435 articles tagged "US"
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Hashem Rafsanjani
The Radicals: No Iranian-US Reconciliation on the Wings of a Nuclear Accord
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 17, 2013

Iranian radicals fight tooth and nail against using a potential nuclear accord as the vehicle for rapprochement with Big Satan America.

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John Kerry and Mohamed Zarif at the UN
US appeasement of Iran drowns Israel’s military option against nuclear Iran or chemical Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report September 27, 2013

Thursday, Sept.26, was the day Israeli lost its freedom to use force either against the Iranian nuclear threat hanging over its head or Syria’s chemical capacity – at least, so long as Barack Obama is US president. The Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah axis is safe. The US also promises to start lifting sanctions in December if Iran admits inspectors to the Fordo enrichment plant. At the Security Council, the US finally buried the use of force against Syria’s use of chemical weapons by acceding to Russia’s demand to drop the penalty clause.

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US Global Terror Alert: Western and Arab Counterterrorism Agencies Unimpressed
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 9, 2013

None of the 22 countries where US embassies were shut down placed their counterterrorist services on terror alert, after failing to find evidence of a terrorist campaign in the offing.

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John McCain and Lindsey Graham
Egypt’s Military Walks Away from the Obama Administration, Is Set to Erase Brotherhood
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 9, 2013

Extraordinary US efforts to save the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood ran aground, leaving the military more determined than ever to remove the Brothers from national politics.

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Egyptian Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisis addresses the nation
Defying US warnings of civil war, Egyptian military to crack down on armed protest and mounting terrorism
DEBKAfile Special Report July 25, 2013

Braving Washington’s warning of civil strife, Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is not backing away from his resolve to quickly crack down, even by military force, on armed protesters using live bullets on city streets and generating chaos, on Salafist terror in Sinai coupled with a Muslim Brotherhood uprising, and on its Palestinian Hamas collaborators in the Gaza Strip. debkafile: The general’s call for mass rallies Friday in support of the military and against the Muslim Brotherhood carries a high risk of tipping Egypt into civil war.

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The Coming Sinai Warfront Stretches from the Gaza Strip to Libya
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2013

Egypt has dubbed its Sinai campaign which kicks off Friday Fattah 2 (Conquest 2). Conducted in cooperation with Israel with US support, it aims to purge the lawless territory of Islamist terrorists.

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William Burns
US, Western Policies in Disarray in Egypt and Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2013

US and EU diplomats arriving in Cairo barely received a hearing from Egypt’s generals. From Syrian rebels the US and the West heard bitter recriminations about their desertion.

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Middle East Players Move on, Build Blocs without a By-Your-Leave from Washington
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2013

New blocs are taking shape in the Middle East filling in the blanks left by Obama administration policies. US allies, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, are stepping in to usurp the waning US influence in Cairo.

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How Saudi and Gulf Rulers Scooped the US and Qatar in Egypt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2013

Saudi King Abdullah banked the Egyptian military to save its coup from plunging the country into chaos and to stall Qatari ambitions.

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Muslim Brotherhood casualties in Cairo gunfire
Violent Ramadan ahead: Egypt’s army chief says no to dialogue with Brotherhood. Assad nixes ceasefire
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2013

The Muslim Ramadan beginning in the Middle East Tuesday, July 9, heralds more, rather than less, bloodshed. After at least 51 deaths in a Cairo shootout Monday, Egypt’s military chief Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi rebuffed US efforts for national dialogue and is preparing rapid action to meet the Muslim Brotherhood’s “intifada” in Egyptian towns and Sinai. Iran and Russia are rushing military supplies to Bashar Assad, who is pressing ahead with his projected Syrian-Hizballah battle for Aleppo after rejecting a Ramadan ceasefire.

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Egyptian army chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi
Army gives Cairo politicians 48 hours to meet “people’s demands” - implying option of military takeover
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 1, 2013

Egypt’s Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi Monday, July 1, gave the country’s politicians 48 hours to “meet the people’s demands” and agree on an inclusive road map, failing which it was implied the army would step in and assume power. He spoke after protesters smashed Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo and four ministers quit the Morsi cabinet. The Brotherhood responded with a statement of its intention to set up “self-defense units” to combat opposition “rebel units” – taking Egypt closer to violence and a protracted civil conflict.

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Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin
Buildup for a US-Russian Military Clash in Syria, With Violent Side-Effects for Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2013

In the five months up to the next Obama-Putin encounter, Washington and Moscow will pump up their military investment in either side of the Syrian conflict in the hope of tipping the scales.

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Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad
How Will New Qatar Ruler Juggle Ties with Washington, Tehran and Muslim Brotherhood?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2013

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, aged 33, will be the youngest ruler in the Persian Gulf. He will have to juggle between the tiny emirate’s relations with Washington, Tehran and the Muslim Brotherhood, with several powerful weapons to hand, including al Jazeera TV.

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It’s Now or Never for the US to Make a Difference in the Syrian War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2013

The battle for Aleppo opened up the last window for US to influence the course of the Syrian war by establishing a limited no-fly zone over the battle arena to deprive the Syrian army of air support. This too was rejected Thursday by Barack Obama.

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Putin offers Russian troops in lieu of Austrian Golan peacekeepers. UN: Thank you but no
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2013

The UN rejected President Vladimir Putin’s offer Friday, June 7 of Russian peacekeepers to replace the Austrian contingent to be withdrawn from the Golan. debkafile: Putin saw an opportunity to place Russian troops face to face with the Israeli army as a barrier against anti-Assad military intervention from Israel. 

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Russian Syrian military drill
Israeli forebodings over widening Russian-Hizballah-Iraqi intervention in Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report May 29, 2013

The widening military intervention by Russia, Iran, Hizballah and latterly Iraq has turned Syria’s civil war into a Russian-West contest and is propelling Iran up to the top regional power spot. All four are winning by default against an unresisting US-led West and Israel.

 

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Dmitry Rogozin
Has Russia Cracked the Codes of the American Missile Intercept Warning Systems?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2013

Russia has claimed it has penetrated the US missile shield and it no longer poses a military threat to Moscow. If this is true, Israel and the Gulf emirates are exposed to Iranian ballistic missiles unless because their early warning systems are integrated in the US network.

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Establishing Israel-Controlled Buffer Zones in Southern Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2013

Under the plan, which Barack Obama has approved, Israeli military and intelligence officers will establish, arm, fund and train local militias to police the two enclaves under their command

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Bombing chaos in Boston
FBI probes Boston bombings as “terror.” Three killed, 140 injured. White House, New York on terror alert
DEBKAfile Special Report April 16, 2013

The FBI is investigating the two explosions at the elite Boston Marathon Monday, April 15, as a “potential” act of terror. The casualty toll rose to three dead and 140 runners and spectators injured – 11 of them in critical condition after many lost limbs. President Obama, said: “We don’t know what happened, but we will find out and the perpetrators will feel the full weight of justice.”  Heightened terrorism alert remains in Boston, Washington and New York. Boston-New York air links were suspended.

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North Korean soldiers out with trained dogs
North Korea to fire ballistic missile to Pacific. Iran unveils new uranium-processing facilities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2013

Korean tensions again shot up Tuesday, April 9, with Pyongyang’s warning of a ballistic missile launch Wednesday at the Pacific and advice to foreigners to leave the South in case of war. In Tehran, the president unveiled two additional uranium-processing facilities at the central town of Ardakan, 120 km from large uranium mines in Saghand. Iran now threatens to quit the Non-Proliferation Treaty and so, debkafile reports, carry on developing nuclear weapons away from international oversight like its North Korean partner.

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