Army sergeant major just back from Kuwait and his wife went to Spondivits in East Point on New Year's Day, but what they found on their key ring when they got home left them deeply hurt. "I shouldn't have to feel this way," said Candea Aarons. When Candea and her husband Sam got home they noticed the tag left by the man who they say valet parked their car, with the words "jungle fever,"...
  • Report: Hamas Planned Church Bombings on Christmas (in Egypt)

    01/02/2014 9:11:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 1/2/2014, 2:47 PM | Maayana Miskin
    Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood planned a series of bombings at Egyptian churches, according to a report in the Kuwaiti paper Al-Watan, according to Channel 10 news. According to the report, the attacks were to take place on Christmas. Terrorists in Sinai had succeeded in gathering explosives for the planned attack. Egyptian intelligence reportedly foiled the plot after discovering communications between the two groups. Intelligence agents also listened in on calls between the Muslim Brotherhood and other Gaza-based terrorist groups. …
  • Woman Files For Divorce Over The Way Her Husband Eats Peas

    01/03/2014 1:38:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 83 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 3, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    A woman in Kuwait found the way her husband ate his peas to be such a “shocking sight” that she filed for divorce after they had only been married for a week. The woman decided that her husband’s habit of eating peas with bread instead of a fork was an issue that they could not work out. That’s not the only recent divorce that has nothing to do with infidelity, abuse or communication issues. Another woman recently filed for divorce because of the way her husband squeezes toothpaste. “We are always arguing,” she reportedly told her lawyer. “I keep telling...
  • Why Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and UAE will all cut oil output

    12/23/2013 5:33:14 AM PST · by thackney · 17 replies
    The Saudi Gazette ^ | December 22nd, 2013 | Albawaba Business
    It is projected that Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, and UAE would have to reduce their production by 1mmbd to prevent an oil glut and keep prices stable above the $100 a barrel level, the latest NCB monthly review on Saudi economic and financial developments said. In its Monthly Oil Market Report, OPEC projected demand for its crude to contract by 0.31mmbd to 29.6mmbd in 2014 from estimated 29.9mmbd in 2013. While the geopolitical tension is easing along with improving fundamentals, it is expected that growth in emerging economies, especially led by China, will lessen the decline in demand for OPEC’s...
  • Why is Iran Developing ICBMs?

    12/03/2013 6:52:44 AM PST · by LSUfan · 80 replies
    Iran Bulletin ^ | 3 Dec 13 | TerrorTrends
    Why is Iran working on Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles? There is no possible peaceful purpose for ballistic missiles. Iran may claim that their nuclear program is peaceful, but they cannot possibly make that claim when it comes to ballistic missiles. The only reason to have ballistic missiles is to target enemies with high explosives and WMD. Iran’s Shehab-3 Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles have sufficient range to hit Israel, Saudi Arabia and US bases in Afghanistan, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait and Turkey. Why are the Iranians working with the North Koreans on multi-stage Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs)? Who might the Iranians be...
  • Nasrallah: Only alternative to deal with Iran is war

    11/13/2013 2:45:24 PM PST · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 13, 2013, 10:22 pm
    Failure to reach a deal between Iran and world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program could lead to a war in the Middle East, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said Wednesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “is doing everything he can to make the Iranian nuclear negotiations [in Geneva] with the P5+1 countries fail,” Nasrallah accused Wednesday. In a rare public appearance in south Beirut on the eve of the Ashoura holiday, commemorated by Shiite Muslims as a day of mourning for the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, the terror chief said the Israeli prime minister was “furious [at the prospect of an...