616 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
Inept US-Israeli Handling of Assad’s Chemical-Biological Arsenal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 27, 2012, 12:40 AM (GMT+02:00)

Although six governments are helping the Syrian rebels, Israel and Jordan are Assad’s primary targets for chemical weapon retaliation. Unmoved by US and Israeli warnings, he keeps those weapons ready for use at a time of his choosing.

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Assad Has Already Replaced His Murdered Henchmen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2012, 11:45 PM (GMT+02:00)

Bashar Assad kept his cool after losing his closest intimates and senior axe men of his savage campaign against the rebels. He replaced them all in a jiffy and carried on his war without breaking stride.

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Syrian missiles capable of carrying chemical weapons
Israel advised to brace for Syrian missile attack – conventional or chemical
DEBKAfile Special Report July 14, 2012, 2:36 PM (GMT+02:00)

Western military sources warned Saturday, July 14, that not only Israel, but Turkey and Jordan, too, should prepare for chemical missile strikes by a beleaguered Bashar Assad after missiles were test-fired this week in the Syrian war game against all three. There is disagreement in the West on Assad’s motives for moving his WMD out of storage. Some US officials say he is safeguarding them against falling into rebel hands; British officials report chemical weapons at Homs, Latakia and Aleppo deployed for ethnical cleansing.

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The First Week of October Is Now Tagged as Decision-Time for Attacking Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 12, 2012, 11:55 PM (GMT+02:00)

The first week of October is the latest agreed timeline for a US-Israeli decision to strike Iran because after that it will be too late. Iran’s nuclear breakout is now counted in weeks, nuclear diplomacy has fallen through and President Obama is closer than ever before to a decision. DEBKA-Net-Weekly's military sources add that France has also begun transferring special forces to its UAE bases and Britain is completing preparations for deploying large ground, naval and air forces to Kuwait.
 

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Hillary Clinton
Moscow Will Accept Assad as Figurehead If Army Stays in Power
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 12, 2012, 11:55 PM (GMT+02:00)

After a secret US-Russian deal on Syria fell apart, Moscow began maneuvering to keep Bashar on as a figurehead president while preserving the army and security establishment intact and in power.

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US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi
Israel perturbed by Obama’s outreach to Mursi - against his word
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2012, 6:46 PM (GMT+02:00)

Israel was taken aback by US President Barack Obama’s invitation to Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi - in breach of Obama's assurances to US Jewish leaders, debkafile reports. His key assurance was not to invite Mursi to the White House until the Egyptian president met certain conditions, the foremost of which was a public and specific statement of Egypt's commitment to its 1979 peace treaty with Israel as a central theme in Morsi's earliest foreign policy speech.

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F-22 Raptors
Saudis Preparing for US to Strike Iran in October
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 28, 2012, 11:38 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Saudi royal house has set preparations in motion for a US attack on Iran in October. Its military is organizing defenses of government and oil terminals, as well as a counter-offensive if attacked by Iran. A new oil pipeline bypasses the Strait of Hormuz.

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Hillary Clinton
First, the Obama Administration. Next: His Own Brotherhood
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 28, 2012, 11:38 PM (GMT+02:00)

President Morsi’s respect for the peace treaty with Israel and respect for minority and religious rights will determine whether he is received at the White House, gains the $1.5 bn US aid package, and its help in releasing funds to buy food for the population.

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First Syrian opposition leader to visit country
Obama rebuffs Erdogan’s appeal to lead Turkey in Syria attack
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2012, 9:23 AM (GMT+02:00)

Another urgent bid for the US to lead an allied offensive against Syria’s ruling regime fell on deaf ears. It came Tuesday, June 26, from Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who is spoiling for action over the Syrian shoot-down of a Turkish military plane last Friday. Obama turned him down and urged US, British, Turkish and French covert operations to continue. Erdogan is forced to resort to the strategy employed by Binyamin Netanyahu on a nuclear Iran - tough rhetoric accompanied by inaction.

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Leon Panetta with Saudi intel chief Prince Moqrin
Obama “reconsiders” military attack on Iran
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly June 26, 2012, 10:28 AM (GMT+02:00)

In the wake of failed diplomacy, US President Barack Obama is in the process of “reconsidering” his decision to hold off on military action against Iran. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was in Riyadh to sound out Saudi rulers on a combined US-GCC operation.  In its latest issue, out last Friday, DEBKA-Net-Weekly explores the prospects of this operation, along with revelations about President Vladimir Putin’s talk with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. From Jerusalem, Putin issued his “most striking warning to Obama.”

