Qatar Says "We Will Never Surrender", Welcomes Turkish Troops As Iran Offers Food, Ports

Tyler Durden's picture

Even as the world's attention turns to the Comey testimony for the next few hours, the Qatar diplomatic crisis (where CNN's "report" of Russian hacking now appears long forgotten) continues, and moments ago a barrage of headlines from Qatar suggests that the small nation, which may or may not be preparing for military action, is happy to welcome the Turkish troops that will be arriving soon as reported yesterday, with its foreign minister stating that "we are not ready to surrender and will never compromise the independence of our foreign policy." Also, and perhaps even more critically, Qatar - whose foreign minister is set to fly to Moscow on Saturday - also announced that Iran is ready to help with food and that three of Iran's ports will be designated for use for Qatar.

From the wires:

  • QATAR FM SAYS IRAN SAID THEY ARE READY TO HELP QATAR WITH FOOD & 3 OF THEIR PORTS WILL BE DESIGNATED FOR QATAR: RTRS.
  • QATAR FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS WE ARE NOT READY TO SURRENDER AND WILL NEVER COMPROMISE THE INDEPENDENCE OF OUR FOREIGN POLICY: RTRS.
  • QATAR FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS TURKISH TROOPS COMING TO QATAR IS FOR THE SAKE OF THE SECURITY OF THE ENTIRE REGION: RTRS.
  • QATAR FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS WE RESPECT THE LNG AGREEMENTS WE HAVE SIGNED WITH THE UAE
  • QATAR FOREIGN MINISTER AL THANI: WE DON'T KNOW HOW THE RECONCILIATION WILL TAKE PLACE: BBG

There was a hint that Qatar can cripple its neighbors' energy infrastructure, if the situation escalates further:

  • QATAR FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS 40 PERCENT OF UAE POWER DEPENDS ON THE NATURAL GAS OF QATAR

As to the "ultimatum" issued by Saudi Arabia, and the demand list submitted by the Saudi coalition nations reported yesterday by the WSJ, Qatar appears to not have seen it yet.

  • QATAR FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS THERE ARE NO CLEAR DEMANDS YET, WE ARE WAITING FOR THAT

Meanwhile, Reuters on Thursday reconfirmed that Trump offered on Wednesday to help resolve a worsening diplomatic crisis between Qatar and other Arab powers as the United Arab Emirates invoked the possibility of an economic embargo on Doha over its alleged support of terrorism.

In his second intervention in the row in as many days, Trump urged action against terrorism in a call with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, a White House statement said.

 

"The President offered to help the parties resolve their differences, including through a meeting at the White House if necessary," it said.

 

Trump, in a later call with Abu Dhabi's crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, called for unity among Gulf Arabs "but never at the expense of eliminating funding for radical extremism or defeating terrorism," the White House said.

At the same time, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash told Reuters there would be more economic curbs on Qatar if necessary and said Doha needed to make ironclad commitments to change what critics say is a policy on funding Islamist militants.  He later told France 24 television that any further steps could take the form of "a sort of embargo on Qatar".

Gargash also told Reuters in an interview it would be very complex to disentangle the "very diverse" business ties between Qatar and its neighbors but suggested this might be necessary.

"You cannot rule out further measures. We hope that cooler heads will prevail, that wiser heads will prevail and we will not get to that."

"Tensions are still high and mediation efforts by fellow Gulf Cooperation Council state Kuwait have yet to lead to a concrete solution, so investors will likely remain on edge," said one Dubai-based trader.

We too hope that "cooler heads will prevail" and that the Qatar crisis does have a peaceful resolution, because the alternative - another Gulf military conflict - would make the daily news cycle, already overflowing with breaking news on an hourly basis, will become simply unbearable.

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tmosley's picture

Look at those skinny arms.

This is going to be a hell of a sissy fight if it happens.

Killtruck's picture

Awwww yiisssss.

Time to grill some hotdogs and get ready for this shitfest.

 

BaBaBouy's picture

Powder Keggggggggg...

... & Adding More Powder.

Looney's picture

 

There’s a simple solution to the Spit Spat between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Both rulers, the King and the Emir, should stick their heads into each other’s asshole and die.  ;-)

Looney

Delving Eye's picture

Is this shitshow on NetFlix?

eforce's picture

They may have Leopard's but their airforce is shit, they should be fine though since Iran seems ready to help and in Yemen all the locals needed was an AK47 and some flip-flops (and a few RPG's).

Life of Illusion's picture

 

 

ASSET TRANSFER

DEBT OR WAR OR BOTH

 

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Man I love natural views, especially that of the dessert sands at dawn covered with fallout coated corpses of raghead sandniggers. /dark sarc

 

Greyhat's picture

With 17.000 US troops in Qatar and the good old Osmans stepping in this would become a multicolor dune coating! :)

But it seems the next arab spring doesn't start as planned.

