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Pakistan and Saudi Arabia military ties cause of worry for region | Northern Voices Online

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia military ties are moving faster than even cruise missiles. There seems to be some truth that Pakistan was deploying 30000 troops on the soil of its friend and financier Saudi Arabia to deal with any eventual Egypt and Syria like scenario in coming days.

Now Pakistani newspapers are reporting that Pakistani army chief Gen. Rahil Shareef has gone to Saudi Arabia to witness military exercise there. It seems continuation of the military co-operation between two Sunni nations.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia military ties cause of worry for region | Northern Voices Online

Saudis parade nuclear missiles for the first time in defiance of US-Iranian nuclear accord

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 DF-3 has a range of 2,650 km and carries a payload of 2,150 kg. It is equipped with a single nuclear warhead with a 1-3 MT yield.

Saudis parade nuclear missiles for the first time in defiance of US-Iranian nuclear accord

The Saudi-Turkey cold war for Sunni hegemony – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

The current “cold war” in the Middle East has taken two forms. It involves the Shiite-Sunni war being fought in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and the Gulf, as well as a parallel Sunni-Sunni conflict involving Turkey, Saudi Arabia and political Islamic forces to control and dominate the politics of Sunni Islam. Dominating the Sunni sphere requires controlling religious interpretation, especially that relating to political systems. In this regard, the model of Islamic democracy practiced in Turkey is considered a challenge to the political realm of Saudi religious theory.

The Saudi-Turkey cold war for Sunni hegemony – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Report: Saudi Arabia Wants Uranium-Enrichment Capacity – NationalJournal.com

Intelligence officials and issue analysts report signs that Saudi Arabia wants to develop a capacity to enrich uranium, despite proliferation concerns.

Riyadh is understood to be worried that world powers will agree to allow Iran to maintain some limited uranium-enrichment capability in a potential lasting deal on its nuclear program. Saudi Arabia has an established interest in developing an atomic-energy program, but its concerns about Iran could be causing the Persian Gulf kingdom to consider a more expansive domestic nuclear capability, the Daily Beast reported on Friday.

Institute for Science and International Security President David Albright told the news website he had learned from an unidentified European intelligence agency of Saudi Arabia’s pursuit in recent years of the scientific and engineering expertise necessary to carry out activities in all parts of the nuclear fuel chain.

Report: Saudi Arabia Wants Uranium-Enrichment Capacity – NationalJournal.com

Iran-Saudi relations: A new Cold War heating up?

Tension is rising between long-term rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia in what commentators are likening to a “Cold War” scenario which is increasing geostrategic risk in the Middle East.

While the two powers have long competed for regional dominance – albeit more covertly — recent developments have pulled them into a more open battle.

A new Cold War in the Middle East?

Inside the Saudi 9/11 coverup | New York Post

‘making 9/11 not just an act of terrorism, but an act of war [by Saudi Arabia].’

Some information already has leaked from the classified section, which is based on both CIA and FBI documents, and it points back to Saudi Arabia, a presumed ally.

The Saudis deny any role in 9/11, but the CIA in one memo reportedly found “incontrovertible evidence” that Saudi government officials — not just wealthy Saudi hardliners, but high-level diplomats and intelligence officers employed by the kingdom — helped the hijackers both financially and logistically. The intelligence files cited in the report directly implicate the Saudi embassy in Washington and consulate in Los Angeles in the attacks, making 9/11 not just an act of terrorism, but an act of war.

Inside the Saudi 9/11 coverup | New York Post

Hizballah Leader Nasrallah Declares War on Saudi Arabia | TIME.com

As the sectarian violence of Syria’s conflict spills over, the proxy struggles between Lebanon’s influential Shi‘ite organization Hizballah and the staunchly Sunni Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have turned into open war

Nasrallah rarely mentions Saudi Arabia by name, only referring to the monarchy in vague terms in order to maintain plausible deniability. But that all changed on Tuesday, when he accused Saudi agents of being behind the suicide-bomb attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut last month that claimed 23 lives. (The assassination of a senior Hizballah commander on Wednesday, though the assailants remain unknown, deepened the group’s sense of embattlement.) In doing so he has openly declared a war that has long been fought in the shadows, first in Lebanon where Hizballah-allied parties are at a political impasse with the Saudi-backed Future Movement of Saad Hariri, and now in Syria, where Hizballah, with Iranian assistance, is fighting on the side of President Bashar Assad against Saudi-backed rebels. “This is the first time I have ever seen such a direct attack [by Nasrallah] against Saudi Arabia,” says Lebanon-based political analyst Talal Atrissi. “This was the formal declaration of a war that has been going on in Syria since Saudi first started supporting the rebels.”

