Tuesday, May 17, 2016


IS is a sideshow compared to the conflict that is about to engulf the Middle East and North Africa. A head-on collision between Islam's two great traditions: Shia Iran and its proxies and a great Sunni coalition led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With the storming of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran the conflict entered a new phase. 

UPDATE: If this report is true it sounds like it could be an enormous change in the Middle East map of violent aggression. From Middle East Eye:
The military wing of the Lebanese movement Hezbollah has been instructed by Iran to suspend operations against Israel and to target Saudi Arabia instead, Middle East Eye can reveal. The instruction comes in the wake of widespread anger at the apparent assassination of Mustafa Badreddine, its military commander in Syria and head of the movement’s military wing, which Hezbollah blamed on “takfiri” forces supported by Riyadh. According to well informed sources in Lebanon, the order was conveyed in person by Qasim Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) who came to Beirut to give his condolescences. Clearly, that would be welcome relief to Israel but it signals a ramping up in the war between the two largest sects of Muslims, Sunni and Shiite. (More)

Jan. 4, 2016


With the storming of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran after the Saudis executed the Shia cleric, Nimr al-Nimr we are entering a new phase in the conflict for the hegemony in the region. The Obama Government feigns surprise and anxiety over the effect on the war on IS. This is posturing. Obama may want a balance of power, but the optics are he's siding with Iran. IS are the Sunni shock troops, but the dynamic is that also the Iranians want them on the scene for strategic reasons. (Source) Appearances are complicated further by the politics of duplicity exercised by all sides: they say one thing, while acting quite differently.  With the picture in the first tweet below Iran is signalling the Saudi/IS duplicity, while of course omitting their own hypocrisy.

Aug. 4, 2015

Iran Agitating To Destabilize Tiny Bahrain

Bahrein, a small island nation in the Persian Gulf between Iran and the Arabian peninsula is a battle ground of Shia versus Sunna Islam. 

Tiny Bahrain is a pillar of Washington’s military framework in the region. It hosts the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, which is a critical counterbalance to Iran. But now, emboldened by Obama’s capitulation, the Iranians don’t see any force in the world with the will or the means to stop them. This is just the beginning of a great deal more unrest and instability fomented by the mullahs — and that will be Barack Obama’s most lasting legacy. (...) …Since President Obama has begun his outreach to the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iranian attempts to destabilize Bahrain have accelerated. There have now been four weapons caches seized in country, and two interceptions of smuggling attempts by boat, and two by bus. Forensic analysis pointed directly to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Kata’ib Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy operating in Iraq. Tehran no longer tries to hide or deny its role. On July 18, for example, just days after President Obama triumphantly announced the deal, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said, “[Regardless of] the Iran deal text, approved or not, we won’t stop supporting the oppressed nation in Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Bahrain, and Lebanon.” Ten days later, the Bahraini opposition apparently used C4 for the first time, killing two policemen. The Iranian escalation does no one any good. If the United States and other states are forced to decide between reform and security in the face of Iranian provocation, reform is going to be cast by the wayside. Ordinary Bahrainis regardless of religion or religious sect will be caught in the crossfire if Iran transforms Bahrain into a proxy battleground. (Source)

July 28, 2015

Iran Ceases Financial Aid to Hamas

Iran has completely cut off its financial aid to the Palestinian militant group Hamas, a senior Hamas official claimed on Monday, according to Israeli media reports. Since a rapprochement between the two last year after a rift emerged three years earlier over the Palestinian group's refusal to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, Tehran has been a financial backer of Hamas, who have controlled the Gaza Strip since elections in 2006, and their military operations. (...) Ron Gilran, vice-president at the Tel Aviv-based geopolitical consultancy The Levantine Group, says that the cut in Iranian funding for Hamas is likely to be caused by the Palestinian group's recent rapprochement with Saudi Arabia, and "less linked" with the Iranian nuclear deal. "This [rapprochement] has been going on for the last two to three months, it's a new policy of King Salman, getting close to elements in the region in order to block Iran's influence," he says. "However, I wouldn't say that there are no ties anymore. It's a game between two powers in the region for influence. I would view such comments as part of this rather than anything definitive." A Hamas representative declined to comment.

