613 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
US applies light touch to keep the Mid East talks going
Washington takes time out from Israeli-Palestinian talks, Netanyahu and Livni upbeat about deal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 13, 2014, 8:49 PM (GMT+02:00)

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have decided to distance themselves for the time being from Israeli-Palestinian talks until Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas find their own way back to the table, debkafile reports exclusively. Kerry says the US will now use “a light touch,” while counting on Netanyahu and chief negotiator Justice Minister Tzipi Livni to bring Abbas around. A new Israeli proposal is ready to put before the Palestinian team. Jonathan Pollard may yet be freed.

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Launch of Ofek-10 spy satellite
Israeli launches spy satellite after US refusal to push for Iran’s weapons program's dismantlement
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2014, 10:53 AM (GMT+02:00)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided not to delay the launch of Israel’s improved Ofek 10 spy satellite Wednesday night April 9, hours after the six powers and Iran wound up another round of talks in Vienna on a comprehensive nuclear accord. debkafile: Israel decided to show some muscle after the Obama administration agreed to raise Iran’s weapons program in future talks, but refused to go into any detail or promise a tough US response if Tehran continued to pretend that its weapons program is non-existent and therefore not up for negotiation.

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Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Vienna
US races headlong for final nuclear deal with Iran - irrespective of program’s military dimension
DEBKAfile Special Report April 8, 2014, 6:51 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran and the six world powers Tuesday, April 8, kicked off negotiations in Vienna for a final and comprehensive nuclear accord. debkafile reports that in its haste to start drafting the document by mid-May, the Obama administration is ignoring the military aspects of Iran’s nuclear program.  A senior Israeli security official remarked: “The Americans are ready to take Tehran’s assurance that its program is purely peaceful at face value.” The initial US-Iranian argument over the quantity of low-grade enriched uranium permissible is irrelevant given the fissile material concealed in Tehran’s weapons program.

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BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile
US arms Syrian rebels with first heavy weapons, anti-tank BGM-71 TOW missiles - raising war stakes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2014, 8:56 AM (GMT+02:00)

Two Syrian rebel militias judged moderate in Washington have in the last few days taken delivery and begun using  the first advanced US weapon to be deployed in more than three years of civil war, debkafile reveals. It is the heavy anti-tank, optically-tracked, wire-guided BGM-71 TOW.

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Barack Obama and King Abdullah
US Finally Sends Syrian Rebels Arms via Saudi Arabia – Only as Path to Geneva-3
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2014, 12:55 AM (GMT+02:00)

The US begins supplying Syrian rebels – via Saudi Arabia – advanced weapons, including include anti-tank, anti-aircraft missiles, heavy mortars and ammo. All the same, Obama’s welcome in Riyadh was heated rather than warm.

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Egypt, Saudis & UAE Push War on Muslim Brotherhood out to US and Western Capitals
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2014, 12:55 AM (GMT+02:00)

Egyptian intelligence circulates a thick file compiled of interrogations of Brotherhood activists which reveal Muslim Brotherhood conspiracies to topple Arab regimes with Qatari connivance. The file was sent to Washington and European capitals.

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John Kerry
US Can’t Afford another Diplomatic Debacle in the Middle East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2014, 12:54 AM (GMT+02:00)

Obama wants to avoid another diplomatic debacle in the Middle East, after Egypt and Syria and so he may cut short John Kerry’s bid to keep Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations going.

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Ayman Zuwahiri Strews Jihadis across Middle East for Fresh Assaults on US and West
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 27, 2014, 11:47 PM (GMT+02:00)

Al Qaeda’s change of course was recorded by President Obama in his “nukes on the loose” war game. Ayman Zawahiri has changed course and is again instructing al Qaeda terrorists to go back to targeting big US cities.

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Saudis Warn US President Not to Expect Much from His Visit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 27, 2014, 11:47 PM (GMT+02:00)

Saudi Arabia is the only Mid East country to be offered US Predator UAVs. With some delicate coordination, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt can combine forces to battle al Qaeda using drones.

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Putin Doesn’t Regard NATO as a Military Threat to Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 27, 2014, 11:47 PM (GMT+02:00)

Putin will not be intimidated by NATO into going back on his annexation of Crimea. He sees Russian military control of Crimea as a counterweight to US bases in Romania and Bulgaria.

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Ex-General Abdul-Fattah El-Sisi runs for Egyptian presidency
Egypt’s Gen. El-Sisi runs for president, sets up 10,000-strong crack force to defend his regime
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 27, 2014, 8:52 AM (GMT+02:00)

Egypt’s Abdul-Fattah El-Sisi, 59, announced Wednesday, March 26, he had resigned from the army to run for president. The election will be no later than July. His popularity as a strong leader in a country that craves stability is such that he can count on winning. debkafile: El-Sisi ...

