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Here is what the King of Jordan had to say about ISIS

The King of Jordan’s warning to the Western powers that their approach to combatting ISIS is wrong, and that their overall policy in the Middle East is mistaken, should be treated with respect as coming from a key regional ally. Instead it is going unheeded.




In the early 1920s, The Hashemites controlled some of the most important countries in the Middle East including Iraq, Jordan and the Hejaz – the area of what is now Saudi Arabia where the holy cities of Mecca and Medina are located.

Hashemite rule over Hejaz ended in the 1920s when the British government made an ill-fated decision to back the Wahhabist House of Saud over the Hashemite King Ali, grand Sharif of Mecca and blood relative of The Prophet Mohammad.

Hashemite rule ended in Iraq during the 14 July Revolution of 1958 upon the execution of King Faisal II.

But Jordan remains a Hashemite kingdom, a key regional power and a stable country. For these reasons alone, when King Abdullah of Jordan speaks on the battle against ISIS, one ought to listen. Here’s what he had to say.

Although traditionally an Anglo-American ally, recently King Abdullah II has criticised both US and British policies and strategies (or lack thereof) in the region.

In particular he criticised the fact that many still think there is some practical relevance to the Syria-Iraqi border. Whilst of course both countries remain legally sovereign, the area is controlled by ISIS, who have effectively abolished the border.

The King called for a more concerted and realistic approach to fighting ISIS. Unlike the US and Britain, Jordan sits geographically near the front lines of a multi-party war that continues to rage in Syria and Iraq. Any fallout from the conflict could potentially impact on Jordan in a much more immediate war than the one faced by its friends on the Atlantic shoreline.

The King’s most crucial point was when he said something that far too many throughout the world are ignoring. Whilst slowly but surely ISIS will be defeated first in Syria and eventually in northern Iraq, they have made and continue to make colossal gains in Libya, which has effectively become a failed state where lawlessness is the rule and where blood is the currency.

King Abdullah said the following about the west’s blind eye towards the Libyan disaster:

“Well, the prime example, it’s as you see certain military successes in Syria and Iraq against Daesh (ISIS), the leadership, they’re telling their fighters either, “Don’t come to Syria or Iraq,” or moving their command structure to Libya. And so are we going to wait to get our act together to concentrate on Libya? And then, you know, do we wait a year or two to start helping the Africans deal with Boko Haram or Shabaab? So we’ve got to get ahead of the curve because they’re reacting much quicker than we are.”

Indeed the threat of ISIS taking control of Libya and then linking up with likeminded terrorists in Africa is a real threat.

The profound instability in Libya could make the Syrian and Iraqi conflicts look like a small preview of coming disasters.

In spite of Jordan’s alliance with the US rather than with Russia or President Assad, the King warned that Western soldiers will not be able to end the war in Syria and that only by having Syrian troops march in Syrian streets will there be a potential to solve a crisis which he warned would require a long and difficult battle.

Like relations with Egypt’s Mubarak and Sadat, Anglo-American/Jordanian relations are not as simplistic as they may appear.

It’s no good having a self-professed ally if one does not respect and understand the problems of the region in which the ally is located.

If the governments of the world were truly focused on fighting terrorists in the Levant and Maghreb, there would be a united front in this battle that would include the governments of Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, Russia, America, Iran, Britain and France; all countries which either border the war zone or have had traditional interests or alliances in the region.

This alliance would of course have to put local, legitimate authorities first, rather than dictate from the outside.

Russia’s respect for Syrian policy and Syrian sovereignty is a key example of how this could look.

It is extremely doubtful that this will happen as western powers continue to push a conflicted and at times devious agenda over what really matters; ridding the Middle East and wider world of ISIS style terrorism. 

Sergey Lavrov’s message was dismissed disgracefully by the US, but what will they say when King Abdullah calls for a meaningful united front against terror? Will they ignore him too?

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U.S. May Impose Sanctions Against Turkey Over S-400 “Threat” To F-35

The United States continues to consider the S-400 air defense system a threat to its F-35 fifth generation stealth fighter platform.

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Authored by Al Masdar News:

Turkish officials have repeatedly insisted that Ankara’s purchase of the advanced Russian air defense system poses no threat whatsoever to the NATO alliance. Last month, the Turkish defense ministry announced that delivery of S-400s to Turkey would begin in October 2019.

The United States continues to consider the S-400 air defense system a threat to its F-35 fifth generation stealth fighter platform, and may impose sanctions against Ankara, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency has reported, citing a high-ranking source in Washington.

“I can’t say for certain whether sanctions will be imposed on Ankara over the S-400 contract, but the possibility is there. The US administration is not optimistic about this issue,” the source said.

While admitting that Turkey was a sovereign state and therefore had the right to make decisions on whom it buys its weapons from, the source stressed that from the perspective of these weapons’ integration with NATO systems, the S-400 was “problematic.”

The source also characterized the deployment of S-400s in areas where US F-35 fifth-generation stealth fighters are set to fly as “a threat,” without elaborating.

