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Saudi King Abdullah Blames Obama
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2011

King Abdullah warns his princes and fellow-Arab rulers not to rely on the United States to rescue them from domestic unrest or any other threats. He blames Washington for failure to quell Bahrain troubles.

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Prime Libyan rebel weapon: Anti-air missile
US, UK covert wars behind Libya's battle lines
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly March 8, 2011

DEBKA-Net-Weekly's next issue out Friday has a wealth of revelations on the undercover wars waged by the US and Britain in their separate interests on both sides of the Libyan uprising. They are not alone. The US is setting military-intelligence infrastructure in place for military intervention – notwithstanding the ongoing debate in Washington; Muammar Qaddafi is drawing greater empowerment from the revolt; and Al Qaeda, too, has chosen its role in the upheaval.

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Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen
Obama Wants Military Action: Gates Is against
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 4, 2011

Obama is at odds with his two top officials on the Arab revolt, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Gates opposes president's drive for military action to unseat Qaddafi. Clinton opposes the president's pro-Iran drive.

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Muammar Qaddafi
Powered by Television – and Who Else?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 4, 2011

Middle East intelligence chiefs believe the Libyan uprising exposed for the first time the cogs of the machinery manipulated by its wire-pullers to foment unrest. This revelation will color America's reputation in the region for many years to come.

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Qaddafi's forces mount counter-offensive
The US, anti-Qaddafi forces lack military strength
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 2, 2011

Barring changes in the military situation, Muammar Qaddafi looked Wednesday, March 2, like averting the immediate danger of his regime's collapse by dint of a successful counter-offensive against rebel forces. During the day, his armored forces and commandos supported by the Libyan Air Force recaptured parts of Brega, Libya's refinery city, and sections of the Bay of Sirte town of Ajdabiya. In Washington, the Pentagon poured cold water on the prospects of military intervention.

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Mir-Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi jailed
Top two Iranian opposition leaders secretly jailed. West fails to act
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2011

The White House strongly condemned Iran's "intimidation campaign and blatant violation of its citizens' universal rights," Sunday night, Feb. 28 after a human-rights group said two opposition figures had been taken to an unknown location. They were too late: debkafile's sources reveal that the two prominent opposition leaders, Mir-Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karroubi, were secretly hauled out of their homes in sacks Thursday, Feb. 24 and taken to the infamous Parchin prison in Tehran. Their wives have also disappeared.

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Muammar Qaddafi
Washington Weighs Egyptian Military Action in Cyrenaica
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2011

Failing European will or capability for military action to halt Libya's civil war and remove Muammar Qaddafi, Washington has approached Egypt to undertake a limited operation. Hesitant at first, the military rulers saw the perils continuing Libyan unrest posed Egypt.

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Can King Abdullah Stave off Saudi Arabia's Day of Anger?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2011

King Abdullah returned home with a sackful of economic benefits but not enough political reforms to avert the Day of Anger called for March 13. Gunning for the royal house are the young and jobless and the oppressed Shiites.

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Libya Shoots its Trading Partners through an Oil Barrel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2011

Qaddafi has no fear of sanctions. His vast assets are mostly deposited safely in Libyan banks which he controls and he is heavily staked in European industry, banking, media and weapons industries.

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Tripoli lulled by Qaddafi's iron fist, weak Western response
Qaddafi firms grip, prepares to retake Cyrenaica
DEBKAfile Special Report February 23, 2011

Muammar Qaddafi succeeded Wednesday, Feb. 23, in clearing the streets of Tripoli and southern and western Libya of demonstrations against his rule – partly by threats and partly thanks to American and European failure to put up a military or diplomatic strategy for cutting him down. For now, he has firmed up his control in those areas.

The US State Department was "looking at" possible sanctions against the Qaddafi regime, but there were no specifics.

