Sunday, June 11, 2017
Here begins a series of blog entries, extracts with commentary with instances unashamedly so more or less copied intact from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter. That situation in the Middle East and in particular the Syrian Civil War building to a fever pitch, a crescendo the consequences of which cannot be anticipated with any sort of accuracy.
First with regard to the nation of Qatar.
1. "Qatar is deporting several Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood activists"
"Qatar Saturday obeyed a Saudi-UAE ultimatum to deport Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood activists who had set up residence in Doha . . . The ultimatum was presented to the Qatari ruler shortly before US President Donald Trump arrived in Riyadh after Saudi intelligence discovered the oil emirate's foreign minister had secretly visited Tehran to discuss a conspiracy against the US with Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani".
2. "Saudi National Guard brigade posted on Qatar border"
"Saudi Arabia Monday sent army units to its border with Qatar . . . military sources report that a National Guard brigade was transferred to the border and all crossings closed and sealed with large anti-tank concrete blocks".
3. "Arab banks halt transactions in Qatari reals in deepening Gulf crisis"
"After Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the UAE and Yemen broke off ties with Qatar early Monday, Saudi and Egyptian banks announced they are discontinuing trading in the Qatari real. This a major blow for the Qatari economy . . . Around 2 million foreigners from Muslim countries work in Qatar and most are paid in local currency which they use for sending money home."
4. "Qatar under Arab boycott for scheming with Iran"
"Qatar has come under a far-reaching boycott at the hands of the most powerful Arab governments for taking Iran's side against its Sunni Arab fellows. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain announced early Monday, June 5, that they were breaking off diplomatic ties and all land, sea and airports contacts with Qatar. Their nationals were told to sever business ties and quit the emirate, while Qataris were given 48 hours to leave those countries. This is the most serious diplomatic crisis to hit the Arab world - and split the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) - in many years."
"Qatar's rulers had no qualms about scheming against Washington, even though America's biggest air base in the Gulf region is located at Al Udeid southwest of Doha, their capital."
B-52 BOMBERS AS CURRENTLY FLYING MISSIONS AGAINST THE COMBATANTS OF THE ISLAMIC STATE THEIR BASE IN DOHA, QATAR.
5. "Jordan, Mauritania take steps against Qatar; Moroccan airline halts flights"
"As the diplomatic crisis over Qatar continued to escalate, Morocco's flag carrier Royal Air Maroc said Tuesday that it was halting service from Qatar's capital to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the UAE, which have all broken off ties with the Gulf state. Meanwhile, Mauritania became the latest Arab country to sever relations with Qatar, while Jordan announced it was downgrading ties and also shutting down the local office of the Doha-based Al Jazeera network."
A whole host of countries now in opposition to Qatar to include Saudi, Jordan, Egypt, UAE, Morocco, Mauritania and Yemen. Qatar their relationship to the Iranian most peculiar? Qatar predominantly Sunni and not Shia. So what is this all about?