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  • Pakistani defense chief due in Riyadh, airlifts troops for Saudi Yemen war. Landings imminent.

    03/30/2015 11:39:49 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 25 replies
    DEBKAFile ^ | March 30, 2015 | Special Report
    The US-led world powers and Iran Monday, March 30, entered the last tense hours for a nuclear deal as though Lausanne was on a different planet from the Middle East, where the Yemen war, in which Iran is deeply involved, abruptly scooped up a power outside the region, Pakistan. A high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Monday reaffirmed Pakistan’s “firm commitment to supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia.” Among those attending were Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Defense Minister...
  • Juan Williams: Boehner’s Trip to Israel is Racist

    03/31/2015 4:02:52 AM PDT · by SJackson · 50 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 31, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Juan Williams: Boehner’s Trip to Israel is RacistPosted By Daniel Greenfield On March 31, 2015 @ 1:03 am In The Point | No Comments “Something something racist.” A Democratic argument from 2008 to 2016.Juan Williams is back and he wants you to know that Boehner’s trip to Israel is racist. Also all trips are racist. And all planes. Especially white planes. The real issue here is the way Boehner is recklessly sowing division along party lines on Israel. He is also — intentionally or not — heightening the silent but simmering racial tensions that increasingly divide Americans on the subject.The...
  • ISIL & Iranian Influence Are Focus of Boehner Delegation Visit to Iraq (now in Kuwait)

    03/31/2015 10:36:59 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Speaker.gov ^ | March 31, 2015 | Speaker Boehner's Press Office
    KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT – During a visit to Iraq on Monday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and senior lawmakers met with the country’s leaders and our ambassador and commanders on the ground to assess efforts to defeat ISIL and combat Iran’s rising influence. In Baghdad, the delegation met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Iraq Salim al-Jabouri. Lawmakers also met with U.S. Ambassador Stuart Jones and Lt. General James L. Terry, commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. Similar to the delegation’s visit to Jordan, discussions in Baghdad focused on Iran’s rising...
  • Saudi Arabia sends war planes into Yemen in terrifying clash with Iran

    03/30/2015 7:28:07 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 28 replies
    Jew News ^ | MAR 29, 2015 | ELIYOKIM COHEN
    On the brink of a new Middle Eastern catastrophe: Saudi Arabia sends war planes into Yemen in a terrifying clash with Iran leaving region at boiling point Religious fissure between Sunni and Shia Muslims erupted into conflict Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Iran-backed Shia Houthi rebels 18 civilians were injured after Saudi warplanes targeted Sana’a in Yemen Britain and America supported the Saudi-led military intervention Coalition deployed 100 fighter jets and 150,000 soldiers to fight in region Truly, it is a terrifying development. The great religious fissure between Sunni and Shia Muslims that dominates the Middle East has erupted into...
  • Arab Leaders Agree on Joint Military Force

    03/29/2015 11:34:22 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 29, 2015 | By David D. Kirkpatrick
    CAIRO — The Arab states said on Sunday that they had agreed to form a combined military force to counter both Iranian influence and Islamist extremism, a gesture many analysts attributed in large part to their drive for more independence from Washington. The agreement came as American and other Western diplomats in Lausanne, Switzerland, were racing to beat a self-imposed deadline of Tuesday to reach a deal with Iran that would restrict its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of economic sanctions. In response, Saudi Arabia and other American allies in the region have made clear that they are...
  • Former intelligence official: Obama’s Middle East policy is ‘willful ignorance’

    03/29/2015 9:19:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 29, 2015 | By Josh Hicks
    The former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency on Sunday described President Obama's Middle East policy as one of "willful ignorance," saying the administration needs a clearer strategy for dealing with conflicts emerging across the region. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said during an interview on "Fox News Sunday" that recent developments in the Middle East are moving in a bad direction for the United States, with Iran "clearly on the march" to influence events in a "regional sectarian war." “At the end of the day, we have just this incredible policy confusion — never mind what our strategy is to...
  • World War III

