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Saudi Arabia, UAE join Israel for regime change in Iran

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Saudi Arabia, UAE join Israel for regime change in Iran

First public appearance with Israel suggests Saudi Arabia, UAE frustration

In a more aggressive tone against Iran, the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to US, and the director of Israel’s Mossad spy agency have joined ranks in pushing for regime change in Tehran.

According to Aljazeera report from New York, speaking alongside US NSA John Bolton and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir called for the overthrow of the Iranian regime, saying that it was unlikely to change on its own volition.

While addressing United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) conference in New York, al-Jubeir on Wednesday said, “Unless the pressure internally is extremely intense, I don’t believe they will open up.” The conference was attended by states that opposed the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. Generally, Israel and Saudi Arabia led coalition have supported Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

The meeting of the top officials from Saudi Arabia, UAE and Israel has taken place in the aftermath of a terror attack on a military parade in Iran’s south-western city Ahvaz, killing 29 people including women and children.

Saudi Arabia, UAE join Israel for regime change in Iran

Iranian authorities have alleged US, Saudi Arabia and UAE for supporting, training and financing al-Ahvazia, a separatist Arabic speaking Sunni group.

During the New York conference, the Saudi top diplomat reportedly said, “How can we negotiate with a state that wants to kill us.” However, he did not succeed in proving his point with any substance.

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Saudi and Emirati officials welcomed Washington’s decision to abandon the 2015 Iran deal under which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief, it reported.

But Yousef al-Otaiba, the UAE’s ambassador to the US, said external pressure was needed and would be key in changing Iran’s course.  He said, “I think any recalibration of Iranian foreign policy will come from external policy.” He was of the opinion that isolation of Tehran must be backed up by European powers, Asian nations, as well as the US.

He sounded that the monarchies in the region and Israel were at risk of Iranian possible aggression saying,  “If a missile is launched at Saudi Arabia and the UAE what will the reaction be and how will we be defended? I ask that hypothetically but it’s not really hypothetical. The Gulf countries, Israel, and the countries in the immediate vicinity are the ones at immediate risk.”

UAE’s ambassador also warned that Iran was orchestrating a takeover in Yemen. He said that the recent UN-led peace talks supposedly exposed Iran’s role in directing the Houthi leadership. Houthis didn’t show up in the peace talks in Geneva on September 6, alleging that Saudi Arabia and UAE, involved in fighting in Yemen, blocked their travelling.

Read More: Iran rejects Saudi Arabia allegation of supplying missiles to Houthis

“Our analysis tells us it was based on instructions from Tehran that they did not turn up,” al-Otaiba said.

He said that Lebanon, where Hezbollah resistance group has achieved political power as ruling coalition partner, should not be repeated in Yemen. He said, “We have a vested interest in ensuring what happened in Lebanon does not happen in Yemen. We’re accumulating risk in the Middle East by not getting at Iran’s proliferation.”

Brian Hook, the State Department’s special representative for Iran, while participating in the conference, accused Iran of supplying the missiles  to Houthi fighters which are fired by into Saudi Arabia and UAE.

UAE’s envoy said, “There is something brazen about this missile behaviour, they’re not even hiding it. This sort of escalation is deeply concerning and will be met with a swift and decisive response.”

Read More: Iran, Saudi Arabia confront at Munich conference

Since its withdrawal from the Iran deal in May this year, the US administration has slapped first layer of sanctions on Tehran in early August. The second phase of the sanctions, including against oil exports, will be imposed in November 5.

However, top diplomats from France, Britain, Germany, China and Russia, in a meeting with Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif in New York on Tuesday   have agreed to establish an alternate mechanism in the European Union to facilitate payments for Iranian exports.

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Trump shooter rejected by school shooting club for being really bad

He had slipped onto a rooftop 140 meters from the stage where Trump was speaking and began firing an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle.

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Thomas Matthew Crooks, the 20-year-old man, who tried to assassinate former US President Donald Trump, was rejected by the school shooting club for being a really bad shooter and making crass jokes, as per the reports.

The Trump shooter was shot dead by the US Secret Services when he attacked the 78-year-old Republican Presidential candidate at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania on July 13 evening. As Trump talked to a large crowd, a continuous gunfire broke out, causing widespread panic and prompting an immediate response from security personnel.

Crooks, who allegedly tried to assassinate former Trump, was a resident of Bethel Park, about an hour away from where the shocking shooting occurred, and he was a member of a local shooting club named Clairton Sportsmen’s Club. He was a high school student who was rejected from his high school’s rifle team for being a terrible shooter.

Crook was shot dead on Saturday, the Secret Service said in a statement. Afterward in the day, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) distinguished him as a Pennsylvanian man. He had slipped onto a rooftop 140 meters from the stage where Trump was speaking and began firing an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle. According to officials, the continued gunfire scuffed Trump’s right ear. The officials added that a 50-year-old man was killed in this incident, and two others were critically injured.

