DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 23, 2010
Egypt's Hosni Mubarak and Libya's Muammar Qaddafi both visited Khartoum ahead of the January 9 self-determination referenda in oil-rich South Sudan and the province of Abyei. But Mubarak cares more about keeping his control of Nile waters intact, whereas Qaddafi's concerns focus on a rich fuel resource falling under Christian rule.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 14, 2008
On Oct. 3, DEBKA-Net-Weekly 367 reported that the capture of the Ukrainian arms vessel, Faina, had placed Somali piracy at the center of the war on terror. On Oct. 9, sixteen days after the Faina's capture, NATO defense ministers meeting in Budapest finally agreed to send warships "soon" to Somali waters to safeguard vessels threatened by pirates.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 5, 2008
This announcement Wednesday, Oct. 1, may signal the end of the standoff surrounding the pirates holding the Ukrainian Faina, crew and its arms freight.
The US warship Howard of the US Navy's 5th Fleet and European vessels have surrounded the distressed freighter since Sunday, Sept. 28.
debkafile's sources reported they were determined to prevent the Somali pirates aboard from unloading its weapons cargo and allowing it to reach al Qaeda networks in Sudan or Kenya.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 17, 2008
US Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama Tuesday, July 15, said the top of his to-do list if he wins the race to the White House will be to pull US troops out of Iraq as soon as possible, 16 months, and redeploy two combat brigades to fight the real threats to America, al Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Obama pledged to use all tools not to allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 16, 2008
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Iran jumped in with gusto to meet Sudan president Omar al-Bashir's application for a military package including arms and training of his army. The application was received after the horrendous Darfur tragedy and Khartoum's backing for Chad rebels finally convinced Sudan's traditional arms suppliers, Russia, China and Libya, to back away from arming Sudan's 120,000-strong army.
The pacts were signed on March 8 by Iran's defense minister Gen. Mostafa Mohammad Majjar and his Sudanese counterpart, Gen. Abdul Rahim Mohammad Hussein, a fighter pilot appointed defense minister last month.
For years Tehran has been building up its military ties with Khartoum with an eye on its geopolitical assets: a long coast on the Red Sea, a main sea lanes to the Persian Gulf, a Muslim nation located opposite Saudi Arabia and next door to Egypt; Sudan's command of oil resources and the White Nile, a major water source for an entire African region. This strategic jewel finally dropped into Iran's fundamentalist lap.
Iran's intelligence agents along Sudan's border with Chad have been entrusted with subjugating the Chad tribes working the uranium deposits of eastern Chad preparatory to their seizure.
Sudan-backed Chad rebels seize capital from several directions after fierce fighting with government forces<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2008
According to some reports, troops of the United Military command of the rebel alliance were already in the presidential palace and ransacking parliament in Ndjamena Saturday, Feb. 2. A French military source later said Chadian government forces had beaten back the rebels surrounding the presidential palace.
debkafile: It is up to French president Nicolas Sarkozy to decide whether to let Sudan get away with a major victory in Chad or intervene with a large paratroop, helicopter and warplane force to oust the rebels. Sarkozy called an urgent meeting of cabinet meetings in Paris to discuss France's options.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Three people injured in shooting attack on empty Israeli embassy building in Nouakchott before dawn Friday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2008
Half a dozen gunmen yelling Allah Akhbar - locals or an al Qaeda-linked band - shot up the empty Israeli embassy building before dawn Feb. 1. The Mauritanian security guards on duty returned the fire. Some weeks ago, debkafile reports, the Israeli embassy staff and their families were moved for safety to protected hideouts in the town.
The foreign ministry in Jerusalem has sent a special flight fitted out as a flying counter-terror command to Nouakchott. The security officers aboard will decide on the spot whether to leave the embassy staff in place or evacuate them.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2008
The attack Tuesday, Jan. 15, left another 18 people injured, including a local embassy employee. The State Department spokesman in Washington, Sean McCormack, said two embassy employees including the driver were in the vehicle damaged in the blast. The driver was slightly injured. There were no US diplomats or citizens in the car at the time. The four Lebanese killed did not work at the embassy, said McCormack.
No organization has claimed responsibility of the bomb attack which coincided with President George W. Bush's visit to Riyadh and talks with King Abdullah on a range of issues including the crisis in Lebanon. His last stop Wednesday is Cairo. debkafile adds: US Ambassador Feltman is out of the country.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 14, 2007
Ali Iman Sharmake, owners of HornAfric radio and television station died Saturday when his car exploded on his way back from the funeral of a leading radio presenter, Mahad Ahmed Elmi, who had been shot dead.
