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

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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Comments

Greyhat Luc X. Ifer Thu, 06/08/2017 - 20:19 Permalink

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

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CNONC Haus-Targaryen Thu, 06/08/2017 - 11:44 Permalink

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-russ…  

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toxic8 CNONC Thu, 06/08/2017 - 18:29 Permalink

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..

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CNONC toxic8 Thu, 06/08/2017 - 18:41 Permalink

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)

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Great Deceivah Jubal Early Thu, 06/08/2017 - 16:26 Permalink

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 combatThe 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..

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earleflorida Killtruck Thu, 06/08/2017 - 12:14 Permalink

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!!!

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HowdyDoody tmosley Thu, 06/08/2017 - 14:12 Permalink

"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.

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Mazzy tmosley Thu, 06/08/2017 - 16:18 Permalink

"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.

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Brazen Heist Thu, 06/08/2017 - 10:41 Permalink

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.

NoDebt Thu, 06/08/2017 - 10:37 Permalink

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.