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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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It’s a Long Way to a Yemen Ceasefire
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2015

The Saudis have drawn up their own game plan for Yemen, independently of US efforts to achieve a ceasefire. Obama has told the Gulf rulers not to expect a defense pact with the US, but Iranian expansion will be curbed.

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AQAP captures Yemeni Hadhramaut
Al Qaeda on winning streaks in Yemen and Iraq, exploiting stalemate in proxy wars
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 17, 2015

Thursday and Friday, April 16-17, two branches of Al Qaeda took the lead in violent conflicts, catapulting key areas of the Middle East into more peril. In Yemen, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and in Iraq, the Islamic State (ISIS), launched new offensives 3.050 kilometer apart. debkafile: Both branches of the Islamist terror movement used the absence of competent adversarial troops on the ground – American and Saudi - to push forward in the two arenas. They also exploited the contradictions in Washington’s attitude towards their foe, Tehran.

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Pakistan Turns Coat, Leaves Saudi Arabia High and Dry in Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 16, 2015

Pakistan has ditched Saudi Arabia and turned to Iran for the sake of a Chinese investment in a pipeline for Iranian gas to solve its energy crisis.

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Iran's Bushehr helicopter carrier warship
Iran, Saudi Arabia in tense buildup opposite Yemen’s Gulf of Aden shore: US air tankers refueling Saudi jets
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2015

Saudi-Iranian saber-rattling over Yemen reached a dangerous peak Thursday, April 9: The Saudi army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri, said the Iranian flotilla of warships posted to the Gulf of Aden would not be permitted to enter Yemeni territorial waters. He threatened Iranians “remaining in Yemen” would suffer the same fate as the Houthi rebels. An Iranian-Saudi clash of arms in the Red Sea can’t be ruled out, after Egyptian and Iranian warships exchanged fire over the Bab El-Mandeb Strait. Friday, Saudis banned flights of Iranian pilgrims to Mecca.

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Russia's bombed out consulate in Aden
Yemen war: Saudis prevented Russian evacuations by air, bombed Moscow’s spy center in Aden
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2015

Moscow claims to have evacuated hundreds of Russian nationals from Yemen by an air lift running out of Sanaa airport. But debkafile reports exclusively that this was prevented by a Saudi ban on the landing of Russian flights at any Yemeni airport from March 27, when the Saudi Air Force took control of Yemeni airspace. The Russian nationals were eventually evacuated by sea to Cairo. Meanwhile, Saudi Air Force F-15s demolished the Russian consulate in Aden housing a regional spy facility, as Riyadh goes head to head with Moscow.

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Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani with Afghan recruits in Tikrit
Iranian general in Sanaa to organize Yemen rebel counter-offensive for Saudi-led attacks
DEBKAfile Special Report March 28, 2015

Iran’s top war commander, Al Qods Brigades chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani, landed in Sanaa Friday, March 27, debkafile reports, to organize a counter-offensive for the Saudi-Gulf-Egyptian operations against Tehran-backed Houthi rebel advances. By opening its third direct Middle East warfront after Syria and Iraq, Tehran was holding the Obama administration to its promise of support as the leading Middle East power, in return for signing a nuclear framework deal by March 31. Solemeini’s must urgently restore Iran’s sea and air supply lines to Yemen, cut off by Saudi-led air strikes.

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Sunni Arab Camp Rises up against Tehran in Yemen and Obama’s Pro-Iran Policy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 26, 2015

The surprise Saudi-Egyptian-GCC military action in Yemen for cutting down Iran’s proxy Houthis may be the opening shot for further Sunni action against Shiite Iran’s Middle East positions.

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Iran’s Dash for Yemeni Ports and Red Sea Straits Stalled by Saudi-Egyptian Intervention
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 26, 2015

In the Yemen operation, the Sunni camp led by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the GCC cuts short Iran’s supplies to the Houthi rebels and advance on Aden.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
Obama’s Nuclear Strategy for Iran May Lead Israel Back to Military Option
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 26, 2015

Obama has reduced relations with Israel to an all-time low, a sacrifice on the alter of his deepening ties with Tehran.