    03/28/2015 6:06:31 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 72 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 3/28/15 | Gary
    Honestly, I think it is now only conjecture to say that World War III is not underway.  Just as the world didn't recognize the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand as the beginning of World War I, so the world didn't immediately recognize the invasions of Austria and Poland as the beginnings of World War II. The tumultuous uprisings in the Arab world that began in 2010 have only grown more tumultuous until now.  I believe the massive Arab coalition invasion of Yemen may later be seen as the beginning of World War III.  The wars and rumors of wars all across...
  • Arab Nations Announce 'Historic' Unified Military Force To Counter Iran, ISIS

    03/28/2015 7:42:50 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 52 replies
    International Business Times ^ | March 27 2015 | Aditya Tejas
    Foreign ministers from 22 Arab countries agreed to form a unified military force on Thursday, approving a draft resolution designed to counter growing security threats in the region. "The Arab ... ministers agreed on adopting an important principle, which is forming the unified Arab military force. The task of the force will be rapid military intervention to deal with security threats to Arab nations," Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby told reporters after the meeting, Reuters reported. The agreement, which Elaraby described as “historic,” came shortly after airstrikes on Houthi rebels in Yemen, led by Saudi Arabia and its Arab...
  • Saudi Arabia’s Yemen Offensive Might Just Boost Their Oil Revenues

    03/26/2015 4:42:04 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 2 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/26/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Militia men loyal to Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi take photos near an army tank in Yemen's southern port city of Aden March 19, 2015.Saudi Arabia’s decision to send troops to the borders of war-torn Yemen has jolted global oil markets, sending crude prices up 6 percent on fears of supply disruptions.Higher oil prices are just what the Kingdom needs after months of having to take money from their reserves to finance government programs. News of Saudi air strikes on the Yemeni capital and an Arab offensive to push back the Iran-backed Houthi rebels sent oil up more than...
  • Saudi Arabia and Sunni Coalition launches WAR on Houthis in Yemen; Egypt declares OFFICIAL SUPPORT

    03/25/2015 6:00:56 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 52 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 3/25/2015 | The Right Scoop
    This is big news. Saudi Arabia and a Sunni coalition (UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait) has now begun bombing Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen: AL ARABIYA – Warplanes of the Royal Saudi Air Force bombed the positions of Yemen’s Houthi militia and destroyed most of their air defenses, Al Arabiya News Channel reported early on Thursday. Arab Gulf states had announced that they have decided to “repel Houthi aggression” in neighboring Yemen, following a request from the country’s President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. In their joint statement Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait said they “decided to repel Houthi militias, al-Qaeda...
  • Saudi Deploys 100 Fighter Jets, 150,000 Soldiers for Anti-Houthi Campaign (Yemen)

    03/25/2015 9:02:50 PM PDT · by kristinn · 147 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015
    Saudi deploys 100 fighter jets, 150,000 soldiers for anti-Houthi campaign. Also from Al Arabiya: UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan Deploy Warplanes Against HouthisThe UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Jordan have deployed fighter jets to join the Saudi air force in the ongoing air campaign against Yemen’s Houthi rebels, Al Arabiya News Chanel reported. The UAE has deployed 30 fighter jets, Bahrain 15, Kuwait 15, Qatar 10 and Jordan 6 warplanes, according to the news channel. Pakistan and Egypt are also taking part in the military campaign, contribution with air and naval forces. Al Arabiya said Egypt, Pakistan and Sudan have...
  • Breaking: Saudi Arabia Starts Bombing Yemen: U.S. Officials

    03/25/2015 4:12:08 PM PDT · by kristinn · 111 replies
    NBC News via Twitter ^ | Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | Richard Engel
    US officials confirm to @NBCNews that Saudi Arabia has started bombing rebel positions inside #Yemen. NO indication of troops crossing in.
  • Yemen crisis: Iran calls Saudi air strikes on Houthis 'dangerous'

