Riyadh Turns to Moscow, Far East to Attain Self-Controlled Nuclear Fuel Cycle & Military Self-Sufficiency
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2015
Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s deal with Putin aimed at providing Saudi Arabia with a self-controlled nuclear weapons program and self-sufficiency in weapons.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 10, 2014
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrives in Jeddah next Monday, May 12, for a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council defense ministers, the first to be attended by an American defense chief in six years. This prolonged absence reflected the Obama administration’s military disengagement from Middle East affairs and their ensuing political estrangement. Hagel will find Gulf states bent on self-defense and ready to contend with Iran without recourse to the US. Jordan and Israel are also withdrawing from commitments to play ball with Washington.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2014
Large-scale military exercises in Israel and Saudi Arabia aimed at preparing for war with Iran and its proxies.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 1, 2014
Iran buttresses two Arab governments plus Hizballah versus Saudi-backed Egypt and the UAE.
DEBKAfile Special Report April 29, 2014
Saudi Arabia exhibited its nuclear-capable missiles for the first time Tuesday, April 29 in a military parade ending a large-scale war game. Displayed was the liquid propellant DF-3 ballistic missile (NATO designated CSS-2), purchased from China 27 years ago. This missile has a range of 2,650 km, carries a payload of 2,150 kg and a single nuclear warhead with a 1-3 MT yield. By showing off the DF-3, Riyadh was displaying its readiness for use in a potential war with Iran and its non-reliance any longer on a US nuclear shield.
Pakistan’s new army chief: Nuclear ties with Saudis, US exit from Afghanistan, Riyadh’s anti-Iran drive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 1, 2013
If Pakistan’s new army chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif, goes through with the transfer of nuclear arms and missiles to Saudi Arabia, he ranges Islamabad on the side of Sunni versus Shiite by lending a Sunni power a nuclear capability versus a nuclear-armed Shiite Iran, whose “nuclear rights” have just been recognized by six world powers. Gen. Sharif must also adapt Pakistan’s armed forces to the US military exit from Afghanistan next year and decide whether to allow Saudi covert operations against Iran to continue from Pakistani soil.
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly January 17, 2012
Three weeks ago, Iran threatened to forcibly bar the Strait of Hormuz to "enemy ships" i.e. the USS Stennis carrier. The US bowed to the threat by stopping sending aircraft carriers through the strait. Rather than confronting Tehran, the Obama administration is holding Israel back from striking Iranian nuclear sites. The latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly out Friday will bared features of Israel's strike plan and also tracked Saudi Arabia's entry to the Middle East nuclear race with active Chinese assistance.
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly July 8, 2010
After his June 29 talks with Barack Obama, Saudi King Abdullah decided not to wait for US sanctions to take effect on Iran but get the kingdom's nuclear program underway with all possible speed, helped by France. The Saudi momentum is carrying Egypt and Jordan in its wake. It colored Binyamin Netanyahu's talks with Barack Obama on Tuesday.
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