Is Jordan’s secret militia assisting Kuwait in mass pro-democracy crackdown?

Published November 4th, 2012 - 02:11 GMT

Jordan might be struggling to quell opposition in its own Kingdom but that hasn’t stopped those in power from meddling in Kuwait's affairs, according to recent leaks from Saudi Arabia's infamous whistle-blowing tweep. 

@Mujtahidd has taken a break from spilling Saudi secrets to expose explosive details of Jordan's 'special relationship' with Kuwait. 

According to the mysterious dissident, 'democratic' Jordan is sending a secret militia to Kuwait to stem opposition against its undemocratic regime. In true 'I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine' fashion, Kuwait is allegedly returning the favor in the shape of $6 billion. 

According to the revelations, the shadowy deal was set out at the beginning of October when former director of Jordanian Intelligence, Samih Battikhi, took a trip to Kuwait to weigh-up the threat of rebels. After allegedly claiming Jordanian support was indispensable, Battikhi reportedly encouraged a meeting between intelligence officials from both countries. 

Mujtahidd says this meeting gave birth to the agreement, which will see Jordan sending 16,000 men to Kuwait in a fierce crackdown on protests. 

Whilst officially retired from government business, Battikhi's own interest in the 'special relationship' has a few personal benefits. Having previously been convicted of dodgy dealings, Battikhi has allegedly enjoyed a close relationship with King Abdullah. He is now said to be offering his tit for tat: the Jordanian officers on standby will reportedly cover-up official support by claiming that they are under the private employment of one of Battikhi's businesses. 

And the support allegedly goes further than brute force: in another shocking revelation, Mujtahidd claims that Jordan is also helping Kuwait to suppress opposition the 'constitutional way' by sending over 100 judges to re-draft the law in favor of the regime. 

Whilst the 'special relationship' seems mutually beneficial, it hasn't sat well with everyone. Former Prime Minister of Kuwait, Sheikh Nasser Al-Sabah, allegedly tried to stop the deal going ahead, arguing that it would destroy the authority of Kuwait's ruling Al-Sabah family. 

News of the reported intervention is also unlikely to be well-received by Jordanians. With a growing atmosphere of discontent sweeping across the Kingdom, many may be left wondering why Jordan isn't focusing on its own opposition rather than getting involved in problems elsewhere in the region.  

Whilst Jordan's rulers have been quick to deny the leaks, all eyes will be on Kuwait this evening. With 'opposition hawk' Musallam al-Barrak back on the streets after a brief stint behind bars for 'undermining the status of the emir', and opposition rallies planned across the country, it remains to be seen if the Jordanian anti-democracy intervention will come to light.


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