614 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
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, 10:33 AM (GMT+02:00)

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, 8:44 AM (GMT+02:00)

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, 12:23 AM (GMT+02:00)

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, 12:23 AM (GMT+02:00)

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, 12:43 PM (GMT+02:00)

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, 7:16 PM (GMT+02:00)

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, 10:08 AM (GMT+02:00)

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, 9:36 AM (GMT+02:00)

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, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)

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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Binyamin Netanyahu and John Kerry
Kerry builds a US-Arab superstructure to direct Israel-Palestinian talks - White House reservations
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 28, 2013, 8:23 AM (GMT+02:00)

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s willingness to “do everything” to avoid giving the Palestinians a pretext for not turning up for their first encounter with Israeli negotiators in Washington Tuesday, July 30, bodes ill for Israel’s bargaining position right from the start. So too does his proposal to include jailed Israeli Arabs among the 104 Palestinian prisoners to be released. debkafile: John Kerry is constructing a kind of US superstructure with Arab components to stand over the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators and their principals in Jerusalem and Ramallah.

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Scenes at the Muslim Brotherhood rally
Egypt’s Interior Minister: Pro-Morsi sit-ins will be dealt with soon
DEBKAfile Special Report July 27, 2013, 1:28 PM (GMT+02:00)

Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister of Interior, blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for the deadly Cairo clashes on Saturday and denied officers had fired live rounds to break up its protest. They had however, suffered wounds from buckshot fired by protesters, said the minister. According to Ibrahim, the officers used tear gas to disperse protesters on a bridge for fear it would collapse. He accused the pro-Morsi camp of exaggerating the number of casualties, which stood officially at 65 killed and 700 wounded and certainly ran into scores.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama
Moscow & Tehran Won’t Let US Climb atop Kerry’s Peace Plan to High Ground in the Mid East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 25, 2013, 11:05 PM (GMT+02:00)

For lack of a credible US military presence in the Middle East, Moscow and Tehran feel free to impede the progress of Kerry’s plan to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks.

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Rebel Fragmentation Speeded by 'Talibanization' of Aleppo and Idlib
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2013, 1:11 AM (GMT+02:00)

Pakistani Taliban operatives arrived in Syria to join the revolt against Bashar Assad only to find the rebel movement torn by internal strife and bitter over its desertion by the West and the US.

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Why is the Muslim Brotherhood in Decline in the Arab World?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2013, 1:11 AM (GMT+02:00)

There are five good reasons why the Muslim Brotherhoood’s single term in power in Cairo – and only for one year – will not be repeated.

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Tayyip Edrogan
Morsi’s Friends in Doha and Ankara Are Going, Going, Gone…
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2013, 1:11 AM (GMT+02:00)

Turkish Prime minister has lost his friends after the Muslim Brotherhood was ousted in Cairo and burned his bridges to the US president after reneging on promises. He now faces a wave of angry anti-government protest.

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Obama and Ashton put their heads together
Obama uses EU to confront Israel with tough interlinked choices: borders or nuclear-armed Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 17, 2013, 12:15 PM (GMT+02:00)

To avoid a head-on clash with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Barack Obama set loose the Europeans in full cry against Jerusalem and its policies, by timing their new guidelines with John Kerry’s arrival in Amman. EU foreign affairs executive Catherine Ashton chairs the international negotiating forum with Iran. And so, the EU, with backing from Washington, gives Tehran a broad wink that a fresh round of nuclear diplomacy is worth their while now that Israel is on the run in the settlements-cum-borders dispute.

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Russian SS-N-26 Yakhont anti-ship missile
US to media: Israel struck Latakia arsenal last week. Will Putin and Assad make good on threats of reprisal?
DEBKAfile Special Report July 13, 2013, 9:00 AM (GMT+02:00)

US officials exposed Israel's challenge to Russia, Syria, Iran and Hizballah when they named the Israeli Air Force Saturday, July 13 as responsible for the air strikes against the big Syria arms depot in Latakia eight days ago. debkafile: Russian-supplied Yakhont anti-ship missiles were destroyed in the explosions, and the Syrian-Hizballah Aleppo offensive was delayed by the loss of the arsenal accumulated for the attack. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Bashar Assad, Hizballah and Tehran had all earlier threatened reprisals if Israel attacked Syria again.

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Egyptian army on alert in El Arish, Sinai
Obama frowns on Egyptian army’s alignment with Gulf regimes, coming crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 7, 2013, 11:01 AM (GMT+02:00)

Army chief, Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi plans two follow-up steps for last Wednesday’s military coup - at risk of Washington’s censure: The roundup of thousands of local Muslim Brotherhood operatives across the country, and a military crackdown on the Brotherhood’s center of revolt in Sinai, which is allied with al-Qaeda-linked Salafists and supplied with weapons hoarded there in advance. In seeking Israel’s consent for their Sinai operation, under their peace treaty, Egypt’s military rulers will bring their collaboration with Israel out in the open. Egypt’s Sinai pipeline to Jordan was sabotaged Sunday.

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Egypt’s Army Chief Flouted Obama's Warning to Desist from Coup
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2013, 1:32 AM (GMT+02:00)

Obama’s belief in the Muslim Brotherhood as the bedrock of US Middle East policy is refuted stridently in one Arab street after another. This week, the Egyptian people effectively bankrupted that perception.

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Israel and Jordan Come out Trumps. Qatar Loses Big
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2013, 1:32 AM (GMT+02:00)

Israel’s fears are eased of a Muslim Brotherhood-ruled Egypt one day declaring war and a possible conflict over lawless Sinai. Hamas is heavily diminished, as are the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan and Syria. Qatar gambled $13 bn on Mohamed Morsi – and lost the lot.

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