614 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
Fatman: Implosion-type nuke
US-Iranian nuclear talks fail. Iran has plutonium for 24 Nagasaki-type bombs
DEBKAfile Special Report December 15, 2012, 12:03 PM (GMT+02:00)

Tehran refuses to discontinue 20-percent uranium enrichment. Either Washington accepts this or “the game is over” – says Iran, in reference to the secret talks launched in Lausanne on Dec. 1. debkafile: Iran is cool on talks since finding it can extract 100 kilos of weapons-grade uranium from the fuel rods removed from the Bushehr reactor in October. This is enough for 24 plutonium bombs - each equal to the WWII bomb dropped on Nagasaki. The US and Israel are ignoring this breakthrough.

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William Burns
Qatari and Egyptian Rulers Put a Spoke in Obama’s Middle East Master Plan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 14, 2012, 12:44 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Qatari rulers have again swung like a pendulum for and against President Obama’s Middle East goals, joined now by Egyptian President Morsi. Qatar is shifting is focus towards a radical solution of the perennial Palestinian problem, junking standing peace accords and processes.

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Obama Freezes in Face of Russian Cruise Missiles for Syria and North Korean Unha-3
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 14, 2012, 12:44 AM (GMT+02:00)

Moscow has answered the US Patriots in Turkey with the top-line Eskandar missiles for Syria for which the West has no answer. This compounded the bad news coming from Pyongyang of North Korea’s first successful long-range three-stage missile test. To neither does Obama seem to have an answer.

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Egyptian Air Force F-16 figher jets over Cairo
Obama to start sending US F-16 fighter jets to Egypt – on Israel’s election-day
DEBKAfile Special Report December 11, 2012, 3:26 PM (GMT+02:00)

The US approved 20 F-16 fighter planes for Egypt, part of a $1 billion foreign aid package, Tuesday, Dec. 11, the day scheduled for massive rival demonstrations for and against President Mohamed Morsi’s constitutional referendum Saturday, Dec. 15.  The first four jets will be delivered the day after Barack Obama’s swearing-in as president, and coincide with Israel’s January 22 elections. Obama is telling the Middle East that he stands by his backing for the Muslim Brotherhood, including the radical Palestinian Hamas.

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Anti-contamination gear for chemical warfare
What comes first – a Syrian chemical attack or a US-led military showdown?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 9, 2012, 12:03 PM (GMT+02:00)

US, Israeli, Jordanian and Turkish special forces are on the ground in Syria, armed with special gear for combating chemical arms. They are close enough to count the convoys carrying poison gas weapons, augmented by US military surveillance satellites and drones able to pinpoint their position at any moment. But it is feared that Bashar Assad has moved the chemical arms to secret caches and so US and other Western forces are poised opposite Syria’s borders ready to strike for any unforeseen move.

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Shells containing sarin in Syrian storage
Assad’s troops, more chemical arms move northwest, Iranian arms airlift rerouted to Palmyra
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 8, 2012, 4:39 PM (GMT+02:00)

 US, Turkish, British, Jordanian and French forces stand ready around Syrian borders awaiting the order to go forward still to come from US President Barack Obama. debkafile: President Bashar Assad is regrouping his army in defense array in strategic parts of Damascus, while planting mines and bomb traps in abandoned bases. Convoys carrying missiles, shells and canisters armed with chemical weapons continue to ply roads to the north, while the airlift of Iranian arms is rerouted to Palmyra.

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Obama and Assad Play Chemical Poker before Big Confrontation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2012, 10:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

President Barack Obama is holding back from ordering an attack on the Syrian army’s chemical units – just as the Syrian ruler is abstaining from issuing the “go” order to use those weapons. It seems that neither wants to go first. Stormy weather is a complicating factor which plays ...

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Barack Obama
Obama to Khamenei: Make No Mistake. The Military Option Is Solid
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2012, 10:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

Obama has made it clear to Ayatollah Khamenei that lack of progress Iran abandoning its work on a nuclear weapon within the three-month framework for negotiations will lead to US approaching the UN Security Council as its penultimate move before a military offensive.

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President Barack Obama and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Direct US-Iran Talks December 1 – Too Late to Stop a Nuclear-Armed Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 30, 2012, 1:56 AM (GMT+02:00)

President Obama took some tough steps to weaken the Iranian front ahead of the direct US-Iranian nuclear talks beginning December 1. The latest is a March deadline for results. But US military strength is also lined up just in case  face-to-face with Iran leads nowhere. Most significantly, in September, the Pentagon and the US Army completed the deployment of US military strength in strike position and intensified military pressure on the Assad regime.
 

