CIA Surrogate (NYTimes) Releases New Middle East Map—5 countries to become 14

How 5 Countries Could Become 14

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SPILLOVER TO IRAQ

In the simplest of several possibilities,

northern Kurds join Syrian Kurds. Many

central areas, dominated by Sunnis, join

Syria’s Sunnis. And the south becomes

Shiitestan. It’s not likely to be so clean.

In a more powerful twist, all or part of South Yemen could

then become part of Saudi Arabia. Nearly all Saudi commerce

is via sea, and direct access to the Arabian Sea would

diminish dependence on the Persian Gulf — and fears of

Iran’s ability to cut off the Strait of Hormuz.

 

YEMEN SPLITS

The poorest Arab country

could break (again) into two

pieces following a potential

referendum in South

Yemen on independence.

LIBYA UNGLUED

As a result of powerful

tribal and regional rivalries,

Libya could break into its two

historic parts — Tripolitania

and Cyrenaica — and

possibly a third Fezzan state

in the southwest.

PRE-MONARCHY

SAUDI ARABIA

Long term, Saudi

Arabia faces its

own (suppressed)

internal divisions that

could surface as power

shifts to the next

generation of princes.

The kingdom’s unity is

further threatened by

tribal differences, the

Sunni-Shiite divide and

economic challenges. It

could break into the five

regions that preceeded

the modern state.

Possible city-states

3. The Sunni heartland secedes and then may combine with provinces in Iraq to form Sunnistan.

2. A Syrian Kurdistan could break off and eventually merge with the Kurds of Iraq.

1. Alawites, a minority that has controlled Syria for decades, dominate a coastal corridor.

SYRIA: THE TRIGGER?

Sectarian and ethnic rivalries could break it into at least three pieces:

libya

yemen

saudi arabia

Sana

Aden

Sabha

Mecca

Jeddah

Benghazi

MisUrata

Tripoli

Ad Dammam

Riyadh

Baghdad

Erbil

SHIITESTAN

TRIPOLITANIA

FEZZAN

CYRENAICA

WESTERN

ARABIA

SOUTH

YEMEN

NORTH

YEMEN

SOUTH ARABIA

EASTERN

ARABIA

WAHHABISTAN

NORTH ARABIA

ALAWITESTAN

SUNNISTAN

KURDISTAN

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

ARABIAN

SEA

PERSIAN

GULF

STRAIT OF HORMUZ

JABAL AL-DRUZE

EGYPT

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iraq

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Maritime Border Disputes with Israel

[The official Israeli map of ongoing hydrocarbon exploration, their English version is yet to appear.]

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[SEE:  Lebanon tenders encroach on Israeli waters]

“international law experts say that Israeli is liable to lose territory if it does not object to the Lebanese acts in court, or even militarily.”

[SEE:  International ‘security umbrella’ to revive communication between Lebanon’s political blocs]

U.S. backs Lebanon on maritime border dispute with Israel

Amid rising tensions over gas reserves, Israel to submit proposal to UN on where maritime economic border with Lebanon should be over next few days; U.S. endorsed Lebanon’s proposal submitted to UN in August.

By | Jul. 10, 2011
The Tamar gas platform - Albatross - July 10 2011

The Tamar gas platform. Photo by Albatross

In the next few days Israel will submit to the United Nations its take on where its maritime economic border with Lebanon should be, as the two countries scramble for gas reserves estimated to be worth billions of dollars.

Israel’s position is due to be approved by the cabinet on Sunday; Jerusalem argues that Lebanon’s proposal includes major areas belonging to Israel.

Last August, Lebanon submitted to the United Nations its version of where the maritime border should be – the exclusive economic zone. In November, it submitted its version of its western border, with Cyprus.

The Lebanese proposal does not include the large Tamar and Leviathan gas prospects, operated by Delek Energy and U.S. company Noble Energy. But the National Infrastructure Ministry found that the proposal contains reserves with a potential value in the billions of dollars.

