123 articles tagged "Middle East"
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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.

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Moscow wants to get rid of the ME roadmap, Tony Blair and outdated peace tracks.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.

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.

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.

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.

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
Saudis Begin Racing Iran for a Nuke
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2010

Saudi nuclear program is coordinated with and assisted by Washington on the understanding that the oil kingdom will be the sole Sunni Muslim nuclear power in the Middle East and rival to Iran.

Saudis lead the race
The Middle East nuclear race is already on
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly April 20, 2010

The Obama administration's nuclear initiatives and strategy for Iran have not managed to thwart a Middle East arms race. That race is well under way with Saudi Arabia in the van - as DEBKA-Net-Weekly reveals in exclusive detail in its latest issue out Friday.
Washington is now trying hard to grab the steering wheel and safeguard its Persian Gulf interests.
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Assad and Ahmadinejad in Syria
Speculation Makes Way for Concrete Preparations
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2010

The Ahmadinejad-Assad summit in Damascus brought a showdown with Israel on four fronts a step closer. Tehran would like its allies to strike first to pre-empt an Israeli attack on its nuclear sites.

Bashar Assad
Iran, Syria Greet Obama's Feelers with Saber-Rattling
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2010


The US decision to restore its ambassador to Damascus and ease pressure on Iran was met with a muscle-flexing space extravaganza in Tehran and Syria lining up with Iran, Hizballah and Hamas for an anti-Israel warfront.

Saudis, Egypt snatch US-backed peace track from Turkey. Assad is willing
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 12, 2009
One reason for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's urgent visit to Damascus Tuesday, May 5, according to debkafile's intelligence sources, was to thwart a Saudi-Egyptian move to snatch the indirect Syrian-Israeli peace track backed by Washington from Turkey.
The Iranian president came too late. Syrian president Bashar Assad had meanwhile decided to appoint one of his must trusted intelligence officers, Gen. Bahjat Suleiman, as Syrian ambassador in Amman and head of potential peace delegation.
How did an US air strike in Sudan morph into an Israeli attack?<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 1, 2009
debkafile's military and intelligence sources trace how an air strike on an Iranian arms convoy bound for Gaza, uncorroborated by witnesses or any other direct evidence, is being puffed up by flights of fancy between West and the East. "Sources" in Sudan and Egypt attributed the attack to US planes based in Djibouti, whereupon Washington "sources" hit back by pinning it on Israel.
The US, Sudan, Egypt and Israel each have their own stakes in playing up or playing down the event. Find out why in debkafile's Special Report below.

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