 

Btw.: Soros is short in stock markets, would an oil price shock help him to make some money? ;)

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/18/george-soros-has-added-to-his-losing-bets...

 

Btw2.: And what about a pipeline Quatar - Iran - Turkey - Cyprus... ?

StychoKiller's picture

"Rode a tank, held a General's rank when the Blitzkreig raged and the body's stank..."  (That would be you, with apologies to the Rolling Stones!)

Cynicles II's picture

Celebrity Death Match mode for resolution would be so much better.

StychoKiller's picture

My Dog!  Arabs consorting with Persians!  Next up, Dogs living with Cats!  :>D

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Anyone else as excited as I am to potentially watch the Qatari Leopard 2a7s tee off against Abrahams II's? 

I've been wanting to see this for some time. 

HenryKissingerBilderberg's picture

I hope everybody has at least a 4k gopro taped to his forehead, and take the time to edit and share the videos every night.

maybe with professional Hollywood edit and production like they were doing for ALQaeda and ISIS...

Luc X. Ifer's picture

I'm so eager for this to happen, can you imagine how many awesome FPS video games can spawn from it?!

07564111's picture

Even though they have, in the Leopard, the better tank, a lack of training will hamper Qatar ;)

Haus-Targaryen's picture

What would be *really* fun is if the Iranians show up and *SURPRISE BITCHEZ* we've swapped out our T-85s for the new Armada.   

The embarassment for the Saudi's would make this alone worth it, but the losses inflicted on the US MIC's brand "we make the best shit" would be priceless. 

CNONC's picture

Iranian MBTs are mostly US M60s, Soviet T72s and T55s and a bunch of locally produced Zalfiqars.  T14 is not yet released for use by the Russian army, except as a test platform.  That likely won't happen until 2020.  I haven't seen any plans for export yet.  I don't know what a T85 is, but to my knowledge, the Iranians have relied mostly on local production and development of vehicles from their existing inventory (See their T72z which is actually an upgraded, locally produced T55 variant) 

Also, don't forget, the Saudi M1s are the export variant.  They don't have the same armor, fire control systems, and I think they have a diesel engine rather than the gas turbine.  And, of course, the Saudis suck at combined arms operations, often allowing their armor to operate without infantry support. 

And as to the "we make the best shit," that actually plays into the Russians defense industry sales strategy

.http://nationalinterest.org/feature/why-america-should-really-fear-russi...

 

 

toxic8's picture

CNONC - 85s probably referring to T-34-85s the balshoy beefed up version of the classic T34s that gave the Panzer generals a heart attack in the opening stages of the war and a general headache throughout the length of the OSTFRONT saga.

Back in the day, the only thing the Heer was able to use to knock em out was the good ol' 88s (hehe), not until the later Panther and Tiger models were they able to meet them head on ... not sure how they would stand up to today's advanced armour though, probably not well, what with all the "set and forget" type of weaponry and gadgets on the newer models..

CNONC's picture

I generally enjoy Haus' comments, so I was being polite. There is, of course, no such thing as a T 85. As to the T34, I have seen video of unknown authenticity of a static display T34 in Donetsk being started, driven off the plinth and returned to service. Don't know if that is true, but it would in keeping with Russian design doctrine to keep it simple (and rugged)

Volkodav's picture

       big imagination

Gilnut's picture

Anyone else as excited as I am to potentially watch the Qatari Leopard 2a7s tee off against Abrahams II's? 

 

That'll be interesting, but more interestingly how will it fare agains the A-10, that was the bane of the T-72's in Kuwait and Iraq.

07564111's picture

more interesting will be how the A-10 fares against modern mpads ;)

Haus-Targaryen's picture

My understanding of the Armata is its got some built-in thing-a-ma-jig to auto-track & terminate airborne opposition. 

ChimpOut's picture

Seems like numbers will be a problem too. Were Qatar rolling out 16 units? Wonder how many SA has.
Everybody knows German tanks are great, but numbers seem to matter more. Historically.

Jubal Early's picture

Don't forget that Erik Prince of Blackwater fame has a Columbian staffed mercenary army in the UAE just to the east.  It could be a three-fer.

Great Deceivah's picture

the colombian military is a joke.. all the have been doing lately is to kill farmers, teenage civilians and native indian farmers. 

Since the US Deep State started to fill the Colombian military with Blackhawk helicopters, all the good old-fashioned ground combat in the jungle is a thing of the past.. now it is all air bombs, because they will get their ass kicked in ground combat

The real nasty / experienced mercenaries are working for the crime groups (or Bacrim), and they make a lot of money trafficking. Only a lame starving soldier would go to fight wars for the sandniggers..

