Concerning Saudi/Sunni – Iranian/Shiia escalation

1. Iran reveals ‘missile city’ bunker for new weapons

A still image from newly released footage of Iran’s so-called ‘missile city’ (Tasnim)

Iran’s military has revealed a secret underground “missile city” used to store a new generation of ballistic missiles which the US claims are “nuclear capable” and whose test-firing last year broke a UN resolution.

The Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) on Tuesday released pictures and video of the underground bunker after a visit by Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani.

Iran’s Tasnim news agency said the bunker, which it dubbed a “missile city”, stores the Emad ballistic missile, which has a range of 2,000km and was first successfully tested on 10 October. The US says the missiles are advanced enough to be fitted with nuclear warheads

2. A comparatively heavy explosion rocked Jalalabad city on Tuesday morning.

According to initial reports, it was a planted bomb that went off in the third sector of the city. The explosion site is close to the consulates of India, Pakistan and Iran.

“The blast took place due to a bomb placed in a garbage can close to Baet Nika mosque in Arzaq alley located in third sector of Jalalabad city at 11:20 am today,” states a post on the official facebook page of Nangarhar Media Center states. “It did not have casualties,” the press release adds.

(May be anti-India and not part of the escalation. Not sure)

3. Iran President Criticizes Saudi Arabia Over Severing Ties

Iran’s president said on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia cannot “cover up” its crime of executing a leading Shiite cleric by severing diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic, even as the kingdom’s allies began limiting their links to his country.

President Hassan Rouhani’s comments came as Kuwait announced it had recalled its ambassador to Iran over attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in the Islamic Republic.

The execution last weekend of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a Shiite cleric and opposition figure in Saudi Arabia, has heightened the Saudi-Iran regional rivalry, threatening to derail already shaky peace efforts over the wars in Syria and Yemen.

A statement posted on his official website said Rouhani discussed the current diplomatic dispute with visiting Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen.

“The Saudi government has taken a strange action and cut off its diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran to cover its crimes of beheading a religious leader in its country,” Rouhani said. “Undoubtedly, such actions can’t cover up that big crime.”

4. ABC News is running a sort of live blog here with video and text on the issue. The initial link spoke of the cutting of Bahrain Halts Flights to and From Iran. It has moved on to newer events.

5. BBC: Iran-Saudi Arabia row: Kuwait recalls ambassador from Tehran

(It must be tough on the BBC not knowing which side to lie for. Unless of course, they do)

Kuwait has announced it is recalling its ambassador to Iran as a regional row over the execution of a Shia cleric in Saudi Arabia deepens.

Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran was ransacked and set alight on Saturday, after it executed Shia Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and 46 others.

Saudi Arabia broke off diplomatic ties with Iran in response, followed on Monday by its allies Bahrain and Sudan.

The US, UN and Turkey are among those calling for calm in the region.

Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran are major rivals for power in the Middle East and back opposing sides in the conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

6. Bahrain: Tear gas and fireworks fly as clashes erupt over al-Nimr execution

Bahrain Security forces used tear gas against protesters in the town of Nuwaidrat, Monday, as protesters came out to decry the execution of Saudi Arabia’s execution of top Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
Protesting the killing of the cleric which has sparked unrest around the Middle East, the demonstrators were confronted by police and army forces. Wearing gas masks, the protesters, threw fireworks and Molotov cocktails at the security forces’ vehicles.

7. Iran-Saudi sectarian proxy wars set to explode, Israeli experts say

(This is a truly terrible thing)

Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr seems likely to escalate sectarian Sunni- Shi’ite violence in the Middle East, experts told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.

Gulf Sunni states, with the exception of independent- minded Oman, are expected to publicly back the Saudis, while Shi’ite-dominated Iraq and allied Syria back Iran.

“The Shia Sunni conflict is boiling,” Eliezer “Geizi” Tsafrir, a former Arab affairs adviser to the prime minister and senior Mossad and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) official, who is currently a fellow at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, told the Post.

“Backed by petro-dollars and aggressiveness” revolutionary Iran is supporting its allies throughout the region and the “Sunni world is terribly afraid of the Iranian threat, perhaps dreaming that the US or Israel will do the job,” Tsafrir said.

