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  • Northern Virginia Men Accused Of Swindling Billions From Pentagon

    12/03/2018 10:00:56 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 50 replies
    WTOP ^ | 12/02/2018 | Keara Dowd
    WASHINGTON — Three men from Northern Virginia have been charged with defrauding the Department of Defense of nearly $9 billion in contracts. Abdul Huda Farouki, 75, of McLean, his brother Mazen Farouki, 73, of Boyce and Salah Maarouf, 71, of Fairfax all pleaded not guilty to eight counts each of fraud and violating sanctions against Iran. Federal prosecutors say the three men — all executives connected to defense contractor Anham FZCO based in the United Arab Emirates — were awarded an $8 billion contract to provide supplies and food to American troops in Afghanistan in 2012. The indictment says that...
  • Moroccan woman butchered lover before cooking his remains and serving with rice, prosecutors say

    11/21/2018 9:15:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    FOX News ^ | November 21, 2018 | Kathleen Joyce and AP
    A Moroccan woman is accused of killing, butchering and cooking her lover before serving his remains to Pakistani workers in a traditional rice and meat dish known as machboos, United Arab Emirates authorities said. Prosecutors in Al-Ain emirate said the woman, who is said to be in her 30s, was arrested on suspicion of killing her boyfriend of seven years after he told her of his plans to marry another person from Morocco, the National newspaper in Abu Dhabi reported. The woman and the man were not named. It was not immediately clear how the man died, but the newspaper...
  • UAE becomes little Sparta of Middle East

    11/05/2018 4:39:16 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    thetimes.co.uk ^ | November 4 2018, 12:01am, | Louise Callaghan,
    From the window of a helicopter crossing the Bab el-Mandeb strait, the Emirati military base looms into view — an expanse of clay-coloured barracks guarded by US Patriot missile systems. This used to be a quiet corner of Yemen, its palm-fringed beaches reaching for miles. Now Emirati forces have made it a showcase of increasing military might. Once best known for holiday beaches and a lackadaisical approach to tax regulation, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have become one of the most powerful and interventionist forces in the Middle East.
  • Iran's Powerful Hardline Cleric Threatens To “Instantly” Create $400 Oil By Seizing Tankers

    11/04/2018 6:35:41 PM PST · by blam · 94 replies
    Just ahead of U.S. sanctions on Iran set to snap back on Monday targeting primarily the energy, shipbuilding, shipping, and banking sectors, Iran’s most prominent conservative cleric has announced that if oil exports are halted, Saudi tankers will be confiscated and Gulf countries attacked. Powerful Shia cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda is the Friday Prayer leader in Mashhad, considered Iran’s spiritual capital and among the holiest places in Shia Islam, and sits on the government’s “Assembly of Experts” but has no formal government role or decision-making ability. However, he’s a powerful leader and chief spiritual force behind Iran’s conservative faction who...
  • Saudi Arabia Cuts Diplomatic Relations With Qatar Following Bahrain

    06/05/2017 4:08:21 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 46 replies
    SputnickNews ^ | 05.06.2017 | Middle East
    "The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, exercising its sovereign rights guaranteed by the international law, and protecting national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism, decided to sever diplomatic and consular relations with the State of Qatar," the statement read.
  • Chinese armed drones now flying across Mideast battlefields

    10/03/2018 4:18:16 AM PDT · by blueplum · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 03 Oct 2018 | JON GAMBRELL and GERRY SHIH
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — High above Yemen’s rebel-held city of Hodeida, a drone controlled by Emirati forces hovered as an SUV carrying a top Shiite Houthi rebel official turned onto a small street and stopped, waiting for another vehicle in its convoy to catch up. Seconds later, the SUV exploded in flames, killing Saleh al-Samad, a top political figure. The drone that fired that missile in April was not one of the many American aircraft that have been buzzing across the skies of Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001. It was Chinese.. Across the Middle East,...
  • An engineering firm wants to tow icebergs thousands of miles from Antarctica(trunc)

