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Gen. Ali Maher Assad
Cracks in Assad Clan, President Spurned by Brother and Ruling Alawites
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2011

President Bashar Assad and his brother Maher, who leads the crackdown on protest, are not talking. Their Alawite sect is withdrawing its support and the clergy spurn the regime's demand to keep the crowds off the streets during Ramadan, during which the opposition plans nightly anti-Assad rallies.

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Leon Panetta and Masoud Barzani
Iranian Troops Thereupon Invade the Kurdish Republic
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2011

The Iraqi Prime Minister's delay in confirm his deal with US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta for an American military nucleus to remain in Iraq after the pullout persuaded the US official to cut a back-up deal with semi-autonomous Kurdistan to provide the US army and air force with bases to compensate for Baghdad's shortcomings.

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The Tel Aviv protest tent city
Young Israeli "tent city" protesters ape Arab Revolt, go political
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 27, 2011

The motley group which two weeks ago set up a "tent city"to protest the unavailability of affordable housing has assumed attributes of the Arab uprisings: It enjoys backstage foreign political support - some from certain circles in Washington; it exploits genuine popular grievances for political capital; it wants regime change, namely, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's head - and is building up to achieve this as the UN votes on Palestinian statehood. A new government will then recognize Palestine within 1967 borders.

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Syrian forces abuse protesters
US, Saudi Arabia smuggle satellite phones to Syrian rebels
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 26, 2011

Iranian intelligence experts in Damascus have been disrupting the Syrian opposition movement's telephone and Internet links with the outside world and among fellow-protesters in the country. In the last two weeks, the US and Saudi Arabia have smuggled thousands of satellite phones into Syria for opposition activists. This also allows them to continue to transit images of Syrian brutality, debkafile reports.
A new Saudi-funded TV station representing the Syrian opposition began broadcasting on July 19.

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Jordan's King Abdullah
US warns Jordan's king: Arab Revolt is on your doorstep
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 23, 2011

Jordan's King Abdullah II was warned in Washington this week to hurry up and introduce political reforms because a revolt against the throne was knocking at his door from neighboring Syria, debkafile's Washington sources report.  US intelligence updates informed him the threat came from the potential spillover of the tumult rocking Syria. If that happened, Israel would have to decide whether to step in to save the Hashemite throne as well as preventing the unrest infecting West Bank Palestinians and Israeli Arabs communities.

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Rupert Murdoch
Cameron's News Corp Entanglement Is Tied to Britain's Failure in Libya
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2011

The theory is gaining ground on both sides of the Atlantic that the phone hacking scandal besetting Rupert Murdoch's London media is really aimed at infecting his mass media in the US and toning down their anti-Obama slant in the coming presidential election. British premier David Cameron takes serious flak for his ties with Murdoch's executives.

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Muammar Qaddafi
Qaddafi's Sons Will Lead the New Regime in Tripoli
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2011

The Obama administration is willingly handing the diplomatic lead for ending the Libyan crisis to Moscow having concluded that America no longer commands the resources for carrying global burdens on its own. Muammar Qaddafi, supported by Russia and Africa, will insist on staying in power until the agreed transition is reliably implemented with room at the top for his sons.

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Bashar Assad
Assad Sees His Army Can't Shoot the Uprising into Submission
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2011

Syrian President Bashar Assad sees his military crackdown of dissent beating hopelessly against a brick wall, and increasing American covert intervention against him, army desertions and signs of civil war. Yet he continues to send his tanks and guns against a rising tide of protest.

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Tayyip Erdogan backtracks on reconciliation with Israel
Erdogan plans provocative Gaza visit next week
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2011

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan wants to visit Gaza next Sunday or Monday (24-25 July), debkafile reports. But both Turkish and Egyptian security services fear the visit would give the al Qaeda cells based in the Gaza Strip and Sinai a chance to assassinate him. Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas maintains it would amount to de facto Turkish and Egyptian recognition of the Hamas government. And in Jerusalem, Erdogan would appear to be deliberately hampering efforts to heal its rift with Ankara.

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Muammar Qaddafi still sitting pretty
What's next for Libya after the war ends?
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly July 19, 2011

In its coming issue out Friday, DEBKA-Net-Weekly analyzes expectations from the negotiations already afoot (amid violence and setbacks) between Muammar Qaddafi, on one side, and the US, Russia, NATO and the rebels, on the other. Still in control of Libya's army, biggest tribes, cities and oil, Qaddafi will loom large over Libya's future - even after he steps down.
The stalling of the Arab Revolt's spread obliges the US, Britain and France to reassess their Middle East positions.

