Former Saudi Provinces Preparing For War
NEWS 10/06/2039 3:37 PM ET
Former Saudi Provinces Preparing For War
by Tyrell Omar

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Southern Caliphate soldiers line up at a base near Riyadh.
Jordanian Prime Minister Qusai Hussain announced today that his nation's military was placed on maximum readiness following signs of a military build-up within the former Saudi Arabia's rival factions.

Hussain's statement follows a similar declaration by Iraqi President Fakhir al-Najaf yesterday.

The territories of Mecca, Medina, and Al-Kalea were imaged by US satellites this week massing troops, vehicles, and weapons in their major cities and military bases in what appears to be preparation for military action.

The United Nations announced a week ago that it was abandoning its efforts to mediate the dispute between the parties after threats were made against the lives of negotiators in Riyadh.

Tuesday's bombing of a mosque in Dammam, widely attributed to extremists in the northern Al-Kalea area, followed other recent terror attacks on east Arabian provinces and strained tensions further, prompting recriminations.

The Southern Gulf States - Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Bahrain - held emergency talks in the wake of the bombing. A joint statement delivered by the five nations warned against escalating rhetoric and called for calm.

The Kuwaiti government issued a statement yesterday in support of negotiations. Its military has been on high alert since the United Nations delegation withdrew.

Egyptian President Fudail bin Rahman has publicly offered his government's support in mediating the dispute. Bin Rahman's government is in talks with other Arab states with the goal of finding a solution to the crisis.

U.S. Secretary of State Mark Venturia, addressing media today, urged any remaining foreign nationals to evacuate the region immediately.

"The United States is keeping a very interested eye on the region as the situation develops. We are in constant communication with our allies in the area and have assured them of our support in combating any threat that arises. We strongly urge any remaining foreign nationals to depart immediately."

There are believed to be fewer than 1,000 Western citizens in left in the region.

Venturia was followed by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vince McHaughan who advised that a third carrier, the USS Enterprise, has been dispatched to the Red Sea.

The United States Fifth Fleet - situated in the Persian Gulf - is on the highest state of alert; its ships and aircraft have been conducting training exercises for the past week.

Since emerging as independent polities from 2037 to 2038, the self-declared Free Arab State, Southern Caliphate and Mazrea provinces have aligned themselves ideologically with the West, instituting democratic elections and endorsing free trade principles.

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The former Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today.

They have been opposed by the Mecca, Medina, and Al-Kalea areas, which intelligence sources indicate, have become havens for many former Islamic State fighters and low level commanders.

The three provinces also house a strong Wahhabist clerical network which has influenced domestic as well as foreign policy.

The economically destitute west Arabian factions saw a dramatic exodus of refugees into neighboring Jordan and Iraq until they closed their borders in July this year. Estimates range between 75,000 - 100,000 people fled the area from 2036.

Saudi Arabia's problems began to assert themselves in the 2020s, as the price of oil continued to drop and formerly generous government handouts began to dry up as a result of budgetary tightening. An influx of Islamic State militants combined with outspoken, critical conservative clerics to produce a populist Islamic force within Saudi borders, which the royal family was unable to control. It clashed with government forces in increasingly desperate confrontations on the streets of the larger cities.

Economic as well as religiously motivated rioting caused mass destabilization in the once wealthy regional powerhouse; and many of the royal family's palaces were looted and torched while bombings became commonplace. Saudi ex-government officials estimate that from 2034 to this year 12,000 people died in explosions as the country began to split into factions headed by religious leaders.

The tension was exacerbated as Saudi royal family members began to leave the country. Initially under the pretext of foreign relations, trade missions or holidays, the extended absences of princes and princesses began to be noticed by the public. As opinion started to turn against the House of Saud, the family abandoned the country en masse and by 2037 few if any family members remained in the country. It is believed the royal family withdrew more than $2 trillion in liquid assets from the beleaguered nation.

King Mohammad formally abdicated the throne from his residence in London, January last year.

Without a stable government Saudi Arabia's different factions consolidated strongholds based around key areas. Regimes headed by former key government individuals rapidly took shape in the east in opposition to the extremist groups springing up around the key Muslim cities of Mecca and Medina.

The richer eastern areas have produced moderate governments while the north and westernmost provinces have become known as hotbeds of militancy and extremist rhetoric.

It is believed that the majority of the former Saudi government's military assets were claimed by the Free Arab State and the Southern Caliphate, and that the west Arabian states are supplied with basic war materiel by Middle East terrorist groups like al Qaeda and Northern Syria. Much of the FAS and the Southern Caliphate's militaries are composed of professional soldiers from the former Royal Saudi Arabian Armed Forces.

Intelligence sources report that the militaries of Mecca, Medina, and Al-Kalea are staffed with jihadist fighters from the Islamic State conflict as well as the war in Nigeria.

United Nations delegates fear a famine could kill up to 125,000 people over the coming years if economic security and political stability is not brought to west Arabia.
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