Anonymous Saudi Source Denies Tanks Have Entered Bahrain

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Tue, 03/01/2011 - 09:59 | 1006694 sudzee
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Sorry, headline should have read "US TANKS" not Saudi tanks.

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:01 | 1006703 Just Observing
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Or "Tanks assembled in Saudia Arabia out of components built in the USA ( or somewhere )"

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:54 | 1006847 HoofHearted
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"These are not the tanks you're looking for..."

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:00 | 1006701 youngman
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So they LOST thier tanks...its probably better than taking out your gold right now...a tank is more valuable

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:09 | 1006736 hugovanderbubble
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Tanks has been hidden under the sand¡

Lost in New Desert Storm

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:01 | 1006702 string
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"...the "anonymous" source's credibility may be jeopardized..."

Not possible.

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:05 | 1006708 plocequ1
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Does this mean Ann Margaret is not coming?


Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:09 | 1006731 SheepDog-One
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Youre going, youre bringing Rafterman, and take off that goddam peace sign!

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:15 | 1006756 plocequ1
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Marine!!  What is that button on your Body Armour?

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:02 | 1006709 Yes We Can. But...
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Can I get a triple-guarantee on that...

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:03 | 1006711 Sudden Debt
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If it's anonymous it must be true!


Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:10 | 1006738 sushi
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If it has been denied then it must be true.

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:05 | 1006720 falak pema
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They don't say if the tanks are identified as being genuine Saudi or... Iranian...Bahrein is like the rain in Spain, it falls mainly on the plain. The terrain is flat and the people are Shia so a tank can get tanked by another tank from the other side. Where is Gl. Guderian? His first name was Heinz. I don't know if he was keen on Ketchup. But he did make ketchup of the French!

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:07 | 1006726 Oh regional Indian
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Tanks. Maybe they meant tankers but in a hurry to get a hot headline said tanks.

so, clearly the silver move was not about tansk or tankers. Because nothing is tanking on the tank rumor. 

What gives? Info/dis-info. Just to keep us all on our feeties. Till they are ready to pull a rug or a trick or two.

Tanks away!


Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:07 | 1006727 Bithead1
Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:11 | 1006729 hugovanderbubble
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Reuters as usual...lying


Reuters is part of the scam,

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:10 | 1006735 tom a taxpayer
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"The official at the Saudi defence ministry said no tanks had crossed the causeway to Bahrain." The official seems to be confirming that the Saudis did move tanks to the border with Bahrain. This would be significant news, whether or not the tanks cross into Bahrain.

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 11:05 | 1006890 Matt
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'what i can confirm is that NO tanks crossed the causeway into Bahrain.' So there are no Saudi tanks in Bahrain? 'No, there are definitely Saudi tanks in Bahrain, they just did not use the causeway to get there.'

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:10 | 1006737 SheepDog-One
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Maybe the source meant 'Thanks' are not going out to Bahrain? 

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:16 | 1006757 sushi
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15 carriers x 2 tanks per carrier = 30 tanks

100,000 plus Shia in last demo / 30 = 3,333.33 tank men per tank.

Saudi negative carry on 2,000 squashed Shia = +5,000 per tank

Saudi negative carry on US made tanks = +7,000 per tank

Saudi tank requirements after the rest of the Shia in the Eastern Province get involved: 450

Future cost of a North American fill-up - Priceless.

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:18 | 1006766 McMia
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So we are going use American force, blood and treasure against Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi to prevent him from using his American made tanks and planes to massacre his own people, but at the same time we won't use American force, blood and treasure to prevent Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa's use of King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz's American made tanks and planes to massacre the Bahraini people.


Is that correct?

It's all very confusing...

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:38 | 1006806 sushi
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That porkbellies woman is going to have talk out of both sides of her mouth and keep her molars aligned. No wonder Bill went for Monica.

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:23 | 1006775 tmosley
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So what, they're going to wait until tomorrow?

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:27 | 1006778 Hondo
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Should be pretty easy to either have tanks or not and do you really think it would be in Saudi's best interest to confirm they have sent tanks...........

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:39 | 1006809 sangell
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Parse the statement. No, the Saudis did not send tanks to 'quell' the protests. The Bahrain authorities have APC and riot equipment sufficient for that purpose. The Saudis sent tanks to demonstrate their support for the Sunni Sheikdom.

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:59 | 1006864 sushi
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The Bahrain authorities have APC and riot equipment sufficient for that purpose.

I would question that premise.

The videos out of Libya show unarmed protestors going up against an opponent armed with rapid fire high velocity AA guns plus the usual AK-47s and sniper rifles. They have done this not once but several times.

You take your APC and its scared shitless crew with a 12.7mm MG and you confront that with endless waves of angry folk and I promise you the APC looses. An MBT is in pretty much the same position. The Russians attempted to generate this kind of "human wave" attack during WWII but they had to back it up with Commissars with shoot to kill orders.

Say what you like about these folks, they have guts. Once a people decide to "Live Free or Die" they have you completely out gunned, and out armoured.

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 10:52 | 1006843 Martin Silenus
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Sunni Bono and Sharia.

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 11:17 | 1006932 SheepDog-One
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Saudi Bob!

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 11:23 | 1006962 americanspirit
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Sushi - best analysis I've heard of the basic reality behind revolution. Plenty of people, and I mean plenty, and all madder than hell and not taking it anymore regardless. Advanced weapons and armor will lose against the people. Aircraft are a little harder on masses of the people - witness Libya. Still - a righteous human wave will overwhelm, at least temporarily, heavily armed men in APCs and tanks, and the soldiers in those APCs and tanks may tire of killing the People. Lots of dying though, too much dying. All because insane men rule much of the world.

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 11:47 | 1007080 LFMayor
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Those aircraft still have to land to refuel/rearm. Cut the fuel, or better yet cut the pilots.  Within any motorized system the human element is still the softest target.

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 11:43 | 1007067 cougar_w
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As predicted.

Bahrain is now part of SA, which was always the case behind the scenes. The Bahraini are very afraid of the Saudis, their revolt is over. Oman and Yemen better watch out.

This will turn out to be bullish for the region.

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 12:38 | 1007313 Weimar Ben Bernanke
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Yemen is falling apart. The house of saud fears that the shia seperatist movemnt could spread to their land.When president Saleh is kicked out of yemen expect a bloodbath to take place. If Saudi Arabia moves into Bahrain they will play into the hands of Iran.

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 20:05 | 1009483 Buck Johnson
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It's already happening, the Saudi's "said" they didn't arrest a high profile Shia cleric today who said that they want a constitutional monarchy.  This is starting to escalate and the Shia with sunni's in Saudi Arabia (which has unemployment at 50% and a mass of young unemployed people) will demand that the king goes along with his 7,000 princesses and princess.

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 13:02 | 1007442 PulauHantu29
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After all th ework King Abdul has doen for his Hoi Polloi and this is the tanks he gets?

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 18:23 | 1009152 Fíréan
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Bahrain is the headquarters of the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet.





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