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    Quote Originally Posted by Count Bobulescu View Post
    Hardly, and the Syria thread completely and utterly failed to pull the various moving parts into one coherent post.......

    Thus far, I know nothing of the motivations of the Iranian Parliament attackers. Might be related, might not.
    The Iranian Government was in no doubt about it.
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    A very useful article from last year going through the various political and religious relations and affiliations between Iran, the MB and M.E. states. For Iran, political support for Palestine and political stances generally are of more significance than the Sunni Shia divide that has been so stoked and hyped up in recent years. Reasonably good relations with the MB, a Sunni movement, were until recently the norm for Iran.

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/ir...ies-2061107490
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    Well, today is D-Day on the "13 Demands" made of Qatar.
    One of the demands was that Al Jazeera be closed down by today.

    Here is the Al Jazeera update - http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/0...082125520.html
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    Default Re: Qatar Crisis - Where is the Middle East Going ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Count Bobulescu View Post
    • Vox, as usual, has a good digest of relevant pieces on the subject.




    • So you know how there's currently a big, growing crisis in the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia and its allies (including the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, among others) pitted against Qatar? It appears the crisis was started (in part) by the Greek gods who seem to control all aspects of our lives today. I speak, of course, of Russian hackers.




    • In a bombshell scoop, CNN is reporting that US investigators think Russian hackers planted a fake news story in Qatar's government news agency, which helped provoke the crisis. The FBI has sent a team of investigators to Doha, Qatar's capital, to investigate. The goal was to cause rifts among the US and its allies — like Qatar, where the US has 11,000 troops. [CNN / Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz]




    • The fake news story quoted Qatar’s leader, emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, as praising Israel and Iran and criticizing President Trump for his tough policy on the latter. That enraged Saudi Arabia, Iran’s leading rival in the region, and Saudi and its allies (UAE, Egypt, Bahrain) quickly blocked Al Jazeera, which is owned by the Qatari government but has wide readership and viewership throughout the Arab world. [CNN / Zahraa Alkhalisi]




    • Then a few days later, Tamim made matters worse by calling Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to congratulate him on winning the country’s presidential election. [Reuters]




    • That phone call underlines why the fake news was so devastating: It played into a very real sense that Qatar’s critics have, that it’s way too close to Iran and not committed to supporting other Gulf states. [Vox / Zeeshan Aleem]




    • In recent days, the tensions have totally boiled over. Saudi, Yemen, Bahrain, and the UAE have ordered their citizens to leave Qatar, and all of them (plus Egypt) have cut off land, air, and sea travel, putting the country (which imports 40 percent of its food from Saudi Arabia) in a very precarious position. [NYT / Anne Barnard and David Kirkpatrick]




    • Witnessing perhaps the worst regional diplomatic crisis since Iraq’s 1991 invasion of Kuwait, President Trump quickly took action to try to calm things down. LOL, just kidding. Instead, he issued a series of tweets praising Saudi Arabia's actions and, indeed, claiming credit for them: "During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar — look!" [NYT / Mark Landler]




    • (For the record, Qatar for sure funds some terror groups, notably Hamas — but so does Saudi Arabia, which makes its concern about Qatar appear somewhat less than sincere). [Brookings / Daniel Byman]




    • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, by contrast, has positioned his country as a neutral arbiter, calling for the situation to be resolved through diplomacy. [Reuters / Vladimir Soldatkin​]




    • If the Russian government actually planned the hack and planted the fake news story that started all this, then it’s very interesting that they’re now trying to play peacemaker. It’s like a company that sells both cigarettes and smoking cessation tools: You create the crisis, and then take credit for resolving it (or at least looking like you’re trying to resolve it — maybe you just want it to boil over).
    There's that little inconvenient truth about Hamas; it won a democratic election. It's no more or less a terror group than its neighbour; the promoter of religious extremism Israel and buddy of fellow funder of Wahhabi hate Saudi Arabia.Obama cleverly was putting distance between the US and both sets of bellicose religious loons.
    And we can't have that.
    After Iraq and Syria the plan is to destroy Iran.
    Allah Torah Akbar Abrams!

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