Anonymous Saudi Source Denies Tanks Have Entered Bahrain

Tyler Durden's picture

That didn't take long. From Reuters: "A Saudi Arabian official denied a report on Tuesday in an Egyptian newspaper that the kingdom had sent tanks to Bahrain to try to quell protests there. Brent crude oil hit a session high of $113.15 a barrel on the report before easing to $112.96 by 1337 GMT. The official at the Saudi defence ministry said no tanks had crossed the causeway to Bahrain. The official requested anonymity." Obviously, should a picture or two appear shortly confirming the original rumor, the "anonymous" source's credibility may be jeopardized...

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sudzee's picture

Sorry, headline should have read "US TANKS" not Saudi tanks.

Just Observing's picture

Or "Tanks assembled in Saudia Arabia out of components built in the USA ( or somewhere )"

HoofHearted's picture

"These are not the tanks you're looking for..."

youngman's picture

So they LOST thier tanks...its probably better than taking out your gold right now...a tank is more valuable

hugovanderbubble's picture

Tanks has been hidden under the sand¡

Lost in New Desert Storm

string's picture

"...the "anonymous" source's credibility may be jeopardized..."

Not possible.

plocequ1's picture

Does this mean Ann Margaret is not coming?


SheepDog-One's picture

Youre going, youre bringing Rafterman, and take off that goddam peace sign!

plocequ1's picture

Marine!!  What is that button on your Body Armour?

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Can I get a triple-guarantee on that...

Sudden Debt's picture

If it's anonymous it must be true!


sushi's picture

If it has been denied then it must be true.

falak pema's picture

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!

Oh regional Indian's picture

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!


hugovanderbubble's picture



Reuters as usual...lying


Reuters is part of the scam,

tom a taxpayer's picture

"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.

Matt's picture

'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.'

SheepDog-One's picture

Maybe the source meant 'Thanks' are not going out to Bahrain? 

sushi's picture

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.

McMia's picture

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...

sushi's picture

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.

tmosley's picture

So what, they're going to wait until tomorrow?

Hondo's picture

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...........

sangell's picture

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.

sushi's picture

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.

Martin Silenus's picture

Sunni Bono and Sharia.

americanspirit's picture

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.

LFMayor's picture

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.

cougar_w's picture

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.

Weimar Ben Bernanke's picture

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.

Buck Johnson's picture

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.

PulauHantu29's picture

After all th ework King Abdul has doen for his Hoi Polloi and this is the tanks he gets?

Fíréan's picture

Bahrain is the headquarters of the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet.