661 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
Obama, Netanyahu Stay out for Now, But Agree on Possible Action
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 22, 2013

The US and Israel have agreed on the circumstances that would warrant their intervention in Syria’s use of chemical weapons. For now, they are holding off even though Assad promises more air attacks on Lebanon to bully President Michel Sleiman into expelling Syrian rebels.

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Barack Obama and Mahmoud Abbas
No Major Peace Initiative – Only Small Steps
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 22, 2013

Obama pledges to extend the US military assistance program for Israel for another decade when it expires in 2017. Netanyahu said he would not order an attack on Iran without first consulting with Washington.

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Obama's Israel visit starts with good cheer
Obama and Netanyahu agree: No Israeli strike on Iran without US assent
DEBKAfile Special Report March 20, 2013

On Day One of his visit to Israel, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu put to rest their long dispute over an Israeli strike on Iran. In principle, Israel had the right to independently defend itself, they acknowledged, but in practice would not exercise this principle without first consulting with Washington. The president reciprocated with a pledge of expanded military aid to Israel. Both deferred military intervention in the Syrian civil conflict – even for containing its expansion into chemical warfare.

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US President Barack Obama starts 50-hour visit to Israel
Obama, Netanyahu face wide differences on nuclear Iran, chemical Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report March 20, 2013

President Barack Obama was greeted on his arrival in Israel midday Wednesday, March 20 with unprecedented ceremonial honors and fanfare. However, the omens augured major differences with his hosts. In the 48 hours before his arrival, Syria for the first time bombed targets inside Lebanon and fired a chemical warhead at Aleppo. While Israel is acutely concerned by this escalation just across its frontiers, the Obama administration withheld a practical response. The two governments are also divided on the handling of Iran’s nuclear program.

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Troops equipped for chemical warfare
DEBKAfile: Rocket fired in Aleppo contained Agent 15
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 20, 2013

debkafile reports from western military sources that present in the rocket which exploded in the Aleppo neighborhood of Khan al-Assal Tuesday March 19 were phosphorus, chlorine and Agent 15 or BZ. Although the Assad regime and the Syrian rebels charged each other with firing the rocket, which killed 15-31 people and injured more than a hundred, it was not possible to verify which side was responsible. The White House denied it was the rebels, while Moscow backed Damascus by insisting that it was.

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New defense minister Moshe Yaalon with Binyamin Netanyahu
Netanyahu keeps hand on security, foreign relations, energy levers
DEBKAfile Special Report March 18, 2013

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu slotted two Likud stalwarts, Silvan Shalom and Yuval Steinitz, into his last two vacant cabinet posts in time to present his third government to the Knesset Monday, March 18. In the final reckoning, Netanyahu retains ultimate decision-making power for security, foreign relations, national strategy, intelligence and Palestinians, along with Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon. Yaalon opposes Israeli military action against Iran without US cooperation. But he and the cabinet offer short shrift for the Palestinians and sympathy for the pro-settlement lobby.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei flanked by Rev Guards chiefs
Tehran: Our commanders now authorized to open fire. Go home, Obama!
DEBKAfile Special Report March 17, 2013

Iran had two bellicose messages for President Barack Obama, The were offered by Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brig. Gen. Massoud Jazayeri: 1 “Our commanders have been authorized to respond to any kind of hostile move by the enemy.” debkafile notes that Iranian officers are also deployed in Syria and Lebanon. 2. A mocking “Mr Obama, make no mistake. We too have all our options on the table. Before you get deeper in the region’s quagmire, go back home!”

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Hollande, Obama, Cameron - no longer a threesome on Syria
France, Britain flout US objections on arms to Syrian rebels
DEBKAfile Special Report March 16, 2013

Britain and France have for the first time parted ways with the US on its policy against sending Western arms to Syrian rebels fighting Bashar Assad. As the EU summit in Brussels voted March 14 against their motion to lift the Syrian arms embargo, debkafile reveals that Jordan’s top soldier arrived in Brussels to discuss shipping British arms through his country – and select the rebel recipients. France’s Francois Hollande used this issue to even the score for Barack Obama’s lack of military support for his Mali expedition. 

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Ayman al-Zawahiri
Al Qaeda Pounces with Renewed Vigor from Fortresses in Five Deserts
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 14, 2013

Al Qaeda and its affiliates have retired to five African and Middle East deserts as safe, remote launching pads for their re-energized campaign of terror in the Middle East and beyond.

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Bashar Assad
Russia’s Dilemma: To Supply Assad with "Flying Tanks"?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 14, 2013

Assad has asked Moscow for large numbers of attack helicopters to compensate for his lack of loyal troops. Washington has advised the Russians to think twice before assenting since he may not last beyond summer.

