79 articles tagged "Britain"
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UK hassles Tamir Pardo as future Mossad director
London tries to trap new Mossad chief into admitting Dubai murder
DEBKAfile Special Report December 26, 2010

Even before he takes office as head of the Mossad secret service, Tamir Pardo faces a British ruse to inveigle him into admitting Israel's hand in the murder of Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai a year ago by an apology when he visits London next month. This is reported by the London Telegraph of Saturday, Dec. 25.  debkafile's intelligence sources: That sort of pressure will present Pardo with one of his first tests.   

Iraqi-born Stocholm bomber
Same hand behind Stockholm and Time Square bombings
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 14, 2010

The Swedish investigation into the country's first suicide bombing Saturday, Dec. 11, quickly found that the bomb car which exploded during a shopping rush in the heart of Stockholm was part of a well-planned, sophisticated terror operation, prepared several months in advance to inflict a large number of casualties.The Islamist terror group had drawn lessons from the failed Times Square car bombing. Unlike Faisal Shahzad who fled, Taimour al-Abdaly was a walking bomb arsenal.

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague ruffles feathers in Jerusalem
Hague's visit sparks Israel-UK clash on Iran, Mid East, Palestinians
DEBKAfile Special Report November 3, 2010

The sharp differences between Israel and Britain came to the fore Wednesday, Nov. 3, during William Hague's first visit to Israel as Foreign Secretary. He was informed that Israel had halted the strategic dialogue with the UK in protest against the failure of successive British governments to repeal a law allowing its leaders to be arrested for war crimes on arrival in Britain. The visitor struck back by meeting and praising three groups leading the Palestinian anti-Israel protest movement.

Barack Obama and Tony Blair
Obama Keeps UK at Arm's Length - Except for His Favorite Englishman
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2010

Tony Blair has carved out for himself a role at Barack Obama's right hand and, uniquely for a non-American politician, climbed astonishingly to the top of the White House team of policy-makers, especially on the Middle East and Iran. His popularity in Washington is matched inversely by his falling stakes at home and in Europe.

US Marines battle Taliban in Helmand, Afghanistan
Who leaked the confidential US documents?
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly July 27, 2010

Who profited from dropping 91,000 confidential documents in the lap of Wikileaks.org website this week?
Why only classified US military documents? And how does the leak tie in with the undercover Washington-London feud in Barak Obama's term in office?
DEBKA-Net-Weekly digs deep for sources and motivations in its coming issue out Friday, July 30
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British embassy, Sanaa
Al Qaeda in Yemen, fortified with diverted US funds, strikes British embassy
DEBKAfile Special Report April 26, 2010

The British embassy in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa shut down Monday, April 26, after an al Qaeda suicide attack on the ambassador's convoy and a clash with gunmen outside the embassy. According to first reports, one person was killed, but Ambassador Tim Torlot is safe. 
debkafile's counter-terror sources report that al Qaeda recently received an extra boost from secretly diverted US funds which Yemen president Abdullah Ali Salah used  to try and bribe the Islamists to relocate in Somalia - without success.

Nicolas Sarkozy may join UK punishment
France mulls following UK punishment for Israel over Dubai passports
DEBKAfile Special Report March 23, 2010

debkafile's sources disclose that President Nicolas Sarkozy will decide in the coming hours whether to follow in Britain's footsteps in punishing Israel for suspicions that its security service forged the French passports used by the assassins of Hamas arms trader Mahmoud Mabhouh in Dubai on Jan. 19. London expelled an Israeli diplomat although it admitted it had no proof of Israel's culpability, which Jerusalem regards as an unfriendly act in keeping with London's Middle East policies.





The British embassy in Tehran
Iranian Basijj plots UK embassy seizure
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 30, 2010

debkafile's Iranian sources report that the Basijj militia chiefs have a plan to seize the British embassy in Tehran. Western intelligence agencies monitoring Iran have warned London that radical groups are secretly preparing to overrun the British embassy buildings and living quarters and take the diplomats hostage, replicating the siege of the US embassy in 1979.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad favors the plan but has yet to set a date.