Caricature of the new Sunni alliance led by Saudi Arabia against Iran and her proxies shown in the Arab media as a right-arm fist portruding out of the earth with the mark "There is No God But Allah and Muhammad Is His Messenger". 

May 14, 2015

Iran Fires 5 Shots At Gulf Vessel As Obama Prepares For Summit

As Barack Obama and leaders from Gulf nations were set to meet at Camp David in a rare, high-profile summit on U.S. efforts to broker a nuclear deal with Iran...

May 13, 2015

Iran Threatens War If ‘Aid Ship’ to Yemen Is Attacked
Iran threatened to declare war on any country that attacks a ship it says contains humanitarian aid currently making its way to Yemen, accompanied by warships. The warning came amid heightened tensions after the Islamic Republic seized a cargo ship last month. Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier-General Massoud Jazzayeri warned that any attack on “the Iranian Red Crescent aid ship will spark war in the region. And this fire may not be put out or brought under control.” “The US and Saudi Arabia should know that Iran’s self-restraint has a limit,” he told the Arabic-language TV Alalam, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. The state-run IRNA news agency quoted Iranian Admiral Hossein Azad as saying that the 34th naval group “is present in the Gulf of Aden and Bab al-Mandab strait and has been given the specific mission of protecting the humanitarian aid ship.” (...)  (Source)

May 10, 2015

Malaysia and Senegal Join Sunni Coalition

The division into two opposing camps is continuing unabated. While the West's decadent Left is crying foul over Saudi Arabia bombarding the underdog Houthi rebels (which puts them automatically in the Shia camp), the rest of the world is also making up its mind. Non Arab Senegal and Malaysia joined the Sunni coalition.

April 26, 2015

Islamic State Declares Death To Houthis in Yemen

Iraq and Syria, Libya, Yemen, Nigeria, the Philippines — but nothing to be concerned about: Obama and John Kerry and David Cameron and every other Western leader assures us that it has nothing to do with Islam.

April 24, 2015 Soldiers of the Caliphate in the Land of Yemen.

Supporters of the Islamic State say they’ve declared a caliphate in the deserts of Yemen, where government forces are battling Shiite Houthi rebels, and Al Qaeda fighters are gaining ground amid the chaos. In a nine minute video published online, the group calls itself Soldiers of the Caliphate in Yemen. (Source)

April 21, 2015

Hezbollah, Iran's Agent in the Arab World

This article on Gatestone explains how the sectarian schism within Islam is dividing entire countries, for example Lebanon.

US Warship Heading For Gulf of Aden  

Those stunned in the light of the Obama regime's collaboration with Iran in the nuclear talks presently coming out against Iran in the Sunni-Shia conflict in Yemen, don't understand the Obama ethics and psychology. There are no leading principles guiding this foreign policy. Obama has refused to take sides (apparently Obama Senior was a Shia Muslim and Valerie Jarrett, Obama's number one advisor, has Iranian roots). But everything is personal in this imperial administration and if there is one thing guiding Obama's hand, it's doing what hurts the West most. That would be getting involved in a sectarian fight that doesn't concern it. By the way, the Pentagon says US Warship is NOT intercepting Iranian ship, but merely patrolling shipping lanes, which is making sense given the geography.

April 12, 2015

Saudi Arabia Denies War With Iran; Irans Despatches War Ships

Developments in the Gulf are fast and furious. Earlier this week Saudi sources slammed Pakistan's decision to backtrack on its previously declared participation in the Saudi-led coalition on Houthi rebel sites in Yemen, a newspaper has reported, adding that the move could prompt an increase in Egyptian military involvement. (Source) Meanwhile Iran dispatched a naval destroyer and another vessel Wednesday to waters near Yemen, ratcheting up tensions with Saudi Arabia. Iran’s Chief of the Judiciary Sadeq Amoli Larijani warned Saudi Arabia to stop its “aggression” against Yemen or wait for “dire consequences. (Source) Iran has repeatedly denied supporting the Houthi. To admit supporting the rebel group would be to admit supporting the increased threat to the shared border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and responsibility for upping tensions in the region. The era of denial may have come to an end this weekend. Local militiamen claim that during Friday night’s fighting, they captured two Iranian military officers—a colonel and a captain, specifically—advising Houthi rebels in Aden. (Source)

