The Israeli Defense Forces appear to be gearing up for war.

Following a shocking series of events in Saudi Arabia, where the Royal Family has been cleaning corruption out of its government, the Middle East has become even more unstable. Yesterday, we reported that the Saudis conducted a massive anti-corruption sweep that saw over a dozen royals arrested for money laundering and corruption charges, including Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, one of the richest men in the world.


Later in the day, the Saudi Kingdom was again rocked by shocking news that Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd was killed during a firefight with police as they attempted to arrest him. The 44-year-old Prince was the youngest son of King Fahad, and his death signifies that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will stop at nothing to assume the throne in his country.

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Zero Hedge noted that the recent round of arrests is causing instability in the entire region.


Prince Abdul Aziz’s strange and sudden death which is said to have occurred during an attempted arrest, sheds light on the theory that the clearly forced resignation of former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri had more to do with internal Saudi affairs than the Saudi attempt to bring instability to Lebanon.

The Saudi Royal family has now lost two princes in 24 hours.


As Al Jazeera notes, in this Saudi version of ‘Game of Thrones’, the 32-year-old Bin Salman shows that he is willing to throw the entire region into jeopardy to wear the royal gown.

His actions have already all but destroyed the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC); Yemen can no longer be referred to as a functioning state; Egypt is a ticking time bomb; and now Lebanon may erupt.

The increased destabilization of the region comes after a ballistic missile was launched into Saudi Arabia from neighboring Yemen by Iran-backed Houthi rebels. The Saudis were able to knock the missile out of the sky, but have since declared the launch to be an “act of war” against its country, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Amid news of the stunning incidents in Saudi Arabia, news broke that Israel and its allies appear to be preparing for the unrest and war that seems inevitable in the Middle East by conducting a joint training exercise with seven other nations. According to a report from the Times of Israel, Operation Blue Flag is the largest joint aerial training mission to ever take place, and it simulates war against aerial threats as well as surface-to-air missiles.

From Israel Defense:

Throughout the first week of the two-week-long exercise, the international aircrews will acclimate themselves to the base and get to know each other. Throughout the second week, the participants will rehearse complex scenarios and coalition flights.

During some of the sorties, the participants will fly against the “Flying Dragon” Squadron, the IAF’s aggressor squadron, which will simulate enemy forces via “enemy” aircraft, SAM (Surface-to-air missile) batteries and MANPADS (Man-portable air-defense systems).

The participating countries include India, the United States, Poland, Greece, France, Italy, and Germany. According to the IDF, more than a thousand soldiers, including commanders and technical personnel, will be a part of the 11-day war simulation.

The exercise is being held out of the Israeli Air Force’s Ovda base, north of Eilat.

“The participating nations arrived in Israel in their own aircraft and will practice different situations and scenarios,” the IDF said.

The countries will square off against the IDF’s so-called Red Squadron, which acts as an enemy force in exercises.

According to the army, the goal of the exercise is to both improve technical ability and to strengthen the “diplomatic cooperation between the countries.”

The IDF said planning for the exercise started a year ago.

So while the world remains focused on the Korean peninsula and whether or not the U.S. will go to war with North Korea, there appears to be an equally dangerous storm brewing in the Middle East. For everyone’s sake, let’s hope cooler heads prevail.

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