America and Its Arab Friends Set Up a New Anti-Iran Alliance

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America and Its Arab Friends Set Up a New Anti-Iran Alliance

Written by Peter Korzun; Originally appeared on strategic-culture.org

The Saudi king has just begun his two-week visit to the US but the first important achievement was seen even before the top-level talks kicked off on March 20. He and President Trump agreed to assemble a Supreme Committee to counter Iran. The UAE is the third member of this action team. Their activities will be coordinated by their national security advisers, with final decisions to be made by the heads of state. The forum will convene monthly to discuss issues of special importance.

This move is widely seen as a sign that President Trump is soon going to recertify the Iran nuclear deal, even if such a decision will mean defying some of his top military leaders. The deadline for recertification is mid-May but the president may make an announcement much earlier.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who has been nominated to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, favors a tough approach to Iran. The nominee is the right man to improve cooperation with Saudi Arabia and the UAE aimed at forcing a rollback of Iran. Once he takes over the US is expected to move further into Saudi Arabia’s corner.

Congress has approved $54 billion in arms sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) over the past nine months. Multibillion-dollar commercial deals are being discussed as part of Crown Prince Mohammed’s US visit. On March 20, the Senate supported President Trump and rejected a measure aimed at ending support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen.

The idea of an alliance of Muslim countries against Iran is not anything new, but until now nothing had ever come to fruition. Riyadh officially heads the alliance established in December 2015. But today that project seems to have been forgotten. A previous attempt to form an anti-Iran alliance on the basis of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was frustrated when Qatar and Oman refused to follow the policy dictated by Riyadh. The KSA-UAE alliance was set up last December. Now the US has joined to expand it.

The two Arab nations are increasing a foothold in the region. The KSA is building a military base in Djibouti. A military agreement between the two countries was signed in November 2017. In April, the self-declared Republic of Somaliland allowed the UAE to build a military base in Berbera. Abu Dhabi uses the Eritrean port of Assab to support its war effort in Yemen. Last May, it signed a new defense agreement with Washington allowing the US to expand its military presence in the country. Bahrain is likely to join the bloc. Egypt and Jordan are also being considered as potential members.

The newly formed alliance views Syria as a bulwark against Iran. According to the Washington Post, Donald Trump asked Saudi Arabia for up to $4 billion to rebuild and stabilize the eastern part of Syria in order to keep Iran and Russia at bay. This means the US will be there for the long haul to promote the establishment of a separate entity that already has local councils being formed. This will jeopardize Syria’s territorial integrity. No doubt Israel will unofficially support the plan.

The US may not be leaving Syria now but it cannot stay forever. Sending Saudi forces into Syria is one option. The soldiers from that kingdom may enjoy broader support from Syria’s Sunni population. After all, the Kurds are also Sunni Muslims. Religion may be a unifying factor. The main goal is to prevent Iran’s geopolitical expansion through Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon to reach the Mediterranean Sea.

This is an alliance that was created for joint operations, but that does not mean immediate war with Iran. In Syria this action team may become part of a broader diplomatic effort to find a settlement without the leading actors plunging into a large-scale conflict. Syria, Russia, Turkey, Iran, the Kurds, and the US-led SDF don’t see eye to eye on many issues and pursue different goals, but conflict has been avoided mainly due to the Russian-brokered Astana peace process and the coordination of efforts to implement the concept of the de-escalation zones. Moscow is the only actor that is in communication with all the parties involved. It has a superb relationship with the KSA and the UAE. After all, when President Trump congratulated President Putin on his election victory, he definitely was not seeking a confrontation with Russia in Syria or elsewhere. The Saudi king was looking for cooperation when he visited Russia last October. The UAE crown prince and the Russian leader held a friendly meeting just a few days ago.

The newly created coalition can play a role in Syria with Russia acting as a mediator. In this scenario, its leaders will need a lot of patience in order to hang in there through some long hard talks to find a compromise. The alternative would be confrontation with Iran with an uncertain outcome. If the choice is made to try to talk it over instead, then Russia could make a contribution to finding a settlement to end the war in Yemen, which the US-backed alliance of Saudi Arabia and the UAE is evidently losing. Moscow could help that partnership save face when confronted by an impending defeat.

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  • as

    MBS should try going to Israel to test just how firm his hold on his country. Would be a pleasant surprise for him. Then again all Saud men are spoiled rotten wife beater.

