Monday, May 22, 2017

Chinese News Media Celebrates The Killing Of CIA Spies In China



The Guardian: Chinese newspaper applauds reported 'anti-espionage' killing of CIA sources

Global Times, controlled by the Communist Party, says reports of breaking of spy ring, if true, were a ‘victory for China’

An influential state-run newspaper has applauded China’s anti-espionage efforts after the New York Times said China had killed or imprisoned up to 20 CIA sources, hobbling US spying operations in a massive intelligence breach.

The Chinese killed at least a dozen people providing information to the US Central Intelligence Agency between 2010 and 2012, dismantling a network that was years in the making, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

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WNU Editor: The Chinese are contradicting themselves on this report .... Mission Implausible: China media claims 'victory' over US spy killings, but ridicules report (The Telegraph).

Update: Spy report claiming China Killed or jailed 18-20 CIA sources ‘won’t harm Sino-US ties’ (South China Morning Post).

More News On Chinese News Media Celebrating The Killing Of CIA Spies In China

Chinese paper applauds anti-spy efforts after report CIA sources killed -- Reuters
China’s state-run media declares reports that the government killed CIA sources as ‘a sweeping victory’ -- Daily Mail
Chinese paper cheers NYT report that U.S. spies were killed -- USA Today
China’s Global Times Applauds ‘Victory’ After CIA Sources Reportedly Killed -- NBC
Report claims Beijing destroyed CIA spy ring, Chinese state-run newspaper commends effort -- NYDaily News

World News Briefs -- May 22, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump (C) sits next to Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Israel'sPresident Reuven Rivlin during a welcoming ceremony to welcome Trump at Ben Gurion International Airport in Lod near Tel Aviv, Israel May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

DW: Trump, Israeli leaders pledge Middle East cooperation

US President Donald Trump has landed in Israel as part of his first foreign trip since taking office. Trump arrived fresh from inking a 12-figure arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

President Reuven Rivlin told his US counterpart, Donald Trump, that Israel was honored on Monday to welcome a partner in both business and peace.

"We created a miracle, a technological miracle, a human miracle, and, even during our most difficult times, we never gave up," Rivlin said, describing Israel's seven-decade expansion. However, he said, "we have not yet achieved our mission of living in peace with our neighbors: the Palestinians and the rest of the Arab world."

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MIDDLE EAST

Trump warns of Iranian nuclear threat on visit to Israel.

Donald Trump accused of 'Iranophobia' as he lands in Israel. US stirring up ‘Iranophobia’ to boost arms sales to Arab nations – Tehran.

Trump in Jerusalem to explore Palestinian-Israeli talks. Trump arrives in Israel, says 'great opportunity' for peace.

Syria conflict: Government regains full control of Homs.

Iran reformists sweep Tehran municipal council election.

Turkey crowd taunts coup suspects at mass trial near Ankara. Turkey opens trial of suspected military coup plotters.

Palestinian basic rights 'not on the agenda' for Trump.

Yemen protesters call for southern secession.

Yemen war: Major cholera epidemic feared, says charity. Cholera kills 315 in Yemen in less than month: WHO.

ASIA

Report: Xi Jinping asked for '100-day grace period' on North Korea.

Kashmir conflict shifts with top militant vowing fight is for an Islamic state.

Beijing and Manila end talks as ‘war’ threat recalled.

Thai military hospital bomb blast injures more than 20. 3 years after coup, Thailand sees sporadic, unnerving unrest.

Kabul probes 'terrorist' attack on foreign guest house.

Philippines' Duterte heads to Russia in blow to US.

China sidesteps Duterte claim of war threat over sea row.

China to host global meeting of Antarctic Treaty.

AFRICA

South Sudan's Kiir declares unilateral ceasefire, prisoner release.

Nigerian troops battle Boko Haram in Lake Chad area.

Tunisian forces clash with protesters at oil fields.