8. Pakistan: Effigies of Iranian leaders set alight by Saudi sympathisers

(Nice of them to use English signs in a land where they hate to the point of wishing genocide on all English speaking peoples)

Dozens of Pakistani supporters of Saudi Arabia burnt effigies of Iranian leaders in Peshawar, on Tuesday. The protest comes amid heightened tension between predominantly Sunni Saudi Arabia and majority Shia Iran over the former’s execution of prominent cleric Shia Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
The protesters were from the Pakistan Right Path Party (PRHP), a Sunni political group with strong ties to Saudi Arabia. Leader of the PRHP, Muhammad Ibrahim Qasmi, defended the execution of al-Nimr, stating Saudi Arabia executed “the terrorist” in accordance with “the law and Sharia.”

9. Yemen war intensifies amid mounting regional tension

By Mohammed Mukhashaf

ADEN (Reuters) – Air strikes led by Saudi Arabia targeting Iran-allied Houthi forces intensified in Yemen on Tuesday, residents said, ending weeks of a relative lull in the war after a major diplomatic row erupted between the kingdom and arch foe Tehran.

Large air strikes targeted military positions linked to Yemen’s ascendant Houthis in the capital Sanaa, the port city of Hodaida and the disputed southwestern city of Taiz.

Residents reported that the air raids hit a care center for the blind and Yemen’s chamber of commerce headquarters, in which there were no casualties.

Heavy shelling resumed on battle fronts which had been largely static during a truce which began on Dec. 15 in tandem with United Nations-backed peace talks.

Houthi fighters launched Katyusha rockets at the city of Marib, residents said, their first attack on the area since Gulf Arab troops and armed loyalists of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi seized it from the group over the summer.

10. New Saudi-Iran crisis threatens wider escalation

RIYADH (Reuters) – The last time Saudi Arabia broke off ties with Iran, after its embassy in Tehran was stormed by protesters in 1988, it took a swing in the regional power balance in the form of Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait to heal the rift.

It is hard to see how any lesser development could resolve the region’s most bitter rivalry, which has underpinned wars and political tussles across the Middle East as Riyadh and Tehran backed opposing sides.

Riyadh’s expulsion of Iran’s envoy after another storming of its Tehran embassy, this time in response to the Saudi execution of Shi’ite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr, raised the heat again, making the region’s underlying conflict even harder to resolve.

At the heart of the new crisis is Saudi Arabia’s growing willingness to confront Iran and its allies militarily since King Salman took power a year ago, say diplomats, choosing with his son, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to abandon years of backroom politics.

Thank you Wrath of Khan, M., Richard and all. More to come. Order the pizza now.

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7 Replies to “Concerning Saudi/Sunni – Iranian/Shiia escalation”

  1. “truly terrible thing” – best to read Israeli comment – we can’t see them rubbing their hands and smiling knowingly, a la “Protocols”
    Nimr al-Nimr has been in jail and sentenced for months. Everybody knows it. Wonder why now? Saudis seem extra-nervous these days.

  2. So, if the Japanese and the Germans had decided they just had to go to war against each other in, say, 1938, would it have been incumbent upon the Allied Powers to rush in, risk their lives, and stop them from hurting each other? Well, maybe Neville Chamberlain would have been crying about it, but I doubt if any one else would have minded.

    The thing is that Iran has absolutely no reason to want to go to war with anybody when you think about it. They have nothing to do with Israel, and yet they are constantly furious and act as if they are clashing constantly. The Saudis? Come on… What are they going to do…steal more desolate wasteland from them? They don’t have enough oil, already?

    The only reason any of these Middle Eastern countries even need militaries is because their screwed up religion makes them crazy and violent. No other reason. If they all converted to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity, what possible need could they have for missiles and planes? It’s a wrong religion. Really… Apart from colorectal cancer and old age, there is really only one serious problem on the planet earth. Islam! Getting rid of Islam should be every thinking person’s number one priority…

  3. Speaking from recent personal experience I can state with confidence that the Shiite Muslims hate nothing more than Sunni Muslims. It is a tunnel vision hatred, distracted by seemingly nothing and, I suppose, is reciprocated.

    Iranians believe they are surrounded by Sunni enemies who want to exterminate them.

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