665 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
Foreign Ministers Saud al Faisal and Ali Akbar Salehi
Saudis explore Iranian options for Syria & Lebanon
DEBKAfile Special Report May 13, 2013

Saudi Arabia is exploring dialogue with its great regional rival Iran for ending the Syrian conflict and assuring Lebanon’s political stability, after giving up on US policy for Syria, debkafile’s Gulf sources report. Monday, May 13, the Saudi and Iranian foreign ministers got together in Jeddah.

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Damascus blasted by Israeli rockets
US set to act on Syria, which threatens war of attrition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 6, 2013

Israel insists its  air force attacks on Syria targeted Hizballah and its Iranian weapons shipments. This does not cover explain the targeting Sunday, May 5, of Mt. Qassioun, moving Assad to threaten a war of attrition. The US plans to follow the Israeli operation with arms supplies for Syrian rebels and US air strikes.

 

 

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Moscow and Hizballah Team up, Use Lebanon as Their Syrian War Backyard
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2013

The big news on Syria this week is the surreptitious pact forged in Beirut by Russia’s visiting deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov witgh Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah which covers their collaboration in the war for keeping Bashar Assad in power and guarantees Hizballah a Russian shield against a potential Israeli attack.

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Disused Military Outposts on Syrian Border Opened up and Manned
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2013

The thousands of Israeli military reservists rushed to the Syrian and Lebanese borders this week were told they would take part in a drill starting next Sunday. In fact, they opened up the border outposts and other facilities which had been shuttered for years and reactivated them as backing for the regular outposts.

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Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin
The Assad Bandwagon: Putin’s Fulcrum for Expanding His Middle East Assets
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2013

As Obama ponders his options on Syria and is increasingly abandoned by allies, Putin pushes supplies of heavy weapons to the Syrian army, along with high-class intelligence for Assad and his high command and a cooperation deal with Hizballah.

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Israel's Golan border with Syria
Israeli reserves called up for Syrian, Lebanese borders. Military drill starts Sunday
DEBKAfile Special Report April 30, 2013

The Israeli reserves call-up for the Syrian and Lebanese borders will continue until the end of the week, ready for a "military maneuver" next Sunday, May 5, debkafile reports.
 

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Facing a tough decision
Obama’s non-response to Assad’s chemical weapons would encourage a nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report April 26, 2013

President Barack Obama faced a tough decision Friday, April 26, after warning that Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons would be “game changer.” His failure to take firm action would render the US president’s red lines meaningless. Israel is concerned by the application of this loss of credibility to a nuclear Iran.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in Israel
Boston terror focuses Hagel ME trip on Syria & al Qaeda - instead of Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 21, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Middle East trip was supposed to present the $10 billion US arms sales to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE as a signal for deterring a nuclear Iran. The Boston bombings shifted the onus of his trip to Syria and al Qaeda. Russian cooperation was a vital source of intelligence for nabbing the two bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Friday, April 19. Russian President Vladimir Putin will almost certainly claim his quid pro quo in Syrian currency.

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Al Qaeda’s Deadly Pressure Cookers Hit Boston
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2013

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal sat down with President Obama two days after the Boston bombings to discuss how to take the heat off the Saudi connection and possible deport the bombers.

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Bashar Assad
Assad Is Poised to Attack Jordan - Unless Obama Stops Him
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2013

Although Obama has approved the deployment of 200 US troops to Jordan, no one knows whether he will order enough military strength to save King Abdullah if his kingdom comes under Syrian attack.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama
Why Is Israel Talking again about a Solo Strike on Iran?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2013

Israel’s leaders are again talking about a unilateral strike on Iran after discovering that contrary to US reports, its nuclear program has picked up speed and after watching the tame US handling of the Korean crisis.

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US 1st Armored Division
US troops sent to Jordan to counter Syrian attack on kingdom
DEBKAfile Special Report April 17, 2013

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Wednesday, April 17, that 200 troops of the US 1st Armored Division had been sent to Jordan to give the United States the ability to "potentially form a joint task force [with Jordan] for military operations, if ordered" by the President.  debkafile’s military sources report that they are ranged on the Jordanian-Syrian border to counter a potential Syrian attack. In a potential war between Syria and Jordan backed by US troops, Israel would almost certainly become involved.