    03/26/2015 2:43:04 AM PDT · by piasa · 14 replies
    Zee Media Bureau ^ | Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 14:20
    Tehran: In what may intensify the Yemen crisis, Iran has termed Saudi Arabia's military intervention against the Houthi rebels as “dangerous”, reports said Thursday. Saudi Arabia which had earlier warned to act in the wake of continued advance of Houthis, on Wednesday started conducting air strikes against the rebels which it considers as being supported by rival Iran. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies believe the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, are tools for Iran to seize control of Yemen and say they intend to stop the takeover. The Houthis deny they are backed by Iran. Reacting to Saudi strikes,...
  • Iran’s Drones Loom Over the World’s Oil Tankers

    03/12/2015 7:34:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 2 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 11, 2015 | Adam Rawnsley
    Though Iran’s Great Prophet-9 military exercise ended last month, you can count on Tehran’s military to wring every last drop of bellicosity from the event—such as showing off an apparently armed drone taking a bead on a ship crossing the Strait of Hormuz. Iran conducted the exercise during the last week of February, and centered it around the theatrical, Michael Bay-esque destruction of a stationary wooden aircraft carrier prop floating off Iran’s Larak Island.
  • Kuwait: Muslim Preacher Echoes Isis Call to Destroy Egypt's Pyramids, Sphinx

    03/10/2015 11:30:38 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 24 replies
    A Kuwaiti Islamic preacher has raised many eyebrows by echoing the calls made by extremist group Isis to destroy the ancient Egyptian Sphinx and pyramids — one of the seven wonders of the world that has captured the imaginations of people for centuries. The preacher recognised by an Egyptian newspaper as Ibrahim Al Kandari reportedly said that just because early Muslims did not dare destroy them, it did not mean all present-day Muslims must follow them. "The fact that early Muslims who were among Prophet Mohammed's followers did not destroy the pharaoh's monuments upon entering the Egyptian soil, does not mean...
  • Kuwaiti preacher calls for destruction of 'pagan' pyramids and Sphinx

    03/11/2015 10:08:37 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    Cairo Post ^ | Wednesday, March 11, 2015 | Rany Mostafa
    An Islamist preacher from Kuwait called for the demolition of the Giza pyramids and Sphinx "to put an end to idolatry and the worship of such pagan constructions." "The fact that early Muslims did not destroy the pharaohs' legacy upon the Arab conquest of Egypt does not mean that we shouldn't do it now," preacher Ibrahim al-Kandari was quoted by the Kuwaiti Al-Watan daily newspaper Tuesday. The call echoes that of leader of Islamic State (IS) group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who described the destruction of the historic monuments and archaeological sites as a "religious duty," Al-Ahram reported. The alleged call...
  • KUNA: Israel must join NPT, its nuclear facilities inspected - Arab Group (UAE also upset with Obama

    03/05/2015 4:30:01 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 16 replies
    KUNA (Kuwait News Agency) ^ | 3/5/2015 | Staff
    VIENNA, March 5 (KUNA) --- Israel must be made to join the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT) and its nuclear facilities must be subjected to international inspection said the Arab Group in Vienna on Thursday. ...
  • Report: Obama Threatened to Shoot Down IAF Iran Strike

    03/01/2015 10:33:20 AM PST · by txgirl4Bush · 5 replies
    Israeli National News ^ | 3/1/2015 | Mark Langfan
    The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran's nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran. Following Obama's threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was reportedly forced to abort the planned Iran attack. According to Al-Jarida, the Netanyahu government took the decision to strike Iran some time in 2014 soon after Israel had discovered the United States and Iran had been involved in secret talks over Iran’s nuclear program and were about to sign...
  • Report: Obama threatened to fire on Israeli jets attacking Iran

    03/01/2015 7:35:50 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 104 replies
    Maan News ^ | 1/3/2015 | Maan News
    BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) – A Kuwaiti newspaper reported Saturday that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran's nuclear facilities in 2014. Al-Jarida newspaper quoted "well-placed" sources as saying that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had taken a decision to carry out airstrikes against Iran's nuclear program after consultations with his minister of defense Moshe Yaalon and foreign minister Avigdor Liberman in the presence of top security commanders. The decision came, according to al-Jarida, after Israel revealed that the United States and Iran had been involved in secret talks over Iran’s nuclear program and were about to sign...
  • ISIS militant ‘Jihadi John’ unmasked as middle-class Brit

