747 articles tagged "Americas"
US amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island deploys to Fifth Fleet headquartered in Bahrain<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2007, 8:56 PM (GMT+02:00)
The vessel departed Oct. 1 on its mission in the Fifth Fleet area of command, which encompasses the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea and part of the Indian Ocean. On the decks of the Whidbey Island are a crew of more than 400 ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: US stages its first national security and air maneuvers simulating responses to terrorist and radiological "dirty bomb" attacks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2007, 8:29 PM (GMT+02:00)
TOPOFF 4 taking place between 15 and 20 October will set off fake radiological dispersal devices (RDD) or "dirty bombs" in Oregon and Arizona as well as Guam.
Vigilant Shield conducted by the Northern American Aerospace Defense Command will exercise its ability to mobilize resources for aerospace defense and control, maritime ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 6, 2007, 10:24 AM (GMT+02:00)
Answering questions in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the US president said: "In Iran, we're dealing with a country where the leader has said that he wants to destroy Israel. My belief is that the United States will defend our ally Israel." He went on to say: "This is a leader who has ...
Seventy-seven US senators and 3 ex-ambassadors call on Rice to expand regional Arab participation in promoting Israeli-Palestinian peace<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 6, 2007, 9:55 AM (GMT+02:00)
The senators'letter, authored by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), said the success of the November meeting in Annapolis depends on cooperation from the larger Arab world. Arab states must be urged to participate in the conference, recognize Israel's right to exist and publicly encourage Mahmoud Abbas' administration ...
John Bolton sees only remote prospect for Palestinian statehood, urges Egyptian and Jordanian solutions <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 2, 2007, 7:22 PM (GMT+02:00)
In a TV interview, the former US ambassador to the United Nations said he is sorry for Middle East envoy Tony Blair because the Quartet's policy is wrong. Gaza is ruled by terrorists and the Palestinian Authority is an authority in name alone, Bolton argued: "We have a weak Israeli ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: Three Arab rulers put spikes in wheels of Washington's Middle East conference<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2007, 9:12 AM (GMT+02:00)
Thursday, Sept 27, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan posed tall pre-conditions, mainly of Israel, for their participation in the conference the Bush administration is promoting for November. Their foreign ministers had been previously lobbied by the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at UN HQ.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 26, 2007, 7:22 PM (GMT+02:00)
US Officials say Syria is harboring groups posing a threat to Americans such as Hamas, Hizballah, Islamic Jihad and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian-General Command, all groups financed by Iran. Americans in Syria are urged to consider risks before travel and if traveling to exercise caution and take ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Abbas warns US there will be no Palestinian representation at Washington peace conference in November<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 26, 2007, 7:18 PM (GMT+02:00)
Our Middle East and Washington sources disclose that the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas sent two secret emissaries to Washington and Paris to notify US and French government heads that no Palestinian leader, including himself and prime minister Salam Fayyad, will be present at the Middle East peace conference in Washington. ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2007, 10:37 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas has said to everyone in sight that he will not attend the Washington peace conference the White House is promoting for November unless he is assured of progress on core issues and on Palestinian statehood. Otherwise, he says, the event is futile. Without him, ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Murder of another anti-Syrian Lebanese lawmaker was Damascus' greeting for Middle East visitor US Secretary Rice<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2007, 7:58 AM (GMT+02:00)
Wednesday, Sept 19, the day Condoleezza Rice arrived for talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, a car bomb in East Beirut killed lawmaker Antoine Ghanem. Bashar Assad was signaling that he was not deterred from his policies by the Israeli air attack of Sept 6 and would not let American ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 20, 2007, 12:05 PM (GMT+02:00)
A US federal appeals court ruled in Palo Alto, California, Monday that Caterpillar Inc. cannot be held legally liable for the use of its bulldozers in an Israeli military operation which Rachel Corrie's family and supporters claim caused her death in Gaza four years ago.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: Two US carrier-strike groups are bound for Persian Gulf region, bringing number back to three<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 18, 2007, 4:18 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources report that from the third week of July, the only American strike force- carrier in the Persian Gulf-Arabian Sea region was the USS Enterprise. By the end of September, it will be joined by the USS Nimitz and the USS Truman Strike Groups. Our sources ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2007, 10:06 AM (GMT+02:00)
No matter how cleverly the US Iraq commander Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker fine-tune their conclusions in their report to Congress in September on their surge strategy in Iraq - conditional success, partial achievements, limited progress - they are all evanescent. Words cannot pin down the harsh, fast-moving ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 6, 2007, 6:10 PM (GMT+02:00)
Speaking in Sydney the day after his visit to Baghdad, US president George W. Bush said Wednesday that the fact that the Iraqi legislature had passed 60 pieces of legislation illustrated a government "that's beginning to work."
A Congressional report meanwhile described the Iraqi government as "dysfunctional."
Bush on surprise visit to Iraq Monday: It may be possible to maintain security with fewer US troops if current progress continues <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2007, 12:51 PM (GMT+02:00)
Bush capped his unannounced visit to Iraq on Sept. 2, with a speech to cheering US troops at an Anbar air base west of Baghdad. He pledged that the drawdown of troop levels would depend on "calm assessments by commanders in the field - not poll-driven politics in Washington." More...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: The 200 American AMRAAM air-to-air missiles on sale to Israel designed for F-15 and F-16 warplanes in IAF use<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2007, 4:58 PM (GMT+02:00)
The most advanced medium-range air-to-air weapon of its kind, a single burst can be directed at several targets, debkafile's military sources report. Their sale was announced by the Pentagon along with 30 Harpoon anti-ship missiles and 500 AIM-9M Sidewinder air-to-air missiles in a transaction worth $334 million. Congress ...
The US president orders military commanders in Iraq "to confront Tehran's murderous activities" <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 1, 2007, 4:14 PM (GMT+02:00)
In a speech to war veterans in Nevada, George W. Bush again charged Tehran with providing training and weapons for extremists in Iraq. Earlier, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said US authority in the region was collapsing and Iran would "fill the void with the help of neighbors like Saudi Arabia."
The US president ...
Three significant dates coming together in September may trigger "sensational attacks," warns a senior US general in Washington<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2007, 12:22 PM (GMT+02:00)
Brigadier General Richard Sherlock, deputy director for operational planning for the Pentagon's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Friday that terrorists and insurgents may use coincident sixth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, the onset of Ramadan, and the much-awaited US progress report to accelerate attacks ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2007, 12:21 PM (GMT+02:00)
The influential Republic senator had just returned from a four-day trip to the Middle East. He spoke Friday as a new National Intelligence Estimate determined there had been "measurable but uneven improvements in Iraq's security," and predicted the Iraqi government would become more precarious in the next six to 12 ...
Bush: As long as I am commander in chief we will fight the terrorists to win. America must resist the allure of retreat<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 25, 2007, 10:52 AM (GMT+02:00)
Since January, US troops have killed or captured 1,500 al Qaeda terrorists and other extremists every month, said President George W. Bush in a speech in Kansas City, Missouri, Wednesday, outlining his philosophy on the war on terror. The terrorists who wage war in Iraq seek to spread their own ...