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.