US President Donald Trump salutes as he steps from Air Force One upon his arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., May 17, 2017. (Reuters)
United States President Donald Trump will use his upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia to encourage Gulf states to form a NATO-like force for the Middle East, a senior administration official was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.
According to a Washington Post report, discussions of the project said that in addition to Saudi Arabia, initial participants in the coalition would include the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan, with the United States playing an organizing and support role while staying outside of the proposed alliance.
The news comes as the US is close to completing a series of arms deals with the kingdom totaling more than $100 billion, a senior White House official told Reuters earlier this month. Over 10 years, total sales could reach $350 billion.
“He will meet and have lunch with leaders of more than 50 Muslim countries, where he will deliver an inspiring, direct speech on the need to confront radical ideology and the president’s hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam,” National Security Advisor HR McMaster told reporters.
The undated photo shows Takfiri Daesh terrorists in an undisclosed location in Iraq.
The German government has expressed concern over the spread of Wahhabism, promoted by the Saudi regime, in Kosovo and other areas in the region.
Wahhabism is a radical ideology dominant in Saudi Arabia and freely preached by clerics supported by the regime in Riyadh. The ideology has been a source of inspiration for terrorists worldwide.
Daesh and other Takfiri terrorist groups take advantage of Wahhabism to declare people of other faiths “infidels.” The idea provides a justification for the terrorists to kill those individuals.
Sevim Dagdelen, a Left Party lawmaker, said on Wednesday it was “scandalous” that hard-line Saudi preachers were active in Kosovo under the eyes of Western peacekeepers. Sources within the government have confirmed that argument.
According to the German government, donors from Saudi Arabia and certain other Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf are reportedly funding communities in Kosovo to fuel extremism.
Kosovo has been a major source of recruitment for Takfiri terrorist groups such as Daesh, which is mainly active in Syria and Iraq.
According to a recent study by the International Center for Counter-Terrorism based in The Hague, four European Union member states of Belgium, Britain, France and Germany have been branded as the largest source of European militants fighting in Iraq and Syria. The four European countries contributed to militancy in the two Arab countries by having 2,838 of their nationals travel to those countries to join terror groups, the study said.
The center, which has used data provided by 26 EU countries, said about 30 percent of European militants have returned home and about 14 percent were killed on the battlefield. It said 17 percent of the militants were women, and up to 23 percent were converts to Islam.
Berlin says there does not appear to be a “broad movement away from traditional liberal interpretation of Islam toward a Wahhabi interpretation” in Kosovo, the Associated Press reported.
People walk outside the damaged front of the Brussels Airport in Belgium on March 23, 2016, one day after a series of bomb attacks rocked the capital city. (Photos by AFP)
In February, Belgium also expressed concern about the matter. A report by De Standaard newspaper said Belgium’s OCAM national crisis center had warned about Wahhabism being preached in an increasing number of mosques in the country with financial support from Riyadh. The report also said Saudi Arabia had initiated a “generous” grant system for foreign students who are later encouraged to indoctrinate people in Belgium and other countries with Wahhabism.
In April 2016, the Telegraph newspaper said Wahhabi preachers were spreading extremism across Bosnia. Bosnian parents blamed Wahhabi followers for recruiting their sons to fight alongside militants in battlefields in the Middle East.
French fire brigade members aid an injured individual near the Bataclan concert hall, following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. (Reuters photo)
Estimates say some 30,000 foreign militants from about 104 countries were fighting in Iraq and Syria in a time span of one year beginning from September 2014. European militants are likely to return to their home countries and, battle-hardened, plot to carry out attacks there.
Back in November 2015, Daesh claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in the French capital, Paris, where a total of 130 people were killed. Investigations revealed that the perpetrators were mostly based in Belgium.
In March 2016, two bomb attacks in Belgium’s capital, Brussels, killed at least 14 people and left nearly 100 people wounded.
Stuart Jones, acting assistant secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, said that the prison in Saydnaya was modified in 2013 to support what the agency believes to be a crematorium, which is used to “cover up the extent of mass murders taking place in Saydnaya prison.”
But one of the reporters present at the briefing wanted to know how sure the State Department was in its assessment of the modified building as a crematorium.
“What makes you so sure that this is a crematorium and not just some other building? Is it this thing with the snowmelt?” a reporter asked. “Because, I mean, people are going to look at this – the regime in particular or – and the Russians, who you’re – are going to look at this and say: Well, all this proves is that there is a building there and that that part where there’s – snow is melted is simply warmer than the rest of the building.”
Jones responded that the three satellite photos of the prison facility from 2013 to 2017 are “consistent” with the construction of a crematorium.
“If you look at the earliest photo, the August 13 photo, this is during the construction phase, and these HVAC facilities, the discharge stack, the probable firewall, the probable air intake, this is in the construction phase,” Jones said. “This would be consistent if they were building a crematorium.”
“Then we look at the January 15 (photos), and we’re looking at snowmelt on the roof that would be consistent with a crematorium,” he continued.
Or just a warmer part of a building, right?” the reporter asked.
“Possibly,” Jones said.
Jones then stated that the reason the State Department is now releasing the evidence it has collected over the past four years is because of the recent meeting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last week. The department wanted to remind people of ongoing atrocities in Syria.
Trey Gowdy has told Fox News that the Hillary Clinton email scandal includes far greater crimes involving the Clinton family than the public have been led to believe.
Rep. Gowdy, who recently removed himself from the short list of possible replacements for former FBI Director James Comey, told Fox that history “will be nicer” to Comey once classified details about the Hillary Clinton investigation becomes public.
“I’ve had plenty of differences with Jim Comey, I want to be really clear about that, but I think history is going to be much kinder to Comey over his July press conference [in which he declined to prosecute Hillary] than the Democrats were when he had it,” Gowdy said. “I think he had access to information that, because he’s a stand-up guy who’s not going to decimate classified information although God know everyone else is, he’s not going to [release] it even if it casts him in a negative light.”
“…Comey had access to additional [classified] information that I am convinced that left him with no other choice than to make the decision he made in July.”
Infowars.com reports: And right after that decision, a FBI insider with “intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the Clinton case” revealed the agency’s investigation into Clinton’s private email servers pointed towards greater crimes involving the Clinton Foundation.
“There is enough for her and the entire government to be brought down,” he revealed. “People do not realize how enormous this whole situation actually is.”
“The problem is with the Clinton Foundation as I mentioned, which you should just imagine as a massive spider web of connections and money laundering implicating hundreds of high-level people.”
The FBI source said Clinton has simply a piece in this “massive sh*tstorm” that would have pitted the FBI against the entire globalist power structure had Comey decided to prosecute Clinton.
“…This case would explode into a million other cases if fully brought to light, and then we would be one agency competing against the entire government and a hoard of other interests,” he continued. “It is a very tense and uncomfortable position.”