438 articles tagged "US"
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Iran's nuclear clock ticks steadily
Iran has secretly stocked enriched uranium for four nuclear bombs
DEBKAfile Special Report June 3, 2011

By April 2011, Iran had accumulated a quantity of U-235 that can be enriched in short order to sufficient 90 percent (weapons grade) uranium to fuel four nuclear bombs - and attained "virtual" nuclear weapon state. This was revealed by the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, America's scientific watchdog on world nuclear weapons production, in its June 2 report.  By breaking the IAEA seal at the Natanz enrichment plant, Iran gained another 6-7 months for concealing the work there.

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Riyadh's Hand in 10 Arab and Muslim Countries
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2011

King Abdullah is determined to save his friends from the fate suffered by Egypt's Hosni Mubarak. The second-generation Saudi royals have got together to pull the kingdom away from its long dependence on the US and command its own fate and interests, even at the price of clashing with Washington. Assertive as never before, the kingdom is actively involved in 10 Arab and Muslim countries.

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Field Marshall Mohammad Tantawi
Washington Wants to Be Rid of another Egyptian Ruler, Field Marshal Tantawi
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2011

Only four months after Hosni Mubarak's removal, Washington wants to be rid of Egypt's military ruler Field Marshal Tantawi. After agreeing that the September election should be postponed to save the country from the Muslim Brotherhood and perfect the new constitution, the Obama administration is moving close to common ground with Saudi Arabia in at least one sector.

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At the Rafah crossing
Cairo shuts Gaza's Rafah crossing to free passage at US insistence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2011

Just four days after the much-heralded opening of the Rafah crossing between the Palestinian Gaza Strip and Sinai, Cairo virtually shut it down Tuesday, May 31, by a series of tight bureaucratic measures in response to a US warning that since the crossing's opening, Palestinian and al Qaeda terrorists had been roaming at large across Sinai exposing the Suez Canal to attack. After the US informed Jerusalem of the new restrictions, an Israeli defense official arrived in Cairo to discuss security coordination.

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Saudi Prince Bandar builds an international Muslim legion
A Saudi foreign legion
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly May 31, 2011

The rise of a new international Saudi Sunni Muslim army for combating Iranian expansion and the spread of the Arab Revolt is revealed in the latest issue of  DEBKA-Net-Weekly, out Friday. Saudi scouts are seriously hunting for volunteers.
Where will the new legionnaires train? And where will their bases be located?
This issue answers those questions and examines the Saudi initiative's impact on the Obama administration's Muslim and Arab policies and America's Middle East standing.
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Saudis Have Big Plans for a Divided Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2011

The Saudis plan to carve out a new Arab republic in southern Yemen under their thumb and let civil war divide the country in two. They have dumped Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and US objectives in the country.

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Qaddafi and rebels conclude ceasefire
Qaddafi and rebel commanders agree on truce. NATO carries on war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2011

Combat in Libya is winding down. debkafile's exclusive sources report that Muammar Qaddafi and the rebel commanders are close to a series of accords for ending the war after two weeks of secret talks. Fighting on the ground has receded to small pockets where a few rebel chiefs are still holding out, while the primary battlefields of Misrata, Brega and Ajdabia have fallen silent.
NATO warplanes again pounded Tripoli Wednesday night May 25 still hoping to eliminate Qaddafi and win the war.

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Smashed aircraft at PNS Mehran base in Karachi
Al Qaeda's Saif al-Adal masterminded Pakistani base assault
DEBKAfile Special Report May 23, 2011

The fingerprints of Al Qaeda's operations commander Saif al Adal were all over the assault on the important Pakistani Mehran naval air base in Karachi, which began Sunday night, May 22 and ended only after 17 hours of fierce combat, debkafile's counter-terror sources report. The attack  hit a shared strategic Pakistani-US-Chinese installation, destroying US surveillance aircraft. It also impaired Pakistani reconnaissance capabilities against al Qaeda's strongholds in North Waziristan and its watch over the Arabian Sea dividing Pakistan from India. 

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Dmitry Medvedev
Moscow Takes a Stand on Arab Revolts – Opposite Washington
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2011

After sitting on the fence for six months amid the Arab uprisings, Moscow now takes a stand, capitalizing on the positions slipping out of the United States grasp in the turbulent slipstream of the Arab Revolt.

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The Military Council Falls Apart in the Face of Rising Disorder
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2011

Instead of democracy, Egypt is sinking into violence, widespread disorder, sectarian clashes and crime as the military rulers stand aside and wait for a new ruler to take over.