March 29, 2015

Obama Unites Sunni Islam Against Shia Iran

The Islamic State, as disgusting and cruel as it is, is just a sideshow. Call them an accident of history, or blowback, the result of the Saudis offshoring their militant opposition, or the Sunni orc vanguard; that is really not the point. The truth is, Syria, Libya, Yemen or any other conflict in the Middle East and North Africa must from now on be seen and judged in the light of the Sunni versus Shia divide and the rivalry between Iran and its proxies on the one hand, and the Sunni Islamic world on the other for the hegemony in the region. It always was. Pakistan has declared allegiance to the latter. The old order is dead.

This could potentially turn into World War III if we aren't very careful. And we aren't. Postmodern babies with razors are in control of foreign policy around the globe. Obama's retreat has left an enormous power vacuum that has brought about new chances for every evil opportunist on the planet.

Obama has said he won't choose between Islam's two great traditions. In terms of postmodernists this means throwing the top dog under the bus, while bestowing power and capital on the perceived victim, i.e. Iran. The Obama regime has in effect legitimized the Mullah's pursuit of nuclear capability. This will spark an arms race in the Middle East that has already been going on for some time.

While Obama first entangled himself in an impossible position of supporting IS in Syria while fighting it in Iraq; he has now manoeuvered the US in a position that supports Assad's ally, Iran in Iraq at the battle of Tikrit, and abandoning Yemen to the Shia rebels. Yemen controls shipping in the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea and via the Suez Canal ultimately to the Mediterranean. 

And the Obama has achieved what no one has been able to do before now: uniting a great number of Islamic nations in one Sunni military front: the 10 Nations coalition. Walid Shoebatt approaches events often from a Biblical angle. But wise readers are able to read between the lines. Shoebatt has a unique perspective to the world of the Middle East. His facts are sound.

Is The Ten Muslim Nation Confederacy We See Forming To Fight Iran’s Expansion, The Same Ten Nation Confederacy Spoken Of By Daniel? 

