421 articles tagged "US"
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King Abdullah and Wen Jiabao
China to Help Saudi Arabia Gain a Nuclear Weapon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 20, 2012, 12:18 AM (GMT+02:00)

China took advantage of the US oil embargo on Iran to bid for Saudi oil instead. Riyadh agreed to provide oil in return for Chinese assistance in building a Saudi nuclear weapon program. Beijing no longer calls Iran its only strategic partner in the Middle East; Riyadh shares that privileged status with Tehran.
Until this week, the ayatollahs were sure Iran would play solo as the Persian Gulf region's only Muslim nuclear power. Now Sunni Saudi Arabia is about to share the stage.  
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Tehran Weighs Closing Strait of Hormuz, a Terror Campaign - Or Both
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 20, 2012, 12:18 AM (GMT+02:00)

A detailed report to Washington by Saudi and Kuwaiti intelligence details Iran's preparations for sabotaging oil production in the Gulf emirates, striking US targets and blocking the Strait of Hormuz.

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Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Al Qods commander
Iran's Al Qods cells for Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kuwait to hit oil and US targets
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 18, 2012, 10:39 AM (GMT+02:00)

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Turkey have alerted Washington to intelligence reports that Iranian Al Qods Brigades operatives are heading their way to blow up oil installations and American targets. They ask how the US intends to respond. For the second time in a week, a US spokesman Washington disclosed Jan 17 that Al Qods commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani secretly visited Damascus. debkafile reports: Part of his mission was to synchronize these Al Qods attacks with backing for Assad's crackdown on protest.

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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Joint US-Israel drill called off by Netanyahu, to Washington's surprise
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2012, 12:36 PM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile's sources disclose exclusively that, contrary to reports in Washington, Jerusalem - and this site too - it was Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, not the Obama administration, who called off the joint US-Israeli military exercise Austere Challenge 12, a step unprecedented in Israel-US relations. Netanyahu acted when he judged the Obama administration's resolve to preempt a nuclear Iran to be flagging. His action also aimed at freeing Israel's hands for a unilateral strike on Iran's nuclear sites - if necessary.

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Gen. Martin Dempsey
US Refuses to Co-Opt Israel to a Military Strike against Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 12, 2012, 11:26 PM (GMT+02:00)

The US and Israel, while bound tightly by military bonds, are at loggerheads over Iran. The Obama administration wants to cut Israel out of military action against Iran's nuclear sites and prevent it hitting back for an Iranian reprisal. Israel is withholding a commitment to abstain from striking Iran ...

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Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi wants out.
Generals' early handover to Islamists wrecks hopes for New Egypt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 8, 2012, 8:19 PM (GMT+02:00)

Washington and Jerusalem were dismayed to discover last week that Egypt's transitional military rulers (SCAF) were preparing to drop the reins of government and hand them over - lock, stock and barrel, including the armed forces - to civilian rule, i.e., the Muslim Brotherhood, at the earliest opportunity. By staying mute while this process ripened, Israel emboldened Muslim Brotherhood leaders to reiterate that they were not bound by any pledges to Washington to uphold the 1979 peace treaty with Israel.

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Will the US and GCC Recapture Three Iran-Held Persian Gulf Islands?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 5, 2012, 10:57 PM (GMT+02:00)

Against Tehran's bid to dictate the Persian Gulf's rules of navigation, the US and GCC are preparing to fight together or separately against any attempts to prevent free movement through the oil route. They would aim to recapture the three Persian Gulf islands held by Iran, which are the ...

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Iran's Velayati 90 navy drill
Iran toughens cyber challenge to US, claims superior drones
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 25, 2011, 7:37 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi Monday, Dec. 26, replied to Sunday's debkafile report which revealed Tehran's plan to use its big 10-day naval drill east of the Strait of Hormuz to test its vaunted cyber intelligence prowess against US warships. He said Iran has great capabilities in "all fields of national defense, including the use of intelligence drones." The Islamic Republic, he said, could employ aerial drones to counter any potential US-led covert war. But he did not refer to a full-scale war offensive.

 

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The Cypriot and Israeli gas fields
Turkish warships shell narrow water between Israeli and Cypriot gas fields
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2011, 2:30 PM (GMT+02:00)

Cypriot President Demetris Christofias has warned Turkey to stop its warships shelling the strip of water dividing the Cypriot and Israeli gas exploration zones in the eastern Mediterranean.
debkafile's military forces report that Wednesday, Dec. 21, Turkish warships began turning their guns on the narrow strip dividing Israel's Leviathan gas field from Block 12 of Cyprus's Exclusive Economic Zone-EEZ. Estimates of the sizes of the two fields have been substantially upped of late. Both see prospects of becoming major gas suppliers to Europe.

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NATO Airlifts Libyans to Rebels, Russia Feeds Intel to Syrian Ruler
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 22, 2011, 11:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

As NATO cargo planes airlifted Libyan fighters to join the anti-Assad Free Syrian Army units in Turkey, Syrian forces armed with Russian spy satellite intelligence waylaid FSA rebels and deserters, killing them where they stood. A large-scale exercise prepares Syrian army to repel a combined offensive.

