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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Qatar/ Yemen/ Saudi update 6/08/2017...Qatar welcomes Turkish troops Iran offers food, ports

Qatar Diplomatic Dispute: Al Jazeera says it's under cyber attack



QATAR IS PREPARING FOR WAR




Saudi Arabia Prepares for War: Issues 24-Hour Ultimatum to Qatar



Turkey speeds up sending troops to Qatar






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



http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-08/qatar-says-we-will-never-surrender-welcomes-turkish-troops-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:

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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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FM: Iranians Reject US Claims of Friendship

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960318000475



Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that the country's people reject the US claims of friendship given the White House's unacceptable statement after the Wednesday terrorist attacks in Tehran and the Senate's attempts to impose new sanctions against Iran.

"Repugnant WH statement & Senate sanctions as Iranians counter terror backed by US clients. Iranian people reject such US claims of friendship," Zarif wrote on his twitter page on Thursday morning. His remarks came after US President Donald Trump Wednesday condemned dual terrorist attacks in Iran but warned that state sponsors of terrorism "risk falling victim to the evil they promote". "We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran, and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times," he said in the two-sentence statement. But he alleged that Iran shared in the blame, saying that "we underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote."

The State Department also issued a brief statement. Although it usually expresses solidarity with and offers assistance to a government in a country where there has been a terrorism episode, it did not do so Wednesday. "The depravity of terrorism has no place in a peaceful, civilized world," the department said in a three-sentence statement. "The United States condemns the terrorist attacks in Tehran today," the statement said, adding that "We express our condolences to the victims and their families, and send our thoughts and prayers to the people of Iran."

Also, the US Senate voted on Wednesday to proceed with a bill that would sanction Iran just hours after 13 Iranians lost their lives in two terrorist attacks in Tehran. 92 members voted to move forward with the legislation, with just seven voting against. Four unknown male assailants attacked the parliament building in Iranian capital, killing and scores of people in the hallway on Wednesday morning. Also, another group of terrorists raided the holy shrine of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, South of the Tehran on Wednesday morning, killing and wounding tens of people in a bomb attack and a shooting spree. The Iranian security and Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) forces killed all the four terrorists who attacked the parliament building on Wednesday morning, bringing the situation under control after several hours of clashes on evening.

Meantime, caretaker of Iran's emergency unit Pirhossein Kolivand announced that the number of martyred people in the two terrorist attacks on the parliament and the holy shrine of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, in Tehran has increased to 13, adding that 52 people were wounded. The ISIL terrorist group claimed responsibility for the Wednesday morning terrorist attacks at the Iranian parliament and the holy shrine of late Imam Khomeini in Tehran.

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Houthis claim to have hit a Saudi coalition fighter jet over Yemeni capital

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/houthis-claim-hit-saudi-fighter-jet-yemeni-capital/



Yemeni Ansar Allah movement, best known as Houthis, claimed Yemen’s Air Defense Forces hit a Saudi-led coalition F-16 fighter jet that had been conducting an air raid over country’s capital of Sana’a. While further details are yet to be provided, a Houthi military source told Al-Masdar News that Air Defense division utilized a surface-to-air missile that had successfully hit the target. Some sources have already announced that the warplane was shot down; however, this information is currently not verified and thus should be perceived with caution.

Target airplane ( F16) belong to Arab Alliance in Sana,a




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