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Four Big Air Bases, 15,000 Troops: For Defending Baghdad and Oil, and Facing Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 15, 2011

New US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki quietly agree to at least 15,000 US troops remaining in Iraq after 2011in the guise of diplomats and other civilian personnel with America keeping control of four big air bases – two of them facing Iran. The Iraqi prime minister is dragging his feet before making this understanding public.

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Lieut.-Gen. Ahmad Shuja Pasha
For US-Pakistan Discord, Read US-Saudi Contest
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 15, 2011

The Pakistani and US intelligence chiefs met in Washington to ease the strains between their governments. Their effort faced a mission impossible in view of the Saudi effort to distance Islamabad from its ties with Washington and strengthen the Taliban as the backbone of a future international Sunni militia.

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The late Ahmad Wali Karzai with his brother, the Afghan president
Murder of Afghan President's brother parades Taliban capabilities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 12, 2011

Tuesday July 12, the day French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in Afghanistan and stated that a quarter of France's 4,000-strong contingent would be pulled out by the end of 2012,  Afghan President Hamid Karzai's half-brother, Kandahar strongman Ahmad Wali,was shot dead by a bodyguard. This was no coincidence, debkafile's sources note: Taliban was again refuting the accounts of the situation in Afghanistan presented by US, British and French leaders as having little resemblance to reality.

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US embassy in Damascus mobbed
Clinton: The US has no interest in Assad staying in power
DEBKAfile Special Report July 12, 2011

Monday, July 11, after a pro-Assad mob invaded the US embassy in Damascus, a personal attack on Syrian President Bashar Assad was heard in Washington for the first time. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Assad "is not indispensible and we have absolutely nothing invested in him remaining in power," after US embassy staff were forced to shelter in a fortified wing of the mission as Assad's militiamen rampaged through the building and raised the Syrian flag.

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Iran Assembles Nuclear Fuel, Missiles and Warheads
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 8, 2011

Western and Israeli intelligence missed Iran's spectacular nuclear fast-forward by miscalculating its timelines. It now appears that by 2012, Tehran will have around four-to-six bombs or warheads in stock and have tested ICBMs for their delivery. Uranium enrichment will be raised to 60 percent by relocating the plants from Natanz to the hidden Fordo facility.

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Jon Huntsman
Will Netanyahu Discreetly Tab Jon Huntsman or Leave Obama a Clear Run?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 8, 2011

American Jewish leaders visiting Jerusalem this summer are giving the Israeli prime minister all kinds of advice – some say quietly back Republican hopeful Jon Huntsman but both advise him to stay clear of the presidential race because the odds still back Barack Obama.

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Marshall Islands oil tanker
Fragmented Yemen Is Dropping into the Hands of Al Qaeda… and Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 8, 2011

Al Qaeda is carving out a roomy operations base in South Yemen, while Iranian Al Qods officers are helping Houthi rebels take over the north. Talks with the opposition are at an impasse as President Ali Abdullah Saleh, still recuperating in Riyadh from an attempt on his life, insists on staying in power to control the transition.

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Iran has already built a nuclear warhead pilot
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly July 5, 2011

The latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly out Friday uncovered Iran's surreptitious leaps and bounds toward a home-made nuclear weapon. Tehran has not only executed four nuclear-capable missile tests, but actually constructed a nuclear warhead prototype.
This issue showed how Tehran has crossed every red line set by the West against Iran acquiring nuclear arms by furtively exploiting the months of furious Arab unrest for high speed, undisturbed progress. Western and Israeli intelligence are now waking up to some unpleasant surprises.

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Saudi King Abdullah welcomes Jordan's Abdullah II
US bailout for Palestinian economy – only if Abbas drops UN plan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2011

The Palestinian Authority is broke. Prime Minister Salam Fayyad appealed to "donors and our Arab brothers" Sunday, June 3, for urgent assistance after being forced to halve civil servants' July wages. The US, Turkey and Saudi Arabia could save the PA from bankruptcy – in theory. But, debkafile reports, the Saudis prefer to channel cash to Jordan and Washington's bailout is conditional on Mahmoud Abbas dropping his unilateral UN initiative and going back to negotiations with Israel.

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Qaddafi's game of chess - or end game?
US and NATO prepare final assault on Qaddafi. He threatens terror
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2011

Libyan Ruler Muammar Qaddafi's threat to "throw ourselves on Europe like swarms of locusts or bees" to attack "your homes, your offices, your families" may be meant to scare NATO off its coming all-out offensive to kill or oust him – or may be for real. If forced to quit, debkafile reports he could seek asylum with friendly African Sahel tribes like the al Qaeda-linked Tuareg, which also provide him with mercenaries. From there, he could orchestrate a campaign of terror.

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