WASHINGTON, July 7, 2014 — In what sort of far-fetched alternate universe does a world superpower rely on an ally in a “war on terror” which itself is a leading sponsor of terror worldwide? The superpower is the United States; its “ally” is Saudi Arabia.
Saudi-owned and Dubai based, al-Arabiya television reported on Thursday that the Saudi Arabian government is positioning 30,000 troops along its 500 mile border with Iraq. Al-Arabiya claims that Riyadh deployed the soldiers because Iraqi government forces had abandoned the region, leaving the Saudi and Syrian frontiers unprotected. This follows another report by Saudi state news SPA, announcing that King Abdullah ordered all necessary measures to protect the kingdom against potential “terrorist threats.”
For its part, the Iraq government disputes the al-Arabiya bulletins. “This is false news aimed at affecting the morale of our people and the morale of our heroic fighters,” Lieutenant General Qassim Atta told reporters in Baghdad. He said the frontier, mostly unpopulated desert, was “fully in the grip” of Iraqi border detachments.
Regardless of the exact state of affairs, it is remarkable that Saudi Arabia is activating a pre-emptive strategy against terrorist threats that can in large measure be traced back to the kingdom itself. The militant forces on the move in Iraq are fellow Sunnis. What could the Saudis possibly be fearful of? Terrorists they have nurtured to maturity?
The Saudi government, through proxies held at arms length, has fingerprints on global terrorism dating back to the original attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. According to a report by the New York Times’ Judith Miller in 2002:
In supporting its arrest of the leader of an Islamic charity this week, the Justice Department has made public new information tying a wealthy Saudi businessman, who is Osama bin Laden’s brother-in-law, to several people convicted in the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 or in unsuccessful plots to bring down airliners and assassinate the pope.
An affidavit filed in Chicago by an F.B.I. agent accused the businessman, Mohamad Jamal Khalifa, of being ”directly linked” not only to Ramzi Yousef and others convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing but also to the Chicago-based Benevolence International Foundation and its director, Enaam M. Arnaout.
Notes leaked from a secret 2013 meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the head of Saudi Intelligence, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, reveal Bandar freely claiming control of terror cells. The Saudi prince told Putin he could guarantee that Islamic militants would not execute attacks during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Bandar reportedly admitted that the North Caucasus militants had moved into Syria in cooperation with the Saudis. “We use them in the face of the Syrian regime, and we can guarantee that they won’t have any role or influence in the political future of Syria,” he told Putin.
“We know that you have been supporting these terrorist Chechen groups for more than a decade,” an irate Putin replied. Bandar promised that if Putin would switch his support for Syria and Iran, he would deliver a major oil deal with the prospect that Russia and Saudi Arabia would control world oil pricing. Putin reportedly was livid over the meeting, and subsequent unconfirmed reports said that if the U.S. attacked Syria, Russia would attack Saudi Arabia.
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“Saudi Arabia is now formally in charge of the Syria issue,” said a senior rebel military commander in one of northern Syria’s border provinces where Qatar has until now been the main supplier of arms to those fighting President Bashar al-Assad. “Terrorism is spreading in front of the eyes of the western world … and alongside it are the fingers of Saudi Arabia, providing money and arms,” the Syrian daily Al-Thawra wrote.
“In the events in Iraq and the escalating terrorist campaign, no Western country is unaware of the role Saudi is playing in supporting terrorism and funding and arming different fronts and battles, both inside and outside Iraq and Syria.”
That the Saudi government and other wealthy benefactors of world terrorist organizations are dedicated to the spread of Wahhabism through violence, is so well documented that no knowledgeable counter terrorism experts dispute it. Former undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the Treasury Department, Stuart A. Levey declared in his April 2008 testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, “Saudi Arabia today remains the location from which more money is going to terror groups and the Taliban — Sunni terror groups and the Taliban — than from any other place in the world.”
Washington doesn’t dispute it, they simply attempt to maintain a blanket of silence and a cover up.
Former Florida Senator Bob Graham and fellow Democrat, Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, filed statements with the Federal Court for the Southern District of New York in which they asserted the Saudi government had a substantial role in the 9/11 attacks. Graham said in his testimony, “I am convinced that there was a direct line between at least some of the terrorists who carried out the September 11th attacks and the government of Saudi Arabia.”
Congress produced an investigative report on 9/11, in which it directly contradicted the Bush administration’s statements that al Qaeda acted independently with no state sponsors. The report “Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001”, still classified, has been described off the record, as demonstrating that there were “specific sources of foreign support” for the 19 hijackers, 15 of whom were Saudi nationals.
Twenty-eight pages of the 800 page report were redacted, but two congressmen were able to view the redactions and said that they are “absolutely shocked” at the level of foreign state involvement in the attacks. Reps. Walter Jones, R-N.C., and Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., can’t reveal the nation identified by it without violating federal law.
There is really little reason to doubt at this point that the “foreign state” the report implicates is the very nation of which NeoCon military conflict monger, Senator John McCain praised to CNN’s Candy Crowley in January 2014. “Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar, and for our Qatari friends.”
The Saudis have been fomenting terror in the Middle East since the early 60’s, but are always concerned that the gasoline and the matches they’ve been distributing worldwide might find their way back home in the bloody hands of extremists that may even see them as infidels, hence the Saudi government’s efforts to isolate themselves from the violence they’ve sponsored in Syria and Iraq.