DEBKAfile Special Report January 27, 2002
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah and intelligence director Prince Nawwaf are trying to extricate Yasser Arafat from Israeli confinement in Ramallah. The Saudi Press Agency quotes the crown prince as remarking: "Imprisoning a leader is a very strange situation." As to President Bush's harsh criticism of the beleaguered Palestinian leader, Abdullah advised the US President ominously "to pursue the interests of America and this would be sufficient for us."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2002
Two senior Israeli cabinet ministers responded instantly to the out-of-the-blue Hizballah mortar and missile barrage Wednesday evening against Israeli frontier positions on the Shaaba Farms sector, after three quiet months. Foreign Minister Shimon Peres held Iran responsible for provoking the Hizballah attack, while defense minister Binyamin ben Eliezer declared angrily that Israel would not stand for its northern border becoming a second front.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 19, 2002
The prize for which Osama bin Laden launched al Qaeda and his terror campaign in 1990 is now within his reach: the eviction of US forces from sacred Saudi soil. TheWashington Post and the Financial Times report that Saudi rulers think the US has "overstayed its welcome", a disclosure appearing earlier in debkafile.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2002
While pointing a sharply accusing finger at Iran, Israel suddenly finds itself on a high terror alert against an imminent terror threat from Iraq, timed for January 15 or thereabouts. Israeli security authorities are taking into account that Baghdad is capable of striking through its Palestinian terrorist surrogates.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 13, 2002
The combined Iranian-Palestinian-Hizballah strategic threat to Israeli's security, made so much of by Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon - and echoed by Israel's senior defense and intelligence officials - did not drop out of the sky when the Karine-A arms ship was intercepted ten days ago.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 9, 2002
Saddam's super-cannon of pre-Gulf War fame is making a comeback. In its newly adapted form, the fabled monster gun is designed to fire nuclear, chemical and biological shells at US military targets in the Gulf, Middle East, Red Sea and Mediterranean, as well as targeting Kuwait, Bahrain, Turkey and Israel. This was revealed by DEBKA-Net-Weekly in its last week's issue.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 6, 2001
King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz returned home from his enforced exile in Geneva last Thursday, September 27, mending the rift in the Saudi royal house by lining up with his half-brother, Crown Prince Abdullah's refusal to grant Washington the use of military bases for attacking any Muslim power.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2001
While defense minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer wages his crusade against the outposts Jewish settlers planted at the Palestinians' favorite ambush sites against West Bank highway traffic, Israeli security authorities anxiously try to puzzle out the purpose of the latest Iraqi military moves in the Western Desert.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2000
America has warned Moscow that if its huge $7b arms deal with Tehran goes through, US-Russian economic and military cooperation will be detrimentally affected. This warning, conveyed by US defense secretary William Brown in an urgent meeting with his Russian counterpart Igor Sergeyev at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, is part of an aggressive US diplomatic offensive to prevent the Russians from becoming Iran's primary arms supplier. Brown demanded Russian compliance with its commitment under a 1995 accord not to sell arms to Iran. This position will be raised in forceful terms by the US State Department anti-proliferation team, which is due in Moscow Wednesday Dec 6. Last month, Moscow announced the 1995 accord was a dead letter and it was going ahead with sales to Iran of conventional arms, though not nuclear weapons or technology.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 4, 2000
debkafile sources in the Arab world report that the rumors flooding the Middle East about Saddam Hussein having contracted lymph cancer were started by the wily dictator himself. He feared that uncontrolled rumors would spark an upheaval in the ruling family and the army command and become a weapon in the hands of his enemies at home and abroad. According to those sources, in no time at all, the bare facts have already been lavishly embroidered. There affirm there is no truth to the accounts that Saddam has secluded himself in his palaces in Baghdad, admitting no one but his doctors. They also deny emphatically descriptions of a ruler confused, unfocused and suffering loss of memory for many hours of the day. Quite the opposite. The disease is still in its early stages and his hand is said to be still firm on the levers of government - so much so that he is looking ahead calmly to the stage of being overcome by the disease and is methodically preparing his government for that moment. At the same time, there is no confirmation to the rumor that Saddam has placed his young son Kusai at the head of the family council - or that the council has become operative at all.