Middle East Affairs

Welcome to CT: Middle East Focus. If you are newer to Middle East affairs post-9/11, we recommend starting with the Wesley Clark video in The Vault below. A short and full version is provided. Click through for individual country pages.

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  • Saudi Arabia, US in Talks on Billions in Arms Sales

    Reposted with permission from AntiWar.com by Jason Ditz. Reports from US officials familiar with the situation say that the Trump Administration is working to push through billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia in the next week or two, with an eye toward having the pacts finalized before Trump’s visit to Riyadh later […]

  • Understanding U.S. – Saudi Arabia Relations in 2 Minutes & 7 Steps!

    1. Sunni/Shia/Wahhabi 2. Yom Kippur War 3. 1974 Nixon Deal 4. Iran/Iraq War 80’s 5. 9/11 & JASTA 6. Iran 2015 Nuclear Deal 7. S.A. – U.S. Arms Sales Sources: For our longer report and the complete list of sources on Saudi – U.S. relations go here: https://citizentruth.org/understanding-middle-east-saudi-arabia/ http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/saudi/analyses/wahhabism.html https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-05-30/the-untold-story-behind-saudi-arabia-s-41-year-u-s-debt-secret https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2017/country-chapters/saudi-arabia https://www.democracynow.org/2004/6/10/ghost_wars_how_reagan_armed_the http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/24/politics/us-arms-sales-worldwide/ ____________________________________________________________________ If […]

  • Somehow the U.S. Has Killed 70k ISIS Fighters — Twice as Many as It Says Exist

    (Reprinted with permission from ANTIMEDIA Op-Ed, Written by Darius Shahtahmasebi) In June 2014, around the time ISIS was making headlines across the world, the Wall Street Journal reported that the terror group had 4,000 fighters in Iraq. In September 2014, the CIA released an estimate claiming ISIS had between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters combined in both Iraq […]

  • The Untold Story Behind Saudi Arabia’s 41-Year U.S. Debt Secret

    Reposted from Bloomberg.com by Andrea Wong, May 20, 2016 Failure was not an option. It was July 1974. A steady predawn drizzle had given way to overcast skies when William Simon, newly appointed U.S. Treasury secretary, and his deputy, Gerry Parsky, stepped onto an 8 a.m. flight from Andrews Air Force Base. On board, the […]

  • Retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin suspects US Was Running Guns To Syrian Rebels Via Benghazi

    1/22/13 – Retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin—who is the former commander of the U.S. Special Forces Command, the former deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence and who, in the 1990s, worked with the CIA—told CNSNews.com in a video interview last week that he believes it is a reasonable supposition that the U.S. was […]

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