84 articles tagged "France"
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Banias protesters hoist banner with bullet holes
Syrian snipers kill 15 mourners at protesters' funerals Saturday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2011, 4:36 PM (GMT+02:00)

Security forces and demonstrators continued to clash Saturday, April 23 in Damascus, Hama, Daraa and nearby Izraa after Friday's bloodbath left more than 100 dead and hundreds injured. Syrian snipers shot dead at least 15 mourners, injured dozens, at the funerals. Two Syrian lawmakers resigned their seats in protest at security police brutality against civilians. Damascus rejected President Barack Obama's charge of Iranian help to repress citizens.  France warned regime leaders they could face international prosecution.

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Muammar Qaddafi celebrates a military stalemate
Qaddafi's "zenga by zenga" vow close to fruition against divided NATO
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 16, 2011, 5:15 PM (GMT+02:00)

Two months after Muammar Qaddafi's vow "to purge Libya, inch by inch, house by house, zenga by zenga," he is closer to making good on his boast than even he imagined.  With the US out of the military picture, NATO allies are short of warplanes for stopping Qaddafi's progress and are divided over their mission goal. At odds on how to go forward, they are dropping by the wayside as Qaddafi gains zenga after zenga in Misratah and Ajdabiyeh.

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Who Quits Next after the US? London Is in Line
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2011, 11:41 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Libyan war has reached a stalemate. Only two NATO members, France and Britain are left willing to carry on fighting for the rebels. Both are racing each other to be the first to quit.

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The No-Fly Zone is Embryonic, Intelligence Input Haphazard
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 25, 2011, 12:59 AM (GMT+02:00)

Although the Western coalition has gone beyond just enforcing the no-fly zone, it has not crippled the pro-Qaddafi army or its ability to move large forces across long distances and keep its supply routes open.

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But Nonetheless Promises to Be Long and Decisive for the Middle East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 25, 2011, 12:59 AM (GMT+02:00)

In response to coalition air strikes, Qaddafi has adopted the tactic of embedding his forces within key rebel-held cities transforming his opponents into human shields for his army.

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The Libya no-fly zone mission runs down. Just 6 warplanes aloft
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 22, 2011, 11:31 AM (GMT+02:00)

Four days after the Western-Arab coalition decided Saturday, March 19 to enforce a no fly zone over Libya, only six Western warplanes - American, British, Canadian and French - are in the sky at any one time, debkafile's military sources disclose. This is barely enough for a no-fly zone just over Benghazi. And so the anti-Qaddafi operation has run out of steam, slowed also by the falling-out between Washington, London and Paris over its nature and goals and the fading away of the Arab component.

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USS Barry launches Tomahawk
First coalition cracks as Qaddafi digs in for guerrilla war
DEBKAfile Special Report March 20, 2011, 5:16 PM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile's sources report the claim that Libya's integrated air defense systems were knocked out by Saturday's US-UK-French bombardment was overstated. Muammar Qaddafi had removed his sophisticated hardware - Russian-made SA-5 missiles which can hit medium or high-flying aircraft and his shoulder-launched K38 Igla9 (SA-18) missiles mounted on Italian Ivaco trucks - to hideouts in the south.
The Western-Arab coalition is split over Qaddafi's removal as endgame, while Arab League Secretary Amr Mussa has already criticized the air strikes.

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USS Providence firing cruise missiles
British and French jets over Libya. US, UK ships fire 112 Tomahawks
DEBKAfile Special Report March 19, 2011, 10:48 PM (GMT+02:00)

Twenty French fighter jets destroyed a number of tanks in Benghazi Saturday, March 19, in the first shots of the Western-Arab operation authorized by the UN Security Council 1973 against Muammar Qaddafi, soon joined by British jet fighters. After the US stated it would not take part in the first action or send troops, a US submarine and UK warships fired 112 Tomahawk missiles at 20 Libyan targets east of Tripoli, among them the Libyan army's supreme command center.

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Paris on guard against only specific terror threat
Skepticism over US terror alert for Europe
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 5, 2010, 2:19 PM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile's counter-terror sources are increasingly dubious of the imprecise American terror alert for Europe issued Oct. 3 by the US State Department.  They commented Tuesday, Oct. 5, that the blanket US call for US travelers to watch out in public places and tourist sites all over Europe has little relation to their own data on existing terrorist threats. France, where 14 terror suspects were arrested Monday and which is fighting AQIM, is a separate case.