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Israeli troops on tense Lebanese border
Terror attack in Tel Aviv: One dead, 17 injured - first Nakba Day victims
DEBKAfile Special Report May 14, 2011

Aviv Morag, 29, from Caesaria was killed shortly before his marriage and 17 people were injured - two in serious condition - after being run down by an Israeli Arab, 22, from Kafr Qassem in Tel Aviv, Sunday, May 15. The killer's truck swerved left and right along 2 kilometers of busy road in South Tel Aviv. After knocking over a traffic light, the driver jumped out and shouting Allah Akhbar! used the pieces to beat passers-by who eventually overpowered him.

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Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, al Qaeda's dirty bomb ace
The 10 high-profile al Qaeda terrorists at large
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly May 11, 2011

The US administration planned Osama bin Laden's death as a lever for al Qaeda's destruction. DEBKA-Net-Weekly's latest issue out  Friday tabs the ten master-terrorists still at large, including one who holds the key to a dirty bomb attack, and capable of masterminding revenge attacks.
This issue also assessed the prospects of Syrian President Assad's victory against his opposition.

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US: He was still an active player
US Special Forces go after bin Laden's A-team
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2011

The US is sustaining the momentum of the war on terror by sending more Special Forces and drones into Pakistan after Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant, Ayman al Zawahiri, Taliban leader Mullah Omer and al Qaeda's chief operations officer, Seif al Adal. debkafile: Washington suspects their whereabouts are known to Pakistan's Inter-Services-Intelligence agency (ISI) and has given Islamabad an ultimatum: Cooperate in their capture or US troops will take up the pursuit in your country.

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Pentagon released videos of Osama bin Laden rehearsing his own terrorist clips
The US pushes Pakistani intelligence to the wall
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 7, 2011

The Obama administration is presenting the successful Osama bin Laden hit as an epic American solo operation, unparalleled in military and intelligence annals, while leaning hard on Islamabad to sack certain officers of the powerful military intelligence army ISI including its head Lt. Gen. Ahmad Shuja Pasha, accusing them of keeping the dead al Qaeda leader hidden for eight years. Islamabad is fighting both US tactics. debkafile: The feud could boomerang against Washington as a Taliban revenge attack.

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The Sale. The Price. The Deal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 6, 2011

The Osama bin Laden operation was part of a US-Pakistani-Afghan package for getting US troops out of Afghanistan by removing the root-cause of the war and bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table through Pakistan's good services.

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Osama bin Laden's Five or More Villa Hideouts in Pakistan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 6, 2011

Osama bin Laden would have been easier prey in 2007. However, his elimination was placed on the backburners of the second Bush and the Clinton White House agendas. During those years, he lived quite comfortably under Pakistani protection and commuted between walled villas.

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An al Qaeda residence - in Gaza just like Abbottabad
Gaza has six fortified villas just like bin Laden's
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2011

Like Iran and its surrogates, the late Osama bin Laden's organization has established networks around Israel's borders in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egyptian Sinai. In the Gaza Strip, harbored by Hamas, al Qaeda operatives have built six villas on the model of Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. All the same, Mahmoud Abbas will join Hamas Wednesday in signing a Palestinian unity accord that opens the West Bank door not only to Hamas terror but to its al Qaeda partners enjoying sanctuary in Gaza.

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Osama bin Laden's bloodstained room, bed and passports.
The Bin Laden killing's link with the Arab Revolt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 2, 2011

Far from dispensing with electronic devices and Internet connections as widely reported, photos of Osama bin Laden's  fortress-villa in Abbottabad, Pakistan, prove it was equipped with both and therefore vulnerable to penetration and surveillance. Puzzling questions include: Why did the US and Pakistan who must have known where he was not lay hands on him sooner?  Why was May 1, 2011 chosen for the operation? And why did US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tie it in with the Arab uprising?

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Abbottabad villa near military academy
Osama bin Laden's last haven was a Pakistani military town
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 2, 2011

US sources report that Osama bin Laden was buried at sea to avoid creating a shrine for jihadist terrorists to visit.

US sources disclose that Abbottabad, where a squadron of US Seals killed the al Qaeda leader Sunday night, May 2, is a Pakistani garrison town housing a large military base. His walled villa was just 100 meters away from a military academy and 120 kilometers from the capital, Islamabad.

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Obama confirms Osama bin Laden death
DEBKAfile Special Report May 2, 2011

The announcement that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been killed in an American operation in Abbottabad (150 north of Islamabad in Pakistan) was made early Monday, May 2, by US President Barack Obama at the White House. The first lead to his whereabouts had been received in August. Last week, Obama said, he authorized an operation on the ground to go after Bin Laden in Pakistan.

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