DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2013, 12:20 AM (GMT+02:00)
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2013, 12:20 AM (GMT+02:00)
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 4, 2013, 12:40 PM (GMT+02:00)
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.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 3, 2013, 9:31 AM (GMT+02:00)
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 23, 2013, 11:59 PM (GMT+02:00)
The undercover duel between Iran and Saudi Arabia escalates as it moves out of Syria into Lebanon and Iraq.
Incredible! Beirut bombings killing 25 people were self-inflicted by Iran and Hizballah as a diversionary tactic
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 19, 2013, 4:14 PM (GMT+02:00)
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 14, 2013, 10:09 PM (GMT+02:00)
The royal consensus is the Prince Salman is not fit to remain Crown prince and the race is on for his replacement as first in line to the throne. Ex-intelligence Chief Prince is the frontrunner.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 8, 2013, 12:19 AM (GMT+02:00)
Netanyahu decides to turn to Moscow after he is convinced with Saudi rulers that Obama has decide to abdicate from Middle East affairs and leave its nations to handle their own problems with involving America.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 31, 2013, 11:49 PM (GMT+02:00)
Saudi Prince Bandar’s triple-faceted scheme for obstructing Obama’s agenda includes stirring up Iran’s minorities, deals with Taliban and an open door for Russia in Egypt.
Al Qaeda’s thrust toward Golan: Israel, Saudis, Jordan share urgent need to stem the fast-multiplying peril
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 26, 2013, 6:39 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Golan villages' defense units along the Israeli-Syrian border will be put through their paces by an IDF exercise next week to build up their readiness and freshen their tactics against terrorist incursions. debkafile: It is estimated that the figure of 6,000 jihadists of Al Qaeda and affiliates present in Syria today will have doubled by next spring. Israel's alarm is shared by Saudi Arabia, which sees al Qaeda massing in Syria and on its borders with Jordan, Iraq and Yemen and threatening to overrun Lebanon and Jordan.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 24, 2013, 11:31 PM (GMT+02:00)
Dead set against Obama’s policies for Syria and Iran, the Saudis are preparing to send heavy weapons to the Syrian rebels, making up the deficiency created by Western denial. Jordan must be persuaded to let the supply transit its territory.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2013, 12:36 AM (GMT+02:00)
Three royal princes and a functionary have formed a quartet to initiate a new style of government in Riyadh which is less focused on royal family interests. They espouse reform and an activist foreign policy.
DEBKAfile Special Report August 20, 2013, 6:12 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie was detained early Tuesday, Aug. 20, in a Cairo apartment. Most of the Brotherhood’s leadership are now in custody or have fled the country, some to the Gaza Strip. The Badie arrest marks the collapse of his movement’s resistance to the military takeover. Rallies scheduled for Monday in Cairo and other Egyptian towns were cancelled as life began to return to normal. The Saudis are lobbying intensely in the West on behalf of Egypt's military rulers.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 9, 2013, 12:23 AM (GMT+02:00)
Saudi Arabia awaits Putin’s reply to a proposition $15bn for scaling back Russian backing for Bashar Assad. Until then, the planned US-Arab operation against Assad hangs fire, despite heavy pressure from Israel to save Aleppo.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 3, 2013, 10:08 AM (GMT+02:00)
President Vladimir Putin is set to visit to Cairo – possibly next Wednesday Aug. 7 – after Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan told him King Abdullah was in favor of the trip, debkafile reports exclusively. Bandar did not rule out the signing of a large Russian arms sale to Egypt, bankrolled by Riyadh. Gen. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is resolved to break up Muslim Brotherhood protests and outlaw the movement in consultation with the judiciary. The Obama administration is fighting to arrest the avalanche threatening its Middle East policies.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 2, 2013, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)
Moscow and Washington are vying for Tehran’s favors. While Washington is painting the new president as a moderate, Moscow is preparing the way for a high-powered visit to Tehran by Vladimir Putin by dangling an offer of highly advanced air-defense missiles.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2013, 11:52 PM (GMT+02:00)
Rebel factions in Aleppo are deeply fractured and disorganized. They say promised US weapons never arrived. Assad plans to stage a terrorist campaign against Israel from the Golan to steal attention from expected atrocities for conquering Aleppo.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 28, 2013, 11:13 AM (GMT+02:00)
Syrian rebels in Aleppo are obtaining their first heavy weapons – 220-mm MLRS rocket launchers – through a large-scale supply operation run by Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, debkafile reports exclusively. In Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo, his agents snapped up Russian-made MLRS (Smerch) and Hurricane 9K57 launchers capable of firing scores of 220-mm rockets to a distance of 70 kilometers. Bandar hopes these weapons will expedite the rebels' capture of the big Syrian air base of Nairab near Aleppo.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 16, 2012, 1:05 AM (GMT+02:00)
Intelligence circles in the Middle East and Europe were fully abreast of Gen. David Petraeus’s fondness for the company of strong, ambitious women like Paula Broadwell and were not against exploiting those women’s garrulity for their own ends.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 5, 2012, 12:12 AM (GMT+02:00)
As US intelligence gropes in the dark in Syria – unable to pin down the rebel leader or a suitable candidate to follow Sadat - Saudi secret service chief Prince Bandar uses Al Arabiya TV to release “classified Syrian security documents” for his propaganda campaign against Assad and other ...