Saudi Arabia Is Now At War With Iran on Four Fronts

Nov 11, 2017, 01:04
Saudi Arabia Is Now At War With Iran on Four Fronts

Such an attack would also provide a perfect opportunity for the West to test the new Saudi leadership's "moderate" credentials: Would it cheer Israel on?

Moreover, the UN has a longtime peacekeeping operation in Lebanon, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon "UNIFIL". Aoun must appoint the candidate with most support among MP's, who he is expected to consult in the coming days. He also stated that he senses a conspiracy to assassinate him.

"I have sensed what is being plotted covertly to target my life".

Hariri, a Sunni Muslim, has been serving as prime minister since December 2016. A U.N. -backed tribunal has charged five Hezbollah members over the killing.

All this maneuvering was part of the power struggle occurring within the Saudi royal court, a struggle in which the Lebanese prime minister found himself - against his will, Nasrallah asserted.

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He accused Iran of sowing "fear and destruction" in several countries, including Lebanon.

Hariri said Hezbollah and Iran had brought Lebanon into the "eye of a storm" of international sanctions. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif dismissed Riyadh's accusations over the missile, saying Saudi Arabia blames Iran for the consequences of the kingdom's own "wars of aggression, regional bullying, destabilizing behavior and risky provocations". A short statement from his officer said he visited Abu Dhabi before returning to Riyadh on Wednesday. He has postponed a visit to Kuwait and directed military and security agencies "to maintain stability", it said. Afterwards, Velayati described Hariri's coalition as "a victory" and "great success".

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah responded today (Sunday) to Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's resignation calling the step "Saudi madness".

Hariri's resignation toppled a coalition government that included Hezbollah, thrusting Lebanon back into the frontline of the Saudi-Iranian regional rivalry and risking an open-ended political crisis.

Following the meeting, al-Sabhan said in a Twitter post, "Lebanon will never be the same after the resignation".

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He did not spell out what action Saudi Arabia might take against Lebanon, a country with a weak and heavily indebted state that is still rebuilding from its 1975-90 civil war and where one-in-four people is a Syrian refugee, according to Reuters. This war launched by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to restore Sanaa's legitimate government and put Iran in check has failed to do either.

- Saudi Arabia seems to have acted to wreck Lebanon's government that includes Iran's powerful ally, Hezbollah.

Beirut has adopted a position of "disassociation" from the conflict, but this has come under strain with Hezbollah and its allies pushing for a normalisation of ties.

Yemen's Houthi militia quickly claimed responsibility for the missile.

The government's collapse complicates preparations for next year's parliamentary elections, Lebanon's first since 2009.

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In the extended UNIFIL mandate, the Security Council renewed the mission with new instructions for more patrols with Lebanese forces and detailed reports when peacekeepers run into roadblocks in Hezbollah's strongholds in southern Lebanon.

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