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SVR HQ Yasenevo, Moscow
Obama’s fiscal-intelligence war with Putin grows shadowy global wings
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly April 23, 2014, 12:02 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Obama-Putin contest over Ukraine no longer fits the definition of a cold war revival. It is a new kind of world war, fought by stealth between two financial and intelligence colossi aiming for each other’s economic jugulars amid skirmishes over Ukraine. In its coming issue out next Friday, DEBKA Weekly reveals how this novel war is orchestrated from a secret US headquarters in Kiev and the SVR center at Yasenevo near Moscow – and looks ahead at its global wings.
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Egypt, Saudis & UAE Push War on Muslim Brotherhood out to US and Western Capitals
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2014, 12:55 AM (GMT+02:00)

Egyptian intelligence circulates a thick file compiled of interrogations of Brotherhood activists which reveal Muslim Brotherhood conspiracies to topple Arab regimes with Qatari connivance. The file was sent to Washington and European capitals.

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The hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner
MH370 stays missing for want of data-sharing among intelligence searchers
DEBKAfile Special Report March 28, 2014, 7:50 PM (GMT+02:00)

The fourth week of the hunt for MH370 begins with a shift to a new “credible area.” World intelligence agencies, racing to discover the missing Malaysian airliner, could achieve more by openly sharing their data. However they are using the search additionally to try out their own innovative intelligence and military technology; check out fellow-agencies’ satellite and electronic cyber resources; determine their outer limits; and study their rivals’ strengths and weaknesses in the event of potential sea, air or cyber conflicts in one of the most forbidding areas on earth.

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CIA Headquarters at Langley, Va.
Chief of CIA division for spying on Iran is suspended over internal mutiny
DEBKAfile Special Report March 18, 2014, 10:39 AM (GMT+02:00)

The CIA's chief of Iran operations, Jonathan Bank, 46, was sent home on paid leave over an “open rebellion” in his department, US, Russian and Iranian media reported Tuesday, March 18. debkafile: This places in doubt the credibility of US President Barack Obama’s assurances to Israel and the Arabian Gulf leaders that they have nothing to fear from US-Iranian rapprochement. Washington, they were told, was fully abreast of Iran’s nuclear activities and would know in good time if Khamenei gave the order to build a nuclear weapon.

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Western Spy Agencies Sketch Uighur Terror Attack on the Malaysian Airliner
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2014, 11:45 PM (GMT+02:00)

The dominant theory among western intelligence agencies to account for the Malaysian aircraft’s disappearance is a Uighur terrorist attack, using lax security at Kuala Lumpur airport.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama
How Long Will the New Obama-Netanyahu Alliance Last?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2014, 1:04 AM (GMT+02:00)

Netanyahu persuaded Obama to back Israel’s raid on an Iranian missile ship to improve his soft image and possibly deter Putin from further military action in Ukraine.

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Yuval Steinitz
An Israeli Minister Engages National Spy Chiefs in Single Combat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2014, 12:16 AM (GMT+02:00)

Israel’s intelligence minister has bitten off more than he can chew, by demanding more oversight on the operations of Israel’s three intelligence branches.

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Iraqi Al Qaeda (ISIS) Kicks of Its Sinai Incursion with Tourist Bus Bombing
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2014, 10:57 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iraqi al Qaeda has arrived in Sinai to upgrade the performance of local jihadis. Terrorist strength has jumped close to the numbers of Egyptian troops in counter-terror operations in the peninsula.

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Visiting Israeli military hospital for Syrian war wounded
New high-tech IDF Bashan Division on Golan. Syrian mortar shells miss visiting Israel leaders
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 19, 2014, 11:47 AM (GMT+02:00)

Israel’s top leaders marked the second round of nuclear talks between the Six Powers and Iran with a visit Tuesday, Feb. 18, to injured Syrians at the IDF field hospital in central Golan. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said: “I would like to tell the world today that Iran has changed neither its aggressive policy nor its brutal character…” debkafile: The IDF has thrown up a new dual bulwark on both sides of the Syrian border, including the new Bashan territorial division complete with a high-tech combat intelligence collection battalion.

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Iranian Beirut Embassy bombing 19.11.13
Secret Iranian team in Beirut to counter suicide attacks and upgrade Hizballah intelligence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 26, 2014, 5:13 PM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile Exclusive: Iran is to urgently rebuild Hizballah’s intelligence and security mechanisms after the ravages caused by suicide attacks on its Beirut and Beqaa strongholds since joining the Syrian war. A secret Iranian Al Qods-Ministry of Intelligence team assigned to the task arrived secretly in Beirut last week, after a top-level Iranian-Hizballah conference concluded that the Lebanese group’s security and intelligence can’t take much more battering without folding. The Iranians will also build Hizballah’s fighting units in Syria a new field intelligence arm.

