118 articles tagged "Middle East"
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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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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Middle East Quartet reconvenes in Moscow next spring
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 11, 2008
While Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas promised to keep on negotiating during the run-up to Israel's election, debkafile reports the current lull - due to political changes in the US and Israel - is likely to continue until early next year.
The negotiations led by outgoing prime minister Ehud Olmert and Livni have been conducted until now amid a media blackout, eliciting concerned questions in Israel about "how much they have given away in secret."
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Israeli-Syrian peace track breaks up amid shakeups in Jerusalem and Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 7, 2008
debkafile's Exclusive Middle East sources reveal that not only has prime minister Ehud Olmert's chief of staff and lead negotiator with Syria, Yoram Turbowicz, decided to resign, but Syrian foreign minister Walid Mualem, the leading proponent of talks with Israel in Damascus, is also on his way out.
Turkey, envisaging the breakdown of its initiative, has hared off in a new direction, a bid to mediate between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas.
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Olmert to Obama: By late 2009, early 2010 Iran will be able to assemble nuclear bomb<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2008
Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert told visiting US Senator Barack Obama Wednesday night, July 23 that within little more than a year, Iran would be able to assemble all the components for a nuclear bomb. Earlier, senior Israeli defense sources reported that Iran is set to receive Russian S-300 anti-air missiles for fighting off strikes against its nuclear facilities by early September, seriously complicating any air attack.
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Three covert Palestinian networks coordinate attacks in Jerusalem, say security sources<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2008
Masses of weapons and explosives are cached in the Palestinian villages and districts of Jerusalem, where three Palestinian terrorist networks are working together to coordinate attacks in the city, according to security-intelligence sources. According to debkafile's security sources, the Galilee Liberation Brigades - Imad Mughniyeh fighters, an offshoot of the Lebanese Hizballah among Israeli Arabs, works hand in glove with the fiercely radical Hizb al-Tahir and Hamas.
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Shin Bet chief: Hamas missiles menace Kiryat Gat - or even Ashdod port
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 27, 2008
The internal security agency director Yuval Diskin told Israeli lawmakers Tuesday, July 22, that he opposed the Gaza ceasefire the Israeli government approved with Hamas - and continues to oppose it - because it gave Hamas what it wanted. Diskin warned that Hamas is using the time to sow minefields to stall an Israeli counter-terror operation.
In a briefing to Knesset foreign affairs and defense committee, Diskin said Hamas' military buildup can only be curbed by an Israeli military presence in the Strip.
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