312 articles tagged "Saudi Arabia"
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As US & Russia Dicker over a Syria Ceasefire, the Obama-Putin Pact Is Firm
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2016

The dickering for a compromise on a ceasefire in Syria has not shaken the Obama-Putin pact which gives Russian the leading military role in the conflict. The ceasefire lines will reflect the US and Russian lines east and west respectively of the Euphrates River.

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Russian S-400 anti-air missile in Syria
Russian hands-off warning to US, Saudis, Turks amid crucial Aleppo battle
DEBKAfile Special Report February 6, 2016

The five-year old Syrian civil war faces its most critical moment. Saturday, Feb. 6, a combined force of Syrian army and Hizballah troops and an Iraqi Shiite militia under Iranian officers, were led by Russian air and Spetsnaz (special forces) officers into pressing forward to encircle 35,000 rebels trapped in Aleppo, the country’s largest city. The biggest refugee exodus of the Syrian war is blocked at the Turkish border. Moscow hints it will fight off any US, Saudi or Turkish interference.

 

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Iran Extracts Last-Minute US Concessions on Nuclear Accord Deadline Day
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2016

Zarif extracted concessions on centrifuges from Kerry as the six foreign ministers waited ready in Vienna, hour after hour, to declare the nuclear accord in force and start lifting sanctions.

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Nimr Execution as Rallying-Point for King Salman and His Son’s War Policies
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2016

The Saudis put the Shiite cleric to death as a deliberate anti-Iran action to break up the US-Shiite bond and unify the warring princely factions engaged in power struggles behind the policies of the king and his son.

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Saudis Count Heavily on Pakistan in Expected Showdown with Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2016

Saudi Arabia, expecting to find itself in full-blow war with Iran, has turned to Pakistan for military backing.

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Gen. Dvornikov: Russia’s combined C-in-C and top diplomat in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2016

In his Damascus posting, Gen. Alexander Dvornikov has been given control of the twin Russian commands in Damascus and Baghdad. They function as two halves of the same war room. They are fully coordinated under a single overall commander, enabling the Russian general to stay on top of events and in control of decisions 24/7. This is a key position of enormous authority and extreme diplomatic sensitivity. The Saudis see him as major foe, while the Iranians resent Moscow’s understandings with Israel. 

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ISIS & Al Qaeda Team up for Pincer Movement Vs Saudis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2015

Riyadh deliberately avoided targeting AQAP in Yemen, believing the jihadis to be secret partners against the Houthi rebels. Having gained strength, AQAP is now ready to joint ISIS to strike the Saudis from Yemen and Iraq.

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Iran Ditches Yemen Rebels: “The Saudis Have the Ball.”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2015

Iran has suddenly left Yemen’s Houthi rebels high and dry consigning them to the mercies of a deal with Saudi Arabia for ending the civil war.

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Saudi and Egyptian marines capture Iran-held island at Red Sea chokepoint
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 11, 2015

In a pivotal breakthrough in the Yemen civil war, Thursday, Dec. 11, Saudi,  Egyptian and UAR marines seized from Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels the Greater Hanish island, part of the strategic archipelago commanding the Strait of Bab al Mandeb, debkafile reports. This strait links the Indian Ocean with the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea – i.e. Africa and Asia. The Arab forces no doubt received help in their operation since Iran had converted the island into a regional arms supply depot and observation point for regional shipping, including Israeli sea traffic from Eilat.

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Obama and Putin in Secret Deals on Assad’s Removal from Power, Collaboration against ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2015

Moscow and Iran agree to Assad’s phased exit after secret collaboration understandings are reached between Obama and Putin to fight ISIS together.

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The First Bid to Oust the Saudi King and Son Failed - But Intrigue Simmers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2015

The late King Abdullah’s favorite, Prince Muqrin, was shunted aside by his successor and is now the live wire behind an intrigue to topple Salman and his son. His has many princely sympathizers and backing from Washington.

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Saudis and Iran vie in cash tug-‘o-war behind Palestinian terror. US sidelined
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 17, 2015

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are funneling millions of dollars to Palestinian groups to buy their abstention from the current wave of terror against Israel, while Iran and Hizballah spend cash to convince Palestinian extremists to keep the flames high. The Saudi-Iranian contest terror poses a major threat to the security and stability of Israel and Jordan. The Obama administration is left behind and Mahmoud Abbas is out in the cold as the Saudis and UAE go directly to Israel and Jordan.

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Russia Is Still a Very Long Way from Raqqa
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2015

Putin like Obama refuses to commit his own ground troops to Syria and so while rounding up Cuban and Iranian proxy fighters, he is courting Arab sponsors of anti-Assad rebels to switch sides.

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The New “Hashemite Army” Is Poised for Battle with ISIS – Next in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2015

Jordan’s Abdullah has built a new 70,000-strong Hashemite Army with US arms and Saudi funding. It is now poised for battle in eastern Syria to take on ISIS at Deir Ez-Zur.

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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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