298 articles tagged "Saudi Arabia"
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The US-MFO Exit from Sinai will Expose a Widening Circle of Mid East Waterways
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2015

Washington prepares to pull its troops out of the MFO Sinai force to escape Islamist threats, but also Tiran island which will leave vital sea passages unguarded and open to being seized by ISIS.

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Tehran Ready to Scrap Past Dogma for Quick Solutions to the Syrian Crisis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2015

Iran is in a hurry for a quick solution for the Syrian war and ready to give up is total support for Bashar Assad to win big power support for imposing a solution on Damascus.

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Mistral carriers at Saint-Nazaire shipyard
Egypt bids for two advanced French helicopter carriers - counterweight to the Iranian navy
DEBKAfile Special Report August 27, 2015

Egypt is in advanced negotiations with France for two highly advanced French Mistral class assault-cum-helicopter carrier ships originally destined for the Russian Navy. debkafile reports that this deal, if it goes through, will substantially beef up the regional lineup of the Saudi, Egyptian and Israeli navies. The new vessels would enable it to contest Iranian naval challenges in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, and alter the balance of strength between the opposing sides. Saudis and the UAE are covering the bill.

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Obama Puts Moscow & Iran at Helm of Their Next Mid East Venture. Saudis Opt out
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2015

The US, Russia and Iran combine to launch a new Middle East venture for resolving current conflicts in ways that are expedient to all three. The Saudis prefer their own path and choices.

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Two Princes, Two Wars: Who Is Going to Win?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2015

The Crown Prince leads the war on domestic terror, while his deputy heads the war on Yemen. But the latter is also the king’s son and the Yemen war may be easier to crack than the pervasive attraction of young Saudi men to the radical lure of ISIS.

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Lavrov, Kerry, Al-Jubeir at Doha
Russia and US woo Saudis to help save Assad - albeit putting Israel and Jordan in danger from S. Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report August 9, 2015

Building on the nuclear accord, the Obama administration has been in close communion with Moscow and Tehran on moves to save the Assad regime as the key to ending the Syrian conflict and a united front against the Islamic State. This initiative was to have peaked at the Doha foreign ministers’ meeting on Aug. 3, except that it was blocked by Saudi refusal to acknowledge Assad. The US and Russia hope to change Riyadh’s mind when Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir visits Moscow on Aug. 11. But then, Israel and Jordan would face great peril from southern Syria.

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US and Russia Head up New Grouping for Fighting ISIS, Sustaining Assad in Power
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 6, 2015

The US, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf have lined up to fight ISIS, after each gives up on primary issues. Bashar Assad stays, by common consent, and the Houthis lose the Yemen war.

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How Iran Left Houthis in the Lurch to Eased Saudi-UAE Capture of South Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 6, 2015

As part of a new understanding reached in Doha, Iran agreed to ease up on its support for the Yemeni rebels and let a Saudi-UAE landing in Aden go without resistance.

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Has Putin Cornered Mid East Nuclear Market in Deal with Obama to Back US Iran Nuclear Diplomacy?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2015

Under a secret deal with Obama, Putin has cornered the Middle East nuclear market and signed contracts to supply reactors and other facilities to Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, Jordan and the UAE. Fordo will become a research center.

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Saudis at a Loss after Yemeni Rebels Shoot Advanced Iranian Missiles Deep inside the Kingdom
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2015

Iranian strategists are giving the Houthis advanced Fateh-100 missiles for hitting key Saudi facilities deep in the kingdom, determined to beat back the Saudi air campaign., while upgrading Tehran’s intervention.

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Iranian-Yemeni Houthi Footholds on Red Sea Islands Threaten Saudis, Suez
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2015

Iran has chosen to plant Houthi forces with heavy arms on island clusters capable of blocking the Red Sea and Suez Canal to shipping as well as threatening the Saudi eastern seaboard.