    02/26/2015 6:12:09 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 36 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2-26-2015 | Yaron Steinbuch
    ISIS militant ‘Jihadi John’ unmasked as middle-class Brit By Yaron Steinbuch February 26, 2015 | 7:16am The infamous masked ISIS madman seen in gruesome videos beheading Western hostages was identified by media outlets Thursday as Mohammed Emwazi — a middle-class Briton with a degree in computer programming. The BBC reported that the Kuwaiti-born Emwazi is in his mid-20s and from West London. British authorities chose not to identify him earlier for operational reasons. “I have no doubt that Mohammed is Jihadi John,” one of Emwazi’s close friends told the Washington Post. “He was like a brother to me. . . . I...
  • ISIS: Smuggling, shakedowns, donations feed swelling terror budget ($2 billion with surplus)

    02/16/2015 9:09:56 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | Lucas Tomlinson
    As the Islamic State seeks to export its brand of barbaric terror to would-be affiliates, the U.S. faces a growing challenge to find the sources of ISIS funding and blunt its flow to allied militants. The terror army's most recent atrocity was the mass beheading of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya. It remains unclear how closely tied those militants are to ISIS in Iraq and Syria, but the Islamic State's underground economy continues to thrive. Even as the U.S.-led coalition strikes at what was long the heart of ISIS' revenue stream -- oil fields and refineries -- officials say the...
  • Fort Carson brigade headed to Kuwait for possible showdown with the Islamic State

    02/13/2015 1:02:08 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 25 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | February 13, 2015 | Tom Roeder
    As Congress mulls America's war with the Islamic State terror group, more than 4,000 Fort Carson soldiers prepared Thursday to leave Colorado for Kuwait, where they will take over as America's largest ground force in the troubled region. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team bid farewell to the post in a ceremony and will head off soon to serve as U.S. Central Command's Reserve force in the Middle East - the first soldiers into battle if a major combat force is used to battle Islamic State fighters. The unit is Fort Carson's heaviest force, armed with tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles....
  • The Hezbollah Connection

    02/10/2015 11:28:35 AM PST · by csvset · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | FEB. 10, 2015 | RONEN BERGMAN
    1. Ahmad Abu Adass In 2005, the last year of his life, Ahmad Abu Adass was 22 and still living with his parents in Beirut, Lebanon. He was kind and liked people, his friends later told investigators, but none of them thought he was very sophisticated. The best way to describe him was simple, one said. He was generous and a little naďve. He was very weak, physically. A Sunni Muslim of Palestinian descent, Adass had become interested in religion and now spent many hours at the Arab University Mosque near his home. It was there, after a prayer session,...
  • Saddam Hussein’s hanging noose up for auction

    02/07/2015 5:00:39 AM PST · by Daffynition · 23 replies
    NYP ^ | February 6, 2015 | Chris Perez
    The rope used to execute ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein could be yours for the right price. Ex-Prime Minister Mowaffak Al-Rubaie has put the item up for sale more than eight years after he witnessed Saddam hanged in 2006. An unidentified senior Iraqi political official told the Middle East news site Al-Araby al-Jadeed this week that several individuals from Israel, Iran and Kuwait are vying to purchase the rope — with one making a $7 million bid.
  • US moves pilot rescue aircraft to northern Iraq: official

    02/05/2015 7:44:38 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    AFP ^ | Feb. 5, 2015
    The US military has deployed aircraft and troops to northern Iraq to boost its ability to rescue downed coalition pilots, after a Jordanian airman was captured and killed by jihadists in Syria, a defense official said Thursday. "We are repositioning some assets into northern Iraq," a US defense official told AFP. The move is designed to shorten the response time needed to reach pilots who end up in territory held by the Islamic State group, officials said. Search-and-rescue crews had been based in Kuwait, but officials said Wednesday the military was reviewing where its hardware and specialists were located following...
  • With colors cased, 40th readies for next mission

