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The leaking Kerry-Lavrov deal for Ukraine will only fuel continuing US-Russian dissent
Russian flags fly in Donetsk
Russian flags fly in Donetsk
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Apr 18, 2014, 7:37 PM (IDT)

The Kerry-Lavrov “de-escalation” recipe for Ukraine, concluded in Geneva Thursday, April 17, consists of the same ingredients as their previous deals: a slick-sounding compromise that the US and Russian can more or less live with; a gloss over the real elements at issue between them; and a deal that goes over the heads of the prime movers involved in the conflict. By Friday, the two rival camps in Ukraine were digging in their heels against it. Though threatened with sanctions, Vladimir Putin is waiting to see if the West makes the Kiev government moderate its positions.

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Estimated Timeline for Strike on Iran: Mid-May to Early June
Preparations by the US, Israel and Saudis are afoot with British and French naval participation.
US Tips Allies: Final Nuclear Deal with Iran Is in the Bag
By overlooking Iran’s weapons program, US hopes to pull off a fast deal to avert a military strike.
The US-Russian War of Words over Ukraine May Start a Fire
Russia would prefer a federal Ukraine to invasion - but events may swing out of control.
Jordanian air strike destroyed combat veihicles
Jordanian air strike destroyed combat veihicles
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
Apr 17, 2014, 12:20 PM (IDT)

The Jordanian air strike Wednesday April 16 against an armored vehicle convoy from Syria destroyed an Al Qaeda raider force on its way to attack a US military target, debkafile reveals. Jordan’s first assault on a target outside the country took place on the Syrian side of the border opposite the eastern Jordanian town of Ruwaished. At a secret base nearby, Iraqi troops are being instructed by US and Jordanian instructors in counter-terror combat tactics. This episode dramatizes the escalating Al Qaeda-Iraq threat to Jordan, US forces based there and Israel.
 

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DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 16, 2014, 2:37 PM (IDT)

The armored personnel carriers which rolled in the embattled town of Slavyansk with Russian flags Wednesday, April 16, were part of the Ukrainian military operation whose crews joined their tagets, the pro-Russian militias,

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Apr 15, 2014, 10:24 AM (IDT)

The Iraqi army began buttressing its defense lines on April 12 to save parts of Baghdad from falling to al Qaeda’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). Terrorist forces have broken through into the city’s western outskirts.

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Apr 13, 2014, 8:49 PM (IDT)

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have decided to distance themselves for the time being from Israeli-Palestinian talks until Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas find their own way back to the table, DEBKAfile reports exclusively.

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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Apr 9, 2014, 12:04 PM (IDT)

The Syrian army’s 90th Brigade’s loss of the forward Tel Al-Ahmar Golan position to rebel forces including al Qaeda’s Nusra Front was Bashar Assad’s most humiliating military setback in the past year.

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DEBKAfile Video Dec 29, 2013

US weapons and Iranian Al Qods officers join the Iraqi army in a major anti-al-Qaeda offensive to foil Al Qaeda’s plan for its first caliphate across the Syrian-Iraqi frontier - but also to buttress the pro-Iranian Shiite crescent arching over the region. 

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DEBKAfile Video Aug 17, 2013

Top US soldier Gen. Martin Dempsey has just inaugurated Centcom’s Forward Command in Jordan manned by 273 US officers. It ... More...

DEBKAfile Video Jun 26, 2013

Shortly after DEBKA aired a special video on the Syrian war’s widening circle, Moscow announced Wednesday June 26, the evacuation beginning Friday of all Russian military and diplomatic personnel from ... More...

DEBKAfile Video Apr 24, 2013

Tamerlan Tsarnaev established links with al Qaeda’s Caucasian networks for terrorist attacks in America, starting with the Boston bombings. In 2011, Russian intelligence notified the ... More...

Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Vienna
DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 8, 2014

Iran and the six world powers Tuesday, April 8, kicked off negotiations in Vienna for a final and comprehensive nuclear accord. debkafile reports that in its haste to start drafting the document by mid-May, the Obama administration is ignoring the military aspects of Iran’s nuclear program.  A senior Israeli security official remarked: “The Americans are ready to take Tehran’s assurance that its program is purely peaceful at face value.” The initial US-Iranian argument over the quantity of low-grade enriched uranium permissible is irrelevant given the fissile material concealed in Tehran’s weapons program.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Apr 7, 2014

Two Syrian rebel militias judged moderate in Washington have in the last few days taken delivery and begun using  the first advanced US weapon to be deployed in more than three years of civil war, debkafile reveals. It is the heavy anti-tank, optically-tracked, wire-guided BGM-71 TOW.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Apr 5, 2014

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has proved time and again that he will never endorse any accord for ending the dispute with Israel. US Secretary of State John Kerry has finally accepted this. An interim deal, which he refused to consider, might buy a few years’ grace in the dispute before breaking up, because it is the conflict that keeps Abbas in power. debkafile: Some Palestinian eyes are looking at the Saudi-UAE-Egyptian bloc and its war on the Muslim Brotherhood i.e. Hamas, which the US opposes. Israel too is seriously interested.

DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 2, 2014

Top US soldier Gen. Martin Dempsey left Israel on April 2 saying its leaders were now satisfied the US was capable of using a military option against Iran. debkafile: The Israeli officials he met did not confirm this, or the “broad Israel-US agreement” on how to deal with the Iranian threat. Dempsey’s remark that the US “will use a military option if the Iranians choose to stray off the diplomatic path,” confirmed that nothing had changed. More about this in the coming issue of DEBKA Weekly out Friday. To subscribe, click here.













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