Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Report from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain - 02/09/2016

Concentrating on Saudi Arabia and its plans to invade Syria; meanwhile Bahrain has come in and supported Putin in his war against the terrorists.
Saudi Arabia Prepares To Send Special Forces To Syria; Will Fight As Part Of "US-Led Coalition"

9 February, 2016

As we reported yesterday, in one of the most surprising developments involving the Syrian proxy war, Saudi Arabia and U.S. presence on the ground, the latest twist is that both Turkey and Saudi Arabia are now mulling a full-scale invasion while Russia and the Syrian government continue their progress in wiping out the US and Saudi-funded rebellion. To be sure, there was confusion when CNN Arabia reported first that the Saudis may send as much as 150,000 troops into Saudi Arabia, by way of Turkey, something which Anadolu news promptly denied.

However, the denial itself was softly denied by the Saudi Press Agency, which further stirred the water earlier today when it reported that not only is Saudi Arabia ready to send a special force to fight in Syria, but that this deployment was proposed by the US, which would oversee the Saudi troops as part of the US-led coalition in Syria. To wit:


And so, what was until recently purely an air campaign involving all the major global powers (except China, for for the time being), is about to become a full-blown land war, involving not only Suunis and Shi'ites (especially once Iran joins the fray), but also Russian troops on one side and US and Saudis on the other.

Most notably, oil has refused to budge even an inch on what is rapidly shaping up as a precursor to World War III.


9 February, 2016


The forces of the Saudi-led coaltion which already participate in the Yemeni war are preparing a new military opertaion in the Middle East.
According to some reports, the part of coalition’s forces are already concentrated in the UAE in order to regruppe befor moving toward the Syria-Iraqi battleground. It’s expected that intervention will be exercised in the area of the Saudi-Iraqi border.

Howver, the direct list of the countries which will particiapte in the agressive act is unknown.

A long military colum of the Saudi Armed Forces was observed on the way to the Iraqi border 2 days ago.  At least one motorized brigade equipped with about 90 armoured vehicles were moved to Iraqi border This force could become a core of a joint force which could be used in this operation.


9 February, 2016

According to THIS video, at least 1 motorized brigade of the Saudi Armed Forces has been moved to the border with Iraq to conduct ‘military drills’ in this area.

Tihs action is a clear power play.
Сoncentration of forces and facilities at the Iraqi border means that the Saudi military grouping invoveld in the Yemen conflict has been weakened.
SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence estimates the possibility that these forces will be moved to Syria as low. In this case, Saudi Arabia will be invoved in a two-front war which will be critical for the state already weakened by the dragged-out war in Yemen.
However, there is a chance that these forces and facilities can be used to form a joint force which could be sent to the Syrian front.
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9 February, 2016


SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence has recieved expert conclusions claiming the domestic situation is deteriorating in Saudi Arabia.
According to the experts, the main reason of the ongoing crisis is a result of the next:
  • The Saudi citizens’ standard of living has decreased dramatically as result of the low oil prices and high military spendings;
  • The Yemeni war has become a major economic, political and military failure which drains the soruces of Saudi Arabia;
  • A possibility of further confrontanion of the Saudi authorities with the oppressed Shia minority in the country.
Furthermore, the complicated domestic situation and failed military campaign in Yemen created a split-off in the House of Saud which includes thousands of members. According to reports, a part of the Saudi family is ready to overthrow the king.
In this situation, a Saudi Arabian King, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, could be ready to do anything to keep the power and avoid domestic confrontation. A possible step is to involve Saudi Arabia into a Syrian war in order to unite the nation in the face of a new enemy. The recent military developments and official statements about possible open military involvement into the Syrian crisis could mark that Salman has chosen this way.