    02/05/2015 9:29:07 AM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — The Renegades of the 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion are leaving. Well at least 60 percent of the 500 soldier-strong battalion are heading to Afghanistan, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates on a nine-month deployment. The last remaining battalion of the 11th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade on the fort, the 40th has been deployed to global hot spots, even prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the United States. Symbolically, the battalion’s commander Lt.Col. David A. Thomas and the unit’s Command Sgt. Maj. John E. Reinburg cased the battalion’s colors held by Spc. Edward...
  • Deployed soldiers back on home turf. 257 arrive late Wednesday

    02/05/2015 9:22:10 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — It was about 9:57 p.m. Wednesday when a Delta commercial jet touched down at Libby Army Airfield. Inside the plane were 257 soldiers of the 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion returning from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. The plane’s main cabin door door opened at 10:07 p.m. and soon the soldiers began walking down the steps to be greeted by senior post officers and others of the 40th who were on hand to welcome them back to their home turf. At the bottom of the steps was the commander of...
  • Iran's Rouhani says countries behind oil price drop will suffer

    01/13/2015 5:47:51 AM PST · by thackney · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 13, 2015 | MICHELLE MOGHTADER
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that countries behind the fall in global oil prices would regret their decision and warned that Saudi Arabia and Kuwait would suffer alongside Iran from the price drop. "Those that have planned to decrease the prices against other countries will regret this decision," Rouhani said in a speech broadcast on state television as oil plunged to near six year lows on international markets. [O/R] "If Iran suffers from the drop in oil prices, know that other oil-producing countries such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will suffer more than Iran," he added. Oil prices...
  • How OPEC Weaponized Oil Prices Against US Drillers

    01/10/2015 9:14:44 PM PST · by zeestephen · 47 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 09 January 2014 | Grant Smith
    Representatives of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait stressed a dozen times in the past six weeks that the group won’t curb output to halt the biggest drop in crude since 2008...The global oversupply is 2 million barrels a day, or 6.7 percent of OPEC output, Qatar estimates.
  • U.S. Stockpiling Fighting Vehicles Near Iraq Ahead of Anti-ISIS Offensive

    12/29/2014 6:58:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | December 22, 2014 | By Paul D. Shinkman
    Since June, the U.S. military has been slowly stockpiling massive amounts of its gear coming out of Afghanistan at a depot in Kuwait adjacent to a bustling commercial port, in preparation for ultimately shipping it across the border into Iraq for an allied offensive against the Islamic State group, US News reports. Air Force Maj. Gen. Rowayne “Wayne” Schatz admitted, "from June to December, we’ve worked a lot on moving items into Kuwait," including 3,100 vehicles, most of them MRAPs. While the military stands by President Barack Obama’s repeated pledge that he will not put U.S. combat forces on the...
  • Nevermind U.S. shale, Saudi Arabia’s oil power play targets Iran’s economy

    12/27/2014 6:40:43 PM PST · by Red Steel · 26 replies
    Financial Post ^ | Updated: Dec 27 7:00 AM ET | Diane Francis
    All politics are local, except for oil politics. The Russians think these low oil prices are an American-Saudi conspiracy. American commentators believe that the Saudis have driven down prices to punish North Dakota’s shale oil revolution and drive its high-cost producers out of the game. In Canada, the paranoia in Calgary is that the Saudis and other Gulf oil producers want to drive the oil sands out of business. But what are the Saudis up to and are they powerful enough to control prices? This week the Saudi minister blamed low prices on oversupply from North America. But that is...
  • Watch The U.S. Navy’s New Laser Weapon Take Out Two Ships

    12/10/2014 12:20:15 PM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/5 | The Daily Caller
    The U.S. Navy announced Wednesday that a new laser weapon deployed into Persian Gulf earlier this year performed seamlessly during testing that wrapped up in November, and declared the weapon a success. Deployed for the first time aboard the U.S.S. Ponce in September, the Office of Naval Research released a video Wednesday of the LaWS (laser weapon system) taking out two test targets
  • Turkey's Erdogan lashes out as lira tumbles