The Lebanese also sent their version to the United States, which conducted an expert review and endorsed the document. A senior Foreign Ministry official told Haaretz that the American diplomat in charge of the issue was Frederic Hof, who was responsible for Syria and Lebanon under the former U.S. special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell. Hof has kept the Israel-Lebanon brief despite Mitchell’s resignation two months ago.

In April, Hof began shuttling between Beirut and Jerusalem. A senior administration official told Haaretz that Hof’s main goal was to prevent the border from becoming a source of tension between Israel and Lebanon, which could give Hezbollah a pretext for targeting Israeli gas installations.

Beyond the political and diplomatic interest, the United States has an economic interest in keeping the parties calm, not least because American companies are involved in the search for gas an oil in Israel, Lebanon and Cyprus. Hof told his counterparts in Jerusalem that Israel should cooperate with setting the maritime border to prevent the creation of an “underwater Shaba Farms,” referring to a contested area on the Israel-Lebanon border.

The Foreign Ministry official said Israel had asked the Americans to relay a warning to Lebanon on the matter. Foreign Ministry officials told Hof that Israel would not allow a provocation on the matter or an attack on Israeli gas installations. They said Israel would consider such an attack an attack on its sovereign territory and would retaliate “strongly” against Lebanon.

Hof responded by suggesting that Israel submit to the United Nations its own outlook on the border and try to launch a dialogue. Hof asked Israel not to turn the issue into a political spat but to see it as an economic and technical matter that could benefit all parties.

Israel rejected indirect talks via the United Nations, calling on Lebanon to begin negotiations on all border issues, not just the maritime border. The foreign and infrastructure ministries believe that Lebanon is claiming vast offshore territories that belong to Israel under international law.

“It’s important to provide the UN with the Israeli version of the border as soon as possible, to react to Lebanon’s unilateral move,” a senior Foreign Ministry official told Haaretz. “Not responding could be interpreted as a tacit agreement. We must act fast to ensure Israel’s economic rights in these areas.”

Israel has become even more concerned about the positioning of the border after learning recently that a Norwegian company has begun searching for gas in the area. The search is due to be completed within months, and the Lebanese government hopes to use the findings to license international energy companies to probe areas that could be in Israel’s exclusive economic zone.

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Lebanon asked theUnited Nations to mediate the dispute in the context o the mission o the UN InterimForce in Lebanon (UNIFIL), but in early January 2011, the UN reused to do so, statingit was not part o UNIFIL’s mandate.
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In the summer o 2011, the Lebanese govern-ment claimed Point 23 (instead o Point 1) as the southern border o its EEZ with Israel(See Map 3).
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To many, this appeared to be a shit in the Lebanese position taken in the2007 Lebanon-Cyprus agreement. However, not only was the 2007 Lebanon-Cyprusagreement never ratied, but it also contained a clause that stated that the southern bor-der o the zone might be changed to take into account other zones.
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The official Lebanese UN submission gives the following coordinates for Point 23, the point of contention, as 33 46 8.78E,  33 31 51.17N, which places it precisely where it is marked on the following Google Map—
GAZA ISRAEL EEZ INTERSECT
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GAZA EEZSource: Lease, license, and permit data based on “Petroleum Rights,” State of Israel, Ministry of National Infrastructures, Oil and Gas Section, June 2011. Note: This map has been modified from the original. The author has added the point from the Egypt-Cyprus Agreement, the Gaza Maritime Activity Zone, and the farthest possible border lines. The location of these points on the map vis-à-vis the Israeli zones are approximate, since the coordinates for the Israeli concession zones are not publically available.

International Security Umbrella for Lebanon To Be Guaranteed By Superpower Pact?

[Barack Obama stands on the verge of pulling-off one of the greatest reversal of fortunes ever witnessed by a democratic politician—if the Obama/Putin gambit is successful, then Obama may turn his diplomatic/military defeat in Syria into a Comprehensive Middle East Peace Treaty.  This magnificent feat of “jujitsu” politics, if successful, will undercut every antagonist involved in this great international soap opera known as the Middle East, including the Zionist state of Israel.  The broad elements of a Middle East breakthrough of unbelievable proportions can be seen developing in the following report from Lebanon’s Daily Star:  international Lebanese security shield; Iranian/Saudi rapprochement; Hezbollah withdrawal from Syrian conflict;  withdrawal of Saudi support for Syrian Islamists; US/Russian security agreement as basis for Nuclear Free Middle East. 