Italy inks deal with Libya neighbours to block migrants.

Zambia considers treason charge against opposition leader Hichilema.

Angolan apartheid troops battle to survive in S.Africa.

Quality of life on rise for many Africans, report says.

EUROPE

Putin to meet Macron during visit to Paris on May 29 – Kremlin. Putin, Macron to discuss Syria and Ukraine at May 29 meeting: Kremlin.

EU nations set tough negotiating mandate for Brexit talks. EU's Barnier refuses to imagine UK Brexit talks walkout.

Rattled UK PM May forced into 'dementia tax' U-turn after poll lead halves.

Germany, France pledge new efforts to strengthen eurozone.

German foreign minister calls for Greek debt relief.

Germany urges Iran to stop supporting militants in Syria and Iraq.

Spanish Socialists re-elect Pedro Sánchez to lead party.

AMERICAS

Trump becomes first sitting US president to visit Western Wall.

Source says Flynn to invoke 5th Amendment.

More Puerto Rico agencies enter bankruptcy.

Turkey slams US over ‘aggressive’ acts against bodyguards.

Death toll rises as protests continue in Venezuela.

Venezuela: Thousands cross bridge into Colombia for better opportunities.

Brazil's President Michel Temer wins time in corruption crisis. Brazil President Temer says 'I won't resign, oust me if you want'.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Trump tells Middle East to 'drive out' Islamist extremists.

West Africa hit with spate of suicide bombings.

Japan protests against U.N. expert's queries on bill to fight terrorism.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Boeing expands business ties with Saudis.

China, Russia launch long-haul challenge to Boeing, Airbus.

EU to conclude Google antitrust cases in next few months.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 22, 2017

Kim Jong-un has approved North Korea's intermediate-range ballistic missile for deployment. (Reuters/KCNA)

ABC News Online: North Korea: Kim Jong-un says ballistic missile ready for 'action' after test

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says the intermediate-range ballistic missile that was tested yesterday is ready for "action", according to the reclusive state's news agency.

The test was reported by South Korea yesterday, and the KCNA news agency today released a statement claiming the launch was a success.

The launch verified the reliability and accuracy of the solid-fuel engine's operation and stage separation and the late-stage guidance of the nuclear warhead which was recorded by a device mounted on the warhead, KCNA said.

Mr Kim supervised the launch of the Pukguksong-2 missile and was pleased with the results, KCNA said.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 22, 2017

North Korea: Medium-range missile ready for deployment -- Al Jazeera

North Korea says missile meets all specifications, ready for mass-production -- Reuters

Primary U.S. targets for North Korean ICBMs -- Alert 5

2 US Aircraft Carriers May Join Joint Drill in East Sea -- KBS World

Why China still can’t beat US to become the world’s most powerful navy -- South China Morning Post

Eye in the Sky: China Rolls Out Advanced Radar for Jet Fighters -- Sputnik

Chinese newspaper applauds reported 'anti-espionage' killing of CIA sources -- The Guardian

Spy report claiming China Killed or jailed 18-20 CIA sources ‘won’t harm Sino-US ties’ -- South China Morning Post

Chinese Industrial Spies Cast a Wider Net -- Levi Maxey, Cipher Brief

Pakistan Investigating Social Media Users for Anti-Army Posts: Official -- US News and Review/Reuters

New Zealand navy paid $700,000 to firm mired in ‘Fat Leonard’ sex and bribery scandal -- The Guardian

Nicaragua insists Russian satellite station 'not for spying' -- Defense News

South Sudan's Army may have Committed War Crimes: UN -- Newsweek

Germany Is Quietly Building a European Army Under Its Command -- Foreign Policy

NATO chief in talks with Germany, Turkey over Incirlik dispute -- DW

Nato to welcome Montenegro to the defence alliance in first expansion of membership in eight years -- The Independent

NATO Laying Groundwork to Send More Troops To Iraq, Afghanistan - Defense One

Argentina purchased several refurbished Mirages and engines for Pucaras -- Merco Press