    09/08/2018 2:57:42 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 56 replies
    Business Insider / MSN ^ | 9/8/2018 | Jeremy Berke
    A Dubai-based engineering firm wants to tow icebergs from Antarctica to Dubai in order to provide the city with a reserve of fresh drinking water. The firm will use satellite imagery to select candidate icebergs. It's eyeing icebergs that are between 2,000 and 7,000 feet long, and weigh around 100 million tons. But the plan is short on details: the firm doesn't know exactly how it will get the icebergs to Dubai, or how the icebergs will be stored. What do you do if you're a fast-growing city in the desert with lots of thirsty people and little freshwater reserves?...
  • Details of secret Syrian-American security meeting in Damascus

    08/31/2018 2:16:28 AM PDT · by sockmonkey · 23 replies
    Syriana Analysis ^ | August 28, 2018 | Kevork Almasian
    On one of the nights of the last week of last June, the Syrian security forces imposed strict measures inside and around Damascus International Airport. Just before midnight, a private UAE plane landed on one of the runways. About forty minutes passed before a huge procession of black Four-Wheel vehicles took off carrying the passengers to the Mezzeh area, in the center of Damascus, where the new office of Major General Ali Mamlouk, director of Syria’s National Security Bureau is located. There, a senior US officer led a delegation that included officers from several US intelligence and security agencies. Ali...
  • Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain cut ties to Qatar

    06/04/2017 10:18:49 PM PDT · by Rabin · 95 replies
    Aljazeera ^ | 4 June 2017 | Staff
    Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut relations with Qatar for supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting Yemen's Houthi rebels also expelled Qatar from its alliance because of Doha's practices of strengthen terrorism. Qatar has categorically denied supporting; Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, and is confidant US President Donald Trump will not last in power.
  • Dubai unveils plans for $2 billion tech-driven mega mall (Largest in the world)

    08/14/2018 9:25:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    CNN Travel ^ | August 12, 2018 | Selina Julien
    Plans for a sprawling "high-tech-meets-retail" metropolis have been unveiled in Dubai. The mega mall will be the largest leasable retail space in the world, spanning over 100 soccer fields in size. Called Dubai Square, the $2 billion project in the Dubai Creek Harbour development will boast over 8 million square feet of retail space -- more than twice the size of Dubai Mall -- and will also be home to the Middle East's largest Chinatown. Designed as a destination outright, the ground floor will host celebrity performances, concerts and theater shows in a futuristic entertainment arena with 3D projection mapping,...
  • Mom Jailed for Drinking One Glass of Wine on Flight to Dubai

    08/10/2018 3:36:52 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 116 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 08/10/18 | Christina Zhao
    A mother from the U.K. claimed she was arrested and jailed in Dubai for drinking one glass of wine onboard an Emirates flight last month. On July 13, Dubai International Airport immigration officers arrested and jailed Ellie Holman, 44, and her 4-year-old daughter in a detention center as her flight landed in the Persian Gulf country following an eight-hour flight. According to Holman, she was arrested because she drank a glass of red wine with her meal onboard the flight from London. Holman told MailOnline that an immigration officer questioned her upon arrival and then instructed her to purchase a...
  • Trump seeks to revive ‘Arab NATO’ to confront Iran

    07/29/2018 6:48:55 AM PDT · by Eddie01 · 17 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | Jul 29, 2018 | Reuters Washington
    <p>The Trump administration is quietly pushing ahead with a bid to create a new security and political alliance with six Gulf Arab states, Egypt and Jordan, in part to counter Iran’s expansion in the region, according to U.S. and Arab officials.</p>
  • Saudi-backed Yemeni forces capture Hodeidah airport

    06/19/2018 11:22:30 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 19 June 2018 | Patrick Wintour
    Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces have captured the airport at Hodeidah and have started preparations for the more complex task of capturing the city and its port nine miles (15km) to the north. The port is critical to the supply of aid to the rest of the famine-struck country.
  • FORMER DHS NYC CHIEF: GULFTAINER PORT CANAVERAL SECRET “PROJECT PELICAN” DEAL WORSE THAN IRAN-CO