These are just a few of the horizons that are being breached, even now.  If Putin and Obama do what is now needed for the rest of the human race, then they will turn their agreement over Syrian chemical weapons’ disposal into a comprehensive security arrangement covering the entire Mideast region, a solution which appears to be in the process of becoming reality, in the form of superpower guarantees for Lebanese security as a first step.  According to the Daily Star report, the first signs of this agreement bearing fruit will either be a Rouhani visit to Riyadh, or Hezbollah withdrawal from Syria.]

International ‘security umbrella’ to revive communication between Lebanon’s political blocs

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File - Lebanese President Michel Sleiman speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
File – Lebanese President Michel Sleiman speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

The lines of communication between the country’s political blocs will be revived this week, fueled by the global desire to set up a international “security umbrella” over Lebanon that would protect it from regional tensions.

Sources told The Daily Star that President Michel Sleiman informed regional and Western officials that he met in New York during the annual U.N. General Assembly gathering of the situation in Lebanon, which has reached a point that calls for speeding up talks to save the country from a vacuum engulfing all of its institutions.

The sources said that Sleiman was relying on the international and regional rapprochements, particularly that between Washington and Tehran and Riyadh and Tehran, to achieve understandings and agreements within Lebanon on the shape of the government, its makeup and ministerial statement.

Political sources in the country expect a deal coinciding with the agreement over Syrian chemical weapons that is under American and Iranian sponsorship.

The first signs of the awaited internal Lebanese settlement, which is based on an Arab, regional and international rapprochement, is Sleiman’s indication in interviews with the BBC and Tele Liban that Hezbollah is on the verge of pulling its fighters out of Syria.

The statement is based on a number of factors gleaned out of the bilateral meetings held in New York, particularly with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

The sources linked President Sleiman’s statement to a broader political context of warming relations between the U.S. and Iran after the phone call between President Barack Obama and Rouhani, which signals the start of a new political era in the region that will feature settlements and normalization on a number of levels.

The sources said the presidential delegation was optimistic, noting that there was international agreement that Lebanon should be isolated from the crisis in Syria in anticipation of a regional settlement. Such a settlement will begin with a pilgrimage visit by the Iranian president to Saudi Arabia, during which he will meet the Saudi king, which will augment an international settlement between Washington and Moscow.

The first signs of this regional resolution will be Hezbollah pulling its fighters from Syria and the diminishing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ presence in some Syrian cities, in return for Saudi Arabia halting its support for Al-Qaeda elements in Syria while retaining its assistance to the Free Syrian Army.

Members of the presidential delegation said Lebanon would be the main beneficiary of this new political stage, though it will not solve all of its internal crises. Lebanon will await the conclusion of regional and international talks on the Syrian chemical weapons issue and Iran’s nuclear file, particularly since a resolution of the first problem will take the Syrian crisis from the street to the negotiating table of the Geneva II peace conference in November, according to diplomatic sources.

This potential improvement in the regional situation was reflected in measures, confirmed by a security official, which relaxed many of the procedures taken by Arab and Western embassies after the latest car bombs in Lebanon and talk of an American strike on Syria, as a result of the return of calm to the Lebanese scene and the protective, international “security umbrella” over Lebanon.

The security official said that embassy staff who departed from Lebanon were instructed to remain careful and vigilant and were restricted from visiting dangerous areas in the country. The staff returned after the American-Russian agreement on Syria. Only the staff of the American Embassy remains incomplete due to a decision by the State Department to await the results of regional and international talks.

Sources say there is noticeable movement on the issue of the Cabinet formation, with exceptional efforts that were evident in the meeting in recent days between former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and Speaker Nabih Berri, which featured a long discussion on reviving Berri’s government initiative while leaving the issue of the defense strategy separate. It was agreed that the current priority is social and livelihood issues in light of the difficulties faced by the Lebanese Treasury, which is evident in problems with paying the salaries of public sector employees.

