614 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
Egyptians celebrating military overthrow of Morsi government
Saudis, Gulf emirates actively aided Egypt’s military coup, settling score for Mubarak ouster
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2013, 10:33 AM (GMT+02:00)

The putsch which Wednesday, July 3, overthrew Mohamed Morsi set back the Obama administration’s sponsorship of the Muslim Brotherhood as a moderate partner for its Middle East policies. debkafile: The Egyptian military could not have managed their clockwork coup without Saudi and Dubai aid in intelligence and funding. They aimed to put a spoke in the US-sponsored Arab revolt, as well as settle long scores with Barack Obama. Morsi’s downfall has far-reaching significance for Israel, most immediately easing the security threat from the South and a disaster for Hamas.

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Egypt's army takes control of Cairo
Army deposes Morsi. In TV statement, army chief names judge provisional president. Tahrir Sq. jubilant
DEBKAfile Special Report July 3, 2013, 10:36 PM (GMT+02:00)

In his tensely awaited televised statement, Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Khalil Al-Sisi said Wednesday night, July 3, that the head of the constitutional court will act as provisional president and form an interim government of technocrats to run the country until early presidential and parliamentary elections.  He was flanked by Christian, opposition and Muslim leaders. On hearing that the army had deposed Mohamed Morsi, Tahrir Square exploded in a frenzy of jubilation. Thus far Egypt’s military coup has been bloodless.

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Bashar Assad
Iran’s Challenge to Sunnis in Syria Raises Specter of Global Muslim War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2013, 11:52 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran is stirring up Shiite-Sunni warfare in Syria to promote its drive for Middle East hegemony. Tehran is lighting a match that could raise up Sunni radicals like al Qaeda and send flames shooting across the Muslim world.

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John Kerry
Just Sit down and Talk, Says US Secretary to Israelis and Palestinians
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2013, 11:51 PM (GMT+02:00)

Abbas plans to go through the motions of direct talks with Israel, then after a couple of sessions, claim they have failed and hand in the keys of the Palestinian Authority to the UN.

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Russia evacuates Tartus, also military, diplomatic personnel from Syria. High war alert in Israel
DEBKAfile Video June 26, 2013, 5:11 PM (GMT+02:00)

Shortly after DEBKA aired a special video on the Syrian war’s widening circle, Moscow announced Wednesday June 26, the evacuation beginning Friday of all Russian military and diplomatic personnel from ...

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Anti-government rioting sweeps Egypt
As Egypt lurches into civil strife, local militias raise their heads. Obama keeps faith with Brotherhood
DEBKAfile Special Report June 24, 2013, 1:03 PM (GMT+02:00)

Egypt is lurching toward a “low intensity civil war.” Law and order is breaking down as armed gangs attack governors and burn emblems of government, and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood uses armed men to strike back. Neither the police nor the army has interfered to date. Army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi promised Sunday, June 23, to preserve “the will of the people” from attack, without defining which side was “the people.” The opposition plans to launch Egypt’s third revolution in three years in massive June 30 demonstrations against President Morsi.

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Tayyip Erdogan's U-turn on Syria
US troop buildup in Jordan after Turkey shuts US-NATO arms corridor to Syrian rebels
DEBKAfile Special Report June 22, 2013, 5:44 AM (GMT+02:00)

The US decision to upgrade Syrian rebel weaponry has run into a major impediment. debkafile reveals that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan informed President Barack Obama Wednesday, June 19, of his sudden decision to shut down the Turkish corridor for the transfer of US and NATO arms to the Syrian rebels. This will leave the Syrian rebels fighting in Aleppo virtually high and dry. Against this background, the US President decided Friday, June 22, to deploy another 700 combat-equipped American military personnel in Jordan.

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Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin
Buildup for a US-Russian Military Clash in Syria, With Violent Side-Effects for Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2013, 12:12 AM (GMT+02:00)

In the five months up to the next Obama-Putin encounter, Washington and Moscow will pump up their military investment in either side of the Syrian conflict in the hope of tipping the scales.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Hassan Rouhani
US-Iranian Nuclear Talks Launched Secretly Ahead of Rouhani Election
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2013, 12:12 AM (GMT+02:00)

The US and Iran embarked on secret direct nuclear negotiations a week before Hassan Rouhani was elected Iranian president. Obama has agreed to let Iran’s nuclear program go forward up to a point just short of assembling a bomb. Saudi Arabia and Israel are furious.

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Tayyip Erdogan and Barack Obama
Russian Marines, Warplanes Head for Syria as Western Arms Reach Rebels
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2013, 12:12 AM (GMT+02:00)

More than 35 flights flew weapons to the Syrian rebels through Turkey over the weekend before the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland. The first deliveries of heavy weapons caused the Syrian army to hold up its assault on Aleppo because its tanks needed extra armor to withstand the new missiles.