Israel-UK relations strained over Livni arrest warrant
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 22, 2009
The British court practice of issuing war crimes warrants against Israeli official visitors has catapulted UK-Israel relations to the brink of a crisis. Tuesday, Dec. 15, prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu said he takes a grave view of the warrant for the arrest of opposition leader Tzipi Livni issued by pro-Palestinian campaigners for her role in the cabinet which conducted Operation Cast Lead in Gaza a year ago.
British ambassador Tom Phillips received a sharp reprimand in Jerusalem.
A London court rejects Palestinian bid to arrest Israeli defense minister <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 2, 2009
Before the court ruling, defense minister Ehud Barak refused advice from the foreign ministry in Jerusalem to leave the UK after a Palestinian group sought an international warrant for his arrest for alleged war crimes in Gaza. He insisted on keeping to his schedule of conferences with British prime minister Gordon Brown and foreign secretary David Miliband Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 29-30.
Israeli jurists are working on steps to confound the sustained campaign by pro-Palestinian groups to to prosecute high-ranking Israeli visitors to the UK and other countries, especially military officers.
British PM says Arab states must support peace process
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2009
In supportive remarks after his talks with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu in London, the British premier Gordon Brown commended Israel for dismantling West Bank roadblocks, recommended reciprocal moves by Arab states to support the peace process and said Iran's actions do not make its claims of peaceful atomic development convincing.
Netanyahu voiced disappointment at the Palestinians' failure to match Israel's forward movement toward peace.
Egypt opens Rafah to far-left UK MP Galloway to Gaza, but routes his aid convoy through Nitzana<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 12, 2009
The aid-for-Gaza convoy from London led by far-left British lawmaker George Galloway started out on the wrong foot in mid-February. Sunday, March 8, it was stranded at the northern Sinai town of El-Arish by 1,000 Egyptian police who refused to grant them entry to Gaza. Clashes left 24 members of his pro-Palestinian group injured.
Monday, the Egyptians finally gave the fiercely anti-Israeli British MP and his activists permission to enter Gaza.
Tehran seeks death penalty for three Iranians accused of spying for Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 25, 2008
Iranian prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi said the three Iranians had been trained by the Mossad in four countries in "assassinations, explosives, professional motorbike riding and working with special cameras, computers and satellites.
British PM Brown: Iran has choice of negotiations or isolation<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 23, 2008
In the first address to the Knesset by a British prime minister, Gordon Brown said Monday, July 21: We have given Iran a clear choice: Accept our negotiations on its nuclear program or face growing isolation and collective response not of one nation but many nations."
The UK, EU and US will work together to prevent Iran's nuclear weapons program, he said.
The British prime minister said: We condemn anti-Semitism and persecution in all its forms. "It is totally abhorrent for the Iranian president to say Israel must be wiped off the face of the earth.
Brown urges immediate release of British hostages in Iraq<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 21, 2008
The British prime minister Gordon Brown, who arrived in Israel Saturday night, July 19, made the demand after one of the five hostages kidnapped was claimed by an insurgent group to have committed suicide.
The claim was made on a video passed to the Sunday Times. The man identified only as Jason was said to have killed himself on May 25, four days short of the first anniversary of the five men's abduction abduction by a group called Shiite Islamic Resistance in Iraq.
British University-College lecturers urged to boycott Israel<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 1, 2008
The UCU meeting in Manchester, northern England, passed a motion to boycott Israeli academic institutions - without admitting it as such.
Members were urged to "reflect on whether it is appropriate to maintain their links with Israeli institutions" in the light of "the humanitarian catastrophe imposed on Gaza by Israel."
British secret service seeks Mossad update on Iran's nuclear program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 6, 2008
The head of the UK's MI6, Sir John Scarlett will visit Israel later this month for an update by Mossad chief Meir Dagan on Iran's nuclear program and other subjects of common interest. The London Times reports that it is understood Israel has made a breakthrough "on intelligence gathering within Iran."
debkafile reports Israeli transport minister Shaul Mofaz maintained in America last week that Iran may attain full command of the uranium enrichment process before the end of 2008.
British troops entitled to human rights, UK High Court rules<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 13, 2008
In a landmark judgment, the Britain's High Court said British soldiers sent abroad would "have the same human rights as any other British citizens and must be properly equipped when sent into battle". It came in a test case relating to the death of a Scottish soldier who died of heatstroke in Iraq in 2003.
The decision was a legal defeat for Defense Secretary Des Browne who will appeal. The court also ruled families of those killed in conflict should get legal aid and access to military documents.
Opposition leaders said the ruling should be a wake the government up to equipment shortages.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: British PM plays up Afghan gain to divert attention from debacle in S. Iraq <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 14, 2007
After four days of heavy fighting, Afghan National army and international forces covered by US and British marines entered the outskirts of the strategic town of Musa Qala in northern Helmand, south of Kabul, Monday, Dec. 10. Wednesday, the Afghan government flag was unfurled at the town center.
Al Arabiya shows tape of one of five Britons seized in Baghdad. His captors say he will be killed unless UK troops withdraw within 10 days <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 5, 2007
The victim says he has been held 173 days and "no one seems to care." The five men are being held by a Shiite militia called Islamic Shiite Resistance after being snatched in May from the Iraqi finance ministry building.

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