46 articles tagged "Prince Bandar"
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Saudi Intervenes in Iraq War to Push Iran and ISIS out
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2014

The Saudis first intervened in the Iraq war to support local Sunnis allied with ISIS and this week found ISIS heading for their own border.

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Barack Obama and King Abdullah
Princes Rattled by Ageing Monarch’s Constant Reshuffles
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2014

King Abdullah has been reshuffling power in Saudi Arabia, raising the ire of some royal family members and leaving the army and defense ministry unstable.

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New OC Northern Command Gen. Aviv Kochavi
Two Mid East intelligence chiefs, Gen. Kochavi and Prince Bandar, were wrong about Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 26, 2014

In his three years as AMAN chief, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, just appointed OC Northern Command, was credited with enhancing the corps’ operational capabilities. But, on the debit side, he made three major miscalculations: He overrated the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s life expectancy, underrated Bashar Assad’s chances of survival; and did not recommend that Israel halt Hizballah’s military intervention in the Syrian War. Kochavi shared his second mistake with Prince Bandar, who paid for it by his replacement as Director of Saudi Intelligence on April 15.

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Moshe Ya'alon vs John Kerry
Why doesn’t Netanyahu back Ya’alon? Other prominent ME voices fault Obama’s policies too
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 22, 2014

Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has won little backing at home for his outspoken remarks against US policies. Up until Saturday night, March 22, Binyamin Netanyahu let him face the music alone when John Kerry demanded an apology – and even when the State Dept dismissed his clarifications to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel as not enough. debkafile: But Ya'alon is good company in the region, where Saudi King Abdullah, his intelligence chief Prince Bandar, Egyptian ruler Gen. Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi and others slam US policies even more vigorously.

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Barack Obama
Saudis Pointedly Promote Strategic Partnership with Beijing
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 21, 2014

When he visits Riyadh this month, Obama has little hope of Saudi forgiveness for the Arab spring and its repercussions, but may reach limited understanding on Syria.

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Saudi King Abdullah and Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani
Secret Saudi-Iranian Dialogue in Oman Augurs Rouhani Visit to Riyadh
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2014

The Saudis and Iranians have been in secret dialogue since Hassan Rouhani was elected president last year in order to allay the hostility between them.

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Prince Bandar bin Sultan
Bandar’s Ouster Clears the Path for US South Syrian Base
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2014

The Obama administration reverts to its former plan for a US-backed Syrian enclave in South Lebanon as a lever for influence in Damascus, to be achieved with Israeli, Saudi and Jordanian help.

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Obama Couldn’t Prevent Saudi-Pakistan Nuclear Pact
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2014

Pakistan refused to heed Obama’s demands to back of its nuclear pact with Saudi Arabia. The Saudis will be more flexible on non-nuclear issues like Syria in order to repair the fraught relations with Washington.

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With US and Saudis out, Iran’s Hizballah Is Free to Grab Lebanon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2014

Iran’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Hizballah’s Hassan Nasrallah are poised for a pounce to grab Lebanon now that its former protecter Saudi Arabia is out of the picture.

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Prince Bandar bin Sultan -architect of Saudi Syria, Iran strategies
Obama’s Iran policy wins key point: Saudis drop its lead antagonist Prince Bandar
DEBKAfile Special Report February 19, 2014

Saudi Intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan was reported by debkafile’s US and Saudi sources Wednesday, Feb. 19, to have been removed from policy-making in Riyadh. The prince was the live wire of kingdom’s drive against President Barack Obama’s détente with Tehran. Bandar’s removal is one up for Obama, and a significant loss for Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu as the only other Middle East leader ready to publicly decry US policies on Iran and Syria. No word about the prince’s status has come from Riyadh since he dropped out of sight a month ago.

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Prince Muhammad Bin Nayef
Saudi Arabia and UAE Set to Uproot Muslim Brotherhood Influence from Region
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2014

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are pulling no punches in their determination to root out the Muslim Brotherhood from their neighborhood even though this flies in the face of Barack Obama as he heads out for a visit to Riyadh next month.

