95 articles tagged "France"
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Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron
Libya's Rebels Promise NATO Backers Hefty Oil Stakes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2011

The lion's share is promised France of Libya's oil reserves with smaller stakes for Britain, Italy and Qatar. But the rebels may be counting their chickens too fast. First, the war is not yet won and the promises may stay on paper and second, only the US has the advanced technology for getting the oil out of the ground.

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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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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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Gen. Abdul Fatah Younis
Libyan rebels killed their own commander
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 29, 2011

Gen. Abdel Fatah Younis, commander of the Libyan rebel forces fighting Muammar Qaddafi, was put to death on the orders of Mustapha Abdul Jalil, head of the rebel TNC, debkafile's sources report. TNC officers abducted him and two aides and shot them in the head 20 kilometers outside Benghazi.

Jalil wanted the powerful Younis out of the way before the start of peace negotiations, for fear he would beat his own path to Qaddafi and head the future government alongside Saif al-Islam.

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Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi
NATO Drops a Spanner in the Negotiating Track
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2011

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe persuaded the Cameron government climb down from its high Libyan horse and accept that diplomacy is the only sensible option for ending the war. The UK is in no position to dictate terms to Muammar Qaddafi. NATO objects to being left holding the baby.

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US embassy in Damascus mobbed
Clinton: The US has no interest in Assad staying in power
DEBKAfile Special Report July 12, 2011

Monday, July 11, after a pro-Assad mob invaded the US embassy in Damascus, a personal attack on Syrian President Bashar Assad was heard in Washington for the first time. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Assad "is not indispensible and we have absolutely nothing invested in him remaining in power," after US embassy staff were forced to shelter in a fortified wing of the mission as Assad's militiamen rampaged through the building and raised the Syrian flag.

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Iran Assembles Nuclear Fuel, Missiles and Warheads
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 8, 2011

Western and Israeli intelligence missed Iran's spectacular nuclear fast-forward by miscalculating its timelines. It now appears that by 2012, Tehran will have around four-to-six bombs or warheads in stock and have tested ICBMs for their delivery. Uranium enrichment will be raised to 60 percent by relocating the plants from Natanz to the hidden Fordo facility.

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Adm. Mark Stanhope
French-UK- Italian Shock and Awe Plan Stalled by Empty Arsenals
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 16, 2011

The US is willing to replenish NATO's empty missile and smart bomb arsenals but needs to know who is footing the bill. Robert Gates like British and French Libyan war commanders don't believe in NATO's ability to topple Muammar Qaddafi.

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Tripoli under NATO bombardment
Moscow opposes Western anti-Syrian motions because of Tripoli bombing
DEBKAfile Special Report June 9, 2011

Russia cited NATO's "inclusive bombing of Tripoli" as grounds for objecting to the new UK-French-Portuguese  motion condemning the Assad regime for its violent crackdown on protest, and any other UN Security Council action against Syria. After a more than $4 billion outlay, debkafile reports NATO's campaign against Muammar Qaddafi is running short of funds and suffering war "fatigue." The US, Britain and France consider dipping into the estimated $45 million of frozen Qaddafi funds in their banks. Qaddafi' commands about $1 trillion in cash.

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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

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

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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Barack Obama
Who Quits Next after the US? London Is in Line
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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