  • Serious

    Saudi arabia and UAE are used by USA to destroy USA ennemies in the middle east.

    Saudi arabia and UAE are traitors to arabs and sunnis. But, something very mysterious make people to love their ennemies. That’s why arabs and sunnis love SA and UAE.

    • Amine Mansouri

      go fuck yourself, or try it with khomeini better

      • Serious

        Sunni slave like to suck american “kuffar” dick. XD

      • Rakean Jaya

        Don’t fall to his trap. As a Sunnis moslem i’m respecting Shia and Imam Khomeini. Who do you thing the biggest beneficiary and also the plotter of Sunni Shia war?

        • Amine Mansouri

          in fact, shiism was started and created by a jewish man who converted to islam called Abdullah Ibn Sabaa. This man is the one who started shia movement, and thus it led to several wars and conflicts between muslims until now.
          We have one objective as sunnis: FIRST IRAN, THEN ISRAEL

          • Rakean Jaya

            I’m disagree with you, As sunni moslem or as a moslem in general our duty/objective is to be ‘rahmatan lil alamin’. As for story of Abdullah ibn Sabba, many scholars doubt it, have a weakness in ‘nasab’. We should put Qoran and Sunnah as our first guidline. Let me ask you, is there any statement in Quran or Hadits that we should get rid Shia or Jew off? As for Israel I’m agree we should stand high and figh them, not for because they are Jew, but for their crimes and wrong behaviour. As for shia, what’s wrong them? , we just have different opinions, even at the time of Muhammad PBUH, ‘ikhtilaf’ or opinions differences was exist and tolerated.

          • Amine Mansouri

            i’m not against jews, I’m against israeli zionist state. Saying that a jew is zionist is the same as saying that a muslim is an ISIS terrorist, in fact, Muhammad PBUH lived and worked with jews. I’m against Iran because they want to anihilate Sunnis, and specially ARAB sunnis

          • Rakean Jaya

            Where do you get that information? Be careful, there a lot of disinformation today. As far as i know, there was no single quote or statement from Iran about that, and also no single indication to justify your accusation to Iran. Whos the culprit now, Iran or Israel? Who was make misery and hardship to Palestian? Who was occupied Palestinian, Lebanese and Syrian lands?

          • Omega

            Do you research anything or always rave profusely?

            • In regards to Judaism and Islam:

            Abraham begat two sons from two wives: Ishmael (whose mother was the Egyptian maidservant Hagar) and Isaac (whose mother was Sarah). Because women cannot contribute to male haplogroups and haplotypes, Ishmael and Isaac inherited their father Abraham’s haplogroup and haplotype.

            Ishmael was banished from the family, married an Egyptian, and begat 12 sons named Nebaioth, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam, Mishma, Duma, Massa, Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. “They lived from Havilah to Shur, which is east of Egypt, as thou goes toward Assyria,” the Bible tells us, and adds: “These are the sons of Ishmael . . . 12 princes according to their nations.” This became the Arab line. One of their descendants, according to the interpreters of the Quran living 30 generations later, was the Prophet Muhammad, also known as Mohammed, the founder of Islam.

            https://sites.google.com/site/levitedna/origins-of-r1a1a-ashkenazi-levites/2014-klyosov-article-on-jewish-dna-genealogy

            • About Iran first and then Israel:

            Get real.

    • Shuja Pasha

      UAE and Saudi Arabia in the larger scheme of things have never been able to defeat the Shias or even Iran.

      Their stupidity since the 80’s however has led to the deaths of millions of Sunni Muslims in Syria and Iraq and elsewhere and lead them to total poverty.

      Saudi Arabia led the Sunni Arabs in a devastating war with Iran which led to Sunni arabs suffer alot. It also helped bolster the blockade in Iraq during the 90’s, which led millions of Sunni arabs die from starvation and lack of medicine, while Iran was economically helping the Shias, and Turks the Kurds in northern Iraq.

      Saudi Arabia and UAE against abandoned the Sunni Arabs in Iraq during the 2003 US led invasion. 95% of the casualties were Sunnis.

      I can go on and on and on….

      Iran and it’s allies are only going from strength and their numbers have only increased massively.

      As for UAE, they should first stop Iranian millionaires to come to UAE and f*ck with their Sunni women before talking tough.