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Saudi Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Muhammad bin Ahmed Al-Shaalan slain by Yemeni Scud
Saudi air chief killed in Yemeni rebel Scud attack on Khamis Mushayt air base
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 12, 2015

The Saudi Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Muhammad bin Ahmed Al-Shaalan was killed in a Yemeni rebel Houthi cross-border missile attack on the big King Khalid Air Base at Khamis Mushayt, debkafile reports.The attack took place on June 6, but his death was kept secret until June 10. The largest Saudi air base, it is from there that the campaign to end the Iranian-backed Yemeni insurgency is being mounted. Tehran likely put the Houthis up to the attack which marked a major escalation in the Yemeni war, with implications for US-Iranian relations.

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US Patriots stationed in Saudi Arabia
Two major Mid East escalations: Yemeni rebels fire Scuds at Saudi air base. ISIS warns Syrian rebels
DEBKAfile Special Report June 6, 2015

Riyadh reported Saturday, June 6, that Patriot batteries had intercepted Scud missiles fired by Yemen Houthi rebels at Khamis al-Mushait, the kingdom’s largest air base, from which Saudi jets take off to strike Yemeni rebels. debkafile’s military sources disclose that the Patriots, activated for the first time, were manned by American teams – the first direct US intervention on the Saudi side of the Yemen conflict. Khamenei’s statement on Iranian troops for Syria is awaited. ISIS meanwhile warns Syrian rebels in the south to break off contact with US-Jordanian and Israeli command centers.

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Anti-Tank Trenches Shield Damascus from Encroaching Foes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 4, 2015

The Syrian army and rebels sap each other’s strength in head-to-head combat, while ISIS watches for its moment to strike and meanwhile lines up long-term strategic assets.

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A Hizballah missile
Iran weighs turning Hizballah’s anti-Israel missiles against ISIS to save Damascus and Baghdad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2015

Hizballah’s Hassan Nasrallah frequently brags that his 80,000 missiles can reach any point in Israel. He may have to compromise. His masters in Tehran are casting about urgently for ways to save the Assad regime in Damascus and halt the Islamic State’s inexorable advance on Baghdad and the Iraqi Shiite shrine city of Karbala. debkafile: Iran is eyeing the re-allocation of some 1,000 long-range rockets in Hizballah’s store for warding off these calamities. It is also weighing a defense pact with Syria to enable Iranian troops to come to Assad’s aid.
 

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The Islamists Cash in on Natural Resources in Looted Lands, Can Afford a Nuclear Bomb
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 28, 2015

ISIS has seized a dozen oil fields in Iraq and Syria amassing billions of dollars in black market sales and saving up to buy a nuclear bomb.

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Obama Gives Iran Exclusive Carte Blanche for Fighting ISIS in Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 28, 2015

Obama has given Iran a free hand to fight ISIS in Iraq without US interference – or air cover. Iraq’s Sunnis cry second American betrayal.

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Saudis Lead GCC Quest for New Strategic Allies after US Letdown in Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2015

Disappointed in US intelligence assistance for its Yemen war effort, the Saudis have turned to other allies, including France and Israel to pitch in.

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Why Saudi Army Boots Rarely Touch the Ground
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2015

While the Saudi armed forces are impressive on paper, the army is in no shape to fight, while the bigger and better-equipped National Guard has no intention of getting embroiled in the Yemen war.

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Newly-armed Nusra Front in South Syria
Assad loses battles as US, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Qatar and UAE arm Al Qaeda’s Syrian branches
DEBKAfile Special Report May 4, 2015

For the first time in the Syrian war, opposition forces, such as the Army of Conquest and the Free Syrian Army, are receiving substantial quantities of heavy weapons including tanks and antitank missiles, from the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. debkafile:. The opposition is winning battles as the balance of strength shifts away from the Syrian army. At the same time, since most of these rebel militias are associated with al Qaeda, Assad’s fall could consign Syria to radical Islamist rule.

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