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Police and agents search Saudi suspects apartment in Revere outside Boston.
Saudi terror cell, possibly al Qaeda, behind Boston Marathon bombings. Manhunt for escaped suspect
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 16, 2013

FBI Special Agent Richard Deslauriers told reporters Tuesday, April 16, that the probe had no leads 18 hours after two explosions blew up at the annual Boston Marathon’s finishing line, killing three people and injuring 176 – 17 critically. debkafile discloses that suspicion has fallen on a terror cell of three Saudi nationals, very possibly tied to Al Qaeda in Arabia, who shared an apartment outside Boston. Two are in police hands – one of them with badly burned hands in hospital – a third is on the run.

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Bombing chaos in Boston
FBI probes Boston bombings as “terror.” Three killed, 140 injured. White House, New York on terror alert
DEBKAfile Special Report April 16, 2013

The FBI is investigating the two explosions at the elite Boston Marathon Monday, April 15, as a “potential” act of terror. The casualty toll rose to three dead and 140 runners and spectators injured – 11 of them in critical condition after many lost limbs. President Obama, said: “We don’t know what happened, but we will find out and the perpetrators will feel the full weight of justice.”  Heightened terrorism alert remains in Boston, Washington and New York. Boston-New York air links were suspended.

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Kim Jong-Un
US Moves in Korean Crisis Watched Keenly by Xi Jinping, Putin, Khamenei and Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2013

Amid detailed coverage of Korean crisis through North Korean and American moves, important Chinese and Russian military movements are ignored. Moscow and China are unlikely to bring Kim Jong-Un to heel until Washington agrees to link the Korean case to its disputed policies on Iran and Syria.

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Yukiya Amano
The US-European Ship of Fools on a Nuclear Iran Stays Afloat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2013

Washington’s insistence that Iran has slowed down nuclear progress out of political motivations impelled the IAEA chief Yukiya Amano to offer proof that Iran is secretly continuing to develop nuclear weapons.

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Israeli military field hospital springs up on Golan
West embargoes arms to Syrian rebels over their resale to al Qaeda
DEBKAfile Special Report March 30, 2013

The West has initiated an arms embargo against the Syrian rebels fighting Bashar Assad since discovering that some of the weapons are being resold to al Qaeda for its conquest of southern Syrian and takeover of positions on the Jordanian and Israel borders and Yarmuk River. This policy reversal was disclosed by French President Francois Hollande Friday, March 29. debkafile: Alarm over the Nusra Front’s territorial gains now tops concerns over chemical warfare in the deliberations of the joint US-Israeli, US-Jordanian and US-Turkish command centers. 

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Assad Issues Two Loyal Army Divisions with Protective Gear for Chemical War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2013

Officers and troops of the loyal 4th and 3rd army divisions are outfitted with gas masks and protective suits for continuous combat in a contaminated atmosphere. Assad is planning a short, sharp offensive to break the deadlock in the war with rapid victory, even if it can only be achieved with chemical weapons.

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US, NATO, Israel, Turkey and Jordan Gird up for Syria Operation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2013

Before ending his Middle East trip, Barack Obama finalized with Israeli, Turkish and Jordanian leaders his plans for a US-led military intervention in Syria to liquidate its chemical and biological arsenals.

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The empty chair in at the Doha Arab summit
Arab League Summit: The empty leadership chair in Doha
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 27, 2013

After patching up the feud between Israel and Turkey, US President Barack Obama faces a much tougher task: brokering ties between Turkey and Saudi Arabia. To address the looming Syrian chemical arms crisis, President Obama needs a united anti-Assad Arab-Islamic front. He faces a choice between two blocs for the lead role: Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Abu Dhabi, or Turkey and Qatar. Most Arab rulers want no truck with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, which is why he vents his frustration on Israel.

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