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How to Go Nuclear and Keep on Smiling to the West
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2013, 12:11 AM (GMT+02:00)

Netanyahu sent Obama a summary of Hassan Rouhani’s memoir detailing the right way to keep Iran’s nuclear program running without antagonizing the West enough to elicit sanctions. Lifting sanctions is his top priority for getting to grips with the economy.

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At odds on Syria
First European & NATO heavy arms for Syrian rebels. Russian reprisal expected
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2013, 9:55 AM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile exclusive: In the last 48 hours, Europeans and NATO have delivered to the Syrian rebels shipments of the long-demanded anti-air and tank missiles as well as recoilless 120 mm cannons.They landed in Turkey and Jordan and were transferred to southern Syria and Aleppo, where Syrian rebels are poised to fend off a major Syrian army offensive backed by 2,000 Hizballah troops. Accordingly, the Obama-Putin meeting went badly at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland. Widely expected Russian reprisals portend a longer Syrian war.

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Vladimir Putin at G8 summit
Putin will address G8 summit as head of winning Syrian war camp
DEBKAfile Special Report June 17, 2013, 11:04 AM (GMT+02:00)

The conditions Vladimir Putin will lay down for a G8 consensus on Syria are that Bashar Assad remains in power in any political solution and Iran be part of that solution. He will address the summit opening Monday in Northern Ireland in the interests of his allies, Bashar Assad, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Hassan Nasrallah and demand that the summit acknowledge them as winners of the war. Putin will block any attempt by Barak Obama to use the election of Hassan Rouhani as Iran’s president to counter those successes.

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Chemical canister landing in Saraqeb, Idlib
Hizballah units near Golan. Some receive “limited-use” chemical arms
DEBKAfile Special Report June 15, 2013, 2:41 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Obama administration and Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on a visit to Washington backed away Friday, June 14, from any effective response to the Syrian ruler’s proven use of chemical weapons against rebel forces. On the ground, debkafile’s military sources reported Hizballah and Syrian army movements were detected heading toward the Golan and the Jordanian border from the military concentrations building up in the last two weeks around the nearby town of Deraa. Those sources also concluded that Hizballah has been awarded “limited-use” chemical weapons

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Evidence of chemical weapon use in Idlib
Unspecified US weapons for Syrian rebels, but no intervention to save Aleppo
DEBKAfile Special Report June 14, 2013, 5:53 AM (GMT+02:00)

The White House said Friday that the US would provide “direct military support” for the first time to the Syrian opposition after obtaining proof that the Syrian government had used the chemical weapon sarin against rebel forces. The nature of the package was not specified. The rebels responded to this apparent evasion by demanding anti-aircraft and other advanced arms against deadly Syrian air bombardments. An earlier White House statement amounted to President Barack Obama’s refusal to step in to save Aleppo and Idlib from a decisive Syrian army defeat.

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Bashar Assad
US Set to Aid Syrian Rebels. Russians Contrive Military Intervention
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2013, 10:20 PM (GMT+02:00)

Barack Obama has left it too late to change the course of the Syrian war by saving the rebels from defeat at the hands of the Syrian army. The Russians are already lined up counter-measures for stalling US aid to the rebels and step into its shoes.

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It’s Now or Never for the US to Make a Difference in the Syrian War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2013, 10:20 PM (GMT+02:00)

The battle for Aleppo opened up the last window for US to influence the course of the Syrian war by establishing a limited no-fly zone over the battle arena to deprive the Syrian army of air support. This too was rejected Thursday by Barack Obama.

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Khamenei Asks Israel Its Terms for Calling off Nuclear Strike
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2013, 12:20 AM (GMT+02:00)

The request to Binyamin Netanyahu from Ali Khamenei was routed through Barack Obama. Its outcome was a flood of harsh US sanctions and Washington’s nod for a unilateral Israeli attack on Iran.

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Obama’s New National Security Team Can’t Dodge the Middle East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2013, 12:20 AM (GMT+02:00)

Barack Obama’s new appointees, Susan Rice, National Security adviser, and Samantha Power, ambassador to the UN, favored US intervention in Libya but not Syria. They prefer to help the president achieve his pivot to Asia, but neither al Qaeda nor Iran will give them the chance.

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A Taksim Square protester
Cracks in Erdogan’s rule shake Washington. Will Turkish ferment spread to Iran?
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly June 4, 2013, 10:00 AM (GMT+02:00)

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, the target of the turbulent unrest sweeping Turkey, is also President Barack Obama’s foremost ally in the Muslim world. The latest DEBKA-Weekly out last Friday examined this and other repercussions of the Turkish ferment, like the posting of Revolutionary Guards on the streets of Iran, and impact on the Syrian war. Has an outside hand been feeding the flames of domestic disaffection? And why is Israel concerned? Discovered also was a possible shifting of ground between Iran and Israel, Bashar Assad’s new bankroller, and Hizballah’s creeping takeover of Syria.

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