Hizballah Leader Nasrallah Declares War on Saudi Arabia | TIME.com

Is Iran set to lash out at Saudi Arabia? – Global Public Square – CNN.com Blogs

The November 19 double-suicide bombings of the Iranian embassy in Beirut may have looked shocking in the headlines – they killed 23 people. But they also should not have come as a surprise.

Since 2011, Tehran has earned its karma in Lebanon. The attack, whose victims included an Iranian diplomat, was likely payback for the Shiite theocracy’s unwavering support for the Bashar al-Assad regime’s brutal repression of the largely Sunni uprising in Syria. Aided by Iranian troops, weapons and its Lebanese Shiite proxy militia Hezbollah, over the past three years, al-Assad’s government has killed nearly 130,000 mostly Sunni Syrians.

The real question is what comes now – and I expect a surge in regional violence. Paradoxically, the international “first step” nuclear agreement with Iran increases rather than diminishes the chances that the Shiite theocracy in Tehran will take steps that exacerbate the regional sectarian conflict.

Is Iran set to lash out at Saudi Arabia? – Global Public Square – CNN.com Blogs

Beirut bombings are ‘a clear message by Saudi Arabia’ — RT Op-Edge

RT: We know that a Lebanese group linked to Al-Qaeda has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack. From your point of view, what would be their motive there?

Kevork Elmassian: The group is called Abdullah Azzam and it is affiliated to Al-Qaeda. This is a clear message by Saudi Arabia or it’s an act of war by Saudi Arabia against Iran, this is for the first time the Saudis are crossing the red line by targeting the Iranian Embassy in Beirut. I don’t agree with the Iranian Ambassador who pointed his finger to the Israelis. It’s true that the Israelis are beneficiaries of these explosions but who perpetrated these attacks? They are Al-Qaeda linked groups; their emir is Bandar “bin-Satan” [bin-Sultan] in Saudi Arabia.

Beirut bombings are ‘a clear message by Saudi Arabia’ — RT Op-Edge

Putin Called Saudi King, Next US Ally Lost?

Russian President Vladimir Putin called King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on Sunday, according to Al Arabiya. The overture hints that Saudi Arabia, like Egypt, is poised to shift alliances from the US to Russia.

The two leaders discussed ties between the two countries as well as regional issues such as the Syrian conflict and Iranian nuclear talks. Russian officials told AFP that the two leaders “expressed a mutual interest in furthering cooperation and maintaining contacts at various levels.”

The overtures between Russia and Saudi Arabia mirror recent announcements of cooperation between Russia and Egypt. The rapprochement between those two nations is anticipated to be sealed in a $15 billion arms deal largely funded by Saudi Arabia.

Putin Called Saudi King, Next US Ally Lost? – Global Agenda – News – Israel National News

Saudi Arabia is First on the Iranian Nuke Hit List – Op-Eds – Israel National News

Livni should look at the map. The eastern provinces of Saudi Arabia, which hold all of her oil reserves, are sitting right next door to Iran.  There is a Shiite majority in those Saudi provinces. Once Iran gains a nuclear arsenal, who is Iran going to attack first: a hardened Israel that might have a second-strike nuke or a topographically defenseless Saudi Arabia with a totally ineffective army?  Of course, Iran will roll over Saudi Arabia and control the world’s oil before it tangles with the Israelis.

The Persian Gulf Black Gold Triangle holds 56% of the world’s known oil reserves.  With an Iranian nuclear umbrella, America would never, and could never, reverse a conventional Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia the way it was able to do against the non-nuclear Saddam Hussein when he invaded Kuwait.  Saudi Arabia, not Israel, is first on the Iranian nuke hit list.

Saudi Arabia is First on the Iranian Nuke Hit List – Op-Eds – Israel National News