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Egypt seizes Bab el Mandeb ahead of Iran. Saudis bomb Iran-backed Yemeni Houthis. US launches air strikes over Tikrit
DEBKAfile Special Report March 26, 2015

In a surprise step, Egyptian forces Thursday morning, March 26, seized control of the strategic Bab el-Mandeb Straits to pre-empt Tehran’s grab for this important energy shipping gateway between the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Suez Canal, debkafile reports. It rounded off the just-launched Saudi-led air strikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, signaling a 10-nation Sunni Arab revolt against Iran’s approaching takeover of Yemen and other Mid East positions with Washington’s support, and coinciding with the first US air strikes over Tikrit in aid of Iran.

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Gen. Qassem Soleimani
Obama Pushes Jordan out of Saudi-Israeli Sphere into Tehran’s Arms
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2015

The Saudis and Gulf are pulling the financial rug from under Amman for playing ball with Tehran at US instigation. Israel may also withdraw its shield from the royal family.

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Mohammed al-Jawlani
Saudis Bidding for the Radical Sunni Nusra Militia as Their Syrian Proxy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 12, 2015

The Saudis warn Washington that the Sunnis of Iraq would sooner fight against Iran-backed Shiite militias come to liberate them than their Islamic State occupiers. Riyadh is meanwhile trying to hire the Nusra militia as its Syrian proxy.

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Iran’s Shiite Drive Scoops up Yemen en Route from Syria & Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 5, 2015

The religious wars already afoot in three Middle East countries, Syria, Yemen and Iraq have overtaken the predictions of Western Cassandras, as Iran initiates challenges to Sunni powers.

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Hurdles Beset Run-up to US-led Spring Offensive to Recover Mosul
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2015

The US can’t get its Mosul spring offensive against ISIS off the ground because Iraqi troops are not ready and the Kurds and Arab coalition members are holding back for taking part.

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Victorious Houthi fighters in downtown Sanaa
Houthi Yemen coup moves Iran’s Middle East hegemonic ambitions forward - upheld by Washington
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 8, 2015

The strings of the pro-Iranian Houthi rebels’ coup which toppled the Yemeni government in Sanaa were pulled from Tehran and Washington. Their partnership helped the Houthis reach their goal, currently confined to parts of central Yemen and all of the North. debkafile: The uprising’s dominant figure is none other than Ali Abdullah Saleh, ousted as Yemen president in 2012. Saudi Arabia, the Gulf emirates, Jordan and Israel are watching the US-Iranian partnership in Yemen with deep foreboding. They fear the Obama administration is using the war on Islamists as a façade for promotingTehran’s regional ambitions.

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Crude prices climbed briefly on Abdullah's death
Oil markets seek stability under new Saudi King Salman. A short price spurt followed Abdullah’s death
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 23, 2015

The new Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz pledged continuity for the kingdom’s oil and other policies in his first speech Friday, Jan. 23, following the death of his half-brother King Abdullah. The late king, a strong, shrewd and measured ruler, navigated the kingdom on a steady course in a turbulent neighborhood. He also made sure the succession would be smooth, swift and safe for the long term. Abdullah was also largely responsible for plunging oil prices by refusing to cut production. King Salman will have to stand up to heavy arm-twisting bythe US, Iran and Russia for ending this policy.

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An Afghan Taliban officer aligns with ISIS
Taliban counters French-led Western unity demo with pledge of allegiance to ISIS chief Al Baghdadi
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 12, 2015

Pakistani and Afghan Taliban high-ups vowed allegiance Sunday, Jan. 12 to the Islamic State’s leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi – forging concord among key Islamist terror movement groups for defying the values that brought millions out for a mammoth rally of Western unity against terror that day. Taliban cemented the pact by beheading a Pakistani soldier held prisoner. Last week, Amedy Coulibaly, who murdered four Jews in a Paris market, also said he acted for ISIS. Abu Bakr has therefore extended his reach to South Asia after Europe and Arab lands.  

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi
Saudi-brokered reconciliation between Egypt and Qatar marred by emirate’s hosting of Meshaal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 21, 2014

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and top Qatari envoys went through the motions of formalizing the Saudi-brokered reconciliation between them, when they met in Cairo Saturday, Dec. 20. Riyadh celebrated the meeting as the turning of a new page, and the Qatari envoy acknowledged Egypt’s preeminence in the Arab and Muslim worlds. debkafile: But the bone of contention over the emirate’s hosting of the Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, who was packing his bags to travel to Tehran, remained unresolved. The Saudis demanded his removal from emirate soil.

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US Draws Zero Response to Bid for Regional Troops to Fight ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2014

The Obama strategy has drawn criticism for investing too little to achieve a short, sharp campaign to eradicate ISIS. Regional governments have too few troops to spare.

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