Buying 3 carriers at once could save $1.5 billion, cut 2 years off production, shipyard says -- Virginia Pilot

Russia tried to take over Pentagon Twitter accounts: report -- The Hill

Better Than Boots on the Ground: Pentagon's Tiny Drones Score ‘High Value’ Kills -- Sputnik

The Army Is Testing A Microwave Weapon System In The Mountains Of New Mexico -- Task & Purpose

These gourmet-style meals were created from military MREs -- Military Times

Lawmakers Rap Littoral Combat Ship, New Handgun, Intel System -- Defense Tech

Report: SOCOM Has More Troops In Africa Than Anywhere Except The Middle East -- Task & Purpose

Trump budget to cut Foreign Military Financing, with loan option looming -- Defense News

No More Money for Nothing: Trump’s Budget Proposal May Frustrate Ukraine, Others -- Sputnik

Trump’s Military Budget Proposal Gives Defense Hawks the Political Upper Hand -- Sandra Erwin, RCD

US Services required to report plans to accept new transgender troops -- USA Today

Amphibious Warfare Experts Emphasize the Need to Adopt New Concepts -- James Peterson, SeaPower

Gallery: War aircraft through the lens of a US Army training manual -- Ars Technica

The Pentagon Is Almost Ready for Its Close-Up -- Russell Berman, The Atlantic

Laying Down The Rules On How War In Space Will Be Fought

There is an Outer Space Treaty which acts as international space law, but with the pact celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, legislators are working on an updated model to produce a future-proof version called Milamos - the manual on international law applicable to military uses of outer space

Daily Mail: Laying down the law for the real-life Star Wars: Scientists and lawyers draft the first legal manual for space warfare including rules on firing lasers and attacking satellites

* An existing treaty states that outer space is to be used for 'peaceful purposes'
* No country can lay claim to celestial territory such as the moon or Mars, it says
* But treaty has specific failings in the modern era which experts are addressing
* They include hacking satellites for gain in conflict and taking astronauts hostage

A group of scientists and lawyers are drafting the first legal manual for space warfare including rules on firing lasers and attacking satellites.

The document, being drawn up by leading experts in the field from the US, the UK and Australia , will address the grey areas in legislating what happens miles above the earth.

There is an Outer Space Treaty which acts as international space law, but with the pact celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, legislators are working on an updated model to produce a future-proof version.

It is understood part of the reason for the revamp is the threat of using space in modern warfare to stop the likes of Star Wars and Star Trek becoming a reality.

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WNU Editor:  They are hoping that this will be an update on the current 50 year old Outer Space Treaty.

Who Will Replace the A-10 Warthog?

TEXTRON'S SCORPION JET COMES LOADED FOR BEAR. IMAGE SOURCE: TEXTRON.

Motley Fool: Who Will Replace the A-10 Warthog? Textron Has a 2-in-3 Chance

Textron's secret weapon: The only jet fighter in this competition.

Few aircraft in the U.S. Air Force's arsenal attract as much support as the A-10 Thunderbolt II Warthog.

In a fit of martial poetry, Mother Jones describes the A-10 as "an unstoppable commercial Learjet with a full-automatic cannon in its nose and an iron bathtub surrounding the cockpit." More laconic, Foxtrotalpha simply states that the A-10 is "the best CAS [close air support] platform mankind has ever designed."

Good as the A-10 is, however, even its supporters acknowledge that it must one day be retired. In anticipation of that day, the Air Force has been spooling up a "capability assessment" preparatory to acquiring a new ground attack aircraft that could, possibly, fit the bill. It's call the OA-X competition, and one year after it was announced, OA-X could finally be entering its final innings.

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WNU Editor: It looks like the fix is in.

Are Venezuela's 5,000 Russian Surface-To-Air MANPADS Missiles Secured?

