109 articles tagged "Middle East"
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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan
Erdogan's illness impacts events around Syria and Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 18, 2011

Extreme concern was quietly voiced Sunday, Dec. 18, by American and European official circles over the state of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's health – and especially its impact on present and impending events in Syria and other parts of the Middle East, including Iran, debkafile's Western intelligence sources report. Those sources say Erdogan is suffering from Rectosigmoid cancer. The prolonged treatment he needs is already affecting policy-making and has sparked the first signs of a power struggle within his ruling AKP party.
 

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Admiral Kuznetzov
Moscow Holds onto Syria, Its Last Military Outpost in the Middle East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 1, 2011

After failing in Libya, Russia's Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev are determined not to let Syria, Moscow's only strategic partner in the Middle East, slip out of their hands. If Bashar Assad can't be saved, Moscow wants to be sure Damascus does not fall completely under Western sway.

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Barack Obama
Obama Set to Attack Iran's Nuclear Sites by the Fall of 2012
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 4, 2011

Regional leaders hope the US is ready for a fresh start to reestablish its influence after exiting Iraq. They count on an attack on Iran overturning the regimes in Tehran and Damascus although their rulers will fight to the death. NATO and Israel have embarked on joint maneuvers to study the lessons of the Libyan campaign and apply them to Iran.

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US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
Israel's isolation rooted in US-imposed military inaction, Arab revolt backing
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 3, 2011

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Israel of increasing isolation in the Middle East and said "Israeli leaders must restart negotiations with the Palestinians and work to restore relations with Egypt and Turkey." Before landing in Israel Monday, Oct. 3, he also said:“Real security can only be achieved by both a strong diplomatic effort as well as a strong effort to project your military strength.”
debkafile: Israel is paying the price for not striking Iran and for Washington's evolving ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Hillary Clinton and Sergei Lavrov before reset reversed
Moscow slows cooperation with Washington in Mid East and Afghanistan
DEBKAfile Special Report July 28, 2011

Russia has threatened to freeze the "reset" ties with the United States, which recently produced valuable cooperation and friendly understandings between the two powers in vital global arenas. debkafile's Moscow sources report the areas most affected are likely to be the Israel-Palestinian dispute, Moscow's effort to broker an end to the Libyan war and the Russian supply route for US forces fighting in Afghanistan.
Moscow's ire was sparked by a US travel ban on officials implicated in the Magnitsky affair.

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Saudi Prince Bandar builds an international Muslim legion
A Saudi foreign legion
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly May 31, 2011

The rise of a new international Saudi Sunni Muslim army for combating Iranian expansion and the spread of the Arab Revolt is revealed in the latest issue of  DEBKA-Net-Weekly, out Friday. Saudi scouts are seriously hunting for volunteers.
Where will the new legionnaires train? And where will their bases be located?
This issue answers those questions and examines the Saudi initiative's impact on the Obama administration's Muslim and Arab policies and America's Middle East standing.
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Binyamin Netanyahu locks horns with Barack Obama
Netanyahu is one of 12 Mid East leaders saying no to Obama
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 20, 2011

By rejecting US President Barack Obama's proposal for Israel and its troops to pull back from the West Bank to behind the indefensible 1967 lines, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu lands in the company of eleven Middle East and North African rulers who spurned Washington's Middle East policy in the six months of the unfolding Arab uprising.
In his speech Thursday, May 19, Obama strengthened those Arab rulers' determination to oppose his policy and increased the prospects of an Israel-Arab war.

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Qaddafi wrote his own constitution, the Green Book
Qaddafi may turn his oil barrel into a powder keg
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly February 23, 2011

In its latest issue out Friday, DEBKA-Net-Weekly outlines Muammar Qaddafi's war plans for his opponents – at home and abroad. With a war chest stuffed with petrodollars, the Libyan ruler is capable of venting his fury by making a bonfire of oil and gas pipelines and facilities across the Middle East.
This special issue also contained a behind-the-scenes survey of the crises bedeviling Middle East regimes or looming over them – with a close-up of Saudi Arabia.

