661 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
Obama unveils new lineup
How US foes interpret Obama’s Hagel, Brennan nominations
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly January 8, 2013

Barack Obama’s choice of Chuck Hagel and John Brennan – both champions of his pro-Muslim policy - as Defense Secretary and CIA Director respectively, raises a signpost to his next steps in the Middle East and the war on terror. While Israel is clearly concerned, the coming DEBKA-Net-Weekly out next Friday offers exclusive eye-openers on how those signs are read by Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Saudi King Abdullah, Syria’s Bashar Assad, and Ayman Zawahiri, al Qaeda’s leader.
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Chuck Hagel nominated US Defense Secretary
Ahead of Chuck Hagel, John Brennan nominations, US intel official in Cairo
DEBKAfile Special Report January 7, 2013

President Obama sent US Undersecretary for Defense Intelligence Michael Vickers to Cairo Sunday, Jan. 12 to try and revitalize the counter-terror war in Libya and Sinai. debkafile: Obama needs to show action on fighting terror before the murder of US Ambassador Christ Stevens in Benghazi by al Qaeda comes up in congress and hampers the endorsement of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary and John Brennan as Central Intelligence Director, who were nominated Monday.

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Netanyahyu challenged by Tzipi Livni, Shelly Yacimovitch
Likud loses ground over Netanyahu’s fuzzy security messages
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 5, 2013

Likud’s chief asset, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, may also be its chief liability. His silence and ambiguity, his failure to preempt a nuclear-armed Iran and his alignment with Barak Obama on Middle East affairs affecting Israel’s vital security are hurting his party - the joint Likud-Yisrael Beitenu ticket – which, 17 days before a general election, is on a downward slide to 34 from its first 47-seat rating. Yet, the polls still put him in the top slot (43+ percent) as favorite for prime minister and his left-of-center opposition is falling back.

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Syria Notches up Chemical War Preparations in Face of US Warnings
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 4, 2013

Obama again warns Assad not to use chemical weapons, but instead the Syria ruler starts moving them north and getting them ready for operations. US Congressman Mike Rogers says they are in condition use at a moment's notice.

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Iran's nuclear clock is ticking. Is anyone listening?
Where are Obama and Netanyahu's nuclear clocks?
DEBKAfile Special Report December 26, 2012

While running for reelection, Barack Obama said an Iranian “breakout capacity” must be averted because it meant Tehran could quickly assemble a nuclear weapon before US or Israeli intelligence caught on and had time to intervene. debkafile: Iran is widely presumed to have passed this stage already, and so “breakout capacity” is just another red line to be blown away by Tehran. The talk of 2013 being a critical year for preempting Iran’s nuclear capacity is nothing but election spin.

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A shot in the arm for Binyamin Netanyahu
Turkey resumes NATO ties with Israel - a Netanyahu breakthrough
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 24, 2012

Turkey’s resumption of strategic cooperation with Israel through NATO is a major breakthrough for Binyamin Netanyahu. He is constantly accused of bringing Israel into deep international isolation as he runs for reelection. NATO and Turkey undercut that charge. Barack Obama worked hard to heal the breach between Ankara and Jerusalem - both to strengthen his burgeoning pro-US Middle East axis and to pave the way for the resuscitation of Israel-Palestinian peace talks in March, 2013 in accord with Netanyahu.

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Patriot missile destined for Turkey
US pulls war fleet from Syrian water. Ahmadinejad cancels Turkey visit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 16, 2012

Amid another peak wave of violence in Syria, Washington has quietly withdrawn from its waters the USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier and its Strike Group and the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with 2,000 Marines aboard. Russian vessels have meanwhile unloaded at Tartus a large consignment of arms for Assad’s army. Adding to stresses around Syria, Ahmadinejad cancelled a scheduled trip to Turkey, citing the warning by Iran’s military chief that the deployment of Patriots in Turkey heralded world war.

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Fatman: Implosion-type nuke
US-Iranian nuclear talks fail. Iran has plutonium for 24 Nagasaki-type bombs
DEBKAfile Special Report December 15, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

 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

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 to Assad’s advantage.

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Barack Obama
Obama to Khamenei: Make No Mistake. The Military Option Is Solid
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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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