652 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
Israeli KC-135 refueling craft
US sources: US, Israel plan October Surprise. Others: Israel can do it alone
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 9, 2012

Israeli Patriots were not deployed against further Iranian drone incursions but potential Iranian/Hizballah missile attacks from Lebanon or Syria. debkafile: US intelligence now warns President Obama that Iran’s nuclear breakthrough will be much earlier than predicted - late November, only seven weeks off. A Congressional Research Dept. report concludes Israel has sufficient air force and refueling capacities to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities, including Fordo, alone. The two findings led to the new Foreign Policy proposal of a joint US-Israeli “October surprise.”

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Prince Bandar bin Sultan
Saudi Prince Bandar Pursues TV War on Assad. US Intelligence Is at Sea in Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 5, 2012

As US intelligence gropes in the dark in Syria – unable to pin down the rebel leader or a suitable candidate to follow Sadat - Saudi secret service chief Prince Bandar uses Al Arabiya TV to release “classified Syrian security documents” for his propaganda campaign against Assad and other targeted parties.

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Barack Obama
Obama Administration Prepares Six Nuclear Limits for Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 5, 2012

Obama’s endgame document for Iran is taking shape. It is setting forth six nuclear limits which Iran will surely not accept.

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Turkish artillery barrage against Syria
Continuous Turkish artillery barrage cuts out 10-km buffer strip inside Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2012

Turkish artillery continued to pound Syria Thursday, October 4, with the aim of carving out a 10-kilometer buffer strip inside Syria, debkafile reports. Several Syrian army bases and positions inside this strip have taken direct hits and a large number of Syrian troops were killed or wounded. Turkey hopes its artillery barrage will help Syrian rebels create a 50-km long protected corridor between Aleppo and the Turkish border. Ankara and Damascus have both imposed a blackout to keep events under control and avoid a full-blown war.

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Ayman Zuwahiri threatens anti-US terror offensive
More Al Qaeda pre-US election attacks forecast: Americans quietly lifted out
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 2, 2012

Al Qaeda’s Ayman Zuwahiri is preparing a string of terrorist attacks in the five weeks up to the presidential election as the sequel to the Sept. 11 Benghazi murders, says US intelligence. He seeks to influence the poll’s results, while building up his reputation as master of spectacular terrorist operations. debkafile: The Benghazi attack exposed al Qaeda networks' striking expansion across a broad region - Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Mali and Egypt (Sinai) - from which most US personnel have been quietly lifted out.

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Netanyahu's red line shown to the UN
White House irked by Netanyahu’s “red line” speech, reverts to Iran diplomacy
DEBKAfile Special Report September 28, 2012

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is reported by debkafile as berating Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the powerful presentation of his case to the UN General Assembly for confronting Iran with red lines, instead of failed diplomacy and sanctions Thursday, Sept. 27. Neither released statements. President Barack Obama would not tolerate the Israeli leader having a say in his Iran agenda, she reportedly said, before announcing that the world powers had decided to go back to negotiations with Tehran.

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Gary Samore
Obama Drafts New “End of the Road” Benchmarks for Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2012

Obama has concluded that nuclear diplomacy with Iran has run its course and has set a time the task of formulating end of the road benchmarks for the Islamic republic. At the same time, Tehran is playing with the temporary suspension of enrichment at Fordo by sabotage to bid for more diplomacy to ward of an Israeli attack.

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Hillary Clinton
The Anti-Assad Coalition’s Syrian No-Fly Zone Depends on US Green Light
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2012

Turkey and three Gulf nations as well as France and Britain are pushing hard for a no-fly zone to be imposed on Syria to protect safe havens. Obama continues to resist direct US military intervention. Without a US lead, the no-fly plan is a non-starter.

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Masoud Barzani
Russian Choppers for Kurds: Iranian Oil Smuggling through Basra
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2012

Russia is ready to supply Iraqi Kurdistan with assault helicopters after Obama refused the KRG leader’s request for an air force. Moscow has acquired a stake in the oil of Kirkuk and accepts the Kurds’ need of an air force to protect it. Iraqi prime minister Maliki plands to counter the Kurds with a bid for $4.3 bn worth of Russian arms, including weapons for downing Kurdish helicopters.

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Muslim militias swarm in Libya
US ambassador’s killers ready for more al Qaeda missions
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly September 25, 2012

As the US State Department and CNN dueled over the late US ambassador's diary, his murderers, the Libyan Ansar al-Sharia, headed off to meet their al Qaeda controllers and ask for more missions, DEBKA-Net-Weekly reveals in its latest issue out Friday. Disbanding - as Tripoli was encouraged by the State Department to claim - was far from their minds. Still, in Washington, President Obama danced around calling the Benghazi attack which killed four US diplomats “terrorism,” admitting only that it “wasn’t’ mob action.”
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Obama puts the lid on Iran cooperation with Israel
Obama snubs Netanyahu on Iran: My decisions - only what’s right for America
DEBKAfile Special Report September 24, 2012

US President Barack Obama's assertion Sunday, Sept. 23, to CBS - that on national security decisions, he would do what is right for America and “block out any noise that’s out there” – finally dashed any hopes entertained by Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak of US military cooperation for cutting down a nuclear Iran. Obama’s words rounded out an Iranian general’s dismissal of Israel as lacking the military ability and courage to attack his country.   So will Netanyahu go to New York after all?

