Corker Hears Saudi Concerns On Syria And Iran

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Senator Bob Corker meets with Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s Chief of General Intelligence, in Riyadh.  The more than three-hour meeting, which was the first in months between Bandar and a high ranking U.S. official, focused on concerns over Syria and Iran.
Senator Bob Corker meets with Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s Chief of General Intelligence, in Riyadh. The more than three-hour meeting, which was the first in months between Bandar and a high ranking U.S. official, focused on concerns over Syria and Iran.

On a trip to assess U.S. diplomatic and security ties with allies in the Middle East, Senator Bob Corker, R-Tn., the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, met with Saudi Arabian officials on Monday and Tuesday in Riyadh where he heard concerns about the worsening conflict in Syria and Iran’s role in the region, among other issues.

“While U.S. decision-making in the Middle East in recent years has no doubt caught many of our allies off guard and caused them to question our reliability, our partnership with Saudi Arabia remains strong and is vital to promoting our national security interests. We must reassure our allies in the region of U.S. commitments for stability and security in the Middle East,” said Senator Corker.  “I will continue working to play a constructive role in Congress to keep the pressure on Iran to alter its actions in the region and advocate for a Syria policy that protects U.S. interests.”

On Tuesday, Senator Corker participated in a briefing at the U.S. embassy in Riyadh prior to a series of meetings with top Saudi officials, including Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Deputy Minister of Defense Salman bin Sultan, Minister of the National Guard Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, Minister of Interior Prince Mohamed bin Naif, Deputy Foreign Minister Abdulaziz bin Abdullah, and Chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies Prince Turki al-Faisal.

Senator Corker later visited Eskan Village where he met with U.S. military commanders and civilian advisers of the training missions for the Saudi Ministry of Defense, National Guard, Ministry of Interior, and Facilities Security Force.

He also met Corporal Franklin Walker of Memphis, a U.S. Marine serving at the U.S. embassy.

Senator Bob Corker meets Corporal Franklin Walker of Memphis, a U.S. Marine serving at the U.S. embassy in Riyadh.
Senator Bob Corker meets Corporal Franklin Walker of Memphis, a U.S. Marine serving at the U.S. embassy in Riyadh.

House Fire Linked To Kids Playing With Matches

Around  12:30  p.m. on Wednesday, Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire at 8143 E. Brainerd Road. Captain Skyler Phillips said smoke from the fire was visible from miles away as they raced to the scene from Station 21. Once on the scene, the firefighters encountered a carport engulfed in flames, with the fire rapidly spreading to the adjacent ... (click for more)

Man Shot 3 Times In His Car On East 26th Street

Jamarcus Davis told police that as he drove into the parking lot in the 2200 block of East 26 th Street, a driver in a Silver Dodge Durango opened fire into his vehicle. The victim was shot twice in the left leg and once in the right, officers said. The incident occurred at about 7 p.m. on Monday. After getting a description of both the vehicle and the driver, police ... (click for more)

A Disturbing Trend At Exit 11

So, am I the first to notice a trend?   How many wrecks does exit 11 need before anyone asks "whats up with that?"  I have lost count of the wrecks that continue to happen, even after last year's awful loss of life (which I believe 51 percent of the blame should fall on the THP officer on duty).  The problem with this section of interstate are sight lines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What You Leave Behind

Randy Travis, one of the best at singing country songs that has ever been, had a song about three people who got killed when an 18-wheeler missed a stop sign. There was a farmer and a teacher, a hooker and a preacher on this bus and Randy tells us: “One's headed for vacation, one for higher education, An' two of them were searchin' for lost souls.” In that wonderful song, the ... (click for more)

Hensley Succeeds Henry As Soddy-Daisy Athletic Director

Soddy-Daisy baseball coach Jared Hensley has added a new role to his duties. Hensley, who has coached the baseball Trojans for eight years with a 177-111 record and state tournament appearances in 2011 and 2015, is the school’s new athletic director. Hensley takes over for Steve Henry, now the school’s principal. “With coach Henry now the man in charge at our school,” ... (click for more)

Unbeaten Fairyland Clinches Red Division Swim Title

Members of the Calhoun swim team were set and ready to compete on the pool deck at the Fairyland Club Monday night, but they never got wet as the meet was postponed by lighting, thunder and the overall threat of stormy weather. They made the long trip back about 24 hours later and the second time around wasn’t nearly as productive as 21 less swimmers made the trip to the top ... (click for more)