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Dmitry Medvedev
Moscow Poised to Push Washington Out of the Driving Seat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2010

Moscow wants to get rid of the ME roadmap, Tony Blair and outdated peace tracks. Most of all, Russia seeks to unseat America as exclusive top dog in the region. A multilateral Middle East conference taking place in Moscow in February is designed to do just that.

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Israel gas fields
Moscow Eyes Potential Gas Fields off Lebanese, Israeli and Syrian Shores
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 25, 2010

The hand Putin is reaching out to Lebanon for a stake in potential Mediterranean gas and oil reserves may put Lebanon in hock to Moscow for decades to come finds his partner, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on the edge of an abyss.

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Ahmadinejad's Lebanon Fiasco Retilted the Middle East Power Balance
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 21, 2010

Ahmadinejad, Nasrallah, Assad and Erdogan were all diminished by the Iranian president's bumbling performance in Lebanon - as were their hopes of a solidifying a radical bloc potent enough to rule the Middle East roost.

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Hillary Clinton
Israel Implicitly Threatens to Blitz Damascus if Beirut Falls
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 7, 2010

In 1990, the Glaspie Effect, whereby the US declines to take a definite position on a conflict, led directly to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the first Gulf War in 1991. In 2010, the same effect generated by Hillary Clinton on the threat to Lebanon has brought the Middle East a big step closer to another war.

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Top US team-player
Tony Blair's Amazing "Journey" to the White House
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly September 16, 2010

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has carved out for himself a role at Barack Obama's right hand - uniquely for a non-American politician. In its latest issue out Friday, DEBKA-Net-Weekly looks behind Tony Blair's astonishing rise 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.

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Bashar Assad
Assad Offered High Status in Beirut and Baghdad for Dumping Tehran and Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2010

Willing to entrust the Saudi king on Afghanistan, Obama also gives him a free hand to cut Iran down, mainly by making Assad irresistible offers for control in Beirut and influence in Baghdad for dropping Tehran and Hizballah,

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King Abdullah and Nicolas Sarkozy
US Chokes off French-Backed Saudi-Jordanian Nuclear Plans – for Now
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 16, 2010

The Saudi and Jordanian monarchs were persuaded by Barack Obama to shelve their respective nuclear programs for now, while French president Nicolas Sarkozy is licking his wounds after losing nuclear contracts with both and a hoped-for boost to the French economy and his own sagging prestige.

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George Papandreou
Strengthened Greek-Israeli Bonds Encircle Turkey from the West
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2010

After losing its "only Middle East ally", Israel and Greece are heading for an advantageous strategic partnership. Prime Minister Papandreou hopes for help in overcoming Greece's economic crisis and upgrading his armed forces.

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Abdullah Gul
Works on New Bloc Segregated from America's Influence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2010

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan is determined to lead an anti-Western, anti-Israel Muslim bloc of nations, but has still to choose his senior partner - Iran or Egypt.

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USS Harry S Truman
Political Paralysis Shackles US Military Might
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2010

America's show of military force in the Middle East was ignored not only by Turkey but by the moderate Arab rulers, led by Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Gulf leaders are weighing a merger of their armies for self-defense against a nuclear-armed Iran.

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Ehud Barak, Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen
Iran and Allies Plan a Middle East War This Summer
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2010

US military preparations under way to attack Iran's nuclear facilities in response to Iran's plans for sending its allies to attack Israel this summer.

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Syrian reactor
For Failing to Stall Iran, Israel Must Learn to Live in a Nuclear Middle East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2010

Some say Israel has missed the boat for knocking out Iran's nuclear facilities. It has no such option for Saudi Arabia and, in any case, Israel and Saudi intelligence chiefs hold regular parleys.

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