      Saudi Arabia (Najd) will not last long anyways…..

    • Shuja Pasha

      UAE and Saudi Arabia in the larger scheme of things have never been able to defeat the Shias or Iran.

      Their stupidity since the 80’s however has led to the deaths of millions of Sunni Muslims in Syria and Iraq and elsewhere and lead them to total poverty.

      Saudi Arabia led the Sunni Arabs in a devastating war with Iran which led to Sunni arabs suffer alot, since the Iraqi Shias in the first 2 years of the Iran-Iraq war were okay with Saddam but for the last 6 years became neutral, shifting the entire burden of the war to Iraq’s sunnis. Saudi Arabia and UAE also helped bolster the blockade in Iraq during the 90’s after the kuwat war, which led millions of Sunni arabs die from starvation and lack of medicine, while Iran was economically helping the Shias, and Turks the Kurds in northern Iraq. 95% of the victims of that blockade were Sunni Arabs of Iraq.

      Saudi Arabia and UAE against abandoned the Sunni Arabs in Iraq during the 2003 US led invasion. 95% of the casualties were Sunnis.

      I can go on and on and on about Sunnis in other countries too…like Syria for instance.

      Iran and it’s allies are only going from strength and victory after victory. And their numbers have only increased massively.

      As for UAE, they should first stop Iranian millionaires to come to UAE and f*ck with their Sunni women before talking tough.

      Saudi Arabia (Najd) will not last long anyways, neither will UAE….

    • Shuja Pasha

      AE and Saudi Arabia in the larger scheme of things have never been able to defeat the Shias or Iran.

      Their stupidity since the 80’s however has led to the deaths of millions of Sunni Muslims in Syria and Iraq and elsewhere and lead them to total poverty.

      Saudi Arabia led the Sunni Arabs in a devastating war with Iran which led to Sunni arabs suffer alot, since the Iraqi Shias in the first 2 years of the Iran-Iraq war were okay with Saddam but for the last 6 years became neutral, shifting the entire burden of the war to Iraq’s sunnis. Saudi Arabia and UAE also helped bolster the blockade in Iraq during the 90’s after the kuwat war, which led millions of Sunni arabs die from starvation and lack of medicine, while Iran was economically helping the Shias, and Turks the Kurds in northern Iraq. 95% of the victims of that blockade were Sunni Arabs of Iraq.

      Saudi Arabia and UAE against abandoned the Sunni Arabs in Iraq during the 2003 US led invasion. 95% of the casualties were Sunnis.

      I can go on and on and on about Sunnis in other countries too….Syria for example….

      Iran and it’s allies are only going from strength and victory after victory. And their numbers have only increased massively.

      As for UAE, they should first stop Iranian millionaires to come to UAE and f*ck with their Sunni women before talking tough.

      Saudi Arabia (Najd) will not last long anyways, neither will UAE….

  • Serious

    SA and UAE are like Germany and France but for the middle east. They are USA pawns.

    • Langaniso Mhlobo

      UAE leaders is nothing just gays in women bedroom gowns.Driving a car in darkness without lights.I wish George Bush comes back for their oil and bombs them. Then you will see how their run to the mountains in those white women bedroom gowns.

      From the mountain their will dig in under the ground to Yemen or Iraq and join Al-Qaida or any extremist groups.

  • Ma_Laoshi

    In the 2nd paragraph, I think “Trump is soon going to DEcertify the Iran nuclear deal”? Now the whole meaning is upside down. Also, do you have someone on your staff who knows how to spell “suburb” — this seems chronic.

  • Manuel Flores Escobar

    SA and UAE suni hedonist way of life countries are just US/Israel Puppets…they cooperated in the destruction of suni Irak under sadam hussein, libya and now shia Irak& Iran… and before that laical Syria and failed attempts in Lebanon!…this petrodollar team is only guided by geoestrategic interest!..nothing else!…who has the best cards?…undoubtedly Russia&Iran as both can close Ormuz strait which means the facto a naval blockade for Gulf states and the end of the petrodollar currency!

    • Serious

      That’s the reason why USA wants to save them. SA is the best USA ally or rather useful idiot.