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Barack Obama and Bashar Assad
A US-led Military Coalition Closes in on Assad from the North - Syrian Rebels from Center and South
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 30, 2012, 1:56 AM (GMT+02:00)

Since the US has taken the lead in the coalition backing the Syrian rebellion, the rebels are going for strategic targets, including anti-air missiles for knocking Assad’s bombers out of the sky.

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Mohamed Morsi and Hillary Clinton
Obama Has Big Plans for Egyptian President. But His Own People Want Him out
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 30, 2012, 1:56 AM (GMT+02:00)

President Obama admires President Morsi and wants him aboard his burgeoning anti-Iran Sunni alliance. The Egyptian street is baying for his blood.

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The Gaza Operation: Less a War than an Anti-Iran Coup
DEBKAfile Video November 28, 2012, 9:16 AM (GMT+02:00)

Israel’s operation was an intel coup to shut Iran’s gateway to Cairo via Hamas.

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Obama on the phone to Netanyahu with key pledge
Obama’s pledge of US troops to Sinai next week won Israel’s nod for ceasefire
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 23, 2012, 3:11 PM (GMT+02:00)

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed to a ceasefire for halting the eight-day Gaza operation Wednesday night, Nov. 21, after President Barack Obama personally pledged to start deploying US troops in Egyptian Sinai next week. He said President Morsi had consented to the incoming troops going into immediate action against the Iranian smuggling networks. This means that the Gaza blockade is extended and the focus of combat moves from Gaza to Sinai. 

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The US and Israel Unsheathed Their First Claws for Iran – in Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 23, 2012, 4:11 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Hamas brought the Israeli offensive down on the Gaza Strip by pushing out the military envelope too far against Israel while it was still the weakest cog in Iran’s radical terror machine. When Obama learned of Khamenei’s design to convert the Gaza Strip into Iran’s southern front, he ...

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Obama Plans to Finally Go for Syria’s Bashar Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 23, 2012, 4:11 AM (GMT+02:00)

Barack Obama second term is a changed president. After approving Israel’s operation in Gaza he is no longer holding back from direct US military involvement in Syria and has big plans to plug the Sinai smuggling routes through which Iran arms and supplies its surrogates in the Gaza Strip ...

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Hillary Clinton
Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Gaza on High Alert for Iranian Reprisals
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 23, 2012, 4:11 AM (GMT+02:00)

President Morsi is already being challenged by opponents in his own Muslim Brotherhood for his effort to calm the Gaza conflict instead of launching a holy war against Israel. Washington has let him know that to obtain desperately needed US aid, he must play ball for blocking Iran’s arms ...

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Barack Obama in Bangkok
Israeli leaders re-examine Gaza ground operation under strong Obama pressure
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 18, 2012, 11:36 PM (GMT+02:00)

The trio conducting Israel’s Gaza operation are reexamining their plan to launch a ground offensive now in view of strong pressure from US President Barack Obama to desist - although he solidly supported the Israeli operation until now. Netanyahu, Barak and Lieberman are weighing three options: Sending troops into Gaza regardless; delaying ground action until Wednesday or: launching immediate ground sorties  to test the ground. An Israeli delegation flew to Cairo when Obama insisted on giving failed truce talks another chance.

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Israeli air strike in Gaza Strip
Israel will strike Gaza so long as Khamenei nixes talks with Obama
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 17, 2012, 10:52 AM (GMT+02:00)

President Barack Obama, in a phone conversation with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu early Saturday, reiterated his support for Israel’s right to defend itself. He also spoke to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Where does the sudden harmonious Obama-Netanyahu cooperation over the Gaza operation come from? debkafile: The US is using Israel’s Gaza operation to drag Iranian ruler Ali Khamenei to the negotiating table. Netanyahu hopes Obama will be led into a military confrontation with Iran. An Israeli ground operation is up to both.

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David Petraeus
Surprise for Washington? Not for Europe or the Middle East!
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 16, 2012, 1:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

Intelligence circles in the Middle East and Europe were fully abreast of Gen. David Petraeus’s fondness for the company of strong, ambitious women like Paula Broadwell and were not against exploiting those women’s garrulity for their own ends.

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Ayatollah Ali Khameini
Khamenei Tries to Stifle Insider Clamor for Talks with US to End Sanctions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 16, 2012, 1:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has decided against opening direct talks with the Obama administration, upsetting the reelected President Obama’s best-laid plans to solve the Iranian nuclear controversy by diplomacy.

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