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Sun Jun 12, 2016, 07:22 PM

Saudi Arabia and Turkey’s pipeline wars in Yemen and Syria

Saudi Arabia’s pursuit of the war in Yemen, at considerable cost in blood and treasure, is a literal affirmation of the term “backdoor strategy.” However, both the “door” and the actual contours of that strategy remain submerged beneath the murky waters of Mideast politics.

In June 2015, a senior advisor on Yemen in the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Joke Buringa, wrote an article regarding Saudi Arabia’s interest in building an oil pipeline through Yemen. Her piece underscored the energy geopolitics behind Riyadh’s bombing campaign over the past year.

Saudi oil pipeline through Yemen’s Hadramaut

In her article entitled “Divide and Rule: Saudi Arabia, Oil and Yemen,” Buringa revealed that the Saudis fear an Iranian blockade of the Hormuz Strait, and were seeking pipelines through Yemen. This would provide Riyadh with direct access to the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean to reach the Asian market.[1]

http://atimes.com/2016/06/saudi-arabia-and-turkeys-pipeline-wars-in-yemen-and-syria/


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bemildred Jun 2016 OP
yourpaljoey Jun 2016 #1
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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 07:26 PM

1. very interesting

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Response to yourpaljoey (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 07:34 PM

2. It makes sense of certain things that otherwise appear to be pointless and dumb.

Pointless and dumb looks better than evil self-interest, I suppose.

Erdogan and the Sauds do pointless and dumb pretty well too, so maybe this is over-estimating them. And they don't, at the moment, seem closer to building that pipeline.

But it makes a lot of sense of certain things that otherwise appear to be pointless and dumb.

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Response to bemildred (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 08:03 PM

3. Somehow I missed the pipeline angle

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Response to yourpaljoey (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 08:10 PM

4. I hadn't seen it before either.

Up to now I attributed the debacle in Yemen to too much testosterone and blind rage.

I'm still sorting out the connections of this to other things, it could take a while, but it makes all sorts of sense ...

But the project is not going well at all, if it was like this. Assad intends to take Aleppo now, al Nusra is being crushed, AQAP seems firmly in place in Mukallah at the moment, the rest of Yemen is not subdued, and ISIS is on the run in Syriaq if not elsewhere.

Erdogan is starting to look weak too.

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Response to bemildred (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 10:50 PM

5. Whatever shall Uncle Sam do!!!

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Response to yourpaljoey (Reply #5)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 11:05 PM

6. Punt. nt

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