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Middle East Events News Digest

Updated on May 3, 2014
Saudi Arabia's nuclear missile
Saudi Arabia's nuclear missile
Rebel fighters' new AT weapon
Rebel fighters' new AT weapon
Jordan attacks
Jordan attacks

As the Ukraine spins into a small war with Russia edging closer into intervention as the West threatens with more intense sanctions, the Middle East war of three years in Syria continues. This is a civil war that the world has been unwilling to do much about killing over 100,000 by now. Cities are destroyed as are lives. Turkey has been willing to directly intervene on various occasions despite NATO's and Obama's "hand's off" position. So callous. Now, Putin is in a face to face challenge with Obama, one will use blunt military force and pretexts, the other, economic sanctions that slowly choke the Russian economy. Putin will probably get want he wants but the price will be high.

Saudi Arabia Displays its Nuclear Weapons

In the Middle East, on April 29, Saudi Arabia became the first Middle East nation to publicly exhibit its nuclear-capable missiles. The long-range, liquid propellant DF-3 ballistic missile, purchased from China 27 years ago, was displayed for the first time at a Saudi military parade. It has a single nuclear warhead between 1-3 MT. In the stand was Pakistani Chief of Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif, King Hamad of Bahrain and Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi. Saudi Arabia has purchased of Dong-Feng 21 (DF-21), whose range is shorter, 1,700 km, but more precise and effective in view of its terminal radar guidance system.

All of this indicates that SA is not relying the USA for its self-defense and has decided to use Pakistan's nuclear capability to have their own since SA did finance much of Pakistan's program.

Obama Arms Rebels with Antitank Weapons

The heavy anti-tank, optically-tracked, wire-guided BGM-71 TOW, capable of piercing 500 mm thickness of Syrian tank armor and Syrian fortifications at a range of two mile, is being delivered to groups of the Free Syrian Army in the Idlib region. Obama has finally approved the deliveries using Turkey and Jordan as entry points to counter Syrian T-72 tanks. But Assad has now changed tactics where the weapons are being used, now he uses more air attacks in these areas. So, will Obama allow surface to air missiles, now?

Iran Continues to have its Nuclear Shell Game

Suspicions are high about Iran's Parchin facility that has been off limits to inspectors. Internal sources reveal that 1,300 lbs. of low-grade material has been transferred to there and 1,630 advanced centrifuges have been installed there for rapid upgrade work. All this to make the weapon grade uranium for a nuclear bomb.
Whenever the IAEA applied for permission to inspect the facility in the past three years, it was denied on the pretext that Parchin was strictly a military base which has no nuclear activity. Of course, this not a complete surprise. The West has had suspicions for a long time about a "shell game" that Iran has about its nuclear weapon enrichment. The problem has been proof that it was occurring. However, by the time inspectors can arrive at Parchin, Iran will have once again moved the material to another site. This can go on forever! Sooner or later, the West will be be exhausted by the game.

Jordan Enters the Syrian Civil War

On the 17th, Jordan tiptoed into the Syrian war when its air force attacked and destroyed an al-Qaeda convoy near the town of Ruwaished, near the border. The convoy was destined to attack a secret US-Jordanian training facility situated west of the town, where Iraqi army troops are being instructed in advanced counter terror combat tactics. The convoy was driven by ISIS members that began in Anbar, Iraq. The ISIS convoy somehow avoided the two Jordanian divisions along the border area in an undefended area. American drones detected the advance and Jordan lacked enough time to launch a special forces unit and decided to use its air force. The convoy was destroyed.


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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      MG, you got it wrong, Putin is destabilizing the Ukraine and it has been proven with their special forces inciting pro-Russian supporters. You are smarter than that.

    • MG Singh profile image

      MG Singh 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Perrya, its sad that you support imperialist actions that colonial powers used for centuries. The imperialist powers France, UK and USA feel the world is still in 19th century and they can do what they want by destablising regimes like they did in Ukraine. France and UK berefit of colonies are shadows and very soon the USA will join their ranks.

    • maxoxam41 profile image


      4 years ago from USA

      Mine is propaganda and yours isn't. Then who is right?

      I guess you forgot what Nuland said, didn't you?

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      It is only false if you believe the propaganda you just said. Putin is undermining the whole area with special green forces inciting others to follow. Only a fool would believe it otherwise.

    • maxoxam41 profile image


      4 years ago from USA

      No, you should start by as we overthrew the legitimate government in Ukraine, Crimea had to call the Russians for help. And without military intervention, Crimea voted at 95% its reunification to its brother. Just refer yourself to their history! Since the beginning of your hub is false, what does it say of the remaining?


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