808 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
Putin Shapes Chechen-Style Regime for Syria after Assad’s Exit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2016

Putin conceives of a Chechen-style regime subservient to Moscow to take over from Bashar Assad in a few months. He prefers a single general to a military clique but is still looking.

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Obama Acts to Curb Kurds’ Slippage into Secession and Russia’s Ken
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2016

The first signs of discord in the Obama-Putin joint strategy for Syria occur over the Kurdish question. The US is against Kurdish secession under the Russian wing or breakup of Syrian integrity.

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Obama sits in back seat of Russia’s “shock and awe” drive in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2016

Russia is determined to bomb Syrian rebels into submission by a massive aerial campaign, comparable to the American 2003 “shock and awe” offensive over Baghdad. Only this time, it is Russia which is invading Syria. Tuesday, Feb. 2, saw a wave of air strikes, for which heavy Tupolev Tu-22M strategic bombers flew in from their base in Russia. President Vladimir is not deterred by the hundreds of civilian casualties caused in these raids, nor  by rebel groups’ threat to walk out of the Geneva conference because he knows Barack Obama is behind him.
 

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Putin shortlists candidates to succeed Bashar Assad
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly February 2, 2016

The Syrian peace conference in Geneva has only one real task: to rubberstamp the quiet deals Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have struck for ending the Syrian war. Their pact was first revealed in last week’s DEBKA Weekly. The current issue out this Friday has the sequel, which exclusively covers Putin’s next steps. He is already studying a short list of candidates as Bashar Assad's successor. This issue also reveals US-Russian plans for eradicating ISIS by the targeted date of July 1.
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Secret Obama-Putin Entente to Enforce Syria Solution - Minus Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2016

The accord reached by Obama and Putin to end the Syrian war by forcing all the parties into line is the first dual superpower effort to solve a major Middle East crisis. Both sides made concessions, one of which was Russia’s consent to push Bashar Assad out.

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No Leeway for Turkey and Gulf Nations in Obama-Putin Pact for Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2016

Turkish and Gulf rulers were clearly hostile to the US-Russian blueprint for Syria presented them this week by VP Biden and Secretary Kerry, especially since they were sidelined by the dominant Russian military role.

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US Must Now Fight to Save “Landmark” Nuclear Accord from Iran’s Mistrust
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2016

To save the nuclear accord, the US must fight Iran’s avowed mistrust and resist its attempts to collaborate with Russia to push the United States out of the Middle East.

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Iran Extracts Last-Minute US Concessions on Nuclear Accord Deadline Day
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2016

Zarif extracted concessions on centrifuges from Kerry as the six foreign ministers waited ready in Vienna, hour after hour, to declare the nuclear accord in force and start lifting sanctions.

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The US Will Field More than 10,000 Troops in Iraq by February
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2016

Ashton Carter is sending the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles back to Iraq to beat ISIS and recover Mosul and Raqqa.

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First US boots on the ground for Obama’s secret third front against ISIS
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly January 2, 2016

US President Barack Obama is finally willing to scrap his longstanding principle of “no US boots on the ground” for a major new campaign with allies to cut down Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s Islamic State’s grip on a strategic arena outside Iraq and Syria. The latest DEBKA Weekly out Friday divulges its location, the makeup of the new US-led coalition, the war plan’s timeline and other details, as well as its geographic targets. It is still available.

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US Ground Troops for Obama’s New anti-ISIS Front in Libya
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2015

To smash ISIS in Libya, Obama is ready to send US ground troops into battle and wind down his presidency with the US at war – scrapping two cherished principles.

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Assad again controls Damascus thanks to Russian air strikes and intelligence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 26, 2015

Bashar Assad was given a big break by the Russian air strike that Friday, Dec. 25, killed Zahran Aloush, founder of the most powerful Syrian rebel group Jaysh al-Islam and his deputy.
It was a grave loss for the Syrian rebels fighting the Assad regime and will accelerate the breakup of their strongholds in and around Damascus, as well as hastening the removal of thousands of rebels from the capital under a UN-sponsored ceasefire. The UN also plans to evacuate several thousands ISIS fighters to Raqqa.

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The Battle for Ramadi: Acid Test for Obama Doctrine
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2015

The Ramadi operation is meant to bear out the Obama doctrine for placing the war on ISIS in the hands of regional ground forces rather than the US and the West. The Iraqi army is fielding 10,000 troops against 600 ISIS fighters.

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Obama “Rewrites” His Role in Deposing Egypt’s Mubarak
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2015

Obama has tried unsuccessfully to gloss over his role in the Arab Spring ouster of Mubarak in 2012. But he can’t escape its consequences in the turbulence and strife of 2015

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Full ISIS Mobilization in Iraq & Syria to Fight for Mosul
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2015

ISIS is concentrating its military effort on three fronts: northern Syria and the two Iraqi cities it holds – Ramadi and Mosul – the latter of which is being built up as a fortress in expectation of a combined US-led offensive to retake it.

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First US Air Base in Syria: The Game Changer Left out of Obama’s Speech
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 10, 2015

The US is building its first air base on Syrian soil at the disused Abu Hajar airport in northern Kurdish territory. It will reduce flying time for air strikes against the ISIS capitals, Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.

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US-Russian Plan Fails to Co-opt Al Qaeda-linked Syrian Rebels
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 10, 2015

The US and Moscow set out on a new road for a political solution of the Syrian conflict and ran into their first obstacle.

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The Secret Euphrates Pact between Obama and Putin
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2015

Both the US and Russian presidents opted to take charge of Kurdish areas in Syria and Iraq, using the Euphrates as the dividing line between them.

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French anti-terror police
Hollande, Obama lack the troops and will for total war on ISIS. Mid East rulers are even more reluctant
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 16, 2015

When French President Francois Hollande declared war on ISIS and called the attack in Paris an “act of war,” he gave the terrorist organization’s leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi an unexpected boost: respect as a head of state. US President Barack Obama was more cautious, declaring at the G-20 summit in Antalya that his country and France would fight together against terror, without specifying how. That is because no ruler of any Muslim country has dared declare total war on ISIS, or wants to do so, and no Arab army is able or willing to undertake this war. 

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US and Israel on Tenterhooks for Putin’s Reaction to Israeli Air Strikes near Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 12, 2015

Two days after Obama and Netanyahu reached understandings on Syria, the Israeli Air force struck near Damascus, targeting Iran and shaking the Assad regime. This was a challenge to Putin and a test of those new understandings.

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