DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 1, 2012, 11:50 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Gulf emirs are competing for the favors of Gaza’s Hamas rulers while ready to drop Mahmoud Abbas of Ramallah.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 18, 2012, 11:22 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tehran has shifted its expansionist focus from Bahrain to punishing Saudi Arabia for backing the Syrian rebels fighting Bashar Assad. Iran is hitting the Saudis through their back door by buying up South Yemeni anti-government rebels.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 24, 2012, 12:04 AM (GMT+02:00)
Khamenei hastened to accept the Saudi offer to negotiate a non-aggression pact, using it as a lifeline and new lever for diplomatic maneuvering. But he insists on Saudi Crown Prince Salman visiting Tehran next month as the condition for continuing negotiations.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 18, 2012, 12:47 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Obama administration has invested major diplomatic and military efforts into persuading the Persian Gulf emirs to unite in a federation and mutual defense treaty according to two alternative Saudi blueprints – a NATO or a EU style pact. But those efforts were met with extreme reluctance.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 26, 2012, 11:36 PM (GMT+02:00)
A law annexing the UAR islands of Abu Musa and the two Tunbs is on its way through the Majlis. The row will distract attention from international efforts to curb its nuclear program and support the transformation of the international waterway into Iranian territorial water.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 5, 2011, 5:07 PM (GMT+02:00)
Has the Arab revolt reached Saudi Arabia? Wednesday, Oct. 5, the Ministry of Interior in Riyadh warned it would "strike with an iron fist" the enemies of the country's stability and security after 11 security officers were injured by automatic fire and Molotov bombs in Qatif, Saudi Arabia's richest oil center The Saudis did not name Iran, but blamed a "foreign country" for inciting the region's Shiites to armed violence against the royal regime.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2011, 11:09 PM (GMT+02:00)
Saudi imperial polices have been gravely set back by Pakistan's vacillations and flirtation with Tehran after shelling out two billion petrodollars in aid to buy Pakistan's partnership in Riyadh's plan for an international Sunni legion to withstand Shiite Iran. T This did not stop President Asif Ali Zardari More...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2011, 12:14 AM (GMT+02:00)
On balance, Tehran has decided the Arab Revolt is not good for the Islamic Republic of Iran. Nullifying Western influence is good, but the rise of Sunni strength is not, while the revolt engulfing Syria is endangering Iran's nearest and dearest ally. And can Tehran be sure the malaise ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2011, 10:53 PM (GMT+02:00)
Saudi Arabia is importing thousands of Pakistani Sunnis to Bahrain, soldiers and complete famlies, to offset the Shiite majority population. After declaring the special relationship with the US history, Riyadh is venturing across new diplomatic frontiers : Through Islamabad, Riyadh is also opening the door to a Chinese foothold and influence in ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2011, 2:14 PM (GMT+02:00)
The accord reached between Saudi King Abdullah and the Bahraini monarch Hamas bin Isa Al Khalifa for the oil island's virtual annexation by Riyadh has so incensed Tehran that armed Iranian-Saudi clashes with the potential for all-out warfare may be unavoidable, debkafile's sources estimate.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 25, 2011, 12:59 AM (GMT+02:00)
Saudi Arabia ranges defenses against Iran, is willing to swap gesture favoring coalition operation in Libya for recognition of its takeover of Bahrain.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2011, 2:02 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Saudi-led GCC forces in Bahrain to support the king face the onset of a Shiite guerrilla war organized by Hizballah on Iran's behalf. They all understand that this war will spread further.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2011, 2:02 AM (GMT+02:00)
By stepping into Bahrain, the Saudis took the calculated risk of accelerating Sunni-Shiite discord across the region. Because of the challenge to its religious supremacy from Iraq, Tehran is re-thinking the wisdom of its decision to hijack the Arab uprisings.
DEBKAfile Special Report March 16, 2011, 7:47 PM (GMT+02:00)
The contest between Iran and Saudi Arabia and the Sunni-Shiite split in the Arab world were ramped up Wednesday March 16 by the Bahraini security crackdown launched with tanks and helicopters to drive the mostly Shiite protesters out of Manama's main square and key points of the island-state while Saudi troops guarded strategic areas. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi warned: “The unexpected interference of foreign forces in popular uprisings in different countries including Bahrain will have dangerous consequences."
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly March 15, 2011, 12:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
What led the Saudi-led GCC army units to jump unhesitatingly into Bahrain while the US and Europe dithered over Libya? Tehran won't take this lying down. In its latest issue out Friday, DEBKA-Net-Weekly outlines the potential military showdown between Iran and Saudi Arabia, explores US-Israeli intelligence blindness on Egypt, and reveals how the Libyan conflict is enriching both sides - Muammar Qaddafi and his opponents – as well as global arms traffickers.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 15, 2011, 9:06 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Saudi force that went into Bahrain Monday, March 14, along with UAE and Kuwaiti units, to stabilize the royal regime is larger than reported, consisting of a National Guard brigade, a mechanized brigade of the Saudi army and a tank battalion – altogether 3,500 men. Until recently close American allies, the two Gulf rulers flouted President Obama's policy of supporting popular uprisings, encouraged by Qaddafi gaining the upper hand against Libya's rebels and Washington's constraints against military intervention.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2011, 11:06 PM (GMT+02:00)
King Abdullah warns his princes and fellow-Arab rulers not to rely on the United States to rescue them from domestic unrest or any other threats. He blames Washington for failure to quell Bahrain troubles.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 4, 2011, 12:05 AM (GMT+02:00)
As protesters prepare for Saudi Arabia's Day of Rage on March 11, fears grow across the Arab Gulf that the fall of Saudi King Abdullah will start a chain reaction against the emirs too and rock the world's oil markets.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2011, 1:36 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Middle East and North Africa are beset with two civil wars, have brought to power two military juntas, imperil seven regimes, including Pakistan and provided Al Qaeda with fresh fields to conquer.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 17, 2011, 11:05 AM (GMT+02:00)
Tanks rolled into Pearl Square, Manama, early Thursday, Feb. 17, personally commanded by King Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, hours after his police failed to break up a protest rally. At least four protesters were killed and dozens injured. debkafile: Unlike the other uprisings sweeping the region, Tehran is dabbling hard in Bahrain with an eye on Shiite revolts in Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Gulf. At home, Iran is expanding executions of protesters.