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Barack Obama and Saudi King Abdullah
Prince Bandar Prepares Obama-Abdullah Summit. Washington Picks Its Favorite Prince
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2014

Riyadh demands a fence-mending summit for the king and Obama while flying in Washington’s face on the Muslim Brotherhood, Syria, Iran and Egypt.

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Prince Bandar bin Sultan
After a Long Absence, Saudi Spy Chief Prince Bandar Heads Back to Washington
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2014

Saudi spy chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan may be taking a fresh, pragmatic look at Tehran, newly promoted by the US and Russia, as senior regional power, as he plans a trip to Washington for possible fence-mending talks.

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Tehran and Hizballah Plot Payback for Suspected Saudi bombing of Iran’s Beirut Embassy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 13, 2013

Nasrallah secretly visited to Tehran to discuss plans for avenging the bombing of the Iranian embassy in Beirut of which they accuse the Saudi intelligence chief. Iran and Hizballah are bent on revenge.

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Barack Obama and Adm. McRaven
US Moves in on South Syria from Two War Rooms in Irbid, Jordan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2013

Two US war rooms were necessary in view of various Obama commitments to different Middle East allies. The area marked out as US area of influence is designed also to impede al Qaeda’s advance.

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Javad Zarif
Iranian Minister Sets out to Wean Gulf Emirates from Saudi Embrace
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2013

Shunned by the Saudis, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif made lavish officers to the Gulf Arab emirs, including mutual defense pacts with Iran, but failed to elicit a single clear yes.

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HIzballah's Hajj Hassan Hollo al-Laqqis, slain in Beirut
Slaying Hizballah commander ratchets up Saudi covert war on Iran and Lebanese proxy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 4, 2013

The gunning down of Hajj Hassan Hollo al-Laqqis, a high-ranking Hizballah commander and close crony of Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah raised the stakes of the clandestine war between Saudi Arabia and Iran - or rather between Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan and Iran’s Al Qods Brigades commander Qassem al-Soleimani. Hizballah blamed Israel for the assassination because it is easier to reach for revenge than Saudi Arabia. Al-Laqqis was killed in the underground parking lot of his home by five shots to the head and throat.

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Super-Stuxnet in the making
Tehran: Mossad and Saudi intelligence are designing super-Stuxnet to destroy Iran’s nuclear program
DEBKAfile Special Report December 3, 2013

Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency “reveals” that Saudi Arabia and Israel’s Mossad are “co-conspiring to produce a computer worm more destructive than the Stuxnet malware to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program.” It claims that Saudi intelligence director Prince Bandar Bin Sultan and Israel’s Mossad chief Tamir Pardo met in Vienna to decide on the virus attack on Nov. 24, shortly after the six world powers signed their first interim nuclear agreement with Iran in Geneva, and that a week earlier, Prince Bandar visited Israel secretly with French President Francois Hollande.  

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Undercover Saudi-Iranian War Is Fueled by Syrian Conflict
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 23, 2013

The undercover duel between Iran and Saudi Arabia escalates as it moves out of Syria into Lebanon and Iraq.

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Iranian embassy bombed in Beirut
Incredible! Beirut bombings killing 25 people were self-inflicted by Iran and Hizballah as a diversionary tactic
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 19, 2013

A Saudi warning reached Western intelligence agencies, including Israel, on Nov. 14, that Iran and Hizballah were plotting a major terrorist operation in Beirut as a diversionary stunt, debkafile reports exclusively. The tip-off came three days before twin suicide bombings struck the Iranian embassy and the Hizballah stronghold in Beirut Tuesday, Nov. 19, killing 25 people and injuring nearly 150. It was devised, said Saudi intelligence, to convince Hizballah fighters consigned against their will to the Syrian battlefield that they were fighting to defend their own home bases.

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