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HIzballah's Hajj Hassan Hollo al-Laqqis, slain in Beirut
Slaying Hizballah commander ratchets up Saudi covert war on Iran and Lebanese proxy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 4, 2013, 12:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

The gunning down of Hajj Hassan Hollo al-Laqqis, a high-ranking Hizballah commander and close crony of Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah raised the stakes of the clandestine war between Saudi Arabia and Iran - or rather between Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan and Iran’s Al Qods Brigades commander Qassem al-Soleimani. Hizballah blamed Israel for the assassination because it is easier to reach for revenge than Saudi Arabia. Al-Laqqis was killed in the underground parking lot of his home by five shots to the head and throat.

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Binyamin Netanyahu's nuclear depiction caricatured
Former CIA, AMAN chiefs: Iran is a nuclear threshold state and can no longer be stopped
DEBKAfile Special Report December 2, 2013, 10:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

In New York and Tel Aviv, former CIA director Gen. Michael Haden and ex-chief of AMAN, Gen. (ret) Amos Yadlin, offered the same opinion.  Both said Sunday, Dec. 1, that Iran has attained the status of a nuclear threshold state, able to build several nuclear bombs in a matter of weeks. By this diagnosis, they indicted their respective governments for failing to stop this happening. Hayden on the Geneva accord: “We need to negotiate hitting the delete button.” Yadlin: "Iran is a step before breakout to a bomb. This is unfortunate but true.”

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Saudis Fund Clandestine Groups Fighting Regime in Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 14, 2013, 10:09 PM (GMT+02:00)

Prince Bandar bin Sultan has a war chest of $500 million for clandestine operations in Iran, including assassinations and fomenting violent unrest among its national minorities in four corners of the country.

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Ankara and Tehran Set up Profitable Ties behind America’s Back
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 8, 2013, 12:19 AM (GMT+02:00)

Turkish-Iranian intelligence cooperation has produced an operation against Syria rebel supplies through Turkey. Tehran wants to redirect Turkish exports from its Israeli route back to Syria, and use the Turkish route to promote Iranian products in Europe.

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Iranian and Turkish foreign ministers - close friends
Turkey and Iran sign secret intelligence cooperation pact. Ankara rolls up anti-Iran spy rings
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 3, 2013, 8:12 AM (GMT+02:00)

Turkish and Iranian Foreign Ministers Ahmet Davutoglu and Javad Zarif signed a secret pact in Ankara covering intelligence cooperation between their two countries Friday, Nov. 1, debkafile reveals exclusively. Although a member of NATO, Turkey undertook under this accord to stop cooperating with third countries in spying on Iran and to roll up anti-Iranian spy rings operating from its soil. From late October, the Erdogan government began enforcing a prohibition on the activities of agents collecting information on Iran from the Turkish side of the Iranian border.

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Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden May Be the Ultimate Digital Double Agent
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 31, 2013, 11:49 PM (GMT+02:00)

A major upheaval is believed in progress - not just in US intelligence networks but across the espionage industry around the world in a mad race to shut down, recover and replace the blown networks, for fear of Snowden’s revelations.

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US SEALs Courted Failure in Somalia by Repeating 1993 Mogadishu Mistakes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 17, 2013, 11:26 PM (GMT+02:00)

The US Seals team assigned with capturing al Shabaab’s Nairobi mastermind missed out by failing to learn the lessons of the US Mogadishu raid of 1993.

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Gen. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi
Gen. El-Sisi’s Total Control of Egyptian Intelligence Files Used to Smash Muslim Brotherhood
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2013, 12:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

Egyptian strongman Gen. El-Sisi used secret intelligence files out of Brotherhood reach and the element of surprise to overthrow its rule and place its leaders behind bars.

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Four Mid East Intel Agencies Who Lent a Helping Hand to Gen. El-Sisi
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2013, 12:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

Egyptian intelligence has asked for Israel help in tracking down Mahmoud Izzat Ibrahim, newly-anointed Brotherhood Supreme Guide, last seen holed up in Gaza.

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US Global Terror Alert: Western and Arab Counterterrorism Agencies Unimpressed
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 9, 2013, 12:23 AM (GMT+02:00)

None of the 22 countries where US embassies were shut down placed their counterterrorist services on terror alert, after failing to find evidence of a terrorist campaign in the offing.

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