Reliable defense analysts have revealed that Central Intelligence Agency is running and maintaining two secret Drone bases well inside the Saudi kingdom. This news came as a surprise as the similar request made by George Bush’s administration in 2006-07 period was turned down by the Saudis. Apparently these bases were allowed sometime in 2010 and since then have been used to attack Moslem extremists in Yemen and Pakistan.What is surprising is that the US news media had known about these bases but decided to keep it a secret from the American people. A New York Times spokesman acknowledged that the Times knew about it, but people from the Obama White House had made calls to the bureau and requested to respect the sensibilities of the Saudis and not report the story. The Saudi King Abdullah who is disliked by his people and has repressed all their aspirations for democratic reform felt that as his grip is getting weaker after the Arab Spring, he needed the help of the U.S. to cover their regime politically and also help them thru their intelligence assets to identify the activists of the pro-democracy movement so they could be tried and put behind bars.It is widely suspected that the Drone attack which was launched on the American born preacher Awlaki and another one on his teenage son which killed them both was launched from Saudi Arabia. The drones that have been kept at the Saudi bases have much longer range and can be used to attack place as far as Balochistan and Pakistan. It is also rumored that two Drones, that the Iranians claimed were either shot down or crash landed in Iran were launched from bases in Saudi Arabia.American bases being located on the Saudi soil has angered millions across the Moslem world. Two of the holiest shrines of the Moslem faith, Mecca and Medina are within the territorial areas of Saudi Arabia and to have Christian soldiers stationed there for the primary purpose of attacking and killing other Moslems who are supposedly fighting the infidels is considered sacrilegious by many of the faithful. On the other hand the Saudi royal family needs the American military umbrella over their heads, as they do not have a viable military which can face the regional hegemony of Iran nor they have the support of their own people, majority of whom want to get rid of them who are considered as corrupt and oppressive.
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Author Name: Zafar Sheikh