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Washington and Moscow pulling strings to hold Ukraine combatants back from brink of civil war
Ukrainian soldiers in Slavyansk
Ukrainian soldiers in Slavyansk
DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 16, 2014, 11:03 AM (IDT)

The US and Russia, trading the blame for pushing Ukraine to the brink of civil war, are also acting to restrain the two players in the field, both angling for the edge in the meeting of senior US, Russian, European, Ukrainian and UN officials taking place in Geneva Thursday, April 17. debkafile: So far there has been no real shooting between the Ukrainian “anti-terror” force dispatched Tuesday, April 16 and pro-Russian activists. But the situation is so charged that an unforeseen spark could send the situation spinning out of control.

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.
Drying banks of the Euphrates dammed by al Qaeda
Drying banks of the Euphrates dammed by al Qaeda
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 the capital city 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 and are preparing to head out to other parts of the city of more than seven million and Iraqi government headquarters. The jihadis are engaged in cutting off the Iraqi capital’s sources of fresh water and blowing up its main bridges to the rest of the country in order to disrupt Iraqi army movements.




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.

First degree murder suspect
DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 14, 2014, 6:55 AM (IDT)

A 70-year old man shot dead Sunday, April 14, three people, including a grandfather and his grandson, and injured two, at two Jewish centers in Kansas City before being taken into custody. He was heard shouting “Heil Hitler!” 

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.

Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Vienna
DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 8, 2014, 6:51 PM (IDT)

Iran and the six world powers Tuesday, April 8, kicked off negotiations in Vienna for a comprehensive nuclear accord. DEBKAfile: The Obama administration is ignoring the military aspects of Iran’s nuclear program. 

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. 

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...

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.

John Kerry sees his peace effort fall apart
DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 1, 2014

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas did not announce his walkout from the negotiations with Israel or turn down the package of far-reaching Israeli concessions which US Secretary of State John Kerry assembled with Binyamin Netanyahu early Wednesday, April 1. He turned his back on them by sending out applications in the name of “the independent Palestinian state” for membership of 12 UN agencies - in breach of his commitment ahead of the negotiations. The Kerry-Netanyahu bid for an extension of the talks gave Abbas his chance to dump them.

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