746 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
Reconnaissance drone operated by US special forces in Lebanon
US and Hizballah coordinate spy drone flights over Qalamoun, share US combat intelligence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 23, 2015

The US has joined the battle for Qalamoun. debkafile discloses that a US special operations unit, stationed at the north Lebanese Hamat air base, is directing unarmed Aerosonde MK 4.7 intelligence-gathering flights over the Qalamoun Mt arena, 100 km to the west. Since Hizballah is also operating Ababil-3 surveillance drones over the same battlefield, US-Hizballah coordination became necessary. For the first time, the US military is working directly with an internationally-designated terrorist organization – with earthshaking ramifications for Israel’s security and strategic ties with the US.

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ISIS victory parade in Ramadi, Iraq
The US and Iraqi and Syrian armies go to pieces against ISIS drive. Israel, Jordan, Saudis alarmed
DEBKAfile Special Report May 21, 2015

The fall of Damascus and Baghdad, or large slices thereof, to the rapacious Islamic State, is no longer the subject of strategic forecasts, but here and now. It is the price the region is paying for President Barack Obama’s single-minded obsession with détente with Tehran and a nuclear accord. Ramadi’s fall in Iraq and Palmyra’s in Syria proved ISIS’s ability to rock the Middle East to its foundations. Watching the threats closing in, Jerusalem, Amman and Riyadh grasp they may have to contend alone – not just with Iran but also with ISIS.

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Iran ship heads away from Yemen sea emnbargo
Next challenge for US after Ramadi defeat is averted: Iranian ship nearing Yemen is redirected to Djibouti
DEBKAfile Special Report May 20, 2015

Two days after the blow to US strategy in the region landed by Ramadi’s fall to the Islamic State, the Obama administration faces its next test in the region: An Iranian cargo vessel accompanied by two warships plans to break the US-Saudi-Egyptian blockade of Yemen by docking at Hodeida and refusing to submit to a search for illicit weapons. debkafile: After warning that a search would be deemed an act of war, Iran climbed down Wednesday, May 20, and accepted a UN search in Djibouti, as demanded by Washington.
 

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US Special Operations forces in Jordan.
First US ground operation in Syria kills ISIS oil chief - as Islamists advance on three new fronts
DEBKAfile Special Report May 16, 2015

America’s first ground operation in the Syrian war targeted the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. On Saturday, May 16, Special Operations forces attacked an ISIS house in the Deir a-Zour district of eastern Syria, and killed the high-value Islamist commander and oil and gas chief, Abu Sayyaf, when he resisted capture. debkafile: Catching him alive was preferable in view of his importance to the Islamist group as overseer of the Syrian and Iraqi oil fields they have commandeered, and energy sales which net the group's war chest an estimated $5million a day. 

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ISIS rolls into Iraqi town of Ramadi
Key Iraqi town of Ramadi falls to ISIS, along with Jubbah next door to US training base
DEBKAfile Special Report May 15, 2015

Ramadi, provincial capital of western Iraqi Anbar, fell to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Friday, May 15. The town, 110 km west of Baghdad, controls the traffic on the Euphrates River. Small pockets of Iraqi troops are still stranded there after taking hundreds of casualties. debkafile: ISIS’s new fighting momentum has carried it across Anbar province to capture Jubba, next door to Iraq’s biggest air base at Al-Ansar where US officers are training Iraqi troops. The jihadis are also moving in on the oil town of Baiji.

 

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The Gulf Demanded Assad’s Head on a Platter as Proof of Obama’s Goodwill
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2015

Obama sought out Putin to approve a no-fly zone in Syria to meet the Gulf’s demands for Assad’s head as proof that he his promise to defend GCC members security was on the level.

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Khamenei Puts Obama on the Spot with an Iranian Ship for Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2015

The Iranian ship heading for Yemen was set on course to mess Obama’s summit conference wit5h Gulf rulers.

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Saudis Lead GCC Quest for New Strategic Allies after US Letdown in Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2015

Disappointed in US intelligence assistance for its Yemen war effort, the Saudis have turned to other allies, including France and Israel to pitch in.