    12/13/2014 6:10:44 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Whirled Nut Daily ^ | December 12, 2014 | Daniel Dombey
    ...its lowest levels against the dollar for almost a year, amid investor nervousness about emerging markets. By evening trade in Istanbul the currency had fallen beyond TL2.30 to the US dollar, more than 1 per cent down on the day and the weakest level since January, when the Turkish central bank moved to increase interest rates -- a dramatic shift in policy that at the time halted a precipitous drop in its value. ...Turkey is far from alone in being affected by strong US economic data that has heightened expectations of a US Federal Reserve interest rate rise and so...
  • Crude Oil Prices and the Coming Fall of OPEC

    12/11/2014 6:53:03 PM PST · by Signalman · 14 replies
    mondaymorning.com ^ | 12/5/2014 | Dr. Kent Moors
    Every 10 or 20 years a series of watershed events come together that change the face of the international energy picture. The Saudi-led war on crude oil prices is one of these pivotal situations. And while others fret about what the OPEC production move means, I'm actually meeting with the guys who made the decision. I can tell you that what's unfolding here in the desert will have a decisive impact on producers, end users, and government/corporate policymakers worldwide. Of course, I've been involved in a fair share of all of this for over 40 years, from both the public...
  • Putin, in Defeat, Diverts Pipeline

    12/01/2014 7:35:35 PM PST · by Theoria · 76 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 01 Dec 2014 | ANDREW ROTH
    President Vladimir V. Putin said Monday that he would scrap Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline, a grandiose project that was once intended to establish the country’s dominance in southeastern Europe but instead fell victim to Russia’s increasingly toxic relationship with the West. It was a rare diplomatic defeat for Mr. Putin, who said Russia would redirect the pipeline to Turkey. He painted the failure to build the pipeline as a loss for Europe and blamed Brussels for its intransigence. The decision also seemed to be a rare victory for the European Union and the Obama administration, which have appeared largely...
  • OPEC’s Weapon of Mass Inaction

    11/30/2014 2:18:04 PM PST · by thackney · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 27, 2014 | LIAM DENNING
    OPEC just declared war on everyone-including itself. The oil cartel’s hotly-anticipated meeting on Thursday ended with a whimper: No change to an output target that already wasn’t being observed. Oil prices, though, went bang: Brent crude fell 5% to around $72.40 a barrel after the decision was made. It will likely be years before we see triple-digit oil again. Saudi Arabia, the de facto leader of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, has a beef with a number of oil-market participants. It also appears to have woken up to the fact that OPEC has once again lost its grip...
  • Kuwait Says Technical, Not Political, Reasons Behind Oilfield Closure

    10/27/2014 4:59:11 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | October 27, 2014 | Reuters
    A senior Kuwaiti official said on Sunday the Khafji oilfield, run jointly with Saudi Arabia, had been shut down for "purely technical and not political" reasons, state news agency KUNA reported. Crude production from the Khafji oilfield had been halted temporarily to comply with environmental rules, according to an industry source and an internal letter seen by Reuters. But the closure of the offshore field, which has an output of between 280,000 to 300,000 barrels per day, revived speculation of renewed tensions between the two countries. Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry undersecretary Khaled al-Jarallah, speaking in Riyadh after a meeting of Gulf...
  • OPEC Delegates Start Whispering About Potential Oil Cut

    11/12/2014 5:17:31 AM PST · by thackney · 40 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | November 11, 2014 | Rania El Gamal, Alex Lawler & David Sheppard
    A subtle shift may be taking place within OPEC as it heads into its most important meeting in years, according to delegates with the producer group, as the discussion over whether it needs to cut output to defend oil revenues quietly intensifies. OPEC's Secretary General Abudulla al-Badri this week urged markets not to panic over the drop in prices to a 4-year low near $81 a barrel, while Kuwait's oil minister said OPEC was unlikely to cut output when it meets on Nov. 27 in Vienna. But privately, more delegates within the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries are starting...
  • Kuwaiti Guantanamo inmate freed, US plans dozen more releases

