105 articles tagged "Middle East"
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Sharon Pre-Plans for Post-Saddam, Post-Arafat Era
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 3, 2002, 7:19 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon has quietly assembled a new, trusted team to assist in the charting of Israel's Middle East role in the post-Saddam, post-Arafat era. Sharon's planning, a closely guarded secret not shared with his own ministers, is tightly woven into the design for the defeat of global ...
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Turkey's Political Turmoil Shadows US Iraq Offensive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 13, 2002, 1:28 PM (GMT+02:00)
An assessment of the current Turkish political turmoil's potential for holding up the US campaign against Iraq, is the errand bringing US deputy secretary of defense Paul Wolfowitz to Ankara next week. Incirlik and Adana, where the US air force bases its F-15, F-16 and AWACS aircraft, are important launch ...
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Nuclear Fist-Shaking in S. Asia and Mid East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 15, 2002, 5:25 PM (GMT+02:00)
On Wednesday, June 12, out of the blue, the Iraqi foreign ministry issued a far from routine communique: It vilified Israel's launch of a new spy satellite (Ofek-5 on May 28) as posing a "threat to Arab national security as a whole...providing additional evidence" of Israel's "hostile and aggressive intentions ...
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Jordan's Abdullah Moves from Amman to Aqaba
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 21, 2002, 2:05 PM (GMT+02:00)
Jordan's King Abdullah II flew to Cairo Sunday, April 21 to confer with President Hosny Mubarak of Egypt on the current Middle East crisis and the rising ferment in their countries. The two leaders are in close coordination on the problem of Yasser Arafat and his Palestinian Authority.
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Muslim Oil Embargo Threat Is Brandished - Influences Bush Turnaround
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2002, 2:26 PM (GMT+02:00)
Friday, April 5, Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called on Arab states to enforce a one-month oil embargo against Western countries, to pressure them to stop supporting Israel. A similar call issued from Baghdad on Monday, April 1. This following passage comes from the DEBKA-Net-Weekly, Issue 55, which ...
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Arafat Declared Enemy and Isolated - Israel Troops Drive Into His Ramallah Compound
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2002, 11:07 AM (GMT+02:00)
In an all-night session, the full Israeli coalition government approved an all-out, extended military offensive against terrorists, its instigators and supporters in every part of Palestinian territory - though not to deport Palestinian leader Arafat, as prime minister Ariel Sharon demanded. Instead, for "formulating terror strategy and building a coalition ...
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Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah "Idea" Goes into Surprising Orbit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2002, 1:43 PM (GMT+02:00)
Probably no one was more surprised than Saudi Arabia's virtual ruler, Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, by the furor - including Israel president Moshe Katsav's offer to fly to Riyadh - raised by a single sentence he uttered in an interview to the New York Times columnist Thomas L, Friedman, ...
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Israel Gears up to Counter Nuclear, Chemical and Bio Attack
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 9, 2002, 11:01 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Israeli government perceives the threat of a nuclear, biological or chemical attack as tangible enough to earmark a sizeable amount, the equivalent of US$50 million, for measures to protect the population. According to debkafile's intelligence sources, intelligence supporting this reading has reached Jerusalem from more than one ...
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Just Short of War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 4, 2001, 11:07 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Israeli tanks that halted their progress into the West Bank Palestinian hub town of Ramallah early Tuesday just 200 meters short of Yasser Arafat's headquarters were carrying out their orders with fine precision. They were told to surround, hem in, pin down and ground the Palestinian Authority chairman and ...
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Prospect of Bush-Arafat Handshake Is Far from Firm
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 4, 2001, 9:38 AM (GMT+02:00)
As part of a fresh policy posture on the Middle East, President George W. Bush is reported to be preparing to receive Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for a long-awaited first encounter on the occasion of the UN General Assembly session next week.
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Arafat's Never-Ending Hunger for War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 28, 2001, 11:17 AM (GMT+02:00)
Arafat has no interest in ending his war against Israel; what he cares about is his place in Islamic history. When he launched his Al Aqsa intifada last September, he fought his holy war alone in the Arab and Muslim arena. Now he has powerful competition from the millionaire terrorist ...
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Sharon and Arafat Play for Time
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2001, 11:24 AM (GMT+02:00)
US secretary of state Colin Powell did not get very far in his attempts from Shanghai to convince Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat that this time Israeli minister Ariel Sharon means business. He was no more successful in persuading Sharon to pull Israeli troops out of the seven Palestinian towns invaded ...
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Sharon Rescues Arafat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 19, 2001, 11:44 AM (GMT+02:00)
In the middle of his war of terror against Israel, the Palestinian leader was brought low and his violent methods fortuitously exposed and discredited worldwide by a savage terrorist attack against America. He came begging for a lifeline from... his victims. Inexplicably, Sharon extended it to him by accepting his ...
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The Palestinian Angle
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2001, 11:48 AM (GMT+02:00)
According to debkafile's Palestinians sources, the imminent US strike against Iraq and its ultimatum to Syria are making the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat extremely jumpy. He is doing some hard thinking about his next steps and in what direction he should be steering his Palestinian Authority and his ...
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Evolution of Secret US-EU-Saudi-Israel Understanding
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 1, 2001, 11:59 AM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile 's Washington, Riyadh, Paris and Jerusalem sources reveal that one key element in the complex set of understandings was tied up in the talks held in the White House between President George W. Bush and Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon's last Tuesday, June 26. Another was finalized ...
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Powell: Sharon Will Decide When Lull is Enough
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 28, 2001, 12:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
President Bush said Tuesday that the two sides, Israel and the Palestinians, will have to decide when the violence has subsided enough to go back to the conference table. A day later, his secretary of state, Colin Powell, declared that the decision would be up to prime minister Ariel Sharon. ...
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Washington and Israel: Arafat's Pursuit of War May Be Unstoppable
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2001, 12:14 PM (GMT+02:00)
In weekend telephone conversations, US officials told their Israeli counterparts that all their efforts to persuade Egyptian. Saudi and Gulf leaders to exercise their influence on Arafat were unsuccessful. Some of the answers they received, especially in Riyadh, were that the Palestinian leader was in a state of euphoria and ...
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The Sequel to Palestinian Nakba Day
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2001, 12:46 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile military sources report that the tangible threats of which Israeli security authorities have received warning include mass-casualty strikes in civilian areas, whether by means of suicide bomber or booby-trapped cars, gunfire by sniper and ambush, raider forays into Israel settlements or urban locations, mortar attacks from the ...
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Advanced Israel Defensive Preparations for New War Escalation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 9, 2001, 12:55 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israel's defense authorities are seriously preparing for extreme contingencies such as Palestinian missile attacks on the main international airfield or airliners in flight; mortar or Katyusha rocket attacks - not on a Gaza Strip settlement, but on a main Jerusalem Street, a Kfar Saba suburb, shopping centers in Hadera and ...
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Israel Navy Diverts Heavy Weapons Cargo from Palestinians
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2001, 12:59 PM (GMT+02:00)
Three months ago, debkafilefirst exposed the clandestine Lebanon-Gaza shipping route that smuggled weapons in tarred barrels for Arafat's war against Israel. We reported on the agreements negotiated last summer by the late Masoud Ayyad, colonel in Yasser Arafat's elite Force 17, for the Hizballah to become the Palestinian ...
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