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What Arabic Media Says About the US – June 3, 2018

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Bad News for US: Russia Will Be Able to Take Down American 5th-Generation Jetfighters – Addiyar (pro-Syrian)

National Interest revealed that Russia and China have all the necessary technology in order to develop means to fight America’s most modern jets that were manufactured using stealth technology. The magazine added that Moscow and Beijing’s gathering all this technology and completing its development is just a matter of time. With that, the 5th generation U.S. jets – F-35 and F-22 will be at risk.

 

US Official: We Won’t be Deceived by Al-Qaeda’s Attempt to Reconstruct Itself – Al-Bawaba (Egyptian)

U.S. Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan Sales says America won’t be deceived by al-Qaeda’s attempt to reconstruct. He made the remark when reacting to news that the U.S. designated as a foreign terror organization Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham [Organization for the Liberation of the Levant].

Reuters quoted Sales on Friday: “Today’s designation serves notice that the United States is not fooled by this al-Qa’ida affiliate’s attempt to rebrand itself. Whatever name Nusrah chooses, we will continue to deny it the resources it seeks to further its violent cause.”

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Mattis Says Rocket Used in Houthi Attack on Saudi Tanker Was Delivered by Iran – Al-Arabiya (Saudi)

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday that a rocket used by Yemen’s Houthis in an unsuccessful attack on a Saudi commercial ship in April was delivered by Iran.

“The threat to the Red Sea shipping was pretty obvious when you saw the tanker get hit by an Iranian-supplied missile to the Houthis. So the implications of this are not insignificant if we don’t get this under control,” Mattis said at a press briefing late on Tuesday.

 

American Vetoes Kuwaiti Resolution to Defend Palestinian People – Al-Manar (Hezbollah)

The U.N. Security Council failed on Friday to pass a Kuwaiti resolution calling provide international protection for the Palestinian people. The U.S. used its veto against the Kuwaiti resolution. Ten countries supported the resolution while four abstained.

Before the vote, [U.S. Ambassador] Nikki Haley said Washington would oppose the resolution and would use its veto. The Kuwaiti decision represented a one-sided view of the latest escalation in the Gaza Strip, she added.

 

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Ran Meir
Ran Meir is Clarion Project's Arab affairs analyst.

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