Middle East correspondent Elijah Magnier returns to the show to discuss the latest turmoil in the Middle East and his recent article “ISIS into History’s rubbish bin and Iraq neither Iranian nor American.” Magnier shares what he knows about the resignation of Saad Hariri in Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia’s role in the latest Middle Eastern mess. Magnier then discusses the history of Hezbollah in Lebanon, the distinction between the terrorist group and the parliamentary party, which has considerable political power and popularity. Magnier then slams the U.S. media for turning al Qaeda into a moderate rebel group and the fall out from the war in Syria.
Elijah Magnier is the chief international correspondent at Al Rai and a political and terrorism/counterterrorism analyst. Find all his work at elijahjm.wordpress.com and follow him on Twitter @ejmalrai.
Discussed on the show:
- Saad Hariri
- “Lebanon PM Hariri resigns, assails Iran and Hezbollah” (Reuters)
- “Lebanon – Hariri’s Resignation – The Opening Shot Of The Saudi War On Hizbullah” (Moon of Alabama)
- Michel Aoun
- “Trump erroneously says Lebanon is ‘on the front lines’ fighting Hezbollah, a partner in the Lebanese government” (Chicago Tribune)
- “Second Saudi prince dead in 24 hours?” (India Today)
- Mohammad bin al-Salman
- Al-Nusra Front
- “The Moderate Face of Al Qaeda” (Rand Corporation)
- Oliver North
- “In Shocking, Viral Interview, Qatar Confesses Secrets Behind Syrian War” (Zero Hedge)
- “Iran Extends Its Reach In Syria” (The New Yorker)
- “ISIS into History’s rubbish bin and Iraq neither Iranian nor American” (Elijah Magnier)