421 articles tagged "US"
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Victim of Syrian army poison gas attack in Homs
Failed Syria envoy Brahimi’s mission brings chemical war closer
DEBKAfile Special Report December 30, 2012, 9:08 PM (GMT+02:00)

Both sides to the Syrian conflict appear to have launched a form of poison chemicals against their foes. Western and Middle East military sources say pro-Assad forces may have brought into the Homs battle of Dec. 23 imported gas grenades which Iran used to quell the 2009 Tehran riots. debkafile: Although Jordan claimed Sunday it “would not enter into any alliance to protect itself,” large NATO and US forces have prepared the kingdom for chemical attack. Some intelligence sources estimate Turkey or Israel may be next after Jordan.

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Russia's airborne special forces
Russian forces take Syrian chemical, biological weapons under control
DEBKAfile Special Report December 22, 2012, 2:48 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Syrian chemical warfare threat took an epic turn Saturday, Dec. 22 with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s statement that “Syria has “consolidated its chemical weapons in one or two locations… and they are under control.”  Russian military advisers training Syria’s military,” he said, “have kept close watch over its chemical arsenal.” debkafile: This was Moscow’s assurance to Washington that Russia had taken care of the danger of Syria’s WMD falling into Islamist terrorist hands, which came close Friday with the rebel assault on al-Safira.

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Assad’s deadly agenda: First, chemicals, next, Iskander 9K720
DEBKAfile Video December 19, 2012, 11:28 AM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile Exclusive: The Russians have given Bashar Assad his most sophisticated weapon thus far – the Iskander cruise missile which has a hypersonic ...

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Khaled Meshaal
Are Cairo and Doha Reneging on Deal with US to Separate Hamas from Tehran?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 14, 2012, 12:44 AM (GMT+02:00)

Qatar and Egypt are playing a double game with Washington, easing Iran’s path to reconnect with Hamas in Gaza after the connection was snapped by the Israeli operation in November.

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Tehran Demonstrates Two Methods for Downing American Drones
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2012, 10:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

If the US and Israeli are counting on swarms of drones to carry out an attack on Iranian nuclear sites, they had better think again.

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President Barack Obama and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Direct US-Iran Talks December 1 – Too Late to Stop a Nuclear-Armed Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 30, 2012, 1:56 AM (GMT+02:00)

President Obama took some tough steps to weaken the Iranian front ahead of the direct US-Iranian nuclear talks beginning December 1. The latest is a March deadline for results. But US military strength is also lined up just in case  face-to-face with Iran leads nowhere. Most significantly, in September, the Pentagon and the US Army completed the deployment of US military strength in strike position and intensified military pressure on the Assad regime.
 

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Palaestinan nonmember flag at the UN
As Fatah fades, UN recognition of Palestine may eventually benefit Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 29, 2012, 11:58 AM (GMT+02:00)

Thursday night, Nov. 29, the UN General Assembly grants Palestine non-member observer status within the 1967 borders by majority vote. But to which Palestinian rule does it apply?  Abbas’s Fatah is fading, whereas the extremist Hamas in the Gaza Strip is a rising force. If it qualifies for a place in the Sunni Middle East grouping Egypt, Turkey and Qatar are building with US backing and Israeli approval, Hamas may become the beneficiary of the upgraded Palestinian status won by Abbas.

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Patriot anti-missile batteries for Turkey
US-led NATO intervention begins in Syria war. Patriots in Turkey
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 27, 2012, 9:47 AM (GMT+02:00)

Tuesday, Nov. 27, the Middle East military spotlight swung around from Gaza to Syria with the start of US and NATO intervention. A game changer began unfolding with the site survey begun by a joint Turkish-NATO team for the deployment of Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems manned by American military teams. debkafile: Although billed for “defensive purposes,” the Patriots will in fact impede Syrian air bombardments over all of northern Syria, including the embattled towns of Aleppo and Homs.

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AWACs
Middle East in high suspense for Gaza operation sequels
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 25, 2012, 8:53 AM (GMT+02:00)

Even before the Gaza conflict was over, the next major steps were in motion: US-manned Patriots and Awacs are in the pipeline for deployment on the Turkish Syrian border; Moscow moved its Black Sea Fleet’s naval task force opposite Gaza/Israeli shores, joining Tehran’s concern that the US-led coalition which wrecked Iran’s “southern front” in Gaza would turn against Syria and Hizballah. The US and Israel are braced for violent Iranian retribution; while Egyptian President Morsi’s troubles could undo the fragile Gaza ceasefire.