On the Cabinet formation, a glimmer of hope appeared in indications by more than one political faction pointing to a near-agreement on the ministerial agenda of the Cabinet, which could revive talks that are stalled over issues like the kingmaker minister, the entire makeup of the Cabinet and veto power.

The agreement under consideration would include a form of the tripartite declaration of the “Army, people and resistance,” but while separating the words in the text of the declaration by placing them on different lines. The agreement would also include the Baabda Declaration, drafted last year and intended to isolate Lebanon from regional crises. Most of the declaration’s provisions have internal support among the various political factions.

Suicidal Guilt Sweeping Through Pakistani Army As Well

[Every army fighting in America’s terror war is experiencing this troubling development, more suicides than combat deaths.  (The French press reveals that French troops do not seem to be suffering from a plague of combat guilt.)  Pakistani soldiers and Frontier troops SHOULD feel guilty for their immoral actions, the same as the rest.]

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Growing tendency of committing suicide among Pakistani soldiers deployed in Baluchistan

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By Archen BaluchOccupied Baluchistan: Reliable sources have revealed that Pakistani soldiers deployed in Baluchistan have been suffering from stress and there has been a sharp rise in committing suicides among Pakistani military personnel. This trend illustrates Pakistani occupying forces are losing the moral and psychological battle against Baluch National Armed forces (Sarmachars, the Freedom Fighters.According to sources Pakistan forces deployed in every nook and corner of Baluchistan are involved are not only involved in gross human rights violations across Baluchistan but they are also depriving Baluch non-combats from their valuables and household goods. Several standing crops were set on fire and women and children harassed during raids on their houses.

The Baluch Sarmachars, whom the Baluch people regard as their protectors and vanguards, have always been there to defend their unarmed and brethren. Freedom Fighters are widely known as Sarmachars –meaning those who never care for their own lives for a bigger cause, in native Baluchi Language. Analysts believe that Pakistan Army is losing the war on psychological front because the Guerrilla operations of Baluch Sarmachars are not only courageous and well-coordinated but deadly as well.

Baluchistan media sources have reliably learned that Differences between Pak armed forces in Baluchistan and Frontier Corps have surfaced and the escalated conflict brought the secrets out in Public and Pakistan Military High Command are highly concerns over the issue.

Though Pakistan army is always in denial, yet a trend of suicide within the armed forces deployed in Baluchistan is on rise and situation of the remaining soldiers continue to deteriorate. The list surfaced so far, shows Major Mohsin Choudry at the top, who hanged himself and was found dead .He, was posted in the Bahlool Area of Chamalang in Kohlu, Baluchistan. It has been learned that the suicide toll reached eight in the same area.

While in the Dera Bugti, Abid Hussain (JCO), and Tanveer Multani (Driver) are also included among those who curtailed their own lives by committing suicide. In the newly established Sui Cantonment Major Kalimullah and Shahid Choudry committed suicide due to psychological stress. Captan Pervaiz and Ziauddin Sawati, from Turbat Cantonment, Yasin and Asif from Khuzdar Cantonment, Mubaashir Hussain and Muhammad Siddique from Gawadar cantonment, Shafqat Ali from Noshki Cantonment, Haider Ali Kharan, Shareef Raza from Qalat, Lieutenant Safdar Ali Butt and Touseef from Kahan, Nujahid Khairullah Shinwari and Yasir Ali from Jaalri, while Malik Waqar Hussain and Ismail Shah have taken their lives at Karmoo Wadh Checkpost.

These are a few names revealed in public so far, the actual number and details maybe much higher and never be brought to public notice, all of the above mentioned personnel and officers suffered the worst stress which forces them to take their lives.

Growing tendency of committing suicide among Pakistani soldiers deployed in Baluchistan

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By Archen Baluch

Occupied Baluchistan: Reliable sources have revealed that Pakistani soldiers deployed in Baluchistan have been suffering from stress and there has been a sharp rise in committing suicides among Pakistani military personnel. This trend illustrates Pakistani occupying forces are losing the moral and psychological battle against Baluch National Armed forces (Sarmachars, the Freedom Fighters.

