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Saudi Arabia Lobbied Britain To Approve Strike On Iran – Report

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Saudi Arabia Lobbied Britain To Approve Strike On Iran – Report

Saudi troops at their base in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden in 2015. IMAGE: Reuters

An unnamed Saudi intelligence chief and the Kingdom’s senior diplomat Adel al-Jubeir pleaded with British authorities to carry out limited strikes on Iranian military targets, a senior UK official told Middle East Eye on June 21.

According to the official, the failed Saudi lobbing efforts took place few hours only after U.S. President Donald Trump aborted a planned attack against Iran.

“Our people were skeptical,” the source told Middle East Eye, adding that the Saudi official was told a plain “no” in response to the request.

Trump confirmed that he had called off an attack on Iran, claiming that the expected high number of casualties was behind his decision. The cancelled strike was reportedly aimed against three main targets, including an air-defense site responsible for the downing of the U.S. Navy’s spy drone on June 20.

Middle East Eye claimed that the Saudi intelligence chief will head to Jerusalem next to engage in similar lobbying efforts with Israeli officials and U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton, who arrived in Israel in the early hours of June 22.

These Saudi efforts are not a surprise as the oil-rich Kingdom had openly supported U.S. actions against Iran. Last week, Saudi and U.S. warplane conducted a joint sortie over the Persian Gulf.

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  • d’Artagnan

    Britain on its own will not fare too well against Iran. The Saudis must be totally desperate.

    • adzsiam

      Trust the Saudis to goad everyone else to do their dirty work. They have no b**ls, no combat prowess, no brains to speak of but have too, too much money

      • d’Artagnan

        Saudi are also illiterate, not realizing that the total UK army is around 125,000 men with practically no armor or logistics.

        • Jens Holm

          The stupidity is Yours. You have no relations to facts. Those seemes not allowed in that hole You are in.

          I allow me to add Britts are high quality as well.

    • You can call me Al

      No, they lobbied the UK to allow the US to strike Iran, nothing to do with us going over there – which I hope to God we do not, as we have been defending Iran against the US aggression over this nuclear agreement.

      I am still not sure if this aggression against Iran is the true target – Hezbollah /Lebanon would be easier (maybe).

      Remember what that Colonel West stated –

      “So I came back to see him a few weeks later, and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan. I said, “Are we still going to war with Iraq?” And he said, “Oh, it’s worse than that.” He reached over on his desk. He picked up a piece of paper. And he said, “I just got this down from upstairs” — meaning the Secretary of Defense’s office — “today.” And he said, “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.”

      • d’Artagnan

        I realize that and wrote below, that UK is not in a position to “invade” Iran, a country ten times its size in land mass and almost twice the population. The Saudis are illiterate and militarily inept, to say the least.

        • Xoli Xoli

          For the first time when I saw Saudi sheiks I thought that their gays.Because their wear women dresses and women head cloth.Like African women.

          • Jens Holm

            They are honest in the same way Your black tent women are. Its a kind of equal right, so Allah cant see them.

        • Jens Holm

          None says You have to invade a country to defeat it.

  • Rob

    Saudi Arabia Lobbied Britain To Approve Strike On Iran – Report.

    If Britain invade Iran then it gonna be easy for American, NATO and Israeli forces to expend easily in Middle East. Saudis selling Hajj for collecting money to invest in war against Muslims.

    Still world communities think that Saudis are Muslims.

    • d’Artagnan

      The British are not as stupid as the Americans luckily.

      • FlorianGeyer

        We are getting as stupid quite rapidly though :)
        The UK is in a dreadful political mess and the traditional method to cover up a mess at home is to mess up someone else’s home.

  • alejandro casalegno

    Britain?????………..even USA is not ready for war against Iran……….and the dumb sauidis call Britain????

    • You can call me Al

      So you still have not worked out who is still in charge !?.

  • Rob

    Saudi Arabia massacres civilians in Yemen with US and UK assistance.

    • d’Artagnan

      That is how the two faced British have always acted. Polite smile at your face and backstabbing at the same time. They could have stopped the genocide of Armenians by Turks, but collaborated with the Ottomans while supporting the Wahhabi tribes in Arabia, who were killing Turks.

      • Xoli Xoli

        Well observed very true British always give a smile to let people relax.That is how their pretend in Africa and kill and exploit Africans,Arabs and Muslims.

        • Jens Holm

          It works for them.

          What I see from ME is not better telling the sun goes up in east and the next day west. And if we say no, You even tell the sun will not go up.

      • Jens Holm

        Its not like that at all.

        Britts dont shout like You and Trump. Its a part of the norrth european culture.

        Their women dont scream as Yours too. They dont need it.

    • Tommy Jensen

      Its opposite. Off course Saudi is not lobbying Britain, its UK who tells Saudi what to do and in public pretend UK is the good guy.

      The Yemen war is a pure UK&US construction and instruction. Saudi is only proxy.

      • Rob

        Saudis are CIA agents in Mideast that working on US, NATO and Israeli agenda. Saudi regime are termites on the foundation of Islamic world.

        • Xoli Xoli

          Saudis are termites very true no wonder locusts are eating them.

        • Jens Holm

          You have named so many agents in ME, that they might be a majority :)

          • Rob

            A bunch of defeated elements have created this all chaos in the world.

      • Jens Holm

        I am kind of that too. UKs are not stupid in the descriebed way.

    • Jens Holm

      Killing Yourself only is too slow.

      There has been wars in Yemen long time before I was born. Nasser was there too. He of course was azionist western in Your grotesce world.

      If You invented Lego, we should start gluing the first brics to the roof over our heads.

  • Joe Dickson

    Saudi has an air force, why don’t they use their F-15s and Eurofighters to do something.

    • grumpy_carpenter

      Any state with the money can buy fancy aircraft but that doesn’t make then a credible air force. The Saudi’s need someone to plan their missions, provide intelligence and ground support and provide air tanker refuelling. All they know how to do is fly their planes and push the button when Israel / USA tell them to.

    • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

      because they are too stupid to do anything else, kinda like you lmao

    • FlorianGeyer

      Because the Iranians can shoot back I think :)

  • AM Hants

    Saudi and Israel, who needs neighbours like them. Match made in heaven.

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    hahaha all these losers will fail everytime they try to hurt iran, i hope all these zionist losers get their asses handed to them

  • tanmugirl

    I believe this whole scenario was meant to justify new and unbearable sanctions on Iran. War was never an option but the response to the intrusion was anticipated. Now dissent will be muted. Only China and Russia will have the courage to support Iran.

  • Dick Von Dast’Ard

    Murdering Muslims has never been a problem for the U.S./UK in the past, so one can only assume that the costs that Iran can return for so doing with their own people, are significantly high in deterrence stakes.

    • Sinbad2

      The UK has oil interests(pillaging) in Iraq, Iran could upset the cash flow.

  • Taz T

    UK is not in a position to attack anybody, they are just US backup to justify American aggression.

  • Xoli Xoli

    Saudi hides Khashoggi remains in Boris complex in Britain.Nato knows exactly what happened including Bafoon gangster Trump.