Did The United Arab Emirates Just Declare War On Greece?

Tyler Durden's picture

Just over 4 months ago, the US was furious as the "mysterious" bloc launching bombing raids on Libya was identified as consisting of Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Egypt. This weekend saw another "mysterious" bombing raid, but as AP reports, this time it was not on Libya directly but on a Greek-owned tanker ship at the eastern Libyan port of Darna (killing 2 sailors). The Greeks have strongly condemned this "unprovoked and cowardly" act and are taking all necessary steps to identify and punish the perpetrators.


In August, the "mysterious" Libyan bombers were identified...

That party, or rather, parties has been revealed as Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, which as the NYT reports, "have secretly teamed up to launch airstrikes against Islamist-allied militias battling for control of Tripoli, Libya, four senior American officials said, in a major escalation between the supporters and opponents of political Islam."



But what is surprising is not the intervention: after all, hardly a day passes now when there isn't some small to medium political invasion taking place somewhere, in a world in which newsflow no longer affects anything. It is that both countries decided to roundly ignore advising the one country which previously had made it quite clear it has explicit national interests in Libya: the United States.


The United States, the officials said, was caught by surprise: Egypt and the Emirates, both close allies and military partners, acted without informing Washington or seeking its consent, leaving the Obama administration on the sidelines.


It gets worse: Egyptian officials explicitly denied the operation to American diplomats, the officials said. It is almost as if the theme of ignoring and/or mocking US superpower status exhibited most recently by both China and Russia, is gradually spreading to even the more "banana" republics around the world.

And now another "mysterious" bombing, as AP reports...

An unidentified warplane has bombed a Greek-owned tanker ship at the eastern Libyan port of Darna, killing two crew members and injuring two more, Greek authorities said Monday.


The Liberian-flagged Araevo was chartered by Libya's state-run National Oil Corporation, Greece's Foreign Ministry said.




Darna is a base for Islamic extremists who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. Widespread militia violence has plunged Libya into chaos less than four years after a NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.


The victims were identified as a Greek and a Romanian national. Araevo's crew of 26 consisted of 21 Filipinos, three Greeks and two Romanians.


Greece's Merchant Marine Ministry said the vessel had 12,600 metric tons of fuel on board. Damage is still being assessed.

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Greece is not happy...

Greece condemns “unprovoked and cowardly” air strike on Greek-owned tanker Araevo as it was at anchor 2 miles from Derna in eastern Libya, Foreign Ministry says in e-mailed statement.


Vessel was chartered by Libya’s National Oil Corp, had worked for several years without any problems on Mersa El Brega to Derna route


Attack killed one Greek, one Romanian sailor


Greek govt to take all necessary steps with Libyan authorities, despite unsettled situation, to identify, punish perpetrators, pay compensation to victims’ families


Greek Govt in contact with UN special representative in Libya Bernardino Leon and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini

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So who did it this time?

One can't help but wonder, if the Saudi/UAE bloc is doing everything in its power to eliminate all competition: from Russia to Venezuela to US shale; why not anyone transacting with a bunch of Libyan terrorists?


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Haus-Targaryen's picture

One worthless country bombed a vacation destination's boat?  


Ghordius's picture

not a boat. a tanker. a fuel tanker. very curious. those things are usually bright red, and explode easily. perhaps a diesel tanker? I'm sure CNN is airing a lot of senseless questions at this moment, so that they can neglect to report the facts when they finally arrive

Au Member's picture

Probably the same people who bombed the USS Liberty?

Monty Burns's picture

Hey!  That attack was a mistake.  LBJ and John McStain's daddy both said so.  Good enough for me.

Clint Liquor's picture

News regarding Libya will NOT be covered by the MSM. It is to be covered up. When it goes full Islamic State, Americans will never know. Obama and Hillary can't blame this one on Bush, so all they can do is pretend it doesn't exist.

bigdumbnugly's picture


this is worse than when fredonia declared war on sylvania.

get groucho on the line, stat.


SWRichmond's picture

if there's a carrier group in the Med then this flight was on American radar for its duration

can't we blame the North Koreans or the Russians somehow?

Broken_Trades's picture

They already changed the story to say it was a Libyan Jet Fighter.


CAIRO (AP) — Fighter jets dispatched by Libya's internationally recognized government bombed a Greek-owned tanker ship at an eastern city controlled by Islamist extremists Monday, killing two crew members and wounding two, Libyan and Greek officials said.

