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His concession enables resumption of talks
Mid East talks resume January. Netanyahu relents on building freeze
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 2, 2010, 2:17 PM (GMT+02:00)

Direct Israeli-Palestinian talks, interrupted in September after less than a week, will resume in January, 2011 following a quiet deal between the US, Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, debkafile's sources disclose. Obama administration officials are upbeat after four new developments unsnarled the gridlock. Most significantly, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed to a second, partial settlement building freeze and Mahmoud Abbas to drop a bid for UN recognition of unilateral statehood.

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Ibrahim Hassan Al Asiri, Al Qaeda's package plot mastermind
Yemeni President bars US commando raid on al Qaeda package plotters
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 31, 2010, 12:13 AM (GMT+02:00)

Yemeni president Abdullah Ali Saleh refused Saturday night, Oct. 30, to allow Washington to land US special forces in Al Gouf, 140 kilometers south of Sanaa the capital, DEBKA counter-terror sources reveal. Based there, according to US and Saudi intelligence, is Ibrahim Hassan Al Asiri, the Saudi who masterminded the al Qaeda (AQAP) plot to plant explosive packages aboard cargo flights bound for the United States. There too is Al Qaeda's main fighting base in Yemen with a network of terror planners and bomb makers.

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Device found at East Midlands, UK, airport
More bomb-parcels sought in probe of Al Qaeda air cargo plot
DEBKAfile Special Report October 30, 2010, 1:24 PM (GMT+02:00)

A broadening multinational investigation seeks to probe the scale of the al Qaeda air freight plot causing mayhem in the international cargo freight system on the assumption that the threat is still viable. Yemen, to which two explosive parcels bound for Chicago synagogues were traced, itself seized more than 30 suspect parcels. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh claims to have arrested a woman in Sanaa suspected of sending the explosive packages. debkafile's sources question his ability to challenge al Qaeda's infrastructure.

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Spanish UN peacekeeper stands guard in front of... an Iranian flag
Revolutionary Guards take charge of South Lebanon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 7, 2010, 8:27 AM (GMT+02:00)

US diplomat Fred Hof is due in Beirut Thursday, Oct. 7, to try and get Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Lebanon cancelled. debkafile's sources say he is too late. With six days to go, Beirut and South Lebanon up to the Israeli border are Ahmadinejad-land, taken over by an estimated 2,500 airlifted Revolutionary Guardsmen and covered in Iranian flags.

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John Brennan
Saudi Arabia Is Ready to Host them… in Rehab Camps
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 23, 2010, 10:08 PM (GMT+02:00)

At a secret meeting in Jeddah, top US and Saudi officials discussed a plan to airlift al Qaeda out of Afghanistan in order to free Taliban leader Mullah Omar to negotiate an end to the war and partial restoration of Taliban rule.

For now, there is no sign ...

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Barack Obama and Tony Blair
Obama Keeps UK at Arm's Length - Except for His Favorite Englishman
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2010, 11:19 PM (GMT+02:00)

Tony Blair has carved out for himself a role at Barack Obama's right hand and, uniquely for a non-American politician, climbed astonishingly to the top of the White House team of policy-makers, especially on the Middle East and Iran. His popularity in Washington is matched inversely by his falling ...

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Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman
Israel's foreign minister reflected Washington's limited goal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 6, 2010, 10:07 AM (GMT+02:00)

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was accused of breaking ranks with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's drive for a peace accord after he remarked Sunday, Sept. 5, that an Israeli-Palestinian peace would not come this year or even in the next generation. debkafile's sources disclose that Lieberman's words were adjusted to his discovery that Barack Obama expected no more of direct talks than an interim, long-term framework with vague, non-binding references to the core issues.

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US warns Assad of Israeli counter-strike for terror campaign
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 5, 2010, 8:27 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Obama administration has sent Syrian president Bashar Assad a stern warning that he will be held personally accountable and face consequences if Israel and the Palestinian Authority are subjected to a terror campaign - whether by Hizballah or the Palestinian extremist groups based in Damascus, debkafile reports from Washington. The warning went out Thursday, Sept. 2, as Israelis and Palestinians sat down to talk in Washington after two attacks.

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US convoy
Some Trucked to US Emergency Stores in Israel, Some Goes to IDF
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2010, 11:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

While most of the equipment goes through the US emergency depot in Kuwait and transferred to Afghanistan as needed, some key items went to the Israeli Defense Forces, including light armored combat vehicles, command vehicles, light and heavy trucks, fuel tankers, all-terrain vehicles, communications vehicles and ambulances .

