720 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
One dread Iranian nuclear threat postulated
A scenario Netanyahu hasn’t spelled out: One Iranian nuke could obliterate Israel’s heartland
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2015

What Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has not spelled out in his unrelenting campaign against a deal that would allow Iran nuclear threshold status is this scenario: It would leave Tehran the freedom to choose when to build a single nuclear bomb or device, that could be dropped over the Mediterranean from a civilian airliner and trigger a tsumani for wiping out the Tel Aviv conurbation. The giant wave would kill an estimated one million people and wipe out the Israeli heartland, financial and business centers, military headquarters and hi-tech industry.

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Netanyahu tries to head off Iran’s machinations after Obama empowers Tehran as favored Mid East ally
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 1, 2015

Almost the last words Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu heard Sunday, March 1, when he took off for Washington to address Congress on Iran was: “Don’t do it!” They came from a group of 180 ex-IDF military officers who tried to stop the speech lest it damage relations with the US. debkafile: Their protest should be addressed to the White House where, for six years, Barack Obama has eroded those relations.  Netanyahu’s speech is just a tardy attempt to check Iran’s malignant machinations which go forward without restraint. 

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Binyamin Netanyahu
A Single Iranian Nuke Could Kill a Million Israelis and Flatten Their Heartland
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2015

Binyamin Netanyahu is fighting against a nuclear-armed Iran because of its plan to desolate the Israeli heartland and drown a million Israelis by means of a tsunami triggered by a single nuclear bomb dropped in mid-Meterranean.

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Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin
Putin Shakes His Fist at Obama: Arm Ukraine and I’ll Send Hi-Tech Weapons to Mid East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2015

Putin is so fired up over the Ukraine dispute with the US and Europe that he is about to upgrade Mid East arsenals and scrap the last remnants of the INF pact that ended the Cold War.

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Hurdles Beset Run-up to US-led Spring Offensive to Recover Mosul
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2015

The US can’t get its Mosul spring offensive against ISIS off the ground because Iraqi troops are not ready and the Kurds and Arab coalition members are holding back for taking part.

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Barack Obama and King Salman
Obama and Salman have Little in Common outside Affinity for Muslim Brotherhood
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2015

Obama and Salman have little in common except for their shared affinity for the Muslim Brotherhood. The new king appears to prefer Turkey to Egypt as a close ally.

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John Kerry and Mohamed Zarif share low expectations
Without further US concessions to Iran, the nuclear deal may blow up in their faces
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 22, 2015

The US and Iran are in a last-ditch effort to rescue their nuclear diplomacy before it falls into deep crisis. Some observers say the talks are beyond saving. The Obama administration may have hit the limit of its concessions; and Iran won’t give way on centrifuges and enriched uranium stocks. debkafile finds the US, Iran and Israel in a three-way race, each aiming for a different finishing line. Washington wants a nuclear deal in the bag by March 31; Tehran aims for June; while Binyamin Netanyahu nixes the existing US-Iranian draft.

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Obama and Khamenei still at odds
Information about the US-Iranian nuclear dialogue is no longer “sensitive.” For Obama it’s a done deal
DEBKAfile Special Report February 17, 2015

Accusing Binyamin Netanyahu of leaking “sensitive” information on US nuclear negotiations with Iran skews the fact of an almost done deal between US President Barack Obama and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. It wants only Iran’s paramount leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei endorsement. In attempting to bring him round, Washington is using media spin tactics which Netanyahu’s opponents have seized on to accuse him of sabotaging relations with Washington. Netanyahu is not alone in objecting to Obama’s Iran policy. So too do the Saudis, some Gulf emirates and Egypt.  

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Barack Obama
Can Obama Shift Lead Role in War on ISIS from America to Iran?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2015

Fighting ISIS is Part II of Obama’s master plan, which is to first give Iran major concessions on a nuclear deal and a free rein in the Middle East – then dump the Islamist war in the ayatollahs’ laps.

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Gen. John Allen
Jordan May Be the Lone Arab Survivor of the US-Led Coalition Battling the Islamic State
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2015

The US promise of a large ground offensive against ISIS hinges entirely on training and arming Iraqi troops as the other Arab coalition members go AWOL.

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Mohamed Javad Zarif
Rev Guards Push for Nuclear Arms to Bolster Iran’s Dominance of 4 Mid East Cities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2015

As Iran’s Rev Guards go from strength to strength and dominate four Mid East cities, they are pushing ever harder for a full-scale nuclear weapon. Supreme leader Khamenei has not yet said the last word on a nuclear deal with the US.