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Hizballah ammo bunker in Al-Khiam
Hizballah advances 20,000 troops to Israeli border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 11, 2010, 4:42 PM (GMT+02:00)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu keeps on vowing that Iran will not be allowed to establish an outpost on Israel's borders, but he has not lifted a finger to stop this menace ensconcing itself in the north - even though this is a gross violation of UN Security Council resolution 1701. Iran's proxy has therefore won the first round of its drive to recover the forward positions lost in the 2006 war and stands ready for the next.

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Nicolas Sarkozy may join UK punishment
France mulls following UK punishment for Israel over Dubai passports
DEBKAfile Special Report March 23, 2010, 1:13 PM (GMT+02:00)

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 More...

Iranian militia attacks French, Italian, possibly Dutch embassies
DEBKAfile Special Report February 9, 2010, 6:17 PM (GMT+02:00)

In a well-coordinated offensive, pro-government Basijj militiamen in civilian dress hurled rocks and eggs at the Italian and French embassies in Tehran Tuesday, Feb. 9, shouting death to their respective leaders. Some say the Dutch embassy was also targeted.
debkafile's Iranian sources say more violence is ahead, designed to raise international tensions around Iran to fever pitch to deter opposition leaders from staging their planned mass ...

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Joint German-Israeli government session
Israeli leaders ignore EU rejection of Iran sanctions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 26, 2010, 12:28 PM (GMT+02:00)

Israel's president, prime minister and foreign minister are visiting Berlin, Warsaw and Budapest this week, apparently impervious to the European Union foreign ministers' decision in Brussels Monday, Jan. 25, to back away from sanctions for Iran's nuclear program outside the UN Security Council.  None have commented on the EU's abandonment of sanctions for Iran to the mercies of Russian and Chinese vetoes.

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France poised to launch spy satellite, helps tighten anti-Hamas blockade
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2009, 12:12 PM (GMT+02:00)
France is extending its Middle East commitments.
The French spy satellite Helios 2B was scheduled for launching from French Guinea Thursday, Dec. 17, but postponed shortly before liftoff, debkafile's military and intelligence sources report. Designed for real-time battlefield intelligence-gathering, it will also monitor events in Iran.
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Sarkozy accuses Iran of hiding nuclear weapons program which threatens Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2009, 11:03 AM (GMT+02:00)
The first Western leader to expressly admit knowledge of an Iranian nuclear weapons program, French president Nicolas Sarkozy said: "It is a certainty to all of our secret services. Iran is working today on a nuclear (weapons) program." He added: "We cannot let Iran acquire nuclear" weapons because it would ...
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Terrorism not ruled out in Air France crash mystery
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 24, 2009, 5:01 PM (GMT+02:00)
A week after Air France A330's unexplained fatal dive into the Atlantic June 1, debkafile reports from Paris that US, French and Brazilian investigators have begun going through the list of more than 200 passengers on the flight from Rio to Paris with a tooth comb. They are ...
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Big gaps, no answers, in Airbus company disaster findings
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 6, 2009, 4:41 PM (GMT+02:00)
The information offered by senior investigator Alan Bouillard on July 2, one month after Air France Rio-Paris flight 447 plunged into the Atlantic killing all 228 people aboard indicates either that the inquiry is stumped or that information is being withheld.
American aviation experts ask many questions, including: How could ...
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Who disengaged the auto-pilot on doomed Air France plane?<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 14, 2009, 11:22 PM (GMT+02:00)
After the recovery of 24 bodies, some personal possessions and large sections of the doomed Air France A330, there is still no understanding of what happened aboard the craft in the few short minutes before the crash.
Some experts are not excluding a terrorist attack. Read more about this in ...
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Muslim gang leader confesses to three-year old torture, murder of French Jew
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 3, 2009, 9:19 AM (GMT+02:00)
Yousouf Fofana, leader of the self-styled Parisian "Gang of Barbarians," has confessed at his trial to the brutal murder of Ilan Halimi, a 23-year old Jew, three years ago, after torturing him for 24 days. The anti-Semitic crime appalled the 600,000-strong French Jewish community, which accuses the government of still ...
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France to help develop Saudi, Egyptian, Gulf nuclear programs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2009, 9:57 PM (GMT+02:00)
France has injected fresh momentum into the Middle East nuclear race by inviting Gulf nations to take a minority stake in the French nuclear giant Areva (CEPFi.PA), debkafile's military sources report.
They will be able to use their access to advanced nuclear technology for creating the infrastructure for a ...
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