Syria, the Saudi connection: The Prince with close ties to Washington at the heart of the push for war

by David Usborne, Monday 26 August 2013  |  The Independent

 

He has been gone from the capital for eight years, but Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who as Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Washington wielded influence over no fewer than five different US presidents, has re-emerged as a pivotal figure in the struggle by America and its allies to tilt the battlefield balance against the regime in Syria.

Appointed by the Saudi king, his uncle, last year as the head of the Saudi General Intelligence Agency, Prince Bandar has reportedly for months been focused exclusively on garnering international support, including arms and training, for Syrian rebel factions in pursuit of the eventual toppling of President Bashar al-Assad.

It is a long-term Saudi goal, that in the past several days has been subsumed by the more immediate crisis over the purported use of chemical weapons by Damascus, which, according to Riyadh, must be met by a stern response. That message is being delivered to President Barack Obama by the current Saudi Ambassador in Washington, Adel al-Jubeir, who is a Bandar protégé.

It was Prince Bandar’s intelligence  agency that first alerted Western allies to the alleged use of sarin gas by the Syrian regime in February.

While a trip earlier this month to the Kremlin to try to cajole President Vladimir Putin into withdrawing his support for President Assad reportedly failed, Prince Bandar automatically has greater leverage in Western capitals, not least because of friendships forged during his time in Washington. His most recent travels, rarely advertised, have taken him to both London and Paris for discussions with senior officials.

As ambassador, Prince Bandar left an imprint that still has not quite faded. His voice was one of the loudest urging the United States to invade Iraq in 2003. In the 1980s, Prince Bandar became mired in the Iran-Contra scandal in Nicaragua.

Months of applying pressure on the White House and Congress over Syria have slowly born fruit. The CIA is believed to have been working with Prince Bandar directly since last year in training rebels at base in Jordan close to the Syrian border.

The Saudis are “indispensable partners on Syria” and have considerable influence on American thinking, a senior US official told The Wall Street Journal yesterday. He added: “No one wants to do anything alone”.

Reports: Saudi Prince using U.S. to topple Assad to consolidate own power

Posted by Joshua Cook

August 30, 2013

According to reports in Mint Press News made by veteran Associated Press reporter Dale Gavlak, the chemical attack came from Syrian rebel arms by Prince Bandar, not the Assad regime.

Gavlak writes, “The U.S., Britain, and France as well as the Arab League have accused the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for carrying out the chemical weapons attack, which mainly targeted civilians. U.S. warships are stationed in the Mediterranean Sea to launch military strikes against Syria in punishment for carrying out a massive chemical weapons attack. The U.S. and others are not interested in examining any contrary evidence, with U.S Secretary of State John Kerry saying Monday that Assad’s guilt was ‘a judgment … already clear to the world.’”

Gavlak’s report states that the U.S. is not interested in differing opinion, despite evidence that points to Saudi Arabian Prince Bandar.

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The report continues, “However, from numerous interviews with doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families, a different picture emerges. Many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the dealing gas attack.”

“They didn’t tell us what these arms were or how to use them,” complained a female fighter named ‘K.’ “We didn’t know they were chemical weapons. We never imagined they were chemical weapons.”

“When Saudi Prince Bandar gives such weapons to people, he must give them to those who know how to handle and use them,” she warned. She, like other Syrians, do not want to use their full names for fear of retribution.”

Prince Bandar is said to have close ties to Washington, serving as Saudi Arabia’s ambassador. According to a report in the UK’s The Independent, Prince Bandar has re-emerged as a pivotal figure in the struggle by America and its allies to tilt the battlefield balance against the regime in Syria.

According to the Independent, it was Prince Bandar’s intelligence agency that first alerted Western allies to the alleged use of sarin gas by the Syrian regime in February.

According to the report, “It is a long-term Saudi goal that in the past several days has been subsumed by the more immediate crisis over the purported use of chemical weapons by Damascus … That message is being delivered to President Barack Obama by the current Saudi Ambassador in Washington, Adel al-Jubeir, who is a Bandar protégé.”

This situation continues to become eerily similar to President George W. Bush’s intel on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

In fact, according to Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, on January 11, 2002, Rumsfeld, Cheney and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Richard Myers met in Cheney’s office with Prince Bandar, the Saudi ambassador to the United States to discuss plans to attack Iraq.

The Washington Post reported that Bandar, who helped arrange Saudi cooperation with the U.S. military, feared Saudi interests would be damaged if Bush did not follow through on attacking Hussein, thus Bandar became another advocate for war.

“Months of applying pressure on the White House and Congress over Syria have slowly born fruit. The CIA is believed to have been working with Prince Bandar directly since last year in training rebels at base in Jordan close to the Syrian border,” the Independent reported.

The Saudis are “indispensable partners on Syria” and have considerable influence on American thinking, a senior US official told The Wall Street Journal yesterday. He added: “No one wants to do anything alone.”

And right now, Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to justify intervening in Syria on the basis of crimes against humanity. But it makes you wonder: Whose crimes?

Is Saudi Arabia using an attack on Syria by the west as a way to advance its own agenda?

Desperate for justice: Muslim woman threaten to blow herself up in Dubai Public Prosecution building

Explosive-laden woman threatens to blow up Dubai Public Prosecution building

Sunday, September 01, 2013  |   7DAYSINDUBAI

Dubai Public Prosecution says that a woman who turned up at their offices with her child threatening to blow up the building has been arrested.