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Flags of North Korea, China and Iran.
North Korea's coming power struggle and the Mid-East nuclear race
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 19, 2011, 3:52 PM (GMT+02:00)

The sudden death of Kim Jong II of a heart attack aged 69, Monday, Dec. 19 confronts the world for the first time since the Cold War with a leaderless nuclear power about which it knows almost nothing. Though anointed heir, his youngest son Kim Jong-un is not expected to ride in without being challenged. The inevitable power struggle, which could be drawn out for years, may generate violence on and around the Peninsula and greater North Korean involvement in the Middle East nuclear race.

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Damascus Places Scud Missiles on Turkish Border, Orders 3 Million WMD Masks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 15, 2011, 11:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

Syria has moved Scud missiles, some tipped with chemical warheads, to its border with Turkey, reinforced its tank units on the Jordanian border and airlifted from Russia three million face masks against chemical and biological weapons.

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Joe Biden
Secret US Headquarters for Toppling Assad at Gaziantep, Turkey
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 15, 2011, 11:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

President Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan have developed relations of mutual trust which allowed the US to set up its headquarters for the campaign to oust Bashar Assad in southwest Turkey. The next US-inspired step is to foment a campaign of civil obedience against the Assad regime, starting ...

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Hadi al-Ameri
Tehran Seeks Riyadh's Aid on Syria, Offers Nuclear Cooperation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 15, 2011, 11:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

Tehran was galvanized by the capture of the US drone into a spurt for spreading its diplomatic wings and showing the departing Americans who is the boss in Baghdad. An Iranian delegation sought to persuade Riyadh to help stabilize the regime in Damascus by forcing Bashar Assad to co-opt ...

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Leon Panetta
Whoever Unlocked the Stealth Drone's Secrets also Broke into CIA HQ at Langley
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 15, 2011, 11:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

The US will not review its reconnaissance drone flights over Iran for fear they will also be downed and captured like the RQ-170. Iran could not have accomplished this coup alone because it would have required the technology for filtering through billions of coded communications relayed from Langley to ...

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Saudi Crown Prince Nayef receives Iran's Heidar Moslehi
Iran propositions Saudis, seeks anti-US pact, offers nuclear cooperation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 14, 2011, 12:22 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi visited Riyadh Monday, Dec. 12 with a large delegation and a proposition for Crown Prince Nayef: For an anti-US and anti-Zionist pact on regional issues, Tehran would act to bring the Syrian opposition into government and open its nuclear program to Saudi participation. Moslehi boasted that after seizing top US secret drone technology by a successful cyber attack, Iran was unquestionably the top regional power. The Saudis moved fast to take the ayatollahs down a peg or two.

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Protesters hang Assad in effigy
US has secret plan for Bashar Assad's ouster
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly December 13, 2011, 12:00 PM (GMT+02:00)

By deploying US troops on the Jordanian-Syrian border, the Obama administration played the last piece of its master game for Bashar Assad's ouster – in conjunction with Turkey, France, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Qatar. DEBKA-Net-Weekly's latest issue out Friday offers glimpses of covert US action in Syria alongside counter-steps pursued by Damascus, Tehran and Hizballah.
The next in our series of US RQ-170 exclusives reveals not just how Iran tampered with the stealth drone technology but also with the satellite controlling it.

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US 1st Brigade departs Iraq
US units exiting Iraq deployed in Jordan to forestall Syrian attack
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 13, 2011, 11:18 AM (GMT+02:00)

Units of US troops evacuated from Iraq have been diverted to positions in Jordan opposite a Syrian tank concentration building up across the kingdom's northern border, debkafile reports.The incoming US contingents are housed at the King Hussein Air Base of al-Mafraq, 10 kilometers from the Syrian border. They are the first US boots to hit the ground directly opposite Assad's army, brought there by Bashar Assad's threat to set the Middle East on fire if the pressure against him persists.

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Iranian warships September exercise near Hormuz
Iran to practice Strait of Hormuz closure while unlocking US drone secrets
DEBKAfile Special Report December 12, 2011, 6:10 PM (GMT+02:00)

Bigheaded from capturing the US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth  drone, Tehran Monday, Dec. 12 announced plans soon for a navy drill to practice closure of the Strait of Hormuz, the most important oil transit channel in the world. Iranian lawmaker Parviz Sorouri said, "Iran will make the world unsafe if the world attacks Iran." The drill will challenge US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's recent warning that Iranian disruptions of Persian Gulf free traffic would be a red line for the US.

 

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Russian air defense S-300 missile
Nuclear knowhow, S300 are Iran's price for Russian, Chinese access to US drone
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 11, 2011, 6:37 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran is driving a hard bargain for granting Russian and Chinese teams access to the US stealth drone RQ-170 it captured undamaged last week. debkafile reports: The price, they were told, includes advanced nuclear and missile technology, especially systems using solid fuel, the last word on centrifuges for enriching uranium and the S-300PMU-1 air defense system, which Moscow has consistently refused to sell Tehran. Israel's prime minister sent foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman to Moscow to try and stop the deal.

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