Iraqi Hezbollah Promises To "Open the Gates of Hell" for Saudi Troops in Syria

Iraqi Shiite "Hezbollah" groups have promised to "open the gates of hell" for the military of Saudi Arabia if Riyadh is to send its troops into Syria.
This was included in the statement made on Tuesday by the command of the paramilitary wing of the party - "Hezbollah Brigade".
"The deployment of Saudi Arabia troops on the territory of Iraq or Syria will open the gates of hell for Saudi soldiers," the statement said. The command of the "Brigades of Hezbollah" pointed out that "mercenaries (the terrorist group) in "Islamic State" have already paid the price for trying to carry out their criminal plans in Syria," and urged Saudi authorities "not to take risks and not to repeat the disastrous experience of the militants".
"Hezbollah Brigade" are considered to be one of the most influential and powerful Shiite militia detachments within the Iraqi militia who are fighting against the forces of ISIS in Iraq. In particular, in March of last year, they, together with divisions of the Iraqi army, participated in the battle for the liberation of the city of Tikrit.
The Statement Of Riyadh
On the 4th of February, the leaders of Saudi Arabia made a statement about their readiness for "ground operations as part of an international coalition in Syria led by the United States." The U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter praised the decision of Riyadh, and said that he would discuss details at a meeting with representatives of the Kingdom in Brussels.
On the 9th of February, the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir, spoke about the possibility of sending special forces to Syria. "The Kingdom expresses its willingness to provide forces for the operation of the international coalition led by the United States in Syria against Islamic State", - said the politician.
According to the United States, such steps by Saudi Arabia would not be interfering in the internal affairs of Syria. "We don't view this as interference," said the U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby.. In his view, such potential hostilities with Riyadh "put greater pressure on the IS".
On the 7th of February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, Anwar Mohammed Gargash, said that the UAE is ready to send a limited military force to fight ISIS in Syria.
Russia's Position
The Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Viktor Ozerov, believes that Damascus will need to contact the UN in the event of ground operations by Saudi Arabia in Syria.
For ground operation, "first of all, you need the consent of the Syrian government to enter the territory of Syria where there are other armed forces," said Ozerov. "On the other hand, the Russian Federation has always advocated creating a broad coalition against terrorists, and we have not removed it from the agenda, we are ready to cooperate with other countries," he confirmed.
"But if this anti-terrorist coalition immediately raises a primarily political objective, the removal of Bashar al-Assad from his post, is it possible to carry out an anti-terrorist operation in a state where the head is not recognized?" - asked the head of Committee of the Federation Council. "This contradiction, at least for me, casts doubt on the sincerity of the operation that Saudi Arabia have described", he concluded.

Saudi Fail: Bahrain Sides With Russia on Syria
Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa highly praised Russia’s role in efforts to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing Syrian crisis, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said Monday.

8 February, 2016

SOCHI (Sputnik) — Bahrain’s king met earlier on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi to discuss a wide-range of bilateral and global issues.
As to the Syrian crisis, His Highness highly praised the role of President Putin, the Russian government and the friendly Russian people in efforts to help Syria overcome the crisis,” Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said at a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russia considers Bahrain an important partner in the Middle East, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

BOCHAROV RUCHEI (Sputnik) — Commencing talks with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Khalifa, Putin stressed that despite “rather difficult” situation in the economy, the two countries continue to create new mechanisms needed for the expansion of bilateral cooperation.
Bahrain is our important partner in the Gulf and in the Middle East in general. We are very happy to see our friends, have the opportunity to talk on bilateral relations and the situation in the world and in the region,” Putin said.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meets with Foreign Minister of Bahrein Khalid bin Ahmad Al Khalifa

Besides the two leaders, the talks taking place at the Bocharov Ruchei presidential residence in Sochi involve Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, Bahrain’s Deputy Prime Minister Muhammed bin Mubarak Khalifa, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Khalid bin Ahmed Khalifa.The Bahraini king’s last visit to Moscow took place in October 2014, when he traveled to Sochi to attend the Russian stage of the Formula One World Championship, and to also hold talks with the Russian leadership.

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