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Russian president Vladimir Putin on short Israel visit
Putin-Netanyahu talks to focus on rising Islamist power: Cairo then Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 25, 2012, 10:23 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power in Egypt will have pushed aside Iran and energy as top issues when Monday, June 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin on a short visit to Israel meets Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. On this at least they have common ground:  The Muslim Brotherhood governments rolling out along Middle East shores with US encouragement – Libya, last year; Egypt, yesterday; and Syria, tomorrow – are seen as a threat to regional stability rivaling even the menace of a nuclear-armed Iran.

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Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama
Russia Enlists China and Iran to Defeat US Middle East Interests
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2012, 11:11 PM (GMT+02:00)

Russian President Vladimir Putin started putting his plans for Russia to displace the US at key Middle East points at the Moscow nuclear talks and the G20 summit in Mexico where he enlisted China and Iran to defeat Washington’s plans. Starting out with a scheme of revenge for Libya, his ...

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Saeed Jalili and Catherine Ashton
What Next for Iran’s Nuclear Threat after Nuclear Diplomacy Fizzled?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2012, 11:11 PM (GMT+02:00)

Tehran can afford to brush off diplomatic efforts to rein in its nuclear program for two reasons: 1) It is so far advanced that unless stopped, Iran will by December have enough enriched uranium for seven or eight nuclear bombs as well as complete dirty bombs, and 2) It ...

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Less than cordial meeting at the G20
Obama helps Russia back on its feet in the Arab arena
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly June 19, 2012, 9:47 PM (GMT+02:00)

Russian President Vladimir Putin is in over-drive to recover Moscow’s overriding influence in the Arab world, which it lost to the United States in 1973. To roll the march of history back 39 years, Putin is enlisting China and Iran.  The latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly issue out last Friday focuses on Russia’s comeback and Barack Obama’s prospects of pushing it back, given his reliance on the sympathy of the Muslim Brotherhood and the backing of an unpopular Turkey and a systematically disempowered Israel.
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US & Russia Deploy in Syria – Double Prey for Al-Qaeda
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 19, 2012, 3:35 PM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile postulates Syria’s division into spheres of influence as the big powers move in.

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A cordial handshake between Russian and Chinese admirals
Russia, China, Iran plan to stage in Syria “biggest Mid East maneuver”
DEBKAfile Special Report June 18, 2012, 8:31 PM (GMT+02:00)

Military tensions around Syria shot up again Monday, June 18, with an Iranian report that a joint Russian-Chinese-Iranian exercise is to take place in Syria, called “the biggest of its kind ever staged in the Middle East,” with 90,000 personnel, 400 air planes and 900 tanks taking part.  debkafile: This would be the first time Russia and China have deployed substantial military strength in the Middle East. It points to their determination to deter a US-lead military operation against the Assad regime.

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Muslim Brotherhood followers
Morsi will use street power for Egyptian presidency. The US backs Brotherhood
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 18, 2012, 10:54 AM (GMT+02:00)

Islamist candidate Muhammad Mursi did not wait for the ballots to be counted before proclaiming himself President of Egypt. Shafiq’s protest that final results were not in was drowned out by street celebrations preparing the masses to confirm the Brotherhood win. The Netanyahu government did not oppose Obama’s policy of bringing Muslims to power through the ballot box and now faces Moslem adversaries from a strategic pit. To recover its deterrent effectiveness, Israel must dismantle Iran’s nuclear program by force.

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Russian marine landing craft
Russia flies anti-air, anti-ship missiles to Assad as its fleet heads to Tartus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 17, 2012, 8:47 AM (GMT+02:00)

Moscow is using the time up until Russian President Vladimir Putin faces US President Barack Obama across the G20 conference table in Los Cabos, Mexico Sunday, June 17 – or its corridors - to ship sophisticated anti-air, anti-ship arms to Syria able to prevent a no-fly zone being imposed. A fleet of Russian warships is also heading for Tartus. If the two presidents come to terms on Syria and Iran, the planned US and allied intervention in Syria may be delayed. If not - quickened.

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US, Russian Areas of Influence Take Shape in Syria - as Moscow Connives with Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 15, 2012, 12:00 AM (GMT+02:00)

Russia is not averse to Bashar Assad’s exile from Damascus to his retreat in the Alawite Mountains because his army would move west with him and the new coastal enclave would secuire secure Russia’s Tartus and Latakia naval and marine bases (see attached map).

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Obama speeds up limited air strike, no-fly zones preparations for Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 11, 2012, 9:29 AM (GMT+02:00)

The US President Barack Obama has ordered the US Navy and Air Force to accelerate preparations for a limited air offensive against the Assad regime and the imposition of no-fly zones over Syria - depending on Moscow's reaction.

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