835 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
Exclusive Details of Second US-Russian Accord for Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 5, 2016

The Russians also consented to negotiations on the future of senior Syrian military commanders.

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US Fails to Muster Local Iraqi Forces to Fight ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 5, 2016

Under the current reality, there is no local military force capable of defeating ISIS and capturing its two de facto capitals.

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US Troop Buildup in Syria as Counterweight for Russian Presence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 5, 2016

The number of US commandos in Syria is now believed to be about the same as that of Russia’s Spetsnaz special forces in the country.

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Suddenly Russia consents to consider Assad’s ouster
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 4, 2016

Washington and Moscow have made dramatic progress over the last few days in marathon telephone talks between Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on ending the war in Syria. Russia agreed for the first time to discuss the possibility that Syrian President Bashar Assad will step down, and the conditions under which such a process will take place.    

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GCC leaders reject Obama’s Middle East policy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 23, 2016

debkafile’s intelligence sources and its sources in the Gulf report exclusively that US President Barack Obama failed in his effort to convince the leaders of the six Gulf Cooperation Council member states, during their summit on April 22 in Riyadh, to support his Middle East policy and cooperate with Washington. 

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IDF’s drill secures Netanyahu-Putin summit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2016

The Israeli cabinet holds its weekly session Sunday April 17, on the Golan. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu will visit Moscow on Thursday, April 21 to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and to launch the most important battle of his political career, and one of Israel’s most decisive contests of the last 10 years: the battle over the future of the Golan Heights. 

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U.S. and Russia team up to Seek Israel Pullback from Golan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2016

Obama and Putin are jointly supporting the return of the Golan Heights to Syria.

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On Gulf Visit, Obama Aims for Saudi-Iran Detente
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2016

A last attempt by Obama to convince Gulf rulers to accept the nuclear agreement with Iran.

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Asia in Nuclear Race: Japanese, South Korean “Bombs in the Basement.” India, Pakistan Upgrade
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2016

Even though Obama led a nuclear summit in Washington, no one mentioned the arms race in Asia with Japan and South Korea developing “bombs in the basement” and India and Pakistan upgrading their nuclear and nuclear-capable missile arsenals.

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Will Erdogan Go Before Assad? If It’s up to Obama and Putin - Yes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2016

Erdogan is seen by Obama and Putin as having driven himself into a corner. Due to his obduracy, he has become an impediment to their plans for Syria’s future and the US-Russian war on ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

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Saudis Step into US Void to Help Egypt’s War on ISIS-Sinai
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2016

King Salman landed in Cairo to patch up ties with El-Sisi - despite their serious differences on pivotal issues. He also presented a large check for Egypt’s flagging economy and foundering war on ISIS-Sinai.

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Netanyahu’s dilemma: Détente with Turkey or recognition of Syrian Kurds
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2016

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is caught on the horns of multiple dilemmas: While reluctant to respond to Ankara’s suit for warm relations with a leader, President Tayyip Erdogan, who is shunned by Obama and Putin alike, Turkey is nonetheless offering to be Israel’s best client for its offshore gas. At the same time, ties with the Kurds, with whom Turkey is at war, give Israel its first foothold in northern Syria against hostile Hizballah and Iran as the risk of a breach with Ankara.

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Rouhani threatened unless he keeps Iran’s “provocative” actions funded
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 2, 2016

At a news conference Friday, April 1, at the end of the nuclear summit, Barack Obama demanded more Western trade benefits for Iran – despite its “provocative” actions. debkafile:  Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has forced President Hassan Rouhani to earmark 50 percent of funds released by sanctions relief for those same “provocative” actions – namely, Iran’s nuclear and missile programs. If he fails to keep the money flowing, he risks fate of a “traitor” and doomed to extreme penalties.

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After Palmyra, Putin Plans to Go for Raqqa, with Obama’s Nod
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2016

For Putin, Palmyra’s capture was a stepping stone to total victory over ISIS by smashing its Raqqa headquarters. Preparations are in train for the operation.

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Coming Raqqa Offensive May Net Russia an Iraqi Air Base
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2016

Putin has never given up on a Russian air base in Iraq after getting his way in Syria. He now has a good chance of Obama’s nod to him gaining an air base in Shiite dominated southern Iraq near the old fields.

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Sisi asks Obama for military intervention to save Egypt from ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 28, 2016

Egyptian President Abdel Fatteh El-Sisi has sent a secret missive to President Barack Obama asking for urgent US military intervention in support of Egypt’s war on the Islamist State in Sinai, before the jihadis pose a real threat to Cairo. debkafile: El-Sisi has come to the conclusion that the Egyptian army lacks the ability to eradicate the terrorist peril without direct US military support, on lines similar to American operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. 

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Palmyra Citadel
Assad’s troops enter Palmyra after massive Russian air blitz to smash ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 27, 2016

Vladimir Putin after all took the momentous decision for Russian carpet bombing to level the Islamic State forces holding Palmyra since last May and so clear the way for Bashar Assad’s troops and allied forces to enter the heritage city Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27 and take control of several districts. He acted more in Moscow’s interest than in the Syrian ruler’s. Palmyra’s fall would consolidate and expand Russia’s grip on Syria.

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Russia Pulls out of West Syria, Leaves US to Face ISIS in the East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2016

Russia pulls the bulk of its forces out of Syria after achieving its purpose, with hardly a shot fired against ISIS, whose strongholds in the eastern sector are left for the US-led coalition to fight.

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Why the Collective Gasp of “Surprise” over Putin’s Bombshell?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2016

It suited Washington and others to pretend to be surprised by Putin’s pullout order for Russian forces in Syria, when in fact he gave them due notice.

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Netanyahu Goes AWOL as White House Hatches Secret New Mid East Peace Plan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2016

Netanyahu tries to nip in the bud a plan drafted by top White House staffers for the US to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process before President Obama leaves office.

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