32 articles tagged "Chuck Hagel"
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The Regional Coalition for Beating IS Begins Breaking up 12 Hours after Its Launch by Obama
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2014

Turkey stuns Washington by dropping out of the US-led coalition, refusing to fight jihadis or let its bases be used for air strikes.

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Iran's Shahab-3 can reach all Mid East points
US accepts Shahab-3s in Iran’s missile arsenal, but not long-range ICBMs. Deep resentment in Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Special Report May 18, 2014

Two high-ranking US officials, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, were challenged by Israeli leaders over the Obama administration’s omission of the Shahab-3 ballistic missile from its demand to restrict ICBMs that can reach Europe and the US in Iran’s arsenal. The Shahab-3’s range of 2,100km covers all of the Middle East, including Israel. Yet it was left out, although it carries warheads weighing 760 kg, to 1.1 tons, which may also be nuclear. Hagel faced the same challenge from Saudi Arabia and the GCC.

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Chuck Hagel with Shimon Peres in Jerusalem
With Peres on his tail, Netanyahu seeks a solid ally to back for the presidency
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 17, 2014

President Shimon Peres, who hails from the dovish Labor party, has not just been running his own political foreign policy track against Netanyahu’s, but quietly intriguing with the prime minister’s foes on a plan to remove him and his Likud from power. Although two foes have fallen, Peres is served by Netanyahu’s predilection for sitting on the fence on vital issues - including calling him to order for stepping out of the bounds of his presidential authority. Netanyahu is now hunting for a dependable ally to place in the presidential residence.

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US and Jordanian special forces
Hagel’s talks in Jordan and Israel to determine if Syrian rebel Golan offensive expands to Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2014

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Israel Wednesday May 14 for talks with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon from an inspection of the US-Jordanian underground command center located 10 kilometers north of Amman, debkafile reports. It was the first visit by a high-ranking US official to a US military facility directly involved in the Syrian war. His talks in Jordan and Israel will determine whether the US-backed rebel forces engaged in battle for control of the Golan town of Quneitra, open a new southern front against Bashar Assad and threaten Damascus.

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US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel heads for Mid East
Chuck Hagel faces flat resistance to US regional policies in his coming Mid East trip
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 10, 2014

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrives in Jeddah next Monday, May 12, for a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council defense ministers, the first to be attended by an American defense chief in six years. This prolonged absence reflected the Obama administration’s military disengagement from Middle East affairs and their ensuing political estrangement. Hagel will find Gulf states bent on self-defense and ready to contend with Iran without recourse to the US. Jordan and Israel are also withdrawing from commitments to play ball with Washington.

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Sergey Shoigu
Russia’s Undeclared Takeover of E. Ukraine. US and NATO Talk Big, but Stand by
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 1, 2014

The creeping Russian takeover of E. Ukraine is advancing by proxy as separatists seize one city after another without facing resistance.

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Russian forces massing on Ukraine's borders
US fears Russian troops poised to invade Moldova. Russian covert forces alleged inside Ukraine
DEBKAfile Special Report March 31, 2014

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Sunday March 30 instructed Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO’s supreme commander in Europe, to set out at once from Washington to Brussels for consultations with alliance commanders on a possible Russian invasion of Moldova’s Russian-speaking breakaway enclave of Transnistria, after Crimea. Chairs of both US House and Senate Intelligence Committees report Russian forces massed on Ukrainian borders, as well as covert forces inside the country. Some reports claim a Russian buildup in South Ossetia too for a possible thrust into Armenia.

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US Mediterranean Forces Go on High Alert, Rush Airlift to Israel. Russian Army on Combat Readiness
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2014

The US delivers assault helicopters in special airlift to Israel and places its Middle East forces on high alert, especially in the Mediterranean. Russian armed forces also remain on combat readiness.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
First Partial International Accord on the Iranian Nuclear Issue Awaited in Geneva
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 8, 2013

Kerry’s mission was to soften Saudi and Israeli mistrust of the Obama administration’s intentions on Iran and Syria. The Israeli and Saudi leaders refused to be placated.

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Sergei Kiriyenko
Who Orchestrates America’s Iran Policy? Some say it’s Sergei Kiriyenko, Rosatom Director
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2013

Putin has devised a complex game of diplomatic ping pong for pushing through understandings with Obama first to resolve the Syrian chemical crisis and currently to settle the nuclear controversy with Iran. DEBKA Weekly reveals how it works.

