665 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
Barack Obama faces Syrian crisis
White House ready for solo strike on Syria as US allies and influence fade
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 30, 2013

The shock Thursday, Aug. 29, of David Cameron’s parliamentary defeat, knocking America’s foremost partner, Britain, out of the coming strike against Syria, highlighted American public opposition to the operation and criticism in the top US military command. The White House stressed the US would act unilaterally. Nonetheless, the Syrian conflict continues to be covered in confusion, much of it generated by the Obama administration’s conflicting policies. The breakdown of Obama’s coalition for Syria strikes at the heart of NATO and undermines US prestige in the Middle East.

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Barack Obama
A Limited US Strike on Syria Would Give Putin, Assad and Khamenei Upper Hand
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2013

By promising to pull his punches, President Barack Obama gave America’s rivals, Russia, Iran and Syria the advantage in their bout over Syria – even before the punches were delivered.

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Barack Obama and Bashar Assad
The Pared down US "Strike" Will Leave Syrian Air Force, Arsenals and WMD Intact
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2013

By sticking to Tomahawks as the only weapon for attacking Syria, Barack Obama reduces the list of targets and leaves Assad’s chemical arsenal, missiles, air force and regime unharmed.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Moshe Ya'alon
Israel, Saudis Fear Obama's "Soft Blow" for Syria May Be Precedent for Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2013

Israelis and Saudis are concerned Obama will treat nuclear Iran as leniently as chemical Syria.

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President Barack Obama interviewed on Syria
Obama says no decision yet on strike on Syria. DEBKA: He stalls for deal with Putin on softened strike
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 29, 2013

Although Barack Obama had decided to attack Syria over its use of chemical weapons – either Friday-Saturday, Aug. 31, or after Labor Day of Sept. 2 -  he now says there is no decision yet.  debkafile: Obama is stalling in order to buy time for Secretary of State John Kerry to strike a secret deal with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: the US would soften its strike on Syria, reducing it to a token blow, following which the US and Russian presidents would announce the convening of Geneva-2 for ending the civil war.

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US seaborne Tomahawk cruise missile
US rebuffs Syrian access to chemical site as “too late to be credible”
DEBKAfile Special Report August 25, 2013

The US has little doubt the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians, a senior US official said Sunday, Aug. 25. "At this juncture, any belated regime decision to grant access to the UN team would be considered too late to be credible, including because the evidence available has been significantly corrupted.,” he said. This reaction indicated the White House had not backed away from military intervention, even after Tehran warned the US not to “cross red lines” in Syria and Moscow advised Washington to “avoid tragic mistakes.”

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Assad's chemical weapons arsenal
The sarin shells fired on Damascus - by Syrian 4th Division’s 155th Brigade - were followed by rockets on Israel and car bombings in Lebanon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 24, 2013

Within 48 hours, Assad and Iran launched a three-point punitive offensive for foreign intervention in the Syrian war, debkafile reports. The facts: The sarin nerve gas shells which claimed more than 1,000 Syrian lives Wednesday, Aug. 21, were fired by the 155th Brigade of the Syrian army’s 4th Division commanded by Gen. Maher Assad from Mount Kalmun. This atrocity was followed by a rocket attack on Israel from Lebanon and deadly blasts in Tripoli. The price for not stopping Assad and Tehran now is likely to become even grimmer.

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King Abdullah and Barack Obama
King Abdullah Builds His Own Sunni Grouping to Counter Obama’s
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2013

Saudi King Abdullah is set to counter Barack Obama’s Mid East policies with his own Sunni bloc, while also institute reforms and conducting a proactive foreign policy to shield the throne from Arab upheavals.

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey Aids US Plan to Oust pro-Iranian Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Maliki
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2013

Erdogan’s peace package with the Kurdish PKK is falling apart. Iran is trying to plant agents in the PKK for a proxy clandestine war on Turkey. Erdogan is helping the US devise a plan for getting rid of Iraqi PM Nuri Maliki, Tehran’s pawn in Baghdad.

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New Centcom underground war room in Amman for US intervention in Syria
DEBKAfile Video August 17, 2013

Top US soldier Gen. Martin Dempsey has just inaugurated Centcom’s Forward Command in Jordan manned by 273 US officers. It is linked to US, Israel, Jordanian and Saudi air commands ready for an order from President Barack Obama to impose a partial no-fly zone over Syria.