According to sources Pakistan forces deployed in every nook and corner of Baluchistan are involved are not only involved in gross human rights violations across Baluchistan but they are also depriving Baluch non-combats from their valuables and household goods. Several standing crops were set on fire and women and children harassed during raids on their houses.

The Baluch Sarmachars, whom the Baluch people regard as their protectors and vanguards, have always been there to defend their unarmed and brethren. Freedom Fighters are widely known as Sarmachars –meaning those who never care for their own lives for a bigger cause, in native Baluchi Language. Analysts believe that Pakistan Army is losing the war on psychological front because the Guerrilla operations of Baluch Sarmachars are not only courageous and well-coordinated but deadly as well.

Baluchistan media sources have reliably learned that Differences between Pak armed forces in Baluchistan and Frontier Corps have surfaced and the escalated conflict brought the secrets out in Public and Pakistan Military High Command are highly concerns over the issue.

Though Pakistan army is always in denial, yet a trend of suicide within the armed forces deployed in Baluchistan is on rise and situation of the remaining soldiers continue to deteriorate. The list surfaced so far, shows Major Mohsin Choudry at the top, who hanged himself and was found dead .He, was posted in the Bahlool Area of Chamalang in Kohlu, Baluchistan. It has been learned that the suicide toll reached eight in the same area.

While in the Dera Bugti, Abid Hussain (JCO), and Tanveer Multani (Driver) are also included among those who curtailed their own lives by committing suicide. In the newly established Sui Cantonment Major Kalimullah and Shahid Choudry committed suicide due to psychological stress. Captan Pervaiz and Ziauddin Sawati, from Turbat Cantonment, Yasin and Asif from Khuzdar Cantonment, Mubaashir Hussain and Muhammad Siddique from Gawadar cantonment, Shafqat Ali from Noshki Cantonment, Haider Ali Kharan, Shareef Raza from Qalat, Lieutenant Safdar Ali Butt and Touseef from Kahan, Nujahid Khairullah Shinwari and Yasir Ali from Jaalri, while Malik Waqar Hussain and Ismail Shah have taken their lives at Karmoo Wadh Checkpost.

These are a few names revealed in public so far, the actual number and details maybe much higher and never be brought to public notice, all of the above mentioned personnel and officers suffered the worst stress which forces them to take their lives.

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2nd Major Earthquake Strikes Different Area of Balochistan

[SEE: Massive earthquake kills more than 260 in Balochistan ]

Quake of magnitude 6.8 struck several cities in Sindh, Balochistan. PHOTO: CREATIVE COMMONS

QUETTA: A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck Pakistan’s Balochistan province on Saturday in a region already devastated by a massive quake earlier in the week.

According to the US Geological Survery, the epicentre of the quake was recorded at 96 kilometres northeast of Balochistan’s Awaran district and 14 kilometres deep.

“It was not an aftershock it was an independent earthquake,” Zahid Rafi, director of the National Seismic Centre of Pakistan, told a local news channel.

“We are checking but no reports of losses have yet been received,” Jan Mohammad Buledi, spokesman for the provincial government of Balochistan told news agency AFP.

Tremors were felt as far away as Jaffarabad, Sibi, Naseerabad and Quetta in Balochistan. Shocks were also felt in Naushero Feroz, Shikarpur, Karachi and Hyderabad areas of Sindh province.

The local meteorological office recorded the intensity of the earthquake at 7.2 on the Richter scale and said the epicentre of the quake was 150 kilometres southwest of Khuzdar.

A session of the Balochistan Assembly in Quetta was adjourned for the day after the shocks were felt in the house.

Meanwhile, the death toll from a 7.7-magnitude earthquake which jolted the same area earlier on Tuesday rose to 515 on Friday with over 600 people injured. The September 24 quake had struck Balochistan’s Awaran and Kech districts and relief work was continuing in the area.

Victims of the September 24 earthquake who were undergoing treatment at the Awaran district hospital headed for open spaces as today’s tremors were felt.

Syed Ali Shah contributed to reporting from Quetta.