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Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, Sunni Islamist preacher
Military opens Tahrir Sq. for Islamic radical to preach jihad
DEBKAfile Special Report February 19, 2011

In their first week in power, Egypt's new military rulers took two steps that had nothing to do with democratic reform. They allowed Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the radical Sunni preacher exiled by Hosni Mubarak ,to return home and lead a victory assembly in Tahrir Square Friday night, Feb. 17 with a call to march on Al Aqsa in Jerusalem. From Qatar, al-Qaradawi repeatedly justified suicide bombings against Israelis. The second was permission for two Iranian war ships to transit the Suez Canal.

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Egypt military council
Egypt's Generals Dig in for Long Haul, Veto Muslims in Government
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2011

The 25 generals who assumed power in Egypt last Friday have informed Washington that the transition to democratic elections and government would take at least a year or two. They also challenged the Obama administrations' plan to bring the Muslim Brotherhood into government as a prescription for civil war.

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Generals Shocked by Their Own Coup: Three Names Mooted for Top Gun
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2011

The heads of Egypt's military were almost as reluctant to step into power as Mubarak was to leave. The names of four generals are tentatively mentioned as Egypt's next ruler – but the junta would pull his strings.

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Dianne Feinstein
US and Israeli intelligence Blinded Themselves on Egypt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2011

The US and Israel made the same mistake of using Intelligence Minister Omar Suleiman as their single line of information on Egypt - and were caught napping. They are still woefully wanting on Egyptian political and military intelligence.

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Egyptian Gen. Mohsen el-Fangari
The rising stars of Egypt's ruling military
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly February 15, 2011


DEBKA-Net-Weekly in its latest issue out last Friday offered a blow-by-blow account of the "democratic revolution" which brought Egypt's generals to power, what they are really telling the Obama administration and the candidates they are weighing for next ruler in Cairo.

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Adm. Michael Mullen and Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi
Israel's Military Is Left Unprepared For a Threat from Egypt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2011

Israel's new chief of staff Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz is saddled with might task of rebuilding Israel's armed forces from scratch to fit the potential menace posed by the upheaval in Egypt. Ashkenazi worked closely with Washington to attune combined US-Israel military resources to possible combat with Iran.

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Vice President Omar Suleiman is running the show today.
Where is Egypt going after the new tempest?
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly February 8, 2011

Who moves into the presidential palace when (date unknown) Hosni Mubarak leaves? Washington's preferred candidate is not Omar Suleiman. DEBKA-Net-Weekly, in its coming issue Friday, surveys the field, none of which offers guarantees against violent upsets down the road. Is there a deal between the regime and the army? Maybe the incumbents are settling in to stay, sparing a few crumbs to keep the opposition quiescent.  Are there any other options?

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Pro-Mubarak activists ride into Tahrir Square
Obama to Egyptian Army: Remove Mubarak now, start transition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 2, 2011

Wednesday, Feb. 2, President Barack Obama delivered an ultimatum to Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman and the army and security chiefs: Remove Mubarak in the coming hours or else US aid to Egypt will be cut off, debkafile reports exclusively from Washington. The White House said: "Transition must begin now." The first violent collision between pro- and anti-Mubarak activists in Cairo left 30 dead, 2000 injured, and threatens more civil bloodshed. The last Israelis were evacuated from Egypt, including news correspondents.

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Hamas demonstrators in Jordan
Israel silently watches the unfolding of two new fronts
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 29, 2011

Egypt, one of the only two Arab states to sign peace with Israel, is wobbling dangerously on the brink of revolutionary change. This week, Israel was dismayed to find itself looking suddenly at three latently hostile fronts about to spring up around its borders: After Lebanon was dropped into the Iranian orbit, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood gained altitude, and Hamas, its Palestinian offshoot in Gaza, is making hay, puffing itself up as an important new Middle East player.

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Egyptian Defense Minister Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi
Mubarak's defense minister bids for US backing in Washington
DEBKAfile Special Report January 27, 2011

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has sent his defense minister Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi in secret to Washington to ask for US backing for his embattled regime against the street protest movement which gained in violence on its second day, Wednesday, Jan. 26.  debkafile's Washington sources report that in secret meetings, Tantawi warned top US officials that without a crackdown on the protesters, the regime was doomed. The Egyptian army is on emergency standby.

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