A Venezuelan soldier practises on an anti-aircraft artillery simulator as part of a defensive military exercise in conjunction with the general public in Caracas March 14, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File photo


Reuters: Exclusive: Venezuela holds 5,000 Russian surface-to-air MANPADS missiles

Venezuela possesses 5,000 Russian-made MANPADS surface-to-air weapons, according to a military document reviewed by Reuters, the largest known stockpile in Latin America and a source of concern for U.S. officials amid the country's mounting turmoil.

Venezuela's socialist government has long used the threat of an "imperialist" invasion by the United States to justify an arms buildup. Much of that arsenal was obtained from Russia by Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez, whose tenure lasted from 1999 until his death in 2013.

The missiles, which are shoulder-mounted and can be operated by one person, pose a serious threat to commercial and military aircraft. Weapons experts said there have long been fears that the weapons could be stolen, sold or somehow channeled to the wrong hands, concerns exacerbated by the current civil unrest in Venezuela and the economic crisis roiling the oil-producing nation.

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WNU Editor: 5,000 MANPADS?!?!?!?! I have a bad feeling about this.

Tests For The U.S. Navy's Railgun Are Accelerating



The Next Big Future: US Railgun is being test fired a few times per hour now and by the end of the year at 10 shots per minute

The US Navy railgun program is making great technical progress according to the Office of Naval Research program manager Tom Boucher.

The Navy is now working towards installing railguns at permanent land-based test sites which would provide more and better data for fewer dollars than an ad hoc installation aboard a repurposed fast transport.

New 32-megajoule railguns have been installed and fired in Virginia and New Mexico.

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Update: Pentagon to Accelerate Rail Gun Hypervelocity Projectile - Fires From Army Howitzer (Scout Warrior)

WNU Editor: The Pentagon is clearly seeing great potential (and applications) for this technology.

President Trump's Direct Flight To Israel From Saudi Arabia Will Be The First Time That A Plane Will Fly Between The Two Countries


The Drive: Air Force One May Make Historic First Direct Saudi Arabia To Israel Flight

Hopes for a new, more peaceful middle east may ride on the wings of Air Force One.

Donald Trump is set to make his first international trip as President on Friday. A White House besieged by controversy and federal investigations clearly hopes the excursion abroad can redirect the spotlight while also offering up some much needed positive headlines. One of those may very well be the first disclosed direct flight by any aircraft between Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Trump's first stop will be in Saudi Arabia, where he will be welcomed by some serious fanfare according to reports. There he aims to close a gargantuan arms deal, said to total upwards of $300 billion over the coming decade, and a whopping $100 billion in the near term. He will also likely push for a more robust Arab military alliance, something loosely akin to a middle east NATO, to deal with militant groups, terrorism and to counter Iran's growing conventional military capabilities and influence abroad.

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WNU Editor: This is actually a big thing. In the past planes would stop at Jordan before making the flight to Israel .... but no more now. This is one more sign on how relations between Israel and the Gulf states have changed in the past few years, and with the Palestinian issue becoming less of a concern.

Israel Raises Concerns On The $110 Billion U.S. Arms Sale To Saudi Arabia

US President Donald Trump, left, and Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud take part in a signing ceremony at the Saudi Royal Court in Riyadh on May 20, 2017. ( AFP / MANDEL NGAN)

Times Of Israel: After Saudi arms deal, ministers fret about Israel’s military edge

Yuval Steinitz warns Riyadh is a ‘hostile country,’ says Washington should have consulted with Jerusalem before inking agreement.

Two Likud ministers on Sunday voiced concern about Israel’s ability to retain its qualitative military edge in the Middle East, in the first government responses to the $110 billion arms package signed between the US and Saudi Arabia over the weekend aimed at bolstering the Sunni kingdom’s defenses against Iran.

“Saudi Arabia is a hostile country and we must ensure that Israel’s qualitative military edge is preserved,” Likud Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Sunday, according to the Kan news broadcaster.

