President Donald Trump’s imminent travel to Saudi Arabia has multiple overtones for the countries within the region. The meeting between Trump and deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman takes place while the preparations for a big deal of arms between the two countries exceeding millions of dollars has been made so far.
Mohammad Bin Salman is in fact the ruler of the Saudi Arabia after King Salman, his father, has been incapacitated at the age of 81. Bin Salman is famous for oppression, impulsive behavior towards critics, and harsh reactions to any sort of protest.
It has been under the rule of Bin Salman that the Saudi role in Syria has been intensified. There are more than 17 million people verging on famine in Syria. It was Bin Salman who aided the so-called Army of Conquest in 2015 in conquering parts of the soils of Syria in Idlib. The Army of Conquest is the term referring to al-Qaeda affiliate the al-Nusra Front and its then ally Ahrar al-Sham who are the main forces against Assad in Syria. Their successes however ceased when Russia made the decision to intervene in the same year leading to a turning point in Syria conflict.
In Syria conflict, the US had a “yes and no” policy in supporting Saudi movement. Obama’s government which had a main role in the inaugurations of riots by aiding ISIS sects tried to give latent hand to Saudis while rejecting the military intervention in Syria.
Less than a year after his father became king in January 2015, the BND German intelligence agency issued a warning that Saudi Arabia had adopted “an impulsive policy of intervention” abroad and blamed this on the deputy crown prince whom it portrayed as a naïve political gambler.
Apart from interventions in Syria and encouraging Israel and the United States to intrude the country in order to topple Assad, Bin Salman’s military invasions to Yemen has had irreparable damages and massive victims.
Obama’s role in Yemen was one of support while in his latest weeks of presidency, he refrained from arming Saudis against Yemen. Obama said the mass killing of civilians and reports about war crimes made it take this new policy. This is while, from the beginning of war in march 2015, reports from multiple international human rights organizations proved that the Saudis are killing civilians and bombing hospitals, hotels, schools, and public places.
The New president of the United States travels Saudi Arabia to give a new message to Riyadh after recent grudges. THAAD missile base and other arms are sort of gifts for Saudis to get the control back over the region and implement their plans via this violent country of the region.
The next target which seems to be a common aim between the two countries is assessed to be Iran. The deputy crown prince will have plans to get the aides from Trump to have a political and potentially military assault against Iran. He already expressed his desire to have a military intervention in Iran in an interview with al-Arabiya TV and Saudi TV.
Accusing Iran of “planning to seize Mecca and to establish their rule over all the 1.6 billion Muslims in the world,” Bin Salman says he will be the one who takes the war into the soil of Iran before its start in Saudi Arabia. Trump’s attitudes toward Iran is in accordance with Saudis and having the aggressive country of the region to implement its plans seems desirable.
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