More than 18 years, the United States tried to kill Jamal al-Badawi. Washington saw the Qaeda terrorist as the mastermind of a terrorist attack on the warship “USS Cole” in 2000 in which 17 U.S. soldiers were killed and dozens were injured. In the past week, the U.S. military in Yemen to beat now – with an air attack.
Donald Trump praised the targeted killing. When it comes to the US President, the US armed forces will reduce their activities in the Region this year. This is particularly true for Syria.
Trump, wants to pull off the nearly 2000 American soldiers from the civil war in the country in which the terrorist militia “Islamic state” (IS) is, in his opinion, be defeated and there is only “Sand and death”. His decision-making on a national and international joined in the criticism.
Now, travel to the National security Advisor, John Bolton, and U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo in the Region. Pompeo is expected in the next eight days, in eight countries: Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait. Bolton is already in the Middle East and traveling to talks in Israel on Monday in Turkey. The two leaders will talk about the four crises.
The fear of the Syrian Kurds in front of the Turkey
“The United States is not leaving the Middle East.” This is the most important message would like to convey to Pompeo during his visit to the Region. As it explained a high-ranking employee of the Ministry of foreign Affairs before the departure of his boss. Especially the Kurds in Syria fear an Offensive by the Turkey on their positions in the North-East of the civil war in the country, should the U.S. military. Therefore, Pompeo and Bolton is seeking to dispel the impression that the President has only just imparted.
From the Turkey-supported rebels in Syria
Before a final deduction, several criteria had to be met. Turkey would have to give a security guarantee to the Kurds. This is a clear contradiction to Trumps Pronouncements in December. At that time, the US President had announced after a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the US withdrawal and also, Turkey signaled a free Hand for an invasion of the Kurdish YPG militia-dominated areas.
The shadow war between Iran and Israel
Israel is concerned about a possible withdrawal of the USA from Syria. The Jewish state leads there for years, a shadow war against the arch-enemy of Iran, the Shiite protective power of the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. During his visit to Jerusalem, Bolton stressed on Sunday that is why the “unbreakable” Alliance between the United States and Israel.
John Bolton and Benjamin Netanyahu
Bolton to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also Mossad chief Yossi Cohen. The National security Advisor, said vague, the discussions had been mainly on the “Iranian threat”. Thus, it is likely to be not decreased by the presence of the Islamic Republic in Syria, but also to the government’s nuclear programme in Tehran. This applies in Israel as the biggest security risk.
The Qatar-crisis and the case of Khashoggi
another important issue for Pompeo, the conflict between Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates and Qatar is on the other side. In front of one and a half years, the Gulf States, imposed at the Initiative of the Saudi crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), a Blockade against Qatar. The small Emirate is pursuing an independent foreign policy and also cooperates with the government in Tehran.
Qatar’s capital, Doha
“The Golf-armed uses of Iran,” said an employee of the US Ministry of foreign Affairs departure now Pompeos. Pompeo wanted to try therefore, “trust between the blockade States and Qatar”. Apparently, he wants to achieve, at least in the case of overflight rights for Qatar Airways to be a breakthrough. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have blocked their airspace for Qatar’s state airline.
Saudi Arabian crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
In Riyadh, will speak Pompeo with MbS in addition, on the assassination of the saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Come along, it is out of his house: “Neither the Saudi Narrative of the legal process have far exceeded the threshold of credibility.”
“America as a force for Good”
The most sensational date of the trip will take place in Cairo. Expected to be on Thursday Pompeo will hold a “speech to the Arab Nation”. The content of the US, inform the Ministry of foreign Affairs, the Minister will speak on “America as a force for Good in the Region”.
The location is chosen Wisely. Almost ten years ago, in June 2009, the then-US President Barack Obama at the University of Cairo a much-acclaimed speech. In it, he called for a new beginning in relations between the United States and the Islamic world. Pompeo should try, its partners in the Region are now realising that it is a new beginning.
But that all will remain as before.