71 articles tagged "Persian Gulf"
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Trump to Raise Big Arab-Muslim Army against ISIS as Centerpiece of His Trip
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 11, 2017

Mustering yet another US-led military coalition is planned for Trump’s first foreign trip.

Gulf Emirs Mistrust Trump’s Iran Policy after His Inaction on North Korea
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 11, 2017

They are concerned he will treat the ayatollahs with the same restraint as Kim Jong-un.

Iran Sows Mines, Also Self-Protects against Reprisals in Kind
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 9, 2017

Joins the club capable of using sonic and magnetic devices for clearing mines.

Why Is The Gulf Certain US and Iran Faked Near-Collision at Sea?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2015

The Gulf believes in a US-Iranian conspiracy to divide control of the region’s seas and strategic straits between them, but Iran takes it one step further.

US and Iran Bowled over by Saudi Yemen Operation – and Efficient Intelligence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 2, 2015

Saudi Arabia managed to keep the secret of its Yemen offensive from Washington and Tehran whle also building a ten-member coalition.

Barack Obama and Binyamin Netanyahu
The Prime Minister’s Election Win Further Stokes the Obama-Netanyahu Feud
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2015

Israel is bracing for US penalties after Netanyhau’s re-election for a fourth term and refusal to go along with Obama’s policies on Iran and the Palestinians.

Middle East Espionage Sensations Promised by NSA Whistleblower-cum- Journalist
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2014

Journalist Glen Gleenwald promises new revelations from Snowden documents will include information on NSA-Israel agreements, while the US and its allies engage in massive surveillance efforts worldwide.

Lt. Gen. Sidqi Sobhi
Muslim Brotherhood Have Begun the “Akhwanization” of Egypt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2013

The Gulf rulers including Saudi Arabia refuse to spend a petrocent for bailing Egypt out of its economic morass since discovering that the ruling Muslim Brotherhood’s first priority is gaining 100 percent control of parliament and only then grappling with the economy.

Russian Northern Fleet
Russian warships sail for Syria, large anti-submarine ship for waters near Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report December 18, 2012

Russian warships set out Tuesday, Dec. 18, for two Middle East flashpoint destinations: Two assault ships, a tanker and an escort vessel sailed from the Baltic to Syria – possibly to evacuate Russian citizens; and Russia’s largest anti-submarine vessel headed for the Gulfs of Aden and Oman close to the Persian Gulf and Iran. debkafile: Russia’s military steps seem to be actuated by anticipation of the international crisis arising from the introduction of chemical warfare to the Syrian war – either by Assad’s army or insurgents.

IRGC commando drill
Iran drills first large-scale paratroop drops for offensive action
DEBKAfile Special Report May 16, 2012

Special operations units of the Iranian army and Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Tuesday, May 14, began a two-day practice of offensive tactics, for the first time dropping large-scale forces from the air deep behind enemy lines. The many war games Iran has conducted until now focused on defenses of strategic and nuclear locations and repelling invaders. It began on the same day as the US-led multination nation special forces exercise in Jordan and was staged deliberately near the Afghan border.

USS Iwo Jima in Saudi port
New US battle strategy against Iran in US movements and Israeli drill
DEBKAfile Special Report May 15, 2012

A new US battle strategy against Iran (ASB) hinges on tightly coordinated air, land, sea, undersea, space and cyberspace capabilities for defeating closure of the (Hormuz) strait, cyber attack, mines, cruise and ballistic missiles. US and Israeli Air Forces, Navies and their special forces are operating on the ABS concept after an Israeli drill which ended in its navy setting up a dense defensive line against enemy sea assault by unconventional weapons. Monday, a large US amphibious marine vessel anchored in Jedda.


Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Tehran Bargains for Regional Partnership through Secret Track with US
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 11, 2012


Iran’s latest proposals contain a couple of concessions but are essentially a bargaining vehicle for using its clandestine dialogue with the US for acceptance of its nuclear program in one form another but equally important recognition as America’s respected regional partner.

Barack Obama
New Iranian proposals in secret dialogue with US
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly May 8, 2012

Continuing our exclusive blow-by-blow reporting since March on the backdoor nuclear negotiations between Washington and Tehran, the latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly out Friday revealed that Iran has put together a new package of proposals ahead of the next formal session between Iran and the Six Powers in Baghdad on May 23. They affect its nuclear program and aim to test Barack Obama’s willingness for a strategic partnership in the Persian Gulf region.
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A Second F-22 Raptor Squadron for Gulf Base opposite Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 4, 2012


The US military buildup around Iran goes far beyond a cautionary demonstration for Iran to give up its nuclear weapon program. As well as the second lot of Raptors for the Gulf, military might is pouring into the two strategic islands of Masirah and Socotra.

USAF F-22s deployed to Persian Gulf
US military drills Day One after strike on Iran, deploys F-22s to Gulf
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 28, 2012

US Navy, Air Force, ground, intelligence and special forces units based at home, in Europe and the Middle East, took part this week in a special exercise ordered by President Barack Obama to simulate reactions to a potential US/Israel strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, debkafile reports. Advanced US stealth F-22 fighter bombers were also transferred to the Al Dhafra Air Base in the UAE. Washington is thinking of attacking core elements of Iran’s nuclear program to weaken its hand in negotiations. 

Abdul Latif Al Zayani
Iran to Annex Persian Gulf Islands, Key to Locking Strait of Hormuz
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 26, 2012


A law annexing the UAR islands of Abu Musa and the two Tunbs is on its way through the Majlis. The row will distract attention from international efforts to curb its nuclear program and support the transformation of the international waterway into Iranian territorial water.

Gen. Ataollah Salehi
Tehran’s Unrelenting Buildup of Strategic Assets against the West
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 26, 2012


If Iran really can copy the captured US spy drone and plumb its secret codes, this will have far-reaching implications for a potential US or Israel strike against its nuclear sites.

Mohsen Rezaie, his master's voice
Iran ducks away from nuclear talks. Moscow: Mid East at boiling point
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2012

Tehran is seeking a postponement of the nuclear negotiations with world powers set for April 13-14 in Istanbul, debkafile’s Iranian sources report. Washington and Jerusalem see Iran’s maneuvers as guided by two objectives: Having the venue removed from Istanbul and buying a couple more months before the diplomatic crunch - and so delaying any military option that Israel or possibly America may choose to exercise if last-chance diplomacy fails.  Russian rhetoric targets the US military and naval buildup around Iran.

USS Ponce - future SEALs Persian Gulf platform
US foresees May as tentative date for clash with Iran. Floating SEALs base for Gulf
DEBKAfile Special Report January 29, 2012

A hurried decision not to de-commission the USS Ponce helicopter marine carrier after duty in Libya - but to refit it for deployment in the Persian Gulf by May as a floating base for SEAL commando teams - was confirmed by the US Pentagon and Navy Sunday, Jan. 29. This base will expand the commandos' range in coastal areas, especially against Iranian speedboats, and support counter-measures against mines which Iran threatens to plant in the Strait of Hormuz for the US-EU oil embargo. 

The Hourglass Sands for a Military Clash Started Running out January Third
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 5, 2012

Tehran is kicking back hard for Barack Obama's three-prong anti-Iran warfronts in the economic, covert and allied spheres. After having its horizon for expansion shrunk to its front door in the Persian Gulf, Iran's rulers are looking for trouble, hoping to provoke a limited military clash with the United States.

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