By 4pm, negotiations between the woman and a senior Dubai Police officer were still going on.

The area around the building remained cordoned off and there was a large presence of emergency services, including both police and ambulances.

An alleged picture of the woman with her child. Source : Unconfirmed

An alleged picture of the woman with her child. Source : Unconfirmed

One eyewitness said: “I can see dozens of police officers, I think some might be armed. Security is very tight.”

Earlier, at 2pm, an official in the department had said the woman appeared to be wearing an explosive vest, although they did not know whether it was real.

The official had said that negotiators were talking to the woman in a bid to get her to surrender.

The woman was initially thought to be Syrian, although there have since been conflicting reports about her nationality.

A 7DAYS reporter at the scene had said that the building had been evacuated and that staff and members of the public had been moved away from the area and a cordon had been set up.

The woman’s motivation is still not clear at this stage.

As news of this incident spread initially, a young business graduate Usuf Jeelani on Twitter, tweeted:

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This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly

Canada: Police raid Toronto’s ‘Little Mogadishu’ neighborhood

Refugee Resettlement Watch

This is old news, but better late than never—it happened in June—we missed it then, but now we have it to add to our archives on Somali “refugees” gone wild.   Hat tip: ‘pungentpeppers’.

The gang raid resulted in 43 arrests and the whole mess dragged the controversial Mayor into the news (again).

From The Globe and Mail:    Readers will have to read down many paragraphs before getting to the word ‘Somali.’  The only hint in the first section of the long report is that reference to ‘Little Mogadishu.’ (We have one of those in the US too—it’s called Minneapolis).  Emphasis is mine.

The predawn raids on the Dixon City Bloods – a gang alleged to have committed shootings and robberies in its bid to control a stretch of Toronto’s Little Mogadishu – were one year in the making.

Police Chief Bill Blair held a news conference…

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Sexual Jihad And Spreading Crabs In The Name Of Prophet Muhammad

Most Intolerant Religion

160839083-300x300(By SamRolley for Personal Liberty) In Islamic law, fatwa is a legal opinion or decree handed down by an Islamic religious leader known as mufti. While the dictates issued in a particular fatwa are not necessarily binding, extremists have been known to act on the orders, often with devastating results.

One of the most infamous and widely-known fatwas was issued in 1989 when a novel penned by British Indian novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie irritated Iran’s then-supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.  More than two decades later, The Satanic Verses author still lives with the threat that “good Muslims” on a mission toassassinate him could show up at any time.

In the Middle East, fatwas abound, but are often so absurd that they get little attention from Western media. But, with heightened interest in the current struggle between Muslim fundamentalist rebels in the Free Syrian Army and that nation’s lawful…

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Hindu woman killed by Muslim after she bravely resisted attempt to rape

The Mindset

Islam takes another life.

The latest victim is Pallavi Purkayastha, a law student. She was killed in halal style by the building guard Sajjad Pathan.  Sajjad Pathan slashed her throat with a knife.

Times of India report:Mumbai law graduate Pallavi Purkayastha’s killer was driven by lust

MUMBAI: It was sheer lust that led to the life of a young woman being snuffed out. Watchman Sajjad Ahmed Mughal entered Pallavi Purkayastha‘s flat at 1.30am on Thursday with stolen keys and rape on his mind. He saw her lying asleep inside and tried to force himself on her. When she resisted with all her strength, the 22-year-old slashed her throat with a knife. The 25-year-old daughter of senior Delhi-based bureaucrats died soon after.
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Using the stolen keys, he opened the house’s door and crept into the bedroom where Pallavi was asleep. He tried forcing himself on her, but she pushed him…

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Muslim killed daughter over disobedience

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But we should not forget  that Islam is The Religion of Peace
Pakistan Tribune:Free will: Man kills daughter over disobedience MULTAN:

A 12-year-old girl was killed on Friday allegedly by her father for refusing to marry a man of his choice, police said. They said the girl’s body was found chopped into six pieces.

Police said Muhammad Khadim, 46, a resident of Khoja area in Shujabad, had accepted his nephew’s proposal for his daughter six months ago.

They said his sister and brother-in-law had been pressing him to arrange the wedding.

They said his daughter Haseena, who was studying in grade 6, did not want to marry. Some relatives said that she had requested her father to let her finish college, but he had refused.

They said her mother Shahnaz Bibi, too, was against the early marriage. They said she had argued with her husband over the matter and was…

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‘Hindu men being forced to embrace Islam in Pak’

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Times of India Report:’Hindu men being forced to embrace Islam in Pak’

ATTARI: The news of forcible conversion of Hindu girls in Pakistan by fundamental Muslims are often heard, but now a Pak Hindu couple has alleged that even Hindu men are forced to embrace Islam.

“Hindu boys are threatened of dire consequences, Hindu businessmen are not allowed to conduct their business or open shops and are pressurized to embrace Islam,” said Pakistani couple Anil Kumar and Poonam, who “migrated” to India on Tuesday leaving behind their business and family members on the mercy of fundamentalists. Carrying handful of their luggage, the couple started crying as they crossed the Radcliff Line on foot and reached India.

While talking to TOI, Anil Kumar said his wife had a heart problem on the basis of which, they managed to obtain a visa to India to undertake treatment at Indore. “We have had…

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