The energy minister indicated Washington did not consult with Israel before inking the massive arms deal.

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WNU Editor: President Trump will be arriving in Israel later today. I am sure that this arms deal with Saudi Arabia will be raised up when President Trump meets the Israeli Prime Minister.

More News On Israeli Concerns Over The $110 Billion U.S. Arms Sale To Saudi Arabia

Ministers concerned Saudi arms deal might blunt Israel's military edge -- Jerusalem Post
'Israel's military edge will not be compromised' -- Arutz Sheva
Israeli minister expresses concern over U.S.-Saudi arms deal -- Reuters
Israeli ministers concerned over ‘troubling’ US arms deal with ‘hostile’ Saudi Arabia -- RT
Dulling Their Edge? Israel Not Happy About Trump’s Massive Arms Deal With Saudis -- Sputnik
'How can it hurt?' Why Israel says it's not worried by Trump's huge Saudi arms deal -- The Times of Israel

The Evolution Of The U.S. Military Helmet



Popular Mechanics: How U.S. Military Helmets Went From Stopping Rocks to Stopping Bullets

Over 100 years, the soldier's helmet has gone from stopping rocks to bullets.

An upcoming exhibit at the Smithsonian highlights one of the most under-appreciated pieces of soldier kit, the infantryman's helmet. The May 20th Military Invention Day event at the National Museum of American History showcases 100 years of helmets and how they went from stopping flying dirt and rockets to a 7.62x39 bullet.

The U.S. Army first began using helmets in 1917 upon its entry into World War I. The helmets were copies of the British Army's standard issue helmet, known as the Brodie Helmet or Mark One. Shallow with a wide, hat-like brim, the Mark One was mostly to keep artillery debris out of a soldier's face and protect against flying debris.

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WNU Editor: The helmet has definitely evolved over the years.

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This Goo Can Stop Bullets (The Future Of Body Armor?)

Air Force Academy cadet Hayley Weir with professor Ryan Burke. Air Force Academy/Tech Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes

Business Insider: An Air Force Academy cadet created a bullet-stopping goo to use for body armor

fter a little more than a year of research and more than 20 attempts to get the right materials, an Air Force Academy cadet and professor have developed a kind of goo that can be used to enhance existing types of body armor.

As part of a chemistry class project in 2014, Cadet 1st Class Hayley Weir was assigned epoxy, Kevlar, and carbon fiber to use to create a material that could stop a bullet.

The project grabbed Weir's interest.

"Like Under Armour, for real," she said.

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WNU Editor: The applications for this material are enormous .....

.... It also has the potential for use as a protective lining on vehicles and aircraft and in tents to protect their occupants from shrapnel or gunfire.

"It's going to make a difference for Marines in the field," Burke said.

Picture Of The Day

Aircrew aboard a C-130 Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron circle a Micronesian Island on Dec. 5, 2016. Elizabeth Baker/US Air Force

WNU Editor: The above picture came from this photo gallery .... 33 of the best photos from around the US military (Business Insider).

US Special Ops Wants Super Soldiers


Next Big Future: Special Ops interested in Drugs and more for Supersoldiers and strength enhancing exoskeleton armor

US Special Ops is looking to put Captain America Supersoldiers into HALO exoskeleton Armor.

Innovative solutions that will optimize human performance, reduce recovery time, and increase peak performance sustainability, including increased endurance, strength, energy, agility, enhanced senses, provide restorative effects of sleep, and enhance tolerance to environmental extremes. The technologies can be demonstrated through studies that provide proof of concepts or through solutions demonstrated in humans that quantify operational performance improvements. Technologies should not consist of new software applications, wearables, and additional studies on existing nutraceuticals that have been previously researched in depth.

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WNU Editor: In short .... what they want is this .... Better pharmaceuticals, coupled with better body armor protection and something like the TALOS (Iron Man) exoskeleton.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

President Trump Touches Glowing Orb With Middle East Leaders


ABC News Online: Donald Trump: What's actually going on in this picture of the US President touching a glowing orb?