Al Qaeda warns Muslims to stay away from government sites in "enemies of Allah" countries of North Africa<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 26, 2007
The Al Qaeda Movement in the Islamic Countries of the Maghreb claims over the Internet: "The mujahedin have many hidden surprises...in the countries of the Islamic Maghreb, which will come in an escalating sequence." It warns "our Muslim brothers" to stay away from "centers of the official apostates as well as security gatherings of army and police." They will be attacked with all available means of detonation, bombing and demolition."
Hundreds of Ethiopian troop reinforcements re-enter Somalia to save capital Mogadishu as death toll rises to 380
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2007
Last week, Ethiopia withdrew two-thirds of the force which backed the Somali government's takeover from Islamist rebels earlier this year. The African Union peacekeepers who replaced them have been unable to damp down the fierce fighting in the capital, the worst seen there for 15 years, according to the Red Cross. The hospitals are crowded with civilian victims; some 47,000 people have fled Mogadishu in the last month and are in dire circumstances.
The UN nuclear watchdog and Kinshasa government investigate disappearance of 100 bars of uranium believed smuggled to Iran<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 16, 2007
The DR Congo newspaper Le Phare reported the uranium was removed from the nuclear center in Kinshasa as "part of a vast trafficking operation."
The DR Congo's commissioner for atomic energy Prof. Fortunat Lumu and an associate have been arrested for allegedly belonging to an international network set up to mine and export uranium illegally in recent years. Tehran is suspected of being behind the affair.
Ethiopia accuses Eritrean soldiers of kidnapping 5 Britons and 13 Ethiopians from remote Afar region
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 6, 2007
The 5 French tourists who also disappeared have apparently been located. Ismael Ali Sero, governor of Afar, accused Eritrean commandos from the Arat military training camp of making off with the British-Ethiopian group Wednesday night after blowing up four vehicles and two homes with RPGs.
Sudan denies the International Criminal Court jurisdiction on two suspects named for war crimes in Darfur<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2007
Justice minister Mohamed Ali al-Mardi rejected the court prosecutor's charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity against former Sudanese junior interior minister Ahmed Muhammed Harun and Ali Mohammed Ali Abd-al Rahman, a janjaweed militia leader. They are suspected of 51 counts of indiscriminate attacks against the civilian population, murder, rape, inhuman acts, unlawful imprisonment, pillaging, forcible transfer and destruction of property.
As violence surges in Mogadishu, the Security Council approves an African Union peacekeeping force for Somalia <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2007
The AU is urged to contribute to the 8,000-strong force approved, to be boosted by a UN contingent within six months.
At least 10 people were killed Monday in the heaviest exchange of fire since the Islamist Courts were routed by Somali government forces last year. Government and Ethiopian troops shelled insurgent positions firing from inside the capital in an unfolding guerrilla war. Repeated delays have held up the promised African Union peacekeeping force to replace the Ethiopian soldiers who helped defeat the Islamists.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2007
US defense secretary Robert Gates said President George W. Bush had approved the plan for a special command to coordinate operations and counter threats from the continent, especially in war-torn areas like Somalia, by means of a more integrated approach. Currently, Africa is divided between Central Command, European Command and Pacific Command.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 27, 2005
Amid rampant unemployment (est. 70%), repression, unbridled lawlessness, hunger, intimidation and an unchecked, untreated AIDS epidemic, Zimbabweans go to the polls Thursday, March 31. So secretive, brutal and repressive is the quarter-of-a-century old regime of President Robert Mugabe, 81, and his all-powerful ZANU PF party, that no one believes in the official figure of 5.6 million registered voters for 120 seats in parliament. Thirty are handpicked by the president. Roman Catholic Archbishop Pius Ncube of second largest town of Bulawayo called Sunday, March 27, for peaceful Ukraine-style street protests to overthrow the ruler, because Thursday's election was certain to be rigged. If he were to put on his vestments and lead a march on Mugabe's palace, he feared he would be alone. "The people are so scared." Since Mugabe came to power, Zimbabwe has been transformed from an African paradise with a 4.5% growth rate to the fastest shrinking economy in the world. Three quarters of the population live below the poverty line. Life expectancy has dropped from 61 to 39.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2003
mg class="picture" src="/dynmedia/pictures/Fazul.jpg" align="right" border="0">Al Qaeda is again setting its sights on Kenya. The United States has just finished building a spanking new embassy complex in Nairobi with the last word in counter-terror devices, a model for every American legation in the world. It replaces the building al Qaeda blasted in 1998 in twin attacks that hit the US embassy in Dar es-Salaam on the same day. debkafile's counter-terror and intelligence sources warn that the Islamist terrorists are poised to strike again in Kenya only eight months after bombing the Israeli-owned Paradise hotel in Mombasa and botching a shoulder-fired Strela rocket attack on an Israeli air charter. US intelligence believes al Qaeda is now very close to launching a multi-casualty, two-level operation against American and Israeli targets - possibly in a matter of days or even hours. Counter-terror authorities have gone on the highest alert.
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