247 articles tagged "Saudi Arabia"
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Back to the Military Option for Iran’s Nuclear Program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2014, 11:41 PM (GMT+02:00)

Israel is flexing muscle, while the US and Saudi Arabia have embarked on two large-scale exercises to prepare for a possible military strike against Iran’s weapons-capable nuclear program.

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Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Vienna
US races headlong for final nuclear deal with Iran - irrespective of program’s military dimension
DEBKAfile Special Report April 8, 2014, 6:51 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran and the six world powers Tuesday, April 8, kicked off negotiations in Vienna for a final and comprehensive nuclear accord. debkafile reports that in its haste to start drafting the document by mid-May, the Obama administration is ignoring the military aspects of Iran’s nuclear program.  A senior Israeli security official remarked: “The Americans are ready to take Tehran’s assurance that its program is purely peaceful at face value.” The initial US-Iranian argument over the quantity of low-grade enriched uranium permissible is irrelevant given the fissile material concealed in Tehran’s weapons program.

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BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile
US arms Syrian rebels with first heavy weapons, anti-tank BGM-71 TOW missiles - raising war stakes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2014, 8:56 AM (GMT+02:00)

Two Syrian rebel militias judged moderate in Washington have in the last few days taken delivery and begun using  the first advanced US weapon to be deployed in more than three years of civil war, debkafile reveals. It is the heavy anti-tank, optically-tracked, wire-guided BGM-71 TOW.

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UAE Crown Prince Gen. Sheikh Al Nahyan
Options for Mid East talks: Carrying on, interim deal, or a turn to the Saudi-UAE-Egyptian bloc
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2014, 7:25 PM (GMT+02:00)

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has proved time and again that he will never endorse any accord for ending the dispute with Israel. US Secretary of State John Kerry has finally accepted this. An interim deal, which he refused to consider, might buy a few years’ grace in the dispute before breaking up, because it is the conflict that keeps Abbas in power. debkafile: Some Palestinian eyes are looking at the Saudi-UAE-Egyptian bloc and its war on the Muslim Brotherhood i.e. Hamas, which the US opposes. Israel too is seriously interested.

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A US Predator firing a missile
A new drone offensive awaits Al Qaeda – waged this time by Mid East powers without America
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly March 29, 2014, 10:51 PM (GMT+02:00)

President Barack Obama is determined to discontinue America’s drone operations against al Qaeda along with its disengagement from Afghanistan and Pakistan. But, as DEBKA Weekly reveals in its latest issue out last Friday, the drones will keep coming – with three major differences: This time, the jihadists will be hunted down in their latest Middle East habitats of Syria, Iraq and Egypt by the only regional powers with UAV capabilities: Saudi Arabia and Israel. And this time no Americans are involved. To track this drone-versus-terror offensive, subscribe to DEBKA Weekly by clicking here.

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Saudis Warn US President Not to Expect Much from His Visit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 27, 2014, 11:47 PM (GMT+02:00)

Saudi Arabia is the only Mid East country to be offered US Predator UAVs. With some delicate coordination, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt can combine forces to battle al Qaeda using drones.

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Arab League Summit
To get at Obama and Kerry, Arab League summit drafts hard-line ultimatums for Israeli-Palestinian peace track
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 25, 2014, 1:03 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Arab League summit opening in Kuwait Tuesday, March 25, is set to carry hard-line ultimatums as a means of derailing US-sponsored Palestinian-Israeli talks and as a red flag for President Barack Obama three days before he lands in Riyadh. debkafile: They will insist on a veto on recognizing Israel as the Jewish national state, mandating all parts of East Jerusalem, including Al Quds al Sharif (Temple Mount) and the entire Old City of Jerusalem, as the capital of a Palestinian state; and the immediate release of all Palestinians in Israeli jails.

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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, 11:45 PM (GMT+02:00)

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

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Binyamin Netanyahu
Saudi-Iranian Peace Moves Dash Israel’s Plans – Especially If Egypt Is Drawn in
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2014, 11:45 PM (GMT+02:00)

Israel’s forebodings focus on the Egyptian strongman lest he be drawn into the secret Saudi-Iranian love fest in progress now.

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Obama Couldn’t Prevent Saudi-Pakistan Nuclear Pact
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2014, 10:57 PM (GMT+02:00)

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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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, 10:58 PM (GMT+02:00)

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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The Egyptian Ruler Bids for Russian S-300 Batteries, Has Secret Plans for a Presidential Guard
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 13, 2014, 10:20 PM (GMT+02:00)

Gen. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi went to Moscow with big plans with a $2bn Saudi check for top-line Russian arms, including S-300 missiles for he secret new elite force.

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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, 1:09 AM (GMT+02:00)

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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FM Zarif’s Government-Building Demo in Beirut Is Promo for Syria and other Trouble Spots
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2014, 1:09 AM (GMT+02:00)

Iran’s foreign minister twisted Hizballah leader Nasrallah’s arm to accept a plan for sharing power with his rivals in a national unity government.

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Saudis Fall out with Qatar, Oman and UAE at the Gulf Summit. Qaboos Is About to Quit the GCC
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 13, 2013, 1:06 AM (GMT+02:00)

As the Saudis fight to separate the emirates from Tehran, they found themselves at the GCC summit at odds as never before with Qatar, Oman and the UAE. Sultan Qaboos is about to quit the GCC.

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The three Iranian-occupied islands claimed by UAE
Iran pushes for Saudi isolation in the Gulf amid military buildup in Hormuz
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly December 10, 2013, 10:03 PM (GMT+02:00)

Tehran wins two key Gulf emirates away from their close alignment with Saudi Arabia by two steps: Its consent to discuss the future of three islands claimed by the UAE in the Strait of Hormuz; and the conspicuous absence of Oman’s Sultan Qaboos from the GCC summit in Kuwait this week. The Saudis were prevented from passing anti-Iranian measures, which must be unanimous under GCC rules, and were therefore isolated. The Obama administration’s silence – even when Iran posted assault aircraft on a Hormuz island – resounded across the region.

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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, 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.  

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
US Makes Iran Strategic Partner in Six World Zones – from Indian Ocean to Palestine
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 28, 2013, 11:54 PM (GMT+02:00)

The US is showering Iran with perks even before it takes the first step toward implementing its interim nuclear deal with the six powers.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama
Obama’s Diplomacy Blamed for Letting Iran Reach the Nuclear Threshold
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 28, 2013, 11:54 PM (GMT+02:00)

Israel is unlikely to be mollified by the package offered by Obama for its cooperation, not forgetting that his diplomacy gave Iran space and time to reach the nuclear threshold.

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Undercover Saudi-Iranian War Is Fueled by Syrian Conflict
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.

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