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Takes on the World
Dr. Christopher Davidson, Durham Univ. UK
 Jeff Blankfort  Contact Contributor
June 28, 2017, 1:53 p.m.
Dr. Davidson, author of Shadow Wars, the Secret Struggle for the Middle East (One World, UK) sorts out the details of the Saudi-Qatar conflict that appears to have been given the green light by Trump and Kushner in Riyadh. He explains that Saudis object to Qatar support for Muslim Brotherhood and its attacks on the KSA on Qatar-owned Al Jazeera's Arab broadcasts which are very different in content than its English language edition and is more like an Arabic version of Fox News.

In noting the forces now taking sides in that conflict, with Iran and Turkey supporting Qatar and supplying it with food and necessities to break the Saudi blockade, he compares it to the situation in Europe before the outbreak of World War One.

He speaks about the US support for Al Qaeda and the extremist jihadist groups going back to the attacks on the Russians in Afghanistan and explains how such groups, including ISIS have served US interests by fighting more nationalistic, more radical forces which he describes in great detail in his book.

He notes how the actual numbers of bombing raids by the US-led coalition against ISIS don't compare with previous campaigns such as in Serbia and sees that against ISIS as more of a formality than an attempt to eliminate it since its continued existence makes it a useful bogeyman.
Interviewed by Jeff Blankfort

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