91 articles tagged "Britain"
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The First Week of October Is Now Tagged as Decision-Time for Attacking Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 12, 2012

The first week of October is the latest agreed timeline for a US-Israeli decision to strike Iran because after that it will be too late. Iran’s nuclear breakout is now counted in weeks, nuclear diplomacy has fallen through and President Obama is closer than ever before to a decision. DEBKA-Net-Weekly's military sources add that France has also begun transferring special forces to its UAE bases and Britain is completing preparations for deploying large ground, naval and air forces to Kuwait.
 

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9K115-2 Metis-M anti-tank missile system
Assad and the Syrian Army Are Gaining, Putting the Rebels to Retreat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2012

The US has confirmed the supply of weapons to the Syrian rebels and the presence of CIA officers controlling the flow from Turkey. However plans for persuading Bashar Assad to quit run hard up against his gains on the battlefield where the rebels, despite broad backing, are losing ground.

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Hillary Clinton
The UK and Germany to Broker the Syrian Dispute between US and Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 15, 2012

British and German brokers were asked to assure Moscow that military intervention in Syria is not planned now, but that Alawites will never stand up to Assad move him aside unless they see the rebels adequately armed for vanquishing his army. Moscow must therefore accept this.

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EU executive Catherine Ashton with Iran's negotiator Saeed Jalili
Japan breaks oil embargo against Iran before Baghdad talks end
DEBKAfile Special Report May 23, 2012

A senior official in Tokyo announced Wednesday, May 23, that the Japanese government will seek parliamentary approval for a bill allowing Japanese firms to insure tankers carrying Iranian oil to Asia if European insurers refused to do so. The nuclear talks between the six powers and Iran in Baghdad Wednesday, instead of taking place under the shadow of tougher sanctions as Israel expected, saw the toughest one, the oil embargo, falling apart. Russian and British officials began raising the prospect of an Iran-Israel war.

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Francois Hollande, new President of France
Change of French presidents weakens Western front against nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 7, 2012

Two stalwarts of the Western confrontation against a nuclear-armed Iran suffered election defeats this week: Nicolas Sarkozy was swept out of the Elysee by the Socialist leader Francois Hollande Sunday, May 6. Three days earlier, the two parties forming UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s government coalition were trounced in local elections across Britain.  Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who faces an election in four months, never imagined he would so soon be left on shifting sands against the Iranian nuclear threat.

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Secret Homs press center
US, France, UK, Turkey, Italy prepare for military intervention in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2012

Military preparations for intervention in the horrendous Syrian crisis are quietly afoot in Washington, Paris, Rome, London and Ankara. President Barack Obama is poised for a final decision after the Pentagon submits operational plans for protecting Syrian rebels and beleaguered populations, debkafile reports. The deaths of two notable journalists helped galvanize the West into action. They died after Syrian artillery located their secret press center in Homs with the help of Russian spy satellites or Iranian electronic measures - and gutted it. 

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Why the British and Israeli To-do about Iranian Terrorism?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 17, 2012

Israel and Britain are not on the same page, but both are smearing Iran for their own reasons: Netanyahu is concerned that sanctions against Iran will boost its urge to attack Israeli targets abroad, while the British fear the London Olympics of July 2012 will be targeted for joint Iranian-al Qaeda attacks.

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Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kutznetsov in Syrian port
Russian, French warships off Syria, Iran, US drones over Iranian coast
DEBKAfile Special Report January 9, 2012

US, Russian, French and British air and naval forces are gathering around the Syrian and Iranian coasts on guard for fresh developments at the two Middle East flashpoints. The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov put in earlier than planned at Syria's Tartus port Sunday, Jan. 8, together with two more Russian warships. British and French naval craft head to the Persian Gulf, while the giant US RQ-4 Global Hawk drone has begun monitoring Iranian coastlines from the USS Stenning aircraft carrier.

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Fordo underground uranium enrichment site
Iran crosses another nuclear red line. Fordo soon on stream
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 8, 2012

Iran has crossed another red line in its drive for a nuclear weapon with the announcement Sunday, Jan. 8 that the underground uranium enrichment site at Fordo near Qom goes on stream soon. debkafile's military sources:  60 percent enriched uranium can be produced at this facility - just one step before weapons grade. Israel has warned that once Fordo is operational, Iran's nuclear bomb program will be immune to attack and hidden from Western surveillance.  US and Israel launch military deployment.

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Rampaging Iranian students at UK embassy
UK hits back for embassy attack, but spares Iran's London power bases
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 30, 2011

Britain's seemingly tough steps Wednesday, Nov. 30 - expeling Iranian diplomats from London and closing the UK embassy in Tehran - stopped well short of punishment for their government's action in loosing a student mob against the embassy, debkafile notes. To really hurt Tehran, UK Prime Minister David Cameron would have shut down Iran's English-language Press TV and World Office of Islamic Guidance, Iran's most influential anti-West propaganda machines in the English language. The German, French, Dutch ambassadors are recalled.