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Hizballah's southern units reinforced on war alert
US Intel: Tehran pushes Hizballah hard to attack Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 1, 2010, 12:13 PM (GMT+02:00)

Western intelligence sources report that on August 30, Hizballah put its forces on a state of war alert and issued a partial call-up of reservists, apparently in preparation for a major attack on Israel in response to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Washington or during the Jewish New Year festival starting on Sept. 8. Iranian pressure for an attack has intensified in the wake of the Palestinian Hamas's drive-by murder of four Israeli civilians on a road near Hebron gave Tuesday night Aug. 31.

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Saudi King Abdullah
He Sees Obama Blinding Himself to an Iranian-Russian Trap
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2010, 11:04 PM (GMT+02:00)

The phone call between Saudi King Abdullah and President Barack Obama ended in a falling-out on almost all US Middle East policies. Abudllah sees Obama as blinding hiself to an Iranian-Russian trap.

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Only photo allowed of Bushehr start-up
Secret US-Russian sanctions vs Bushehr deal tied Israel's hands
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 21, 2010, 6:11 PM (GMT+02:00)

The extraordinary meekness with which the US and Israel greeted Russia's start-up of Iran's first nuclear reactor is accounted for, debkafile reports, by a secret Washington-Moscow deal whereby Russia voted with the US for UN sanctions against Iran in return for which Washington and Jerusalem tacitly assented to the activation of the Iranian reactor.  Will Israel's acquiescence extend to deals with the Palestinians?

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Barack Obama
War Vultures Prepare to Swoop
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 6, 2010, 2:10 AM (GMT+02:00)

All of Iraq's communities are getting set for civil war - Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds, with Iranian preparing to take over the South.

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US special forces
Obama Performed Secret Afghanistan Policy Switch Last Month
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2010, 12:04 AM (GMT+02:00)

Barack Obama performed a secret Afghanistan policy switch a month before the disclosure of confidential military documents. He has empowered the Saudi-Pakistani lineup to carry through peace talks with Taliban.

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WikiLeaks
The Battle of Interests between the US and Britain – Digitalized
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2010, 12:04 AM (GMT+02:00)

Behind the WikiLeaks disclosures is a US-British battle for control of money, oil and intelligence interests, peaking with the struggle to control the BP oil giant.

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Turkish army blames Erdogan for setbacks against rebels
Erdogan faces US stick, clings to anti-Israel stance
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 26, 2010, 2:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

Before leaving for the G20 summit in Toronto, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan came in for an exceptionally acerbic US rebuke: Top Obama official Philip Gordon accused him of alienating the US and the West and told him he needed to demonstrate Ankara's commitment to their (NATO) partnership.
At home, his generals and the public accuse him of sacrificing national security to his anti-Israel campaign, so causing military setbacks against the Kurdish PKK.

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Netanyahu Ready to Cede Most of Golan to Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2010, 12:45 AM (GMT+02:00)

At his meeting with President Barack Obama on July 6, Israeli prime minister will propose trading in the stalled Palestinian track for a new peace initiative with Syria based on withdrawal from the bulk of the Golan Heights.

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USS Harry S Truman
Political Paralysis Shackles US Military Might
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2010, 12:25 AM (GMT+02:00)

America's show of military force in the Middle East was ignored not only by Turkey but by the moderate Arab rulers, led by Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Gulf leaders are weighing a merger of their armies for self-defense against a nuclear-armed Iran.

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Turkish airspace closed to Israeli Air Force
Turkey closes airspace to Israel Air Force
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 17, 2010, 11:32 AM (GMT+02:00)

Turkey will lead a campaign for a worldwide boycott of Israel. Wednesday, Ankara cancelled 16 contracts covering military and intelligence cooperation.

Israel has countered by declaring the IHH a terrorist entity, exposing this bulwark of the Ankara government to Israeli covert operations. In Washington, Democratic and Republican members of Congress announced there would be a price to pay for Ankara's continuing hate campaign against Israel and tight ties with Tehran.

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Refused to be deflected from challenging blockade
Israeli troops board Rachel Corrie after 4 calls ignored
DEBKAfile Special Report June 5, 2010, 10:07 AM (GMT+02:00)

After four calls to change course from Gaza to Ashdod were ignored, Israeli troops boarded the Irish-flagged Rachel Corrie some 28 miles out to sea and sailed it to the Israeli port of Ashdod. The ship's pro-Hamas activists were determined to break the Israeli blockade. No violence or injuries were reported.
The US said the siege was unsustainable but urged Rachel Corrie to put in at Ashdod.

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