21/12/2013

War on Syria: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, U.S.

The British Times published an article in January 2012 that said Saudi Arabia and Qatar joined in a covert deal to fund weapons acquisitions by the Syrian opposition to topple the regime of Bashar Assad. A secret accord between the governments of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Syrian opposition was reached after the Arab League of Nations foreign ministers Cairo meeting in January 2012. A representative of the Syria opposition told the British newspaper that Saudi Arabia offered any assistance. He added Turkey also took an active part in supporting the opposition by delivering arms across the Syria-Turkey border. 

Mehmet Ali Ediboglu, a deputy from the province of Hatay, said to a United Arab Emirates outlet the National there were great quantities of Turkey-made fire arms in Syria. Ediboglu was part of the Turkish Republican People's Party team coming to Syria in September 2011. The Syrian officials showed the delegation truckloads of weapons unloaded in deserted buffer zone between Syrian and Turkish checkpoints. According to the Turkish deputy’s interview the weapons were delivered by the Muslim Brothers.

Pro-Israeli Debka internet-outlet close to the Israeli Intelligence Mossad reported as far back as August 2011 that NATO delivered shoulder-fired air defense systems, anti-tank weapons, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns to the opposition forces across the territory of Turkey. “Syrian rebels have been receiving training inside Turkey” Debka reported. NATO and the USA organized a campaign to recruit thousands of Muslim volunteers from different countries to boost the might of Syrian “rebels”. The Turkish army provided them with training and safe passage across the Turkey-Syrian border. 

Syria now views Saudi Arabia as its number one enemy and accuses it of trying to destroy the country by arming jihadists and other rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

Sources: 

http://www.strategic-culture.org/pview/2012/07/17/usa-and-al-qaeda-holy-alliance.html

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/syria-views-saudi-arabia-as-number-one-enemy/article1-1164945.aspx

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January 27, 2012 - Gulf States to arm Syrian opposition?
http://rt.com/news/arming-syria-rebels-saudi-913/

In 2012 Qatar bought 200 “Leopard 2″ battle tanks and the German government responded positively to the Saudis request to buy up to 270 of the Leopard 2 tanks. In a new request, the sheikhs petitioned the German government for its approval of the purchase of a few hundred “Boxer” armed transport vehicles.
http://latestnewssyria.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/peace-talks-syria-german-weapons-business/

June 25, 2013 – Saudi Arabia: ‘Syrian rebels must be armed’
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/25/saudi-arabia...

November 7, 2013 – Syria: Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new rebel force
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/07/syria-crisis...

December 12, 2013 – Why Is Saudi Arabia Buying 15,000 U.S. Anti-Tank Missiles for a War It Will Never Fight?
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/12/12/why_is_s...

December 18, 2013 – Ambassador: Saudi Ready to Act ‘With or Without’ West
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/110367-ambassador-saud...

December 21, 2013 - U.S. blocking Iranian role in Syrian peace talks next month - Thirty countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Kuwait, have been invited to participate in the opening session of the peace conference... http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.564633

Photo: Picture of a U.S. military base in Qatar, thousands of warplanes. A part of it is used to bombard Afghanistan.

27/06/2013

Syrian rebels’ backers, meeting in Qatar, agree to send weapons

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Kerry says 11 nations meeting in Qatar made firm new pledge because of changes “on the ground.”

June 22, 2013

DOHA, Qatar — The Syrian opposition’s major international backers agreed here Saturday to provide “urgently all the necessary materiel and equipment” to rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

The agreement did not specify what kind of weapons would be sent or which supporters would provide what. But officials attending the Doha conference said that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are prepared to quickly supply shoulder-launched antiaircraft missiles and armor-piercing shells to be used against Assad’s air force and tanks.

Despite offering a series of pledges of coordination and increased aid in recent months, the rebels’ backers have been divided and inconsistent in acting on them. But officials insisted the new pledge was firm and specific in terms of both quality and quantity of supplies.

http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-06-22/world/40129779_1_syrian-rebels-chemical-weapons-qatar

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Taliban talks in Qatar

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CIA,MI6,MIT, DGSE, Mossad and any other alphabet intelligence agency are transporting foreign fighters to regional borders of Syria.

