747 articles tagged "Americas"
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 19, 2007, 5:28 PM (GMT+02:00)
During a flying visit to Baghdad Saturday, Feb. 17, Condoleezza Rice said the US-Iraqi security operation had "got off to a good start."
The US military spokesman in Baghdad Lt. Col. Chris Carver was more guarded than either. "We've just started to focus our operations," he said. "We have months ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>'s Middle East sources: US-Israel-Palestinian conference Monday will reflect weakness of three participants<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 19, 2007, 4:34 PM (GMT+02:00)
US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice arrives in Jerusalem from Baghdad where the joint US-Iraqi security crackdown has barely begun, Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas are waning forces at home. New ideas are in short supply. Tehran, in contrast, is buzzing.
More about this in More...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2007, 6:54 PM (GMT+02:00)
The 56 votes in favor fell short of the 60 needed to carry the nonbinding resolution slamming the president's Iraq policy and deployment of addition troops. Thirty-four voted against the motion.
Friday, the House passed the same resolution by 246 votes to 182. Seventeen Republican congressmen joined Democrats in repudiating ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 17, 2007, 5:30 PM (GMT+02:00)
The US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice stopped off in Baghdad Sat. Feb. 17, for an unscheduled visit, interrupting the journey she was making to Jerusalem for a fresh push to Israel-Palestinian diplomacy. She felt the need to beat up a semblance of momentum on one other US Middle East ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 17, 2007, 11:38 AM (GMT+02:00)
The US president admitted it would take time to secure Baghdad and that violence would continue. But in a news conference in Washington Wednesday, he said it was vital for US security to succeed in Iraq. Bush spoke the day after the House of Representatives began debating a resolution opposing ...
US state department's nominated No. 2 and incoming Middle East commander reply to senators' demand to hold talks with Iran<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 2, 2007, 10:11 AM (GMT+02:00)
Sen. Chuck Hagel asked John Negroponte if he thinks the US is edging towards a military confrontation with Tehran. The incoming deputy secretary of state replied that while diplomacy is preferred, other possibilities are not ruled out. The exchange took place at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Wednesday, Jan. ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 1, 2007, 6:25 PM (GMT+02:00)
US district Judge Nina Gershon for the Eastern District of New York ruled in favor of 1,600 survivors and family members of terrorism victims in Israel that suicide bombing attacks violate customary international law and that the plaintiffs have successfully stated claims for genocide and crimes against humanity.
President Bush warns Tehran that its helpfulness to Iraq would be met with "swift retribution" from the US<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2007, 8:41 AM (GMT+02:00)
Responding to Iran's official offers to Iraq of help with reconstruction and other forms of economic aid, the US president warned Tehran: "No good deed will go unpunished." Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad , he said, had better refrain from "future provocative offers of help."
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>'s military sources: The USS Stennis carrier with thousands of troops and 80 warplanes aboard is heading for Persian Gulf<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 27, 2007, 8:43 PM (GMT+02:00)
Saturday, Jan 20, the ship picked up 2,500 troops at San Diego. The Stennis Strike Group has still to collect two ships at Hawaii before heading east with a complement of 6,500 US soldiers.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 27, 2007, 8:41 PM (GMT+02:00)
In his State of the Union speech Tuesday, the US president cautioned Iran against supporting Shiite attacks against Sunni Muslims in Iraq. He said Shiite extremists backed by Iran were on the rise as terrorist threats and as determined as their Sunni counterparts to create a Middle East governed by ...
Two Iraqi insurgent groups claim downing of US helicopter securing American diplomatic convoy Tuesday and deaths of 5 US civilian contractors<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 26, 2007, 6:38 PM (GMT+02:00)
There is no clear official account of the incident, said to have involved three choppers. An Iraqi official said the helicopter was hit by a machine gunner over the Fadhil neighborhood of Baghdad, while a US official said that this was not indicated.
The five victims were employed by the ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 25, 2007, 5:29 PM (GMT+02:00)
Wednesday, Jan. 24, a day after the president asked Congress to give his Iraq strategy a chance to work, the Senate foreign relations committee dismissed the policy by a 12-9 vote as "not in the national interest." The vote is non-binding on the president, but its supporters hope it may ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: Washington again ups the military stakes against Iran, plans deployment of 600 Patriot anti-missile missiles in Middle East<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 19, 2007, 5:46 PM (GMT+02:00)
For the first time, the Pentagon released the figures of US and British casualties in Iraq from the extra-lethal explosive devices manufactured in Iran: 198 dead and more than 600 wounded. The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress Friday that Iranians are now on the US ...
At least 16 US F-16 fighter craft arrive in S. Turkish Incirlink base for the first time in three years
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2007, 10:29 PM (GMT+02:00)
According to local Cihan News Agency, the F-16s were accompanied by an early warning system AWACS airplane and tanker airplanes from an American base in Germany. An official at the US embassy in Ankara said the planes had arrived for joint exercises with the Turkish military.
Rice and Olmert agree in three-hour conversation Monday to hold three-way talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2007, 5:35 PM (GMT+02:00)
Half the time they talked without aides about the coming steps on the Israel-Palestinian issue - the threesome will meet at a later stage - and Iran's nuclear program. Rice has left for her next stops in Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 15, 2007, 12:17 PM (GMT+02:00)
In a Fox television interview, Cheney too warned that the US would take steps against any party trying to destabilize the situation in Iraq. Cheney said the Iranian threat was "growing, multi-dimensional and of concern to everybody in the region."
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Three US Norfolk-based amphibious assault ships set out for Persian Gulf Saturday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 13, 2007, 9:51 PM (GMT+02:00)
They are part of the USS Bataan Strike group carrying 2,000 Marines and equipped to insert forces ashore by helicopter, landing craft and amphibious vehicles. The Baatan is equipped with helicopters and fast hovercraft capable of landing thousands of Marines on beaches and providing the landing with cover.
The US has pledged Iraq's army 4,000 armored vehicles, 1,800 Humvees and 16 helicopter gun ships<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 13, 2007, 9:50 PM (GMT+02:00)
Reporting this, the Iraqi defense ministry said that the goods would be delivered in March. Iraq has also signed contracts for the purchase of armored vehicles and other weapons with European and US arms industries. US and Iraqi forces are in the middle of a crackdown on Sunni hideouts in ...
Rice sees Israeli defense and foreign ministers in Jerusalem Saturday night at outset of her Middle East tour<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 13, 2007, 9:48 PM (GMT+02:00)
Sunday she meets Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. debkafile reports that no new Middle East peace plan is in sight at this time.
Thursday, she warned America would take action against any country seeking to destabilize Iraq, citing Iran and Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2007, 2:07 PM (GMT+02:00)
Joint US-Iraqi forces were deep into their biggest operation ever to subdue the Iraqi capital forty-eight hours before US president George W. Bush formally unveiled his new Iraq plan on Wednesday Jan. 10. The operation started out against "terrorist hideouts" in and around the Sunni stronghold of Haifa Street.