A photograph of Donald Trump with his hands on a glowing orb was one of the most striking images from the US President's weekend visit to Saudi Arabia.

Mr Trump, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi Arabia's King Salman gathered around a luminescent sphere, in a tableau which drew comparisons to scenes from Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter on social media.

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WNU Editor: Needless to say .... this image has gone viral on the web.

NATO Chief Is Denying Media Reports That He Said President Trump “Has A 12-Second Attention Span”


The Hill: NATO denies chief said Trump ‘has a 12-second attention span’

NATO on Saturday pushed back on a report claiming the group’s secretary general said President Trump “has a 12-second attention span” following a meeting in April."

Politico Magazine reported Friday that a former senior official claimed Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg criticized Trump's attention bandwidth.

“The president of the United States has a 12-second attention span,” Stoltenberg reportedly said, Politico reported.

The senior official, according to the report, added that the president appeared unprepared for his meeting with the Norwegian Stoltenberg. He reportedly brought up recent events surrounding North Korea, which does not involve NATO.

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WNU Editor: Another anonymous source .... and a story that has been repeated numerous times in the main stream media even with the NATO chief's denial. Am I the only one who is seeing a pattern here? The Politico story that made this claim is here .... ‘People Here Think Trump Is a Laughingstock’ (Susan B. Glasser, Politico). Even Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov .... of all people .... is noticing that there is something wrong .... Lavrov: Lying US Media Would Feel Right at Home in the Soviet Union (Russian Insider). More here .... Sergey Lavrov Says US Media Reminds Him of Soviet Union's "Pravda" (Zero Hedge).

Looking At Syria From Outer Space During Nighttime From 2012 To The Present Time


BBC: Syria from Space

Three cities in darkness and light

What does the impact of the Syrian war look like from space?

Six years of war in Syria have had a devastating effect on millions of its people.

One of the most catastrophic impacts has been on the country’s electricity network.

Images from Nasa, obtained by BBC Arabic, show clearly how the lights have gone out during the course of the conflict, leaving people to survive with little to no power.

Each timelapse frame shows an average of the light emitted at night every month from 2012, one year after the war began.
They show that the areas where Syrians can turn lights on at night, power their daily lives and get access to life-saving medical equipment, have shrunk dramatically.

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WNU Editor: The before and after pictures are striking.

Saudi King Salman Tells President Trump: Syrians 'Brought Destruction To Their Own Country'

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) presents U.S. President Donald Trump with the Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud Medal at the Royal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The Independent: Saudi king tells Donald Trump Syrians 'brought destruction to their own country'

'Syria too used to be one of the most advanced countries,' King Salman tells President

The king of Saudi Arabia, a major backer of rebel forces in Syria, appeared to lament the destruction caused by the civil war while meeting with Donald Trump in Riyadh.

“Syria too used to be one of the most advanced countries,” King Salman told Mr Trump, according to a White House press pool report.

“We used to get our professors from Syria,” the King continued. “They served our kingdom. Unfortunately, they too brought destruction to their own country. You can destroy a country in mere seconds, but it takes a lot of effort.”

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WNU Editor: In the beginning .... when the Arab Spring was gripping Syria .... there was a chance to avoid bloodshed. WNU covered those early days extensively .... including warning what would happen if compromise and accommodation could not be reached and if violence becomes the norm. That is why I was not surprised that when the fighting started ..... as is so typical of the Middle East .... everyone got involved (Saudi Arabia included) thereby making Syria the proxy war that it is today. So King Salman is right ..... the inability and unwillingness of many Syrians to compromise in the beginning did cascade into the war that has destroyed their country. But .... Saudi Arabia's hands are not clean .... the Kingdom and the Gulf States have been fuelling this war with resources and materials .... and they have shown little if any interest to stop.