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  • Cheryl Brandon

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  • Pave Way IV

    Does it really take some supposed Supreme Council to do what these countries have been doing for decades? Peter Korzun ignores the, what – three decades plus of Saudi Arabia exporting Wahhabism to build a multi-nation anti-Shia/anti-Iran army? The Saudis went full-retard on Iran right after their revolution because the Ayatollah called out the Saudi monarchy on their hypocrisy regarding Islam. The UAE and US have been right by their side the entire time. Even the Brits came out of the shadows a bit to support the anti-Iran cabal once Israel decided that Saudi interests served their interests.

    The mistake they’re all making is that it’s just damn hard to get the average Sunni to see Shia or Iran as a threat and vice versa. In fact, they seem to cooperate pretty well today to kill head-choppers. Saudi Arabia has probably turned many ME Sunnis against them for supporting head-choppers. On the other hand, many of the staunchly anti-Shia/anti-Iranian Sunnis around seem to only exist when they’re on Saudi/UAE or US payrolls. Shia-hating is just a paycheck for them – they got kids to feed.

    The filthy-rich Saudi royalty are threatened by any disobedient Muslims – that’s why Wahhabism is the state religion. It’s a control tool for their Sunni populations. That’s why they export it to other poor Sunni populations – to control them and make sure they are sufficiently Shia- and Iran-hating. The Saudis (like typical psychopaths) hate the Iranians because they can’t control them. That’s the real threat. Everything else they say about Iran is bullshit.

    Supreme Anri-Iran Council? [yawn…] Same psychos, same orb. “Touch the orb, Trump. Do it. TOUCH IT NOW!”

    • Ronald

      Well put Pave Way IV ;
      ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria for the last seven years have been 80 % Saudis and Tunisians, they are having a hard time grasping that they have lost, despite the 132 billion pumped into arms and pay cheques.
      They’re certainly working hard to turn Sunnis into Wahhabi Sunnis.
      Iran is just the first target for these jihadist true believers. Saudi spent one billion last year opening 650 Wahhabi schools in Bangladesh, they are looking to take out the “disobedient” Buddhists in Burma and Thailand next.
      Dogs of war, or inbred mutts.

  • Langaniso Mhlobo

    Shame onSaudi Arabia calling all Arabs and Muslims to come and pray at Mecca under brotherhood. But turn to a white men USA/Nato after they prayers and killed own brothers with the enemy in Yemen,Syria,Palistine,Libya,Iraq,Afganistan and Suppress brother Iran Pakistan.

    Just because of USA dollar,British pound and European Euros and wealth.All Middle East wars are because of Saudi Arabia’s backstabbing of fellow Allah worshippers

  • northerntruthseeker .

    This is not an alliance at all, but the US/Saudis working with the goddamn Jewish pricks for the destruction of Iran..

    The sinister and most evil Jewish pricks at the ones wanting Iran destroyed, for that will once again open the door for the sinister Greater Israel project… And the idiots in the US will be the ones doing the fighting and dying for these Jewish monsters!

  • Shuja Pasha

    South Front, for heavens sake, don’t delete this comment! It’s not to be censored!

    ___________________

    UAE and Saudi Arabia in the larger scheme of things have never been able to defeat the Shias or Iran.

    Their stupidity since the 80’s however has led to the deaths of millions of Sunni Muslims in Syria and Iraq and elsewhere and lead them to total poverty.

    Saudi Arabia led the Sunni Arabs in a devastating war with Iran which led to Sunni arabs suffer alot, since the Iraqi Shias in the first 2 years of the Iran-Iraq war were okay with Saddam but for the last 6 years became neutral, shifting the entire burden of the war to Iraq’s sunnis. Saudi Arabia and UAE also helped bolster the blockade in Iraq during the 90’s after the kuwat war, which led millions of Sunni arabs die from starvation and lack of medicine, while Iran was economically helping the Shias, and Turks the Kurds in northern Iraq. 95% of the victims of that blockade were Sunni Arabs of Iraq.

    Saudi Arabia and UAE against abandoned the Sunni Arabs in Iraq during the 2003 US led invasion. 95% of the casualties were Sunnis.

    I can go on and on and on about Sunnis in other countries too….Syria for example….

    Iran and it’s allies are only going from strength and victory after victory. And their numbers have only increased massively.

    As for UAE, they should first stop Iranian millionaires to come to UAE and f*ck with their Sunni women before talking tough.

    Saudi Arabia (Najd) will not last long anyways, neither will UAE….