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A game simulating an unimaginable nuclear threat
World leaders play nuclear terror game. Obama more worried about nuke in Manhattan than Russia
DEBKAfile Special Report March 26, 2014, 7:49 AM (GMT+02:00)

World leaders meeting at The Hague Tuesday, March 26 played a computer game simulating an imminent threat of terrorists assembling a dirty bomb from stolen nuclear materials for unleashing against a Western City. President Barack Obama, China’s Xi Jinping, British premier David Cameron and Chancellor Angela Merkel, among others, had to push one of four buttons on their tablets to test their response to a short film which showed a mock terrorist announcing the bomb was ready and able to bring sudden death to hundreds of thousands. 

 

 

 

 

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Arab League Summit
To get at Obama and Kerry, Arab League summit drafts hard-line ultimatums for Israeli-Palestinian peace track
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 25, 2014, 1:03 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Arab League summit opening in Kuwait Tuesday, March 25, is set to carry hard-line ultimatums as a means of derailing US-sponsored Palestinian-Israeli talks and as a red flag for President Barack Obama three days before he lands in Riyadh. debkafile: They will insist on a veto on recognizing Israel as the Jewish national state, mandating all parts of East Jerusalem, including Al Quds al Sharif (Temple Mount) and the entire Old City of Jerusalem, as the capital of a Palestinian state; and the immediate release of all Palestinians in Israeli jails.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Khamenei Opts to Copycat Putin and Defy the 5+1 Powers over Iran’s Nuclear Program
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 21, 2014, 12:35 AM (GMT+02:00)

Khamenei has concluded that Iran can stand up to the 5+1 powers and survive sanctions for the sake of keeping its nuclear program running without curtailment.

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Barack Obama
Saudis Pointedly Promote Strategic Partnership with Beijing
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 21, 2014, 12:35 AM (GMT+02:00)

When he visits Riyadh this month, Obama has little hope of Saudi forgiveness for the Arab spring and its repercussions, but may reach limited understanding on Syria.

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Washington’s Retreat Gives Al Qaeda Free Rein in 11 Targeted Countries
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 21, 2014, 12:35 AM (GMT+02:00)

Obama’s refusal to provide Iraq and Egypt with sophisticated arms for fighting terror has resulted in al Qaeda- Iraq swarming unrestrained across 11 Middle East countries.

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High noon between US dollar and Russian ruble
US-Russian tit-for-tat sanctions potentially bite into global banking sector, including Israel’s
DEBKAfile Special Report March 20, 2014, 7:47 PM (GMT+02:00)

The US and Russian presidents locked horns in earnest over their Ukraine dispute Thursday, March 20 with two sets of serious reciprocal sanctions. International financial circles warn that in their determination to outplay one another, the US and Russian leaders risk causing havoc in world trade centers. debkafile: Whereas Barack Obama’s new executive order covering 20 targets strikes deep inside Vladimir Putin’s inner circle and personal financial interests, the Russian president appears to be going for American politicians hostile to Moscow – although this is only his first shot.

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Syrian forces ranged against Yabroud
Hot and cold conflicts stir wild border fluctuations in Europe and Middle East
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly March 18, 2014, 9:14 PM (GMT+02:00)

Crimea’s secession to Russia is just one example. More boundaries once carved in stone are melting away in the heat of unresolved conflicts, as DEBKA Weekly shows in its coming issue out Friday. Iran, Syria, Hizballah and Al Qaeda’s ISIS terrorists are all messing with the borders of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Israel – and each other. When President Barack Obama comes to Riyadh with a promise of US support for the oil kingdom’s stability, he will step into a landscape of moving boundaries.
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Barack Obama and Arseniy Yatsenyuk
Putin Keeps Crimea under Sanctions, the West Keeps Bankrupt Kiev and a Whopping Aid Bill
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2014, 11:45 PM (GMT+02:00)

The last Western hope for averting the Crimean referendum Sunday and a major showdown between the two world powers rested with Chancellor Angela Merkel. But even she failed to sway Putin.

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Russian drill at Kapustin Yar missile base
The Ukraine crisis: Russia may halt (START) strategic weapons inspections, revert to Cold War tactics
DEBKAfile Special Report March 8, 2014, 5:00 PM (GMT+02:00)

Russia ratcheted up international tensions over Ukraine Saturday, March 8, after mobilizing air and coastal defenses for a month-long drill to secure the May 16 Crimean referendum from disruption. The defense ministry in Moscow announced “Russia is considering halting foreign inspections of its strategic weapons arsenal, including nuclear-capable missiles, in response to ‘threats’ from the United States and NATO over the Ukraine crisis. debkafile: Moscow is ready to revert to Soviet belligerent posture unless the US and the West back down on the Ukraine dispute.

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