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One of Syrian military tunnels uncovered on Golan
Al Qaeda’s Nusra fights to seize Syrian Golan in time for Obama visit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2013

Al Qaeda’s Syrian wing, Jabhat al-Nusra, led a Syrian rebel operation Wednesday, March 13, to occupy Golan and cleanse it of Syrian troops, so as to be prepare for its use for cross-border attacks on Israel and Jordan – possibly during US President’ Barack Obama’s visits on March 20-22.  debkafile: An Iron Dome battery will be installed at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport to secure Obama’s arrival, making him the first US president to be guarded by Israel’s anti-missile system against possible al Qaeda attack from Syria or Sinai.

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UN observers take refuge in Israel in Golan dawn
Hundreds of UN Syrian Golan UN observers scramble to safety in Israel
DEBKAfile Special Report March 11, 2013

debkafile reports hundreds of UN Disengagement and Observers Force (UNDOF) soldiers - Indian, Austrian and Filipino - in trucks and APCs in full flight from the Syrian side of Golan into Israel early Monday, March 11. They were urged to leave by their commanders, who said “We can no longer vouch for your safety.” Syrian rebel Islamists are feared vying with Hizballah to seize control of the abandoned 8-sq.km Syrian-Israel separation zone while the IDF is massing reinforcements to keep them out.

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"We're coming" to Israel
Obama’s Israel visit is on - to sweeten pill of nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report March 9, 2013

Western optimism on Iran’s nuclear program comes from three major US concessions in Kazakhstan to which Israel strongly objects: Fordo stays open, 20-percent uranium enrichment continues and low-grade Iranian uranium stocks will not leave the country. One Israeli official summed this up for debkafile as “a huge Iranian success and total defeat for Israel.” Significantly, former Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin commented that an Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities would be “a one-night operation.”

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Moshe Ya’alon
Israel Gets a New Defense Minister after Obama Folds on a nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2013

Feeling betrayed by the US concessions to Iran at Kazakhstan, Binyamin Netanyahu appoints new defense minister for leading potential solo strike to preempt a nuclear Iran.

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Barack Obama
US Puts Iran’s Nuclear Program and other Crises on Hold
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2013

Obama pins his hopes on a free hand for Moscow and Tehran on Syria paying off in a recipe for Iran’s nuclear program. Jerusalem, Dubai and Riyadh see more dangerous US castles in the air.

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Iran's FM Ali Akbar Salehi comes out ahead of nuclear talks with world powers
Washington sets stage for Israel’s back-off from demand to shut Fordo
DEBKAfile Special Report March 1, 2013

Grave concern was voiced in Jerusalem over the upbeat Western-Iranian accounts issuing Thursday, Feb. 28 about the “positive and “constructive” six-power talks with Iran ending in Almati, Kazakhstan Wednesday. debkafile: In contrast to Israel’s categorical resistance to the continued operation of the underground plant at Fordo, the US delegation proposed keeping it open except for suspending 20-percent uranium enrichment. Washington is seen as trying to lighten the Iranian cloud hanging over President Barack Obama’s talks in Israel on March 20.

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Yes we are close...
Obama and Netanyahu aid Khamenei’s campaign for Iran’s next president
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2013

The White House was unmoved by the IAEA finding that Iran had installed 180 advanced centrifuges at Natanz to speed enrichment and commented Thursday, Feb. 21 that “a diplomatic solution is still possible” for Iran’s nuclear program. debkafile: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is calling in a debt from the US president: He respected Barack’s Obama’s campaign for reelection and gave up Iran’s “October surprise. Now he expects the US president not to upset his push to get his handpicked choice elected as Iran’s next president.

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Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Same Al Qaeda Gang led by “The Egyptian” Hit US Ambassador in Benghazi and Western Hostages in Algeria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2013

A private report from Algeria’s Abdelaziz Bouteflika to Barack Obama contained evidence that the same al Qaeda under the same Egyptian commander committed the Benghazi US consulate and Algerian gas field attacks, and implicated Qatar in bankrolling subversive and terrorist operations to topple the Algerian and Libyan regimes.

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Bashar Assad
Assad Is Way Ahead of the Syrian Revolt. His Co-Victors are Khamenei & Putin
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2013

The Syrian opposition and rebels have come to terms with their inability to beat Assad’s army on the battlefield and are ready to talk. Assad won’t hear of stepping down and is preparing to run for another presidential term in 2014. Moscow which is hosting the talks stands behind him.

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Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Same Al Qaeda Gang led by “The Egyptian” Hit US Ambassador in Benghazi and Western Hostages in Algeria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 21, 2013

 

A private report from Algeria’s Abdelaziz Bouteflika to Barack Obama contained evidence that the same al Qaeda under the same Egyptian commander committed the Benghazi US consulate and Algerian gas field attacks, and implicated Qatar in bankrolling subversive and terrorist operations to topple the Algerian and Libyan regimes.

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