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USS Iwo Jima
The Gaza Operation Restores the US to the Middle East Premier League
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 23, 2012, 4:11 AM (GMT+02:00)

Iran suffered a serious setback in the Gaza Strip as a result of the Israeli operation to get rid of Hamas’s pro-Iranian leaders. Tehran had conceived of the Gaza Strip as its gateway to the Muslim Brothers of Egypt and Jordan. Though small in time and scale - and relatively inconsequential in the large Middle East picture - the eight-day Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip helped elevate the US to the Middle East major league at Iran's expense.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
This Time, Israel Fought Back - with US Support
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 16, 2012, 1:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

Knowing that the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt had egged Hamas on to launch a major missile offensive against Israel, the Netanyahu government took the precaution of getting US backing before launching Israel’s counter-offensive to degrade the terrorist group’s rocket capabilities.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Mitt Romney
Obama Is Reelected. Netanyahu Has a Way to Go
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 9, 2012, 1:17 AM (GMT+02:00)

Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu kicks off his campaign for reelection in the January election on the wrong foot having played the losing horse in the US presidential election.

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Iranian drone from Lebanon
Iran’s global cyber war-room is secretly hosted by Hizballah in Beirut
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 21, 2012, 11:15 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran has located its global cyber war-room at Hizballah’s secret internal security apparatus headquarters in South Beirut, under the direction of Hassan Nasrallah’s brother-in-law Wafiq Safa ,debkafile’s exclusive intelligence and counterterrorism sources reveal. The hackers and cyber experts who recently attacked American banks and guided an Iranian stealth drone into Israeli airspace on Oct. 6, operated from this facility and its secret bunkers. No US or Israel action has been taken as yet against this threat to their national security.

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Turkish armed forces on full alert
Turkey's army on high state of readiness, first step for Syria no-fly zone
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 11, 2012, 8:24 AM (GMT+02:00)

War tensions over Syria shot up again early Thursday, Oct. 11, when the Turkish army was placed on high readiness and its chiefs pledge stronger responses to Syria. An authoritative US source told debkafile that Turkey had - by forcing a Syrian civilian flight en route from Moscow land in Ankara and banning flights over Syria - begun creating a no-fly zone over Syria. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta again cited the threat of chemical warfare. US sources don’t expect Assad or Iran to take Turkish actions lying down.

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New Findings on Secret Israeli Fleet of In-Flight Refueling Planes and Advanced Bunker-Busters
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 5, 2012, 12:12 AM (GMT+02:00)

The special report commissioned by the Congressional research center on a possibly Israel strike against Iran has some spectacular new findings which debunk the Obama administration’s conventional wisdom on Israel’s capacity. For instance, Israel would only need one-third of its air force to strike Iran.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
A Widening Gap on Iran between Obama & Netanyahu
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 5, 2012, 12:12 AM (GMT+02:00)

Mistrust between Washington and Jerusalem is gaining. Israel suspects that the big US-led Hormuz multinational exercise aimed more at stopping it attacking Iran than defending the Strait of Hormuz.

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Terrorists in Small Special Ops Bands Now Strike in Two or Three Waves
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 21, 2012, 12:45 AM (GMT+02:00)

All three terrorist attacks last week in Libya, Afghanistan and Sinai followed the same new al Qaeda modus operandi which uses small, highly-trained special ops units striking their targets in two or three waves with heavy weapons.

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Tehran Fears No Major Attack Needed to Disrupt its Nuclear Program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 21, 2012, 12:45 AM (GMT+02:00)

Iran was stunned to discover this week how easy it was to disrupt its nuclear program, even its underground facilities. The Fordo enrichment plant was disabled and damaged by the simple device of cutting its power lines by a series of blasts. No major military, air or missile operations ...

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Al Qaeda-led Bedouin fighters in Sinai
Al Qaeda-led Salafis hit three Egyptian Sinai bases, down Egyptian chopper
DEBKAfile Special Report September 16, 2012, 6:04 PM (GMT+02:00)

Al Qaeda-led Salafi Bedouin bands Sunday, Sept. 16, expanded their Sinai offensive to three Egyptian bases along a 70-kilometer front three days after they overran the US-led Multinational Force base in northern Sinai. Heavily-armed Islamist gunmen struck Egyptian bases at El Arish, Rafah opposite the Israeli border and Sheikh Zuweid, where they used local schoolchildren as human shields and shot down an Egyptian helicopter. Egypt has imposed a blackout on all three episodes. Hundreds of US MFO officers remain trapped in their Sinai base.

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Syrian CB weapons
Chemical threat is back. Hizballah, Israel close to clash
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 8, 2012, 12:16 PM (GMT+02:00)

The first US-Turkish backed steps for creating safe havens in Syria and possible Western bombardment of the Syrian army have brought the Middle East close to two dangerous junctures: The Syrian army’s use of chemical and biological weapons, and an outbreak of hostilities between Hizballah and Israel – which nearly happened in mid-week, debkafile reports.
Washington disclosed Friday that Syria’s chemical arsenal was bigger and more widely scattered than suspected hitherto and, therefore, the US may have lost count.

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