“Afghans affiliated to the al-Qaeda constitute over 65% of the Jihadi Salafi groups in (the Syrian province of) Deir Ezzor and they have come to Syria from Iraq,” the military source told FNA on the condition of anonymity.

Reports had also earlier revealed that Turkey’s national air carrier, Turkish Air, has been transiting Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants from North Waziristan in Pakistan to the Turkish borders with Syria.

“The Turkish intelligence agency sent 93 Al-Qaeda terrorists and Talibans from Waziristan to Hatay province near the border with Syria on a Turkish Air Airbus flight No. 709 on September 10, 2012 and via the Karachi-Istanbul flight route,” the source told FNA in September, adding that the flight had a short stop in Istanbul.

Taliban fighters welcome Qatar office

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'Taliban fighters welcome Qatar office'

Jun 21, 2013

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan // Taliban fighters on Friday hailed the rebels' new office in Qatar as evidence of their success on the front lines but vowed to battle on until all US forces leave Afghanistan.

The opening of the office in Qatar was seen as a first step towards a peace deal as the US-led NATO combat mission ends next year, but a furious Kabul accused the rebels of posing as a government-in-exile.


Talk of a meeting between US and Taliban officials has been put on hold, and the US has stressed the office must not be treated as an embassy for the hardliners who were ousted from power in 2001.


"We welcome the opening of the Taliban office in Qatar, and we are happy about it," Mullah Ehsanullah, a local Taliban fighter in the Zherai district of southern province Kandahar, told AFP by telephone.

"With the establishment of this office, we want to hold talks with the international community like an independent and sovereign state.

"We are reaching our goals in defeating the US, now we want to free our country from occupation. We want to build our country on our own."


When the Qatar office opened on Tuesday, it used the title of the rebels' 1996-2001 government, the "Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan" and flew the white Taliban flag -- a provocative symbol of oppression to many Afghans.


Afghanistan's envoy to the United Nations, Zahir Tanin, on Thursday described the opening as "theatrical" which he said contravened an agreement on how the occasion would be managed.


A well-informed member of the Afghan Taliban in Pakistan told AFP that peace moves would not impact the fighters' guerrilla campaign of roadside bombs, suicide attacks and ambushes.

"There is not likely to be any immediate change on the ground, with fighting ongoing despite the starting of talks," he said, warning that any Qatar deal would be hard to implement as the insurgents were decentralised.

"Taliban representatives in Doha are not very powerful and influential within the insurgency," he said, speaking from Pakistan.

"So they might not be powerful enough to impose the outcome of negotiations on the main shura (council) which has the power."


In Pakistan's tribal district of North Waziristan -- the country's most notorious bastion of militants -- a regular visitor told AFP that insurgents believe peace talks are possible only if all US troops leave Afghanistan and all Taliban prisoners are freed.


"It (the peace process) is new but I'm not very hopeful," said the visitor to Miranshah, the main town in the district.

"The Taliban know that the Afghan government may allow the US to keep nine military bases in the future, which means the US will not withdraw.

"In the mind of many jihadis, as long as the US is in Afghanistan one way or the other, they will fight them."


The Taliban on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on the largest US-led military base in Afghanistan that killed four Americans.

http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/taliban-fighters-welcome-qatar-office

U.S. military base in Qatar for operations in Afghanistan

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Following joint military operations during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Qatar and the United States concluded a Defense Cooperation Agreement that has been subsequently expanded. In April 2003, the U.S. Combat Air Operations Center for the Middle East moved from Prince Sultan Air Base in Saoudi Arabia to Qatar’s Al Udeid Air Base south of Doha, the Qatari capital.

Al Udeid Air Base (Arabic: قاعدة العديد الجوية) is also known as Abu Nakhlah Airport (Arabic:مطار أبو نخلة). It houses foreign coalition personnel and assets. It is host to a forward headquarters of United States Central Command, headquarters of United States Air Forces CentralNo. 83 Expeditionary Air Group RAF, and the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing of the USAF. In 1999, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad, reportedly told US officials that he would like to see as many as 10,000 US servicemen permanently stationed at Al Udeid.

Al Udeid and other facilities in Qatar serve as logistics, commandand basing hubs for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations, including Iraq and Afghanistan.