    06/03/2018 7:32:06 AM PDT · by bitt · 56 replies
    theamericanreport.org ^ | March 23, 2018 | Mary Fanning and Alan Jones
    March 23, 2018 The Obama administration placed a declared enemy of the United States (who was on U.S. Central Command’s Operation Iraqi Freedom “Blacklist”) inside the wire at Port Canaveral, Florida with a 35 year cargo container terminal lease. That lease bypassed the congressionally-mandated national security review by 16 intelligence agencies. In 2014 Obama and Clinton operatives positioned Gulftainer, a Middle Eastern ports company, only a few thousand feet from U.S. Navy Trident submarines at Port Canaveral and within sight of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Gulftainer is now embedded amidst America’s most sensitive space, naval submarine, and air force defense...
  • Trump Jr. and Other Aides Met With Gulf Emissary Offering Help to Win Election

    05/19/2018 12:13:17 PM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 46 replies
    WASHINGTON — Three months before the 2016 election, a small group gathered at Trump Tower to meet with Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son. One was an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation. Another was an emissary for two wealthy Arab princes. The third was a Republican donor with a controversial past in the Middle East as a private security contractor. The meeting was convened primarily to offer help to the Trump team, and it forged relationships between the men and Trump insiders that would develop over the coming months — past the election and well into President Trump’s...
  • Dubai missing princess: Call for clarity on status of Sheikha Latifa

    05/05/2018 7:36:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Sheikha Latifa - the daughter of the Emirate's ruler - is said to have tried to flee in March in order to live a freer life abroad. But witnesses say the luxury yacht she was travelling on was intercepted off India, and she was returned to Dubai. She has not been seen since. Dubai's authorities say they cannot comment for legal reasons. Sheikha Latifa, the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was snatched while trying to escape the country, according to reports. A BBC Newsnight investigation, which was broadcast on Friday, claimed she had received the help of...
  • Mueller's team 'informally met' with a consulting firm on its work with the UAE, report says

    04/09/2018 8:42:09 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 27 replies
    CNBC ^ | AP 9 2018 | CNBC
    Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has looked into the work of a consulting firm that's done business with the United Arab Emirates, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. That could suggest that Mueller's probe is "looking more deeply at foreign influence in Washington" — beyond Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to the report.
  • UAE banks on Trump to turn F-35 ban upside-down

    04/04/2018 9:25:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Arabian Aerospace ^ | 3 April 2018
    The Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter promises to bring advanced operational capabilities to those air forces that operate it, and to allow a previously unknown degree of interoperability and harmonization with the US Air Force. Advanced sensors, low observability (‘stealth’) and connectivity combine to give unmatched mission performance and survivability, and the aircraft is increasingly being seen as something that no air force that aspires to ‘full spectrum’ capability can do without. At the same time, development of the F-35A has been beset by technical, political and cost difficulties, and Lockheed Martin and the US Government have been keen...
  • The Gulf heats up

    07/26/2010 5:01:24 AM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/25/2010 | YOEL GUZANSKY
    Concerns about Iran’s nuclear weapons program are heard these days more in Arabic than any other language, including Hebrew. In recent weeks, it seems that temperatures on both sides of the Persian Gulf have come to a boil. Temperatures in the Gulf, although usually high during the summer, reached a peak not due to global warming but because of increasing fear of Iran among Arab Gulf states. Indeed, concerns about Iran’s nuclear weapons program and negative involvement in the region are heard these days more in Arabic than any other language, including Hebrew. The current peak is associated with a...
  • [OPINION] UAE sweep exposes Turkish intelligence links to jihadists in Syria

    03/23/2018 7:10:12 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Turkish Minute ^ | March 3, 2018 | Abdullah Bozkurt
    The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, which has aided, funded and armed jihadist groups in Syria for years, is troubled by the detention of a key operative in Dubai by United Arab Emirates security, most likely in cooperation with the Americans. The man who was picked from a Grand Sheraton Hotel in Dubai while having breakfast with his wife on Feb. 20, 2018 is Mehmet Ali Öztürk. He has been running logistical lines for jihadist groups, especially Turkmens and Chechens, in Syria, since 2011, when the Syrian crisis began. Öztürk is linked to Turkish spy agency the National Intelligence...