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Saudi King Salman
Salman Revives Nuclear Pact with Pakistan, Blocks Russian Access to Cairo
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2015

Salman is a fast mover: In a month on the throne, he is strengthening ties with Washington, reviving the nuclear pact with Pakistan and blocking Cairo against Russian arms with a French deal.

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Victorious Houthi fighters in downtown Sanaa
Houthi Yemen coup moves Iran’s Middle East hegemonic ambitions forward - upheld by Washington
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 8, 2015

The strings of the pro-Iranian Houthi rebels’ coup which toppled the Yemeni government in Sanaa were pulled from Tehran and Washington. Their partnership helped the Houthis reach their goal, currently confined to parts of central Yemen and all of the North. debkafile: The uprising’s dominant figure is none other than Ali Abdullah Saleh, ousted as Yemen president in 2012. Saudi Arabia, the Gulf emirates, Jordan and Israel are watching the US-Iranian partnership in Yemen with deep foreboding. They fear the Obama administration is using the war on Islamists as a façade for promotingTehran’s regional ambitions.

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Kayla Mueller, the American aid worker held hostage by ISIS
ISIS may have killed the American hostage Kayla Mueller while blaming a Jordanian air strike
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2015

Jordan carried out a second straight day of air strikes Friday, Feb. 6 on Islamic State positions. But ISIS countered swiftly for “dozens of Jordanian air strikes” in Syria, by blaming those strikes for the purported death of their American hostage, 26-year old Kayla Mueller in their Syrian stronghold, Raqqa. debkafile: After burning the Jordanian pilot Lt. Mu’ath al Kassaesbeh alive, ISIS is capable of murdering its American hostage to deter US and Jordan from sending ground troops into the war, as President Obama plans to ask Congress to approve more military force.

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Iran Assembles New “Shiite Crescent” Empire across the Mid East Map
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2015

Iran is circumventing ISIS conquests in Iraq and Syria to grab turf in Anbar as the first block in the building of its “Shiite Crescent” empire.

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Revealed: Six Big Obama Concessions for Iran’s Signature on a Nuclear Accord
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2015

Obama has made six big concessions that would let Iran acquire the status of pre-nuclear power. However, the supreme leader and Revolutionary Guards must approve the deal.

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King Salman Reverts to Ties with Conservative Clergy, Cold Shoulders US
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2015

King Salman appears to be reverting to past royal ties with the conservative clergy and undoing his predecessor Abdullah’s cautious modern reforms in domestic policy.

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A UAE Air Force Mirage 2000 jet
US coalition against ISIS is fraying. Gulf Arab partners mull withdrawal over Iran’s involvement
DEBKAfile Special Report February 5, 2015

The UAE suspended its participation in the US-led coalition against ISIS in Iraq after the capture of Jordanian pilot Lt. Mu’ath al Kassasbeh by the Islamic State revealed the absence of personnel and facilities on hand for rescuing coalition air crews falling into enemy hands. The Jordanian pilot was subsequently burned alive. debkafile: The UAE contributed the largest and most modern air force in the Gulf region. But the entire coalition is fraying over the profound concern of all the Arab participants over America's expanding cooperation with Iran.

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Past meeting between President Barack Obama and King Salman, then Crown Prince
US-Saudi summit in Riyadh to deal with pivotal issues of oil prices, Iran and Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2015

President Barack Obama will arrive in Riyadh Tuesday, Jan. 27 with the First Lady, to offer US condolences on the death of King Abdullah and hold his first formal conference with Salman Bin Abdulaziz as King of Saudi Arabia. He must clear the air most urgently on Riyadh’s flat opposition to the multilateral nuclear deal taking shape with Iran; persuade Salman to slow oil production so as to curb plunging oil prices; and decide together how to handle Yemen’s fall into the hands of Shiite Houthi rebels backed by Iran.

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Binyamin Netanyahu in former address to US Congress
The death of an Iranian general on the Golan gave US Senators’ Iran sanctions bills military muscle
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 22, 2015

President Barack Obama offered two options for resolving the Iranian nuclear impasse: His administration’s diplomatic engagement, or a new Mid East war. Neither the US Congress nor Israel accepts the Obama formula. Israel decided to strike an Iranian-Hizballah military convoy on Golan, causing the death of an Iranian general. This provided Senate sanctions initiatives with military muscle. House Speaker John Boehner responded by inviting Binyamin Netanyahu to address Congress on Feb. 11 on Iranian nuclear and radical Islamic threats. Between now and then, none of the parties may stand idle.

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