The bombing highlights the chaos that's gripped Libya since its 2011 civil war that deposed and killed dictator Moammar Gadahfi. Libyan officials apologized for the bombing as the Greek Foreign Ministry demanded compensation for the victims' families and punishment for those behind the attack.

Libyan military spokesman Ahmed al-Mesmari said jets struck the Liberian-flagged Araevo twice in Darna before his government learned the vessel was commissioned by the local power station. Darna is a base for Islamic extremists who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

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"We had no information (about the tanker). We treated it as a dangerous and suspicious target that threatens national security," al-Mesmari told The Associated Press. "We regret the loss of lives."

Libya's state-run National Oil Corp. contradicted al-Mesmari's account, saying it informed all parties it contracted the ship.

"This incident will negatively impact the arrival of oil tankers to Libyan ports in the future, which will consequently affect the ability to provide fuel to different regions," the corporation said in a statement.

TheFutureReset's picture

Surface based radar would be worthless for seeing stuff just a few miles inland, and that's if they were close to the coast there. Airborne radars were not there. But they do have satellites that monitor almost every region in the world. They can pick up EM spectrum (radio/radar) and IR. Following a jet in flight is easy. Takeoffs from airstrips are commonly tracked and reported. An explosion triggers reports. They know who did it guaranteed. 

The biggest revelation is that they cut the US out. I think this shows there are commonly held plans for the future among almost everyone except the US and Europe. 

Refuse-Resist's picture

Remember the Maine (opolis)!




"They hate us for our freedoms, so we should eliminate the remaining freedoms and bomb the shit out of some 3rd world country or other" --Gov.Media.Sheople.wearesofucked.com



Doña K's picture

Could it be related to Grexit?

Don't tell us that this plane was not on anyone's radar for so long? The US should know for sure!


Antifaschistische's picture

Isn't it refreshing when a country performs a military act and doesn't post it on  youtube the next day or discuss it in a stupid presidential press conference.

they aren't asking for permission...or forgiveness.   done.

NoDecaf's picture

Greece should invoke NATO's article 5.

Ghordius's picture

for a tanker with a Liberian flag?

Wolferl's picture

You are most likely spot on, even if the Greek constitution exempts Greek  ship owners from paying taxes in Greece anyway. Those Greek ship owner oligarchs are among the worst scum on this planet.


And that´s why: Hip, hip hurray to the UAE airforce and please, sink more of those "Greek" tankers, they deserve it. (Try to hit them when empty)

COSMOS's picture

There is no Article unless America says its an ARTICLE LOL

NoDecaf's picture

Sure why not. Who needs to follow rules anymore? It a free for all.

youngman's picture

Probably just protecting the country from EBOLA...

wakablahh's picture

It's a Greek tanker flying a Liberian flag with my guess, stolen ISIS oil.

Edit: Perfect formula for trouble.

Monty Burns's picture

NEWS FLASH!!   CNN reports "unconfirmed intelligence sources indicate Putin behind attack".


rwe2late's picture

 Nobody will know for certain until the FBI investigates and

tells us based on classified info which cannot be revealed.

Keyser's picture

Has to be Kim Jung-Un... Why? Because the FBI says so... Bwhahahahahha....

Headbanger's picture

No baklava for you!

When was the last time the Greeks invaded Arabia?

I think it's due.

Here ya go:


COSMOS's picture

Egyptian payback for the SEA PEOPLES


The Sea Peoples were a confederacy of naval raiders who harried the coastal towns and cities of the Mediterranean region between approximately 1276-1178 BCE, concentrating their efforts especially on Egypt. The nationality of the Sea Peoples remains a mystery as the only records we have of their activities are mainly Egyptian sources who only describe them in terms of battle (such as the record from the Stele at Tanis which reads, in part, “They came from the sea in their war ships and none could stand against them”).

Names of what may have been the tribes which comprised the Sea Peoples have been recorded as the Sherden, the Sheklesh, Lukka, Tursha and Akawasha. Outside Egypt, they also frequently assaulted the coastal regions of the Hittite Empire, the Levant and other areas around the Mediterranean coast. Their origin and identity has been suggested (and debated) to be Etruscan/Trojan to Italian, Philistine, Mycenaen and even Minoan but, as no accounts discovered thus far shed any more light on the question than what is presently known, any such claims must remain mere conjecture.

Payback is a bitch.

Zodiac's picture

Not sure why this happened.  Oil loaded on ships from all Libyan terminals is Libyan Government controlled; no terminal is controlled by the Islamic rebels (yet).  Furthermore, the payment for all oil loaded for export is made into Government bank accounts that are held offshore in an undisclosed nation; again, the rebels receive no revenue from this oil.  Unless this act was carried out by someone sympathetic to the Islamists, it just undermined the official Libyan Government.  Not sure why the UAE, Saudi Arabia or Egypt want to further destabilize the Libyan Government.