    11/07/2014 11:24:50 AM PST · by grundle · 5 replies
    AFP/yahoo.com ^ | November 5, 2014 | Chantal Valery
    Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (Cuba) (AFP) - The United States is preparing to release more than a dozen Guantanamo detainees as President Barack Obama works towards his long-promised goal of closing the controversial military prison, an US defense official said Wednesday. The news comes the same day the Defense Department sent home one of two remaining detained Kuwaitis, bringing the total population at the jail on a US naval base in Cuba to 148. Fawzi al-Odah, 37 -- who spent nearly 13 years in US detention -- took off in a Kuwaiti government plane at 5:30 am (1030 GMT), Lieutenant...
  • Barack Obama Just Released Another Terrorist!

    11/07/2014 9:57:20 AM PST · by drypowder · 10 replies
    Conservitive Daily ^ | Nov. 7, 2014 | Joe Otto
    Fellow Conservative, This is just disgusting. A few days removed from a complete shellacking in the midterm elections, Obama has decided to stick his nose up at the American people and release another dangerous terrorist from the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility. Fawzi al-Odah was one of the longest-held terrorists in GITMO. Instead of keeping him in Guantanamo where we know he can be stopped, the Obama administration released him back to Kuwait. Once home, al-Odah will be forced to spend a year in a Kuwaiti “militant-rehabilitation center,” however after six months he will become eligible for ‘parole,’ specifically more time...
  • Arab League warns of Jerusalem ‘red line’

    11/03/2014 2:38:16 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 11 replies
    The Times of Isael ^ | 11/03/2014 | AFP
    CAIRO — The Arab League warned Sunday that Israel has reached a “red line” after fresh clashes in Jerusalem, urging international pressure to stop what it branded “violations” in the holy city. Clashes around the flashpoint Temple Mount and the al-Aqsa Mosque compound — the third holiest site in Islam and Judaism’s holiest — prompted Israel on Thursday to close the site for a day. The Temple Mount and adjacent neighborhoods have seen months of violence, with the mosque compound a rallying point for Palestinian resistance to perceived Jewish attempts to take control of it...
  • Egypt, Gulf Arab allies eye anti-militant alliance

    11/03/2014 10:29:09 AM PST · by winoneforthegipper · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 11/03/14 | HAMZA HENDAWI
    CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Arab allies Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait are discussing the creation of a military pact to take on Islamic militants, with the possibility of a joint force to intervene around the Middle East, The Associated Press has learned. The alliance would also serve as a show of strength to counterbalance their traditional rival, Shiite-dominated, Iran. Two countries are seen as potential theaters for the alliance to act, senior Egyptian military officials said: Libya, where Islamic militants have taken over several cities, and Yemen, where Shiite rebels suspected of links to Iran have...
  • The True Reason Gas Prices are Falling (Hint: It’s Not Because of Green Energy)

    10/26/2014 6:23:51 PM PDT · by Coleus · 21 replies
    the daily signal ^ | October 26, 2014 | Stephen Moore
    American workers and motorists got some badly-needed relief this week when the price of oil plunged to its lowest level in years. The oil price has fallen by about 20 to 25 percent since its peak back in June of $105 a barrel. This is translating to lower prices at the pump with many states now below $3 a gallon. Already the lower oil and gas prices are the equivalent of a $70 to 200 billion cost saving to American consumers and businesses. That’s $70 to 200 billion a year we don’t have to send to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and...
  • Turkish dealers helping ISIL earn $1 million per day from oil: US Treasury

    10/24/2014 5:31:05 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 11 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | October/24/2014
    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales, the United States has said, vowing to impose harsh sanctions on the purchasers of the oil, “including middlemen from Turkey.” “With the important exception of some state-sponsored terrorist organizations, ISIL is probably the best-funded terrorist organization we have confronted,” David Cohen, U.S. Treasury Department undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a speech at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington on Oct. 23. “It has amassed wealth at an unprecedented pace.” ISIL is generating tens of...
  • 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 · 30 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...