Saudi Arabia eskalerer på vegne av USA i Syria

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Reuters siterer kilder som sier at den syriske offensiven med russisk flystøtte blir bremset av styrker som har fått fornyet støtte fra Saudi Arabia.

«The support from Saudi Arabia for the opposition did not stop but it is now intensified in an unprecedented way, and it is this that has participated in slowing the operations, delaying big achievements on the ground,» said one of the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity.
En annen kilde som også siteres av Reuters sier «Saudi is in a state of madness, escalating to the greatest degree.» 
Jihadistene får USA-produserte TOW-raketter, og det skal være hovedgrunnen til at den syriske offensiven er blitt bremset i Sahl al-Ghab-regionen.
Det pågår tilsynelatende en maktkamp i Saudi Arabia, og noen geistlige har erklært hellig krig mot Russland.
Denne offensiven gjør at saudiske marionettstyrker kan komme i direkte kamp med Russland. Saudi Arabia er sammen med Israel USAs nærmeste allierte i regionen, og dette skjer naturligvis ikke uten Pentagons viten og vilje.
The U.S. and its regional allies agreed to increase shipments of weapons and other supplies to help moderate Syrian rebels hold their ground and challenge the intervention of Russia and Iran on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, U.S. officials and their counterparts in the region said.

The deliveries from the Central Intelligence Agency, Saudi Arabia and other allied spy services deepen the fight between the forces battling in Syria, despite President Barack Obama’s public pledge to not let the conflict become a U.S.-Russia proxy war.

Saudi officials not only pushed for the White House to keep the arms pipeline open, but also warned the administration against backing away from a longstanding demand that Mr. Assad must leave office.

In the past month of intensifying Russian airstrikes, the CIA and its partners have increased the flow of military supplies to rebels in northern Syria, including of U.S.-made TOW antitank missiles, these officials said. Those supplies will continue to increase in coming weeks, replenishing stocks depleted by the regime’s expanded military offensive.

Faren for at krigen i Syria blir en direkte konfrontasjon mellom Russland og USA er ikke akkurat blitt svekket av dette.

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  1. Ja, jeg skreiv om dette i en artikkel 12. oktober på bloggen min, Global geopolitikk.
    Foreløpig har det «bare» vært snakk om leveranser av anti-tanks-missiler, men i følge BBC-artikkelen jeg har basert meg på, utelukker Saudi-Arabia ikke leveranser også av bakke-til-luft-raketter:

    «The Saudi official did not rule out supplying surface-to-air missiles to the rebels, a move resisted by many in the West for fear that they would fall into the hands of IS and end up being used to shoot down warplanes of the US-led Coalition or even civilian airliners.»

  2. «Saudi Arabia eskalerer på vegne av USA i Syria»

    I januar 2015 publiserte BBCs dyktige og modig kontroversielle dokumentarist Adam Curtis den 2:16 timer lange dok-filmen «Bitter lake» (etter innsjøen der Suez-kanalen ble anlagt) på BBCs iPlayer. Den fokuserer på Afghanistan, Saudi-Arabia, de fundamentalistiske madrassa-skolene S-A har betalt i islamske land, hvordan Roosevelt-avtalen med S-A har korrumpert USA og vesten via kontakten, hvordan den vestlige finansverdenen er blitt styrket vs. politiske prosesser, begynnende med «petrodollar», samt hvordan alt dette henger sammen.

    Filmen beskriver at Saudi-Arabia har spredt statsreligionen Wahhabismen for at dens geistlige skal fokusere på utlandet heller enn innenriks på det hardt styrende House of Saud – med de ødeleggende konsekvensene det har hatt på stabiliteten i regionen og verden.

    Denne spesielle dokumentaren starter med proklamasjonen: «Increasingly, we live in a world where nothing makes sense.» – Filmen er påtrengende relevant til begivenhetene i «Syraq» nå.

    Filmen kan strømmes fritt og trygt herfra: http://putlocker.is/watch-adam-curtis-bitter-lake-online-free-putlocker.html

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    Adam Curtis har skrevet en presentasjons-artikkel om «Bitter lake» på BBC. Den er god i seg selv. – Tar lov til å inkludere den in extenso her (og håper det er greit).

    Kilde: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis/entries/ae14be85-3104-3c74-a9da-85807434a38e

    THE FILM’S LAUNCH DATE ON BBC iPLAYER IS NOW 25TH JANUARY 2015

    Politicians used to have the confidence to tell us stories that made sense of the chaos of world events.

    But now there are no big stories and politicians react randomly to every new crisis – leaving us bewildered and disorientated.

    And journalism – that used to tell a grand, unfurling narrative – now also just relays disjointed and often wildly contradictory fragments of information.

    Events come and go like waves of a fever. We – and the journalists – live in a state of continual delirium, constantly waiting for the next news event to loom out of the fog – and then disappear again, unexplained.

    And the formats – in news and documentaries – have become so rigid and repetitive that the audiences never really look at them.

    In the face of this people retreat from journalism and politics. They turn away into their own worlds, and the stories they and their friends tell each other.

    I think this is wrong, sad, and bad for democracy – because it means the politicians become more and more unaccountable.

    I have made a film that tries to respond to this in two ways.

    It tells a big story about why the stories we are told today have stopped making sense.

    But it is also an experiment in a new way of reporting the world. To do this I’ve used techniques that you wouldn’t normally associate with TV journalism. My aim is to make something more emotional and involving – so it reconnects and feels more real.

    BBC iPlayer has given me the opportunity to do this – because it isn’t restrained by the rigid formats and schedules of network television. It’s a place you can go to experiment and try out new ideas.

    It is also liberating – both because things can be any length, and also because it allows the audience to watch the films in different ways.

    The film is called Bitter Lake. It is a bit of an epic – it’s two hours twenty minutes long.

    It tells a big historical narrative that interweaves America, Britain, Russia and Saudi Arabia. It shows how politicians in the west lost confidence – and began to simplify the stories they told. It explains why this happened – because they increasingly gave their power away to other forces, above all global finance.

    But there is one other country at the centre of the film.

    Afghanistan.

    This is because Afghanistan is the place that has repeatedly confronted politicians, as their power declines, with the terrible truth – that they cannot understand what is going on any longer. Let alone control it.

    The film shows in detail how all the foreigners who went to Afghanistan created an almost totally fictional version of the country in their minds.

    They couldn’t see the complex reality that was in front of them – because the stories they had been told about the world had become so simplified that they lacked the perceptual apparatus to see reality any longer.

    And this blindness led to a terrible disaster – support for a blatantly undemocratic government, wholesale financial corruption and thousands of needless deaths.

    A horrific scandal that we, in our disconnected bubble here in Britain, seem hardly aware of. And even if we are – it is dismissed as being just too complex to understand.

    But it is important to try and understand what happened. And the way to do that is to try and tell a new kind of story. One that doesn’t deny the complexity and reduce it to a meaningless fable of good battling evil – but instead really tries to makes sense of it.

    I have got hold of the unedited rushes of almost everything the BBC has ever shot in Afghanistan. It is thousands of hours – some of it is very dull, but large parts of it are extraordinary. Shots that record amazing moments, but also others that are touching, funny and sometimes very odd.

    These complicated, fragmentary and emotional images evoke the chaos of real experience. And out of them i have tried to build a different and more emotional way of depicting what really happened in Afghanistan.

    A counterpoint to the thin, narrow and increasingly destructive stories told by those in power today.

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