DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2015
Under a secret deal with Obama, Putin has cornered the Middle East nuclear market and signed contracts to supply reactors and other facilities to Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, Jordan and the UAE. Fordo will become a research center.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2015
It has always been dangerous to predict Bashar Assad’s downfall, even now after his army and Hizballah have experienced grave military reverses. The US-backed rebels in the south are not doing too well either.
Turkey and Jordan said preparing buffer zones inside Syria. Israeli air support mooted. Putin issues warning
DEBKAfile Special Report June 30, 2015
Turkish and Jordanian armies were reported on June 30 to be getting ready to cross into Syria and set up security buffer zones – to fight ISIS, oppose the Assad regime and stem the never-ending flow of refugees. It is not clear if they are coordinated. Turkey has prepared 18,000 troops for the operation. Its air force is to impose a no-fly zone against Syrian flights. The Jordanian army is also on the ready to go in and said to be seeking Israel’s air force participation for air cover and a parallel no-fly zone in the south.
Riyadh Turns to Moscow, Far East to Attain Self-Controlled Nuclear Fuel Cycle & Military Self-Sufficiency
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2015
Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s deal with Putin aimed at providing Saudi Arabia with a self-controlled nuclear weapons program and self-sufficiency in weapons.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2015
Saudi King Salman is not sure that the US will last the course in their joint effort to topple Bashar Assad. He sent his son to Moscow with generous incentives for Putin to provide him with a safety net.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 17, 2015
The US Delta Special Operations raid that killed ISIS oil chief Abu Sayyaf Saturday, May 16, could not have taken place without prior US coordination with Damascus and Moscow. debkafile: Washington’s denial of coordination did not preclude a prior notice to Moscow, which then passed it on to Damascus. The operation therefore fixed another Middle East landmark: The US, Russia and the Assad regime pulled together for the first time against the Islamic State, for an operation that was more extensive than reported. Not one, but five top ISIS commanders, were killed
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2015
Obama sought out Putin to approve a no-fly zone in Syria to meet the Gulf’s demands for Assad’s head as proof that he his promise to defend GCC members security was on the level.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2015
Heavy influx of US arms and Saudi cash is bringing the Syrian opposition, including the Islamist Nusra front, victories against Assad’s army. Assad has asked Tehran for new guarantees for his presidency.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2015
Obama is moderating his support for Iran’s pretensions to No.1 Middle East power after Tehran let Shiite militias in Iraq and Houthis in Yemen loose to attack Sunni Muslims.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2015
As Soviet-era missile detection satellites for ballistic missiles die, Putin for want of cash to replace them deploys the radar systems of the S-300 air defense systems to defend Russian borders against ballistic missiles. Iran will have to do without.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 19, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warning to Israel not to sell arms to Ukraine, in reprisal for his release of S-300 air defense missiles to Iran, adds a European dimension to the dispute by planting Israel squarely in the middle of the US-Russian Ukraine crisis. Putin’s implied threat to punish Israel by sending S-300s to Syria too follows his intelligence updates on tight US-Israeli military collaboration in two arenas: Syria and Ukraine. The S-300s have not yet been shipped to Iran. It depends on whether Obama decides to forge ahead with expanded military assistance to Kiev.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 16, 2015
Vladimir Putin is seething over what he sees as Ukraine’s creeping entry to NATO. Western military trainers pour into the embattled country and US lethal weapons are believed on the way to Kiev. His first reprisal was the release of S-300s for Iran, with more retribution on the way.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2015
The Obama administration has embarked on a bid to come to terms with Bashar Assad to lure Tehran into signing a nuclear accord. An end to the Syrian war would disburden Iran of its colossal ongoing investment in keeping Assad in power.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 12, 2015
Disaffection with US-Iranian nuclear diplomacy has spilled over into the Iranian street and raised hackles too in Moscow, Berlin, Paris and Washington.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2015
Putin is so fired up over the Ukraine dispute with the US and Europe that he is about to upgrade Mid East arsenals and scrap the last remnants of the INF pact that ended the Cold War.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2015
ISIS tacticians figured that the horrific murder of the Jordanian pilot would drum up anti-US sentiment and popular Arab calls to quit the US-led coalition.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 29, 2014
Moscow is sending troops and arms into Ukraine to boost pro-Russian rebels who are surging through the country and have opened a new front near the southern border near Crimea.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 14, 2014
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi tries to convince Putin to join the Israel-Saudi-Egypt alliance against US policy in the Mid East and bolster Assad as an anti Al Qaeda force.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 31, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, President Poroshenko has a date in Warsaw with US President Barack Obama, who is coming to assure East European leaders that America is there to defend them against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s designs. Obama will find its leaders hard to convince. He left them, as well as Middle East leaders, deeply worried by the policy messages he delivered at West Point last Wednesday, when he said that for the “best American hammer not every problem is a nail” and advocated instead isolation for Russia and diplomacy for Iran.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2014
Strategically located Azerbaijan cools longstanding economic and security ties with Jerusalem and Washington, looking to Iran for new alliance.