Jim in MN's picture

Exciting, yes, but wait until you see surface-to-surface missles vs. fully loaded supertankers.

 

Who is blockading whom again? 

 

Somone forgot who invented chess.......

BarnacleBill's picture

Exciting, yes, but wait until you see surface-to-surface missles vs. fully loaded supertankers.

It being early in the morning, I read that last word as "supermarkets". It seemed more likely, somehow...

SoDamnMad's picture

If only General Norman Swartzkopf were alive today he would roll across much of the ME in a matter of weeks. Knock out all their shit so it would take years to rearm.  It's the trained men in the fight, not the fancy stuff they buy. Look up the Battle of 73 Easting on how we were outnumbered.

shamus001's picture

So the U.S. struck an arms deal with UAE to supply them with arms whi ch it turns out, will be used to murder U.S. troops at the Qatar airbase? Someone clear that up if I have this wrong?

Banana Republican's picture

Senseless slaughter has gotten a lot better now that it's televised.

ExUKbalkanBrit's picture

The long awaited Saudi (sunni) -Iran (shia) war in the making. The 'West' should stay out of the sandpit and let them get on with it, they are all rubbish.

Jim in MN's picture

Except it's the insane Israeli/globalist neolibcon scum that want to 'do' Iran in the first place.

Because they are insane.

So they will in no way stay out of anything.

earleflorida's picture

sad, is it that you mock the severity of the ME people's tragedy!

your hotdogs and popcorn shitshow could be at ones own making...

don't ever forget that it was the saudis behind '911' and al Qaeda , and now with alittle majik msm gyroscopic-looping`propaganda its the qataris fault.

yes, the qataris were 'big tyme' involved in syria as were the gcc in its entirety, but the saudis were funding erdogan until erdogan changed his colors as the grand wizard chamelon he is!

again,... it was the saudis and zionist jews that have [ALWAYS] been behind the curtain of deception, with the 'Empire of Chaos' pulling the strings!!!

Cynicles II's picture

"don't ever forget that it was the saudis behind '911'"

US / zio connection was 911

The saudi's prolly knew as much as Bush about 911

Great Deceivah's picture

I love the smell of Sandnigger war in the Morning!!!

Pliskin's picture

What, you think it's gonna' be hand-to-hand combat?

HowdyDoody's picture

"Look at those skinny arms."

You obviously haven't seen the Houthis in action. They take out Saudi armor deep in Saudi territory using only weapons they can personally carry, usually Ak-47s, with the occassional SMG, RPG and ATGM. Any vehicles they capture are relieved of ammo and they kaboomed.

Plus they do it all while wearing sports jackets and flip flops.

veritas semper vinces's picture

And now they control three big provinces/counties of Saudi Barbaria

Volkodav's picture

       give link site for that claim...

Tsipras the Great's picture

Yeah, you need really big muscular arms to pull a trigger

Mazzy's picture

"Look at those skinny arms. This is going to be a hell of a sissy fight if it happens."

It's the skinny "runner / soccer player" type guys who make the best soldiers.  Raw strength is great if you're swinging an axe or a mace, but I'm going to shoulder up next to the guy who has endurance, speed, and flexibility.

You've never done combat IRL have you?  10 minutes can be tiring.  An hour is exhausting.  Those big burley "gotta prove something" gear-queer types don't keep up too well, and they have a harder time squeezing into cover sometimes.

Brazen Heist's picture

When are the Saudis gonna get " Hung, Drawn and Qatared"?

I'm really waiting for that despicable little rash to be razed.

Here's a solution. Russia, America and China combine forces and annihilate Wahhabism off the face of the earth. It would be one of those moments 100% of the planet would rejoice over. Then it's back to fighting each other again. But minus Wahhabism.

ExUKbalkanBrit's picture

I look forward to the time when the Saud family have to go back to breeding racing camels for a living.

With UPersians.

**Why are there no muslims in StarTrek ? Because it's set in the Future !

Brazen Heist's picture

Why do you assume I'm Persian? Persians can't compare to Arabians.

I don't give a fuck about Star Trek.

The Empire and its Saudi tentacles must burn for their war crimes.

techpriest's picture

**Why are there no muslims in StarTrek ?

Because Star Trek is a fictional TV show with no basis in reality. Same with the "post-scarcity" nonsense - it gives socialists a confirmation bias that someday, somehow, their ideology will actually work.

mc888's picture

But for some reason our DeepState neocons choose to ally with terrorist barbarians instead of a western xian nation.

NoDebt's picture

You get the feeling we're going to war again soon?  I'm thinking yeah.  And since we already have troops and bases in Qatar this shouldn't take too long.

 

 

Jim in MN's picture

Right, a few hundred Iranian missiles should do it.