According to reports, Crooks graduated from Bethel Park High School in 2022. He received a $ 500-star award, from the National Math and Science Enterprise, officials also told that Crooks does not have a criminal history according to Pennsylvania’s public court records. Police added that they have not yet identified the official motive behind it.

An individual who claimed to be an eyewitness of the incident, in an interview with the international media, the individual said he and the individuals he was with began yelling at the man, attempting to alarm security. According to the security agency, the shots appeared to have come from outside the area secured by the Secret Service.

Addressing a conference, the FBI stated that they were still working through the security apparatus that the Secret Service had in place to understand what potentially happened. Kevin Rojek, the special agent in charge of the Pittsburgh office, remarked that it was able to fire multiple shots. He included that there is going to be a long examination into exactly what took put and how the person was able to get to the area, what type of weapon he had.

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Donald Trump survives assassination attempt, bullet pierces his right ear

The dead gunman has been identified as Thomas Matthew Crooks, aged 20, from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.

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Former US President Donald Trump was immediately rushed offstage to his motorcade, with blood visible on his right ear and streaking across his cheek after gunshots erupted at a rally in Pennsylvania in an apparent assassination attempt on Saturday evening.

According to US Secret Services, the former President was injured in a volley of gunfire at 6.15 pm from an elevated position outside the venue. The gunfire erupted a few minutes after Trump began his speech at a rally of supporters in Butler, a rural town in northwestern Pennsylvania.

The available witnesses and footage suggested around eight shots were fired at Trump. The footage also showed him grimacing and raising a hand to his right ear.

Following the incident, the US Secret Service officers neutralised the suspect at the scene. The agency’s spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said that one bystander was killed in the shooting and two others were critically injured.

The US Secret Service, which is responsible for shielding current and former presidents, said the suspected shooter had fired multiple shots towards the stage and that the assailant was now dead.

The dead gunman has been identified as Thomas Matthew Crooks, aged 20, from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.

The former US President Trump, in a post to his Truth Social network, said a bullet pierced the upper part of his right ear. Earlier, his spokesperson informed that he was receiving treatment at a local medical centre.

In a post, Trump said he knew immediately that something was wrong in that he claimed that he heard a whizzing sound, and shots, and immediately felt the bullet ripping through the skin. Trump further wrote that much bleeding took place, so he realized then what was happening.

The incident received condemnation from across the US political spectrum, with President Joe Biden, who spoke to Trump late on Saturday, describing the incident as sick and said the reason why the US needs to be united. There’s no place in America for this kind of violence, Biden asserted.

International leaders also have denounced the act of violence, with UK Prime Minister Keir Starmer saying, he was appalled by the shocking scenes. Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he would pray for President Trump’s speedy recovery. There were conflicting reports about the cause of Trump’s injury.

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, also expressed his concern over the assassination attempt on former US President Trump and said violence has no place in politics and democracies.

PM Modi wished him a speedy recovery. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased, those injured and the American people”, he added. 

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Slovakia’s Prime Minister safe after surviving multiple gunshot

The assailant critically injured 59-year-old Prime Minister Fico by shooting him five times.

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Slovakia’s Deputy Prime Minister has confirmed today that Prime Minister Robert Fico’s condition is stable, with his life no longer in immediate danger, following an alarming incident where he was shot multiple times.

The Prime Minister was shot by an assassin while he was leaving a meeting on Wednesday.The assailant critically injured 59-year-old Prime Minister Fico by shooting him five times.

Following the attack, Prime Minister Fico was urgently airlifted to the hospital, where he underwent extensive surgery that lasted several hours. Defence Minister Robert Kalinak, addressing reporters from outside the hospital where Fico was receiving treatment on Wednesday, described the Prime Minister’s condition as critical, emphasising that he was fighting for his life.

The identity of the suspect is yet unconfirmed as the police further investigate. Unconfirmed reports from local media suggest that the assailant may have been a 71-year-old writer and political activist.

A video is currently circulating in which the alleged perpetrator can be seen. In the clip, he mentions that he does not agree with government policy.

The shooting has sparked international concern. Expressing shock over the incident, PM Modi conveyed his solidarity with the people of the Slovak Republic, wishing Prime Minister Fico a speedy recovery. He strongly condemned the shooting, denouncing it as a cowardly and despicable act while emphasising the need for unity against such violent acts and reaffirming India’s support for Slovakia during these challenging times.

Earlier, EU chief Ursula von der Leyen also expressed disapproval of the vile attack on Prime Minister Robert Fico . On X, she stated that such acts of violence have no place in society, undermining democracy, the most precious common good. Von der Leyen extended her thoughts to Prime Minister Fico and his family, highlighting the European Union’s solidarity during this challenging time. The condemnation from EU leadership underscores the gravity of the situation and the need for a united stance against violence targeting political figures. As the investigation unfolds, international support for Slovakia remains steadfast, emphasising the importance of upholding democratic principles and ensuring the safety of leaders across Europe.

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