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F-15 at Decimomannu air base, Sardinia
UK expects Israeli attack on Iran next month with US logistical support
DEBKAfile Special Report November 10, 2011

British government ministers have been told to expect Israeli military action in the wake of the UN watchdog report  "as early as Christmas or very early in the new year," the London Daily Mail reported Thursday, Nov. 10.  They were told Israel would strike Iran's nuclear sites "sooner rather than later" – with "logistical support" from the US. A major US concern is said to be that a nuclear-armed Iran would spur Saudi Arabia and Turkey into developing their own weapons.

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Jericho missile
What Makes Israelis Sure a War with Iran Is impending?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 4, 2011

It is feared in Jerusalem that the war will develop from a Syrian-Hizballah attack on Israel. If the US opts out of a strike against Iran, it will be left to Israel to do the job singlehanded.

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HMS Astute: British nuclear attack submarine
A military war of nerves against Iran: The US leads, Israel and UK go along
DEBKAfile Special Report November 2, 2011

A rush of military events was orchestrated Wednesday, Nov. 2, to persuade Tehran that the US, Britain and Israel are on the verge of a military operation unless it gives up its drive for a nuclear weapon - depending on President Barack Obama's okay. Israel would not participate in a US-led NATO strike on Iran but reserve its armed forces to defend the home front, guard the assault forces against Iran's allies and serve as a strategic reserve.

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Liam Fox
The UK Defense Secretary Who Wanted His Own Intelligence Arm
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 21, 2011

Liam Fox tried to break the UK pattern a new defense secretary every year by establishing his own independent intelligence arm to support strategic policy-making and boosting the British arms industries' exports. He was forced to resign by a smear campaign in the media conducted by his rivals.

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Russian-Central Asian armies exercise defense of US Caspian oil fields
France: Iran faces military strike. Russia practices Iranian reprisal
DEBKAfile Special Report September 28, 2011

A US and/or Israel strike against Iran suddenly looked tangible this week following a warning of its probability by a French diplomat and a large-scale Russian-Central Asian military exercise simulating Iranian retaliation for a hypothetical strike on US-owned Caspian oil fields. A British diplomat ending his term in Pyongyang quoted North Korean officials who told him that NATO would not have attacked Libya if Muammar Qaddafi had not given up his nuclear weapons. Tehran appears to have reached the same conclusion.

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Mohammed Abdul Jalil
NATO May Fight Gulf Arab Wars, Starting with Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2011

NATO, Britain and France are too broke to finish the job the started in Libya. The Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council is ready to provide financing but wants a NATO military arm for overthrowing the Assad regime in Syria and promoting its other interests. The Obama administration welcomes the hook-up to relieve the US for some of its financial burdens.

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Gen. Abdel Fateh Younis
Al Qaeda May Make Libya Its Launching-Pad against Britain and France
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2011

Muammar Qaddafi's ouster has opened Tripoli's door to al Qaeda, a covert component of which is harbored by the rebel NTC. The jihads are not averse to playing both sides of the Libyan dividing in hooking up with Qaddafi too. This will depend on AQIM's broader interests in North Africa, including Algeria.

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Early Warnings of Trouble in Kuwait, Paris & London, Riyadh
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 12, 2011

Kuwait prepares for war on Shatt al-Arb outlet to Persian Gulf after Iranian proxy threat against mega-port. Al Qaida threatens Paris, tries to hitch a ride on Britain's mob riots. And Saudi Arabia is braced for dangerous Sunni street protests against the throne.

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London fires
World in crisis: Markets dive. Mobs burn London
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 9, 2011

An air of crisis descended on the world Tuesday, Aug. 9 as markets continued to tumble steeply and in London, large parts of the city  succumbed to uncontrolled violence. Far East stocks leveled out at 3 percent, Europe fell 3.5-5 percent Tuesday after Wall Street slid 5-7 percent Monday. More than $70 billion were wiped out in global trading Monday hours after US President Barack Obama said America will always be a Triple A country. Israel could join world crisis if all protest demands are met.

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Maj. Gen. Abdel-Fattah Younis
Britain and France Showered Funds on the Rebels even after the General's Murder
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 5, 2011

An al Qaeda branch known as the Al-jamaa Al-islamiya Al-Mokatila is widely believed to be closely associated with rebel leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil and suspected of murdering the rebel commander Maj. Gen. Abdel-Fattah Younis on his behalf. This confirms Muammar Qaddafi's long-held allegations that al Qaeda is part of rebel ranks. Still, Paris and London decided to release frozen Libyan funds and transfer them to the rebels.

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