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The truth is, this falling out is about an attempt to overthrow Qatar’s emir, an opportunity for the UAE to exact revenge on its neighbour, and a play by Saudi’s deputy crown prince for the monarchy.
To understand why the Saudis are pursuing the anti-Qatar agenda with the same ferocity as the Emiratis, one must understand the power struggle currently taking place inside the oil-rich kingdom.
It’s a common belief that in order to be monarch in Saudi, one must secure the blessings of three key stakeholders: the house of Saud, the religious establishment and the United States of America. The truth is though, if you secure Washington the other two will fall into place. ...
Through its ambassador in Washington, the UAE has successfully bought influence in major think tanks and media outlets which have, in turn, helped shape US foreign policy in the way the Emiratis would like and not what is best for America. Foreign influence, it seems, is not limited to Russian involvement in last year's elections.
Today, an article published by Sarah McFarlane of Marketwatch reports that Russia will buy back the shares of Rosneft that they sold to Qatar (and others) and that the original sale was meant as more of a loan to Russia in order for the country to meet their budget at the time when oil prices had plummeted.
"We are pleased to announce today the signing of the letter of offer and acceptance for the purchase of the F-15QA fighter jets, with an initial cost of $12 billion dollars," read the Qatari Defense Minister's statement on Wednesday afternoon. "We believe that this agreement will propel Qatar's ability to provide for its own security while also reducing the burden placed upon the United States military in conducting operations against violent extremism."