By Walid Shoebatt
This war is no longer a war about Yemen, but a formation of a Sunni coalition they call it Al-Tahaluf Al-A’shari, literally the Ten Nation Confederacy which the media in English calls Ten Sunni-led Arab states. 
In response to U.S. abandonment of Saudi Arabia and a response to Iran’s threat to the region, the Sunni Muslim world has risen to form a major unified force. The Coalition never informed the U.S. of its actions in Yemen fearing the U.S. is flirting with Iran. 
Caricature of this new alliance is shown in the Arab media as a right-arm fist portruding out of the earth with the mark “There is No God But Allah and Muhammad Is His Messenger” the flag, badge and emblem of Islam stemming from Saudi Arabia. It is the pride of Muslims to mark their right arms and foreheads with the mark of Islam. (...)
The Council of the League of Arab States at the summit level meeting in Sharm El-Sheikh March 26, 2015 in Egypt agreed a draft resolution on Thursday to form a unified military force, in a move aimed at countering growing regional security threats. The agreement came after warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck Shi’ite Muslim rebels in Yemen on Thursday, in an effort to check Iranian influence in their backyard without direct military backing from Washington. 
This major confederacy arose as result of US President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy increasingly relying on surrogates rather than direct US military involvement, a major cause for forming alliances of Sunni states to thwart Iran’s incursions. The Middle East’s top oil power did not even inform the U.S. on its action in Yemen and only spoke to the U.S. just before Thursday’s unprecedented air strikes against Iran-allied Houthi rebels. Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, said “the concern was, if Aden falls, then what do you do?” al-Jubeir told a small group of reporters on Thursday. 
“The concern was that the situation was so dire you had to move.” In other words, Saudi Arabia can no longer depend on US security umbrella that has long been the main thrust of Washington’s relations with the oil-rich kingdom. And such concerns are not without merit, Riyadh has been growing increasingly assertive since early 2011, when Washington’s reluctance to back former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak in the face of mass protests led the Saudis to doubt its commitment to traditional Arab allies and especially after the worsening Yemen conflict forced Washington to evacuate all remaining US special forces from the country, further undermining the US campaign of drone strikes against the most lethal branch of al-Qaeda based there. 
But the huge ramification is now quite clear, Mecca is what drives this ten nation confederacy in Yemen, is the latest front in a growing regional contest for power with Iran that is also playing out in Syria, where Tehran backs Assad’s government, and Iraq, where Iranian-backed Shiite militias are playing a major role in fighting. “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. And this confederacy, as it seems, means business. 
Al Arabiya reported a massive 150,000 Saudi ground troops have been mobilized along with fighter jets and naval units, as part of the move codenamed, “Operation Decisive Storm.” Egyptian TV reportedly said that the Arab League will coordinate with the chiefs of staff of the various Arab nations’ armies to organize the new Ten Nation Confederacy force within one month. Egyptian officials also announced that a ground invasion of Yemen will follow the airstrikes. This, including a naval blockade has been imposed by the Saudi ship Asifat Al-Hazm (Firm Storm) on a strait that connects the Red Sea to the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, and provides passage to the Mediterranean Sea. 
The strait is used by Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Yemen, Djibouti and Saudi Arabia, among other nations. Four Egyptian vessels were spotted en route to secure the Gulf of Aden, off the city where President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was based out of after leaving the capital city of Sanaa, and before being forced to flee the country. Both Sudan and Morocco announced that this war is in defense of their beloved Mecca. The Sunni Alliance fears Shiite talk of shift from Mecca to Karbala. Any harm on Saudi Arabia means to harm Islam’s Qibla, the direction to the image, the meteor in Mecca which over a billion Muslim prostrate towards daily. 
And such support for this Sunni coalition is not only by secularists, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the largest body of Islamic states, affirmed its support for the deal and the ten state confederacy. Iran’s rise to power, forced the Arab world to respond to the unprecedented threats on multiple fronts in Yemen, Iraq, Libya and Syria, all of which are in end-times context biblically. In Yemen (biblical Teman) Houthi militants believed to have Iranian backing have taken over large swathes of the country including its official capital. 
In Libya (also becomes part of a future league in Ezekiel 30,38) a civil war is raging between a government that controls the capital of Tripoli, and the internationally recognized government — aided by Arab and Egyptian airstrikes — based out of the city of Tobruk. In Syria (see Isaiah 17) a civil war has raged on for four years between President Bashar Assad’s government, which is backed by Iran (biblical Persia), and loose coalitions of militants, as well as ISIS which has taken over significant portions of Iraq and Syria, has expanded into Libya, and has been drawing membership from across the Islamic world, recently gaining the loyalty of Nigerian Boko Haram and claiming responsibility for a deadly terror attack in Tunisia. 
“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. There is no doubt that a shift and confederacy buildup has happened, but for it to be the final culmination, Persia, its enemy must ally with Turkey despite the Shiite Sunni divide which will later unravel again on the Mountains of Israel. 
This healing is unlikely to happen until a false peace treaty is first established. It is then that the focus shifts by both Sunni and Shiite coalition towards the persecution of both the Church and Jerusalem which will exclude some Arab states: “And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.” (Revelation 12:3). 
In Ezekiel 38, both Persia as well as Meshech and Tubal (Asia Minor Turkey) are involved as well as Libya and Egypt (Ezekiel 30) in a “league”. The beginning embryo and realization that such states can unite is already made firm, but for a seven year peace deal, there needs to be turmoil, which we are witnessing on a daily basis already. This military power will force the Houthis to accept a resolution within days or weeks. 
This will take Iran back to the drawing board as Russia will play the peace maker. And while Iran harbors its hate, eventually, both Sunni and Shiites will realize that the warring has no end and one sinister plan will be devised to unite the fractured Muslim world which sees the turmoil lasting seven years beginning in 2011 at the rise of the Arab Spring. Such unity cannot happen unless a scapegoat is found: Israel. 
As the days come, the Middle East is realizing, why is Sunni killing Shiite while Jerusalem remains “un-liberated”? This is the outcry currently on the streets of the Muslim world, and if the devil would make a statement it would be: “for not killing Jews, ISIS I hated”.