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Obama Refuses to Connect the Dots
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 21, 2012

By shunning the “terrorist’ label, denying al Qaeda was still alive and kicking, and espousing the Muslim Brotherhood, Barak Obama exposes the United States to one strategic debacle after another.

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Jordan's King Abdullah
Muslim Ultimatum to King: Accept Constitutional Status or Go
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 21, 2012

King Abdullah faces a Muslim Brotherhood ultimatum to announce before the end of September his acceptance of constitutional rule and democratic elections or go down under an Arab Spring insurrection.

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Iran's atomic energy chief Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani
Iran accuses nuclear watchdog of being infiltrated by “terrorists and saboteurs”
DEBKAfile Special Report September 17, 2012

Emboldened by certainty that its nuclear program was safe from attack, Iran’s atomic energy chief Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani felt free to heap abuse on the International Atomic Energy Agency. In Vienna Saturday, Sept. 17, he accused the watchdog of a cynical approach and mismanagement, being influenced by “certain states” and infiltration by “terrorists and saboteurs [the US and Israel].” Abbasi was further bolstered by the US-Israel row on Iran and the fresh US-led bid to revive nuclear diplomacy with the Islamic republic.

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Hopes that deaths of four US diplomats won't be the last
Post-Arab Spring "moderate” Muslim regimes cornered by radicals
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 15, 2012

Washington is no longer under the illusion that positioning US forces in up to18 places in the Islamic world can quell the mounting wave of anti-US Islamist protests now encompassing 21 countries. The unrest poses Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and fellow regimes with a hard choice between expanding their ties with the US - or bowing to violent radical Islamist pressure to turn their backs on America and give them a place in government. The Arab Spring and President Obama’s outreach to Muslims are going up in smoke.

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US embassy mobbed by Cairo Islamists
Mounted Israel police break up Palestinian demo at US consulate
DEBKAfile Special Report September 14, 2012

Hundreds of Palestinians lobbing rocks clashed with Jerusalem police Friday as they marched from Temple Mount, Jerusalem, to Damascus Gate - their first protest against the anti-Muslim film made in the US. Mounted police using stun grenades stopped them reaching the US consulate. Protests erupted too in the Gaza Strip and the Israel Bedouin town of Rahat. Islamists continued to batter the US embassies in Cairo and Sanaa, riot in Bangladesh and Lebanon and also attack the British and German embassies in Khartoum.

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At odds - and no longer talking
By refusing to see Netanyahu, Obama sharpens his Iran dilemma
DEBKAfile Special Report September 11, 2012

President Barack Obama’s refusal Tuesday Sept. 11 to see Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu because “the president’s schedule will not permit that,” left Jerusalem thunderstruck – and Washington too. At one stroke, round after round of delicate negotiations on Iran between the two governments collapsed. By rebuffing Netanyahu, Obama turned the clock back to the nadir in relations marked by Gen. Martin Dempsey when he said on Aug. 30: “I don’t want to be complicit if they [Israel] choose to do it” – meaning attack Iran.

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Can a US-Israel Marathon Summit Change Israel’s Mind?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 7, 2012

President Obama will throw his last bid to stop an Israeli attack on Iran when he meets Netanyahu in New York Sept. 28. In the same week, Iran is due to have completed its stock of 270 kilos of 20-percent enriched uranium for a single nuclear bomb.

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USS Stennis aircraft carrier
Massed US, UK, French navies for drill simulating breach of blocked Hormuz
DEBKAfile Special Report September 5, 2012

A third US aircraft carrier, USS Stennis, is moving into place for leading 25 nations in a 12-day naval exercise off Iran’s Gulf coast. A large-scale minesweeping drill will simulate the prevention of Iranian efforts to block the Strait of Hormuz. debkafile:  President Barack Obama plans to see Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sept. 27, the last day of the exercise, hoping to forestall an Israel attack on Iran’s nuclear sites by demonstrating that the US is serious about military action, a message also addressed to Tehran.

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Why Obama’s chances of holding Israel back from Iran are fading
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly September 4, 2012

The big guns the Obama administration is firing in its dogged battle to head off an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear program may be hitting an impenetrable wall. The dynamic of this titanic contest is explored in the latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly out last Friday, with a rundown of the military preparations set in motion by the US, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, the UAEA, Iran, Hizballah and Israel itself.
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