Creepy Lurker's picture

Hmm, one wonders if the Libyans were accepting payment in something other than petrodollars?

Lux Fiat's picture

First thought that came to mind as I read the article.

Lea's picture

Haus-Targaryen, aren't you fed up with being a turd?

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

Easy to say that libya and greece don't matter in a bubble, but it is pretty telling.


First off, as was noted by anyone with a brain AS THIS WAR WAS HAPPENING, NATO installed the same stripe of radical islamist terrorists that they purported to be fighting in the "war on terror."


Libya went from the switzerland of africa to a failed state and a launch pad for terror operations.


I find it curious what is happening now. A middle eastern country on its own seems to be working to change the balance of power there and I wonder what their angle is. Our best hope would be for the tribal faction loyal to gaddafi to take libya over again but that would only ever happen if the west wavers from their past and current policy which is doubtful.

silverer's picture

So what does the US do now? Bomb the Saudi oil fields to save the other producers? I'll bet the subjects come up during those intense intellectual exchanges in the loop.

gcjohns1971's picture


ZIRP has consequences...the shortest term of which accrue to all those who cannot get it.


If the US was not so focused on self-destruction, if Washington and Moscow were not so focused on yesterday's battles, then the US and Russia would be making energy alliances... like Russia gets the China energy market, to the extent they can fill it; and the US gets the Western Hemisphere and Oceania energy supply contracts; the two split the middle eastern assets and provide to Africa on a continual ad hoc basis based on simple comptetition.


Not to discount Europe, you understand, simply commenting on what would be beneficial to two of the three largest producers of energy.

detached.amusement's picture

simple competition, haha, good one

markam's picture

"US gets the Western Hemisphere and Oceania energy supply contracts" 


the US is a huge energy importer.  Exactly how the fuck are we supposed to provide energy to other countries???

gcjohns1971's picture

But US-based Oil Companies assets are not limited to those within the territorial US.

That is the difference.

chubbar's picture

The banking cartel wants it all. There will be no compromises with nations that don't come to heel.

Monty Burns's picture

Well definitely the USSA solution will be to bomb. Discussion will take place around the what, who and when, friend or foe.

jcaz's picture

It's the only play left for Greece- history wins....

firstdivision's picture

So when does the bombing raid on the parties buying oil from ISIS begin?  Oh wait, they do the House of Saud and decendents of David bidding.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

First off, you're right. The EU as I recall was outed as being one such customer. That being all said, any idea that ISIS is reaping huge money from selling massive amounts of oil in my view is fantasy.


Some? Yes. Lots? No. In an active war where they have a fluid swath of desert they control and no air force, operating an oilfield at anywhere full capacity or any capacity presents serious challenges.

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

one way to get prices up

gcjohns1971's picture

"One can't help but wonder, if the Saudi/UAE bloc is doing everything in its power to eliminate all competition"


Why the tone of surprise?

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

 throwing stones while in a glass house or somethin...News headline in 2004 dejavue all overagain..only this time russia says go for it::

"When Fadel Gheit first warned of his "nightmare scenario" that Saudi Arabia's main oil export terminal at Ras Tanura could be wiped out by terrorists, he was dismissed as an alarmist.

It was the week after the September 11 attacks in New York, where he is based. But the oil analyst began to think there was another target that would have an even more devastating impact if hit.

As fears of upheaval in Saudi helped set world crude oil prices to 21-year highs of $42.45 per barrel ahead of an Opec ministerial meeting today, there were fewer willing to scoff at Mr Gheit.

"I cannot think of any more logical target for terrorists. It [Ras Tanura] is the nerve centre for the Saudi oil trade but also for global exports. If you can blow up the Pentagon in broad daylight, then it cannot be impossible to fly a plane into Ras Tanura - and then you are talking $100 [per barrel] oil," he says"

notice price of oil in 2004 $42.25/b...

detached.amusement's picture

so you're saying ISIS has precision guided missiles or aircraft?

Monty Burns's picture

Yes, but the people who blew up the Pentagon (Rumsfeldt, Zakheim) also worked there. That kinda helps.

VyseLegendaire's picture

This is both a starting headline and a meaningless story. 

lakecity55's picture

Achmed, I am scared we should not bomb.

Ha. The Bath House is gay, he will not respond!

May a camel piss upon him, then!