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Assad's chemical weapons arsenal
The sarin shells fired on Damascus - by Syrian 4th Division’s 155th Brigade - were followed by rockets on Israel and car bombings in Lebanon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 24, 2013

Within 48 hours, Assad and Iran launched a three-point punitive offensive for foreign intervention in the Syrian war, debkafile reports. The facts: The sarin nerve gas shells which claimed more than 1,000 Syrian lives Wednesday, Aug. 21, were fired by the 155th Brigade of the Syrian army’s 4th Division commanded by Gen. Maher Assad from Mount Kalmun. This atrocity was followed by a rocket attack on Israel from Lebanon and deadly blasts in Tripoli. The price for not stopping Assad and Tehran now is likely to become even grimmer.

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Damascus under alleged chemical attack
The Assad regime, like Tehran, crosses “red lines” under cover of Western doubletalk
DEBKAfile Special Report August 22, 2013

By two comments, Israel confirmed Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 21 and 22, that the Assad regime had used chemical weapons on civilians in the region of Damascus – the first came from Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who said "The use of chemical weapons by the regime is not a first,” and the second from Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz, who reported corroborative intelligence. Yet no one anywhere admits that Syria, any more than Iran, has crossed US and Israeli red lines and that this necessitates direct action.

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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

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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A deal on Syria already fading
US envoy Ford’s secret crossing into Syria. Turkey’s “chemical dossier” for Obama
DEBKAfile Special Report May 10, 2013

The Obama administration’s slowcoach policy on Syria has given Iran and Hizballah unfettered access to intervene in the Syrian civil war, magnifying its lethality and prospects of its spilling over into Israel, Turkey and Jordan, says debkafile. It will further deteriorate when Washington’s expectations of an international conference are not recprocated by Moscow.

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Hizballah drone
White House to Congress: Assad has used chemical weapons. Israeli jets down Hizballah drone opposite Haifa
DEBKAfile Special Report April 25, 2013

In a striking reversal, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Abdu Dhabi Thursday, April 25, that US intelligence now believes the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against its own people.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Tehran and Assad slide past US and Israeli red lines – nuclear and chemical
DEBKAfile Special Report April 23, 2013

Red lines have been flattened by Iran’s rapid progress toward a nuclear weapon and by Bashar Assad’s mockery, backed by Tehran, of US President Barack Obama’s warning that “proof of chemical weapons use would be a game changer.” Two Israeli ex-intelligence chiefs Tuesday, April 23 underlined Israel-US differences.

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Visiting Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel with Moshe Ya'alon and Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz
Gantz: Another Afghanistan in store for Syria. Hizballah brigades fight for Assad
DEBKAfile Special Report April 23, 2013

Israel’s chief of staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz warned Monday, April 22, that tribal and ethnic warfare on the scale of Afghanistan awaited Syria. debkafile: Two heavily armed Hizballah combat brigades are fighting for Bashar Assad south of Homs.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in Israel
Boston terror focuses Hagel ME trip on Syria & al Qaeda - instead of Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 21, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Middle East trip was supposed to present the $10 billion US arms sales to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE as a signal for deterring a nuclear Iran. The Boston bombings shifted the onus of his trip to Syria and al Qaeda. Russian cooperation was a vital source of intelligence for nabbing the two bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Friday, April 19. Russian President Vladimir Putin will almost certainly claim his quid pro quo in Syrian currency.

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Bashar Assad
Assad Is Poised to Attack Jordan - Unless Obama Stops Him
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2013

Although Obama has approved the deployment of 200 US troops to Jordan, no one knows whether he will order enough military strength to save King Abdullah if his kingdom comes under Syrian attack.

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US 1st Armored Division
US troops sent to Jordan to counter Syrian attack on kingdom
DEBKAfile Special Report April 17, 2013

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Wednesday, April 17, that 200 troops of the US 1st Armored Division had been sent to Jordan to give the United States the ability to "potentially form a joint task force [with Jordan] for military operations, if ordered" by the President.  debkafile’s military sources report that they are ranged on the Jordanian-Syrian border to counter a potential Syrian attack. In a potential war between Syria and Jordan backed by US troops, Israel would almost certainly become involved.

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