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Saudi King Salman in tough dialogue with John Kerry
Saudi king, followed by GCC rulers, snubs Obama on summit. US fails to isolate Netanyahu on nuclear deal
DEBKAfile Special Report May 11, 2015

Saudi King Salman’s last-minute cancellation of his White House summit with US President Obama was seen as a calculated snub for the president’s Iran and Mid East policies. Two senior Gulf rulers then opted out of the Camp David summit Obama scheduled for Wednesday, May 13 at Camp David: Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isaa Al Khalifa and UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. They meet after Secretary of State John Kerry failed to override Gulf resistance to the US nuclear deal with Iran. 

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Hizballah flag aloft in Qalamoun battle
Qalamoun battle is do-or-die for Bashar Assad, Hassan Nasrallah and Iran’s Gen. Soleimani
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 9, 2015

The battle for Qalamoun has suddenly become a critical regional contest for the Iran-Syrian-Hizballah alliance at large and its three prime movers, Syrian President Bashar Assad, Hizballah leader Hassan Nastrallah, and Iran’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of the Al Qods Brigades. The Obama administration has launched a new plan to drive a wedge in the Revolutionary Guards leadership by elevating its leader Gen. Jaafari to the regime’s “good guy” and denouncing Gen. Soleimani as the “bad guy" - hoping that degrading him causes Iran to pull in its horns in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

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Obama Offers Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a Kosher Certificate
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2015

The US president is trying to separate the IRGC from its Al Qods Brigades, offering the first a clear road to eased sanctions, while leaving them in place for the Brigades. This amputation is too artificial to work.

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To Win the Oil Contest, Saudis Must First Win in Yemen and Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2015

King Salman is putting all his aspiration to stay on top of the world’s oil market in the Syrian and Yemeni war baskets.

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No Mosul Campaign So Long as US Denies Peshmerga Heavy Weapons
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2015

Obama is dead against army the Kurds lest it upset his Iranian applecart. But Barzani warned him that without the peshmerga he had better forget about a campaign for Mosul.

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Netanyahu Needs an Innovative Foreign Minister with Moshe Dayan’s Vision
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2015

Netanyahu sets up a new government without appointing a foreign minister in the hope of finding another Moshe Dayan he negotiated the 1979 peace with Egypt.

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Barack Obama plans to punish Israel again
Exclusive: Obama to back Palestinian state at Security Council – payback for Israel’s right-wing cabinet
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 6, 2015

debkafile exclusive from Washington: President Barack Obama is to give Europe a green light to file a UN Security Council motion proclaiming an independent Palestinian state. Without waiting for Binyamin Netanyahu to present his new government at midnight Wednesday, May 6, Obama decided to punish him for building a right-wing coalition, minus a moderate figure for talks with the Palestinians. French President Francois Hollande and US Secretary of State John Kerry have already briefed Saudi and Gulf rulers on Obama’s new policy. 

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Obama turns a smiling face to Israel. Biden: Iran has enough material for 8 nuclear bombs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 2, 2015

 President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have gone out of their way in the last fortnight to shower friendly gestures on Israel and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, devoting more time to repairing the relationship than on world crises in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Ukraine. debkafile: Instead of sparring with the Israeli leader, whose speech in Congress placed him at the forefront of international opposition to the nuclear deal, the White House decided to try and convert him – and also Congress - by meeting him on certain points.

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It’s a Long Way to a Yemen Ceasefire
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2015

The Saudis have drawn up their own game plan for Yemen, independently of US efforts to achieve a ceasefire. Obama has told the Gulf rulers not to expect a defense pact with the US, but Iranian expansion will be curbed.

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Obama Makes Tardy Grab for ME Leadership, Slams Brakes on Iran in Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2015

Obama is moderating his support for Iran’s pretensions to No.1 Middle East power after Tehran let Shiite militias in Iraq and Houthis in Yemen loose to attack Sunni Muslims.

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Is Obama Wobbling on Phased Sanctions Relief for Iran? A “Creative” Deal for $50 bn
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2015

Obama has told US negotiators to be “creative” in negotiating Iran’s demand for instant sanctions upon signing a nuclear deal. A down payment from Iran’s multibillion frozen assets could solve the problem.

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The Israeli Air Force Has Answers for Russian S-300s Destined for Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 16, 2015

There are ways to disrupt S-300’s radar before its control room issues the command for the missile to shoot down incoming warplanes or missiles.

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