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Saudi King Abdullah backs Gen. Sissi
Saudi King Abdullah backs Egypt’s military ruler, warns against outside interference
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 16, 2013

Condemned roundly by the West, Egypt’s military rulers received a powerful shot in the arm Friday, Aug. 16, with an unprecedented public assurance by Saudi King Abdullah of the kingdom’s support for Egypt in the fight “against terrorism” – (euphemism for the Muslim Brotherhood). In a statement over official Al-Ekhbariya TV Friday, he said Egypt’s stability is targeted by “haters,” and warned that anyone that interferes in Egypt’s internal affairs seeks to “waken sedition.” debkafile was the first to reveal Saudi backing for Gen. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

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Evacuated pro-Morsi protest site at Nahda Sq., Cairo
Egyptian army enters Cairo to enforce curfew under state of emergency
DEBKAfile Special Report August 15, 2013

What's next for Egypt? debkafile: Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi will follow a prepared plan for eradicating the Muslim Brotherhood as a political force – first by outlawing the movement, then a new presidential election, for which he will stand. The Brotherhood plans to go underground and fight the military to the finish through allied terrorist networks. President Obama opts for non-intervention. Neither the US nor Europe hold strong levers of influence since Saudi Arabia and Emirates have pledged $40 billion to bolster the military caste versus the Brothers.
 

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US and Jordanian special forces
Dempsey in Israel, Jordan, to tie last ends before Obama decides finally on US military action in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2013

Top US soldier Gen. Martin Dempsey arrived in Israel Monday, Aug. 12 for critical talks with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, followed by parallel talks in Jordan. debkafile: He is tying the last ends before President Barack Obama’s final nod for limited US military intervention in Syria. The Obama plan provides for a no fly zone and a buffer area to be captured by 3,000 US-trained special Syrian rebel fighters. It entails Israeli, Saudi, Jordanian and possible Turkish participation.

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Vladimir Putin and Prince Bandar bin Sultan
The Saudis Proposition Moscow for a Syria Deal - Israel Pushes for US Intervention against Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 9, 2013

Saudi Arabia awaits Putin’s reply to a proposition $15bn for scaling back Russian backing for Bashar Assad. Until then, the planned US-Arab operation against Assad hangs fire, despite heavy pressure from Israel to save Aleppo.

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John McCain and Lindsey Graham
Egypt’s Military Walks Away from the Obama Administration, Is Set to Erase Brotherhood
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 9, 2013

Extraordinary US efforts to save the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood ran aground, leaving the military more determined than ever to remove the Brothers from national politics.

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Still at cross-purposes on nuclear Iran
Barring the IDF, Netanyahu’s last resort against possible Obama détente with Iran is US Congress
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 7, 2013

A senior Israeli official commented Tuesday, Aug. 6, that Israel could attack Iran’s nuclear program on its own without American back-up – albeit less effectively than with the US – meaning the destruction of key components but not the entire program. debkafile: Israel is starting to accept that President Barack Obama’s balking at military action in Syria applies equally to Iran. Netanyahu is counting on winning the US Congress around to Israel’s case as his last resort against Obama’s policy. So for now, Iran’s nuclear program can run without interference.
 

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New threat from implanted explosives.
US sources: Terror alert prompted by suspected suicide bombers with implanted explosives
DEBKAfile Special Report August 5, 2013

The Obama administration continued Monday, Aug. 5, to try and impress Americans and the world that its far-reaching ongoing terror alert across a host of Muslim countries was serious and credible. US sources now disclose concern focusing on terrorists carrying explosive devices implanted in their bodies. Plastic devices without metal components carried in this way would be undetectable by standard screening devices like those used at most international airports. debkafile: Surgeons have been experimenting with this method on behalf of AQAP for some years.

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Saudi spy chief calls on Russian president in Moscow
Putin visit to Cairo impending. El-Sisi moves to outlaw Brotherhood. US in blocking mode
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 3, 2013

President Vladimir Putin is set to visit to Cairo – possibly next Wednesday Aug. 7 – after Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan told him King Abdullah was in favor of the trip, debkafile reports exclusively. Bandar did not rule out the signing of a large Russian arms sale to Egypt, bankrolled by Riyadh. Gen. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is resolved to break up Muslim Brotherhood protests and outlaw the movement in consultation with the judiciary. The Obama administration is fighting to arrest the avalanche threatening its Middle East policies.

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Gen. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi - Egypt's next president?
Egypt’s military strongman Gen. El-Sisi will run for president
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 2, 2013

Egypt’s Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi will run for president – possibly before the end of the year, debkafile reports exclusively. He plans to launch a short election campaign on August 15. Untroubled by US and European criticism, the general is restoring the Egyptian army to political center. And like former presidents Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak, he will repress the Muslim Brotherhood. Washington’s answer is the appointment as ambassador to Cairo of former envoy to Damascus Robert Ford, who excelled in building ties with the Syrian opposition.

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Barack Obama
Obama’s Nod to US Military Intervention in Syria - Held Back over Dispute with Saudis and Emirates
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 2, 2013

Obama had finally approved military intervention in the Syrian conflict when the Saudis and the emirates vetoed his plans for fear they would lead to Syria’s disintegration instead of a unified Sunni state.

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