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US applies light touch to keep the Mid East talks going
Washington takes time out from Israeli-Palestinian talks, Netanyahu and Livni upbeat about deal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 13, 2014, 8:49 PM (GMT+02:00)

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have decided to distance themselves for the time being from Israeli-Palestinian talks until Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas find their own way back to the table, debkafile reports exclusively. Kerry says the US will now use “a light touch,” while counting on Netanyahu and chief negotiator Justice Minister Tzipi Livni to bring Abbas around. A new Israeli proposal is ready to put before the Palestinian team. Jonathan Pollard may yet be freed.

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Pro-Russian protesters occupy Donetsk building
Kiev bows to Moscow, devolves near-autonomous powers on restive pro-Russian regions
DEBKAfile Special Report April 12, 2014, 7:54 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Ukrainian government has offered sweeping autonomous powers to restive, pro-Russian regions as a concession to Moscow's demands. Acting prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told regional leaders and businessmen Friday, April 11 in the eastern town of Donetsk, where pro-Russian separatists have declared a People’s Republic, that he is ready to consider a law on referendums. He is trying to avert Ukraine’s breakup into pro-Western European and pro-Russian regions by a gesture that is likely a Western trial balloon for Moscow.

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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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Mohammed Javad Zarif
US Wants a Quick Nuclear Accord with Iran - in Isolation from Ukraine Impasse with Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2014, 11:41 PM (GMT+02:00)

Washington is in a big hurry to finalize a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran to avert the military action building up around the Islamic Republic.

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Moshe Ya'alon vs John Kerry
Why doesn’t Netanyahu back Ya’alon? Other prominent ME voices fault Obama’s policies too
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 22, 2014, 9:12 PM (GMT+02:00)

Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has won little backing at home for his outspoken remarks against US policies. Up until Saturday night, March 22, Binyamin Netanyahu let him face the music alone when John Kerry demanded an apology – and even when the State Dept dismissed his clarifications to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel as not enough. debkafile: But Ya'alon is good company in the region, where Saudi King Abdullah, his intelligence chief Prince Bandar, Egyptian ruler Gen. Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi and others slam US policies even more vigorously.

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Vladimir Putin in bitter assault on America
After a harshly anti-American speech to Russian parliament, Putin signed the Crimean treaty
DEBKAfile Special Report March 18, 2014, 3:33 PM (GMT+02:00)

After defending Crimea’s referendum as adhering to “all international norms,” Russian  President Vladimir Putin declared Tuesday, March 18,  that Russia would henceforth strongly defend its national interests against the “cold war tactics” practiced by the United States and the West. He complained Moscow had sought dialogue with the West, but was “cheated all the time.” When he accused America of practicing the “law of the strong,” he was cheered by the packed Russian lower house. He ended the session by signing the Crimean annexation treaty.

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Not the best of friends.
Putin approves Crimea's annexation to Russia in defiance of Western sanctions
DEBKAfile Special Report March 18, 2014, 11:16 AM (GMT+02:00)

President Vladimir Putin approved a draft treaty between Crimea and Moscow on the breakaway region’s “reunification with Russia” Tuesday, March 18. He formally notified the Russian parliament of Crimea’s application to join Russia as a new federal republic. Monday, the US and EU imposed relatively mild sanctions – travel bans and a freeze on assets - on Russian and Ukrainian officials after condemning the Crimean referendum as illegal. The White House warned sanctions would be broadened if Russia took more steps. Putin has defied that warning.

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The pilots of the missing Malaysian Boeing 777.
US, Russian, Chinese military satellites hunt MH370 over Central Asia. Is it readied for a terrorist attack?
DEBKAfile Special Report March 16, 2014, 8:34 PM (GMT+02:00)

The US, Russia and China Sunday, March 16 contributed military satellites to the search for the Malaysian Boeing 777, missing without a trace for nine days with 239 people aboard. debkafile: The hunt focuses increasingly on some unknown derelict airfield in remote Central Asia, with the investigative accent on the contents of the cargo hold or a possible hijacking by terrorists to prepare for a major attack. Were they Uyghur separatists or others? Was the plane downed by cyber means? And were the pilots complicit in a plot to make Flight MH370 vanish?