Emphasizing that negotiations between Washington and Ankara on the issue were “continuing,” the source said that there were also “positive tendencies” in negotiations between the two countries on the procurement of the Patriot system, Washington’s closest analogue to the S-400 in terms of capabilities.

Designed to stop enemy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles at ranges of up to 400 km and altitudes of up to 30 km, the S-400 is currently the most advanced mobile air defense system in Russia’s arsenal. Russia and India signed a ruble-denominated contract on the delivery of five regiments of S-400s worth $5 billion late last month.

Last week, the Saudi Ambassador to Russia said that talks on the sale of the system to his country were ongoing. In addition to Russia, S-400s are presently operated by Belarus and China, with Beijing expecting another delivery of S-400s by 2020.

Washington has already slapped China with sanctions over its purchase of S-400s and Su-35 combat aircraft in September. India, however, has voiced confidence that it would not be hit with similar restrictions, which the US Treasury has pursued under the 2017 Counter America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

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OPEC Plus: Putin’s move to control energy market with Saudi partnership (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 150.

Alex Christoforou



The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss OPEC Plus and the growing partnership between Russia and Saudi Arabia, which aims to reshape the energy market, and cement Russia’s leadership role in global oil and gas supply.

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Russia and Saudi Arabia’s ‘long-term relationship’ WILL survive

The Express UK reports that Russia and Saudi Arabia’s ‘long-term relationship’ will not only survive, but grow, regardless of geopolitical turmoil and internal Saudi scandal…as the energy interests between both nations bind them together.

Ties between Saudi Arabia and Vladimir Putin’s Russia have a “long-term relationship” which is strategically beneficial to both of them, and which underlines their position as the world’s most influential oil producers, alongside the United States, an industry expert has said.

Following concerns about too much oil flooding the market, Saudi Arabia on Sunday performed an abrupt u-turn by deciding to reduce production by half a million barrels a day from December.

This put the Middle Eastern country at odds with Russia, which said it was no clear whether the market would be oversupplied next year, with market analysts predicting the country’s oil producing companies likely to BOOST proaction by 300,000 barrels per day.

But IHS Markit vice chairman Daniel Yergin said the decision was unlikely to jeopardise the relationship between the two allies.

The Saudis have faced significant international criticism in the wake of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Speaking to CNBC, Mr Yergin made it clear that Moscow and Riyadh would continue to be closely aligned irrespective of external factors.

He explained: “I think it’s intended to be a long-term relationship and it started off about oil prices but you see it taking on other dimensions, for instance, Saudi investment in Russian LNG (liquefied natural gas) and Russian investment in Saudi Arabia.

“I think this is a strategic relationship because it’s useful to both countries.”

Saudi Arabia and Russia are close, especially as a result of their pact in late 2016, along with other OPEC and non-OPEC producers, to curb output by 1.8 million barrels per day in order to prevent prices dropping too far – but oil markets have changed since then, largely as a result.

The US criticised OPEC, which Saudi Arabia is the nominal leader of, after prices rose.

Markets have fluctuated in recent weeks as a result of fears over a possible drop in supply, as a result of US sanctions on Iran, and an oversupply, as a result of increased production by Saudi Arabia, Russia and the US, which have seen prices fall by about 20 percent since early October.

Saudi Arabia has pumped 10.7 million barrels per day in October, while the figure for Russiaand the US was 11.4 million barrels in each case.

Mr Yergin said: “It’s the big three, it’s Saudi Arabia, Russia and the US, this is a different configuration in the oil market than the traditional OPEC-non-OPEC one and so the world is having to adjust.”

BP Group Chief Executive Bob Dudley told CNBC: “The OPEC-plus agreement between OPEC and non-OPEC producers including Russia and coalition is a lot stronger than people speculate.

“I think Russia doesn’t have the ability to turn on and off big fields which can happen in the Middle East.

“But I fully expect there to be coordination to try to keep the oil price within a certain fairway.”

Markets rallied by two percent on Monday off the back of the , which it justified by citing uncertain global oil growth and associated oil demand next year.

It also suggested  granted on US sanctions imposed on Iran which have been granted to several countries including China and Japan was a reason not to fear a decline in supply.

Also talking to CNBC, Russia’s Oil Minister Alexander Novak indicated a difference of opinion between Russia and the Saudis, saying it was too soon to cut production, highlighting a lot of volatility in the oil market.

He added: “If such a decision is necessary for the market and all the countries are in agreement, I think that Russia will undoubtedly play a part in this.

“But it’s early to talk about this now, we need to look at this question very carefully.”

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Nigel Farage lashes out at Angela Merkel, as Chancellor attends EU Parliament debate (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 17.

Alex Christoforou



The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a quick look at Nigel Farage’s blistering speech, aimed squarely at Angela Merkel, calling out the German Chancellor’s disastrous migrant policy, wish to build an EU army, and Brussels’ Cold War rhetoric with Russia to the East and now the United States to the West.

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