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Russian forces on Ukraine's borders
Crimea votes to quit Ukraine under guns of Russian tanks
DEBKAfile Special Report March 15, 2014, 10:41 PM (GMT+02:00)

Russian military movements and strength around Crimea do not exceed the level for securing the referendum taking place on the peninsula Sunday, March 16 against possible Ukrainian or Western disruptions. There are no signs of Russia planning to invade other parts of Ukraine.  Neither have Ukraine’s European neighbors or the US bases on their soil declared unusual military preparedness. The Ukraine army is likewise stationary. But one or more of these forces may snap into unforeseen action during the referendum or after it’s over.

 

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Binyamin Netanyahu
Syria and Hizballah Square off to Fight Israel - Backed by Iran and Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2014, 1:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

Syria and Hizballah are preparing to fight Israel so that Iran and Russia can get back at the US and the West by the old Cold War device of fighting through proxies.

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US Mediterranean Forces Go on High Alert, Rush Airlift to Israel. Russian Army on Combat Readiness
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2014, 1:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

The US delivers assault helicopters in special airlift to Israel and places its Middle East forces on high alert, especially in the Mediterranean. Russian armed forces also remain on combat readiness.

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Assessing Iran's Cyber Warfare Capacity
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2014, 12:16 AM (GMT+02:00)

Washington holds back from engaging Syria in cyber warfare fearing unpredictable reprisals from Iran, whose cyber war capacity is largely unknown.

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The Maliki Government Lacks Arms, Money and Fighting Spirit to Stop Al Qaeda’s ISIS Advance
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2014, 12:16 AM (GMT+02:00)

Maliki and his army lack the arms, money and fighting spirit to tackle the rampant jihadis.

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James Clapper, US Intelligence Director
US grants Iran a seat at the next round of Geneva II conference on Syria - alongside big powers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2014, 7:55 PM (GMT+02:00)

The second round of the Geneva II conference on the Syrian conflict opens Monday, Feb. 10 – this time with a seat at the table for the Iranian delegation provided by Washington, debkafile reports exclusively. Last week the US banned Iranian participation. Washington’s turnabout now was relayed to the Iranian officials at the secret alternative conference taking place unannounced in Bern, where the real business is contracted – not at Montreux. The US has thus awarded Iran major power status for the first time at an international event determining an important Mid East issue.

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Tayyip Recep Erdogan and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Ankara Schemes with Tehran to Scoop US Diplomacy on Syria and Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2014, 12:56 AM (GMT+02:00)

Erdogan visits Tehran to mark the end of Turkish cooperation with Washington and the start of a new era for the two non-Arab powers to start dominating the Middle East.

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Lakhdar Brahimi
US Military Aid Injected to Foster Foothold in Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2014, 12:56 AM (GMT+02:00)

The US reverses its non-intervention policy for Syria and decides to arm three selected Syrian rebel militias to gain a foothold in Damascus and help defeat Hizballah on Mt. Qalamoun.

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Javad Zarif and Vladimir Putin
January 16, 2014 – The Day Iran Was Anointed Regional Power
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2014, 1:09 AM (GMT+02:00)

The joint trip made to Moscow by the Iranian and Syrian foreign ministers on Jan. 16, marked the day the US stepped aside for Russia as Mid East kingpin and elevated Iran’s status over the heads of the Sunni powers and Israel.

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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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Mid East Spies Race for the Hidden Clauses of US-Iranian Nuclear Package
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2014, 1:09 AM (GMT+02:00)

Middle East spy agencies are on the hunt for a 30-page secret addendum to the nuclear accord with Tehran, whose existence Washington denies to general disbelief.

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Ankara and Tehran Draft Syrian Ceasefire Plan for Drawing Rebels out of US Orbit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2014, 12:32 AM (GMT+02:00)

The thaw in Turkish-Iranian relations is producing a joint effort to snatch the Syrian opposition from the US and Saudi Arabia, while also circumventing the US-Russian takeover of Geneva 2.

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