777 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
Iranian foreign minister and EU executive in heated exchange
Voices were raised at the Vienna nuclear talks Wednesday night against obdurate Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report July 9, 2015

European Union Foreign Executive Federica Mogherini is quoted by debkafile’s intelligence sources as shouting at Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif: “If that’s where you stand it’s a pity to waste any more time!” Jarif is quoted as snapping back: “Don’t threaten us!” This exchange took place Wednesday night, July 8, after the second deadline had passed without a final deal. The US delegation led by Secretary of State John Kerry is said to have sat without moving a muscle. But Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stepped in to cool tempers. 

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Obama and Kerry upbeat over concessions to Iran
On eve of Iran deal, US retreats on inspections of nuclear past, speeds up sanctions relief
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 29, 2015

When Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday, June 28: “We are seeing a clear retreat from the red lines that the world powers set recently and publicly,” he meant three major US concessions approved in the days leading up to a nuclear deal with Iran: debkafile discloses The US no longer holds Iran accountable for past clandestine nuclear weapons tests; has empowered Tehran to permit or bar international inspections; and set out unconditional sanctions relief in three tight stages. Obama’s pledge to “snap back” sanctions for violations is history.

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The Tunisian hotel gunman Abu Yahya al Qayrawani
ISIS “lone wolf” violence on global stage baffles Western authorities fighting terror
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 27, 2015

The US said Friday, June 26, there was no indication “on the tactical level” that “the attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France were coordinated.” debkafile: That conventional measure of Islamist operations no longer applies. ISIS has introduced its own "lone wolf" methods of operation which are hard to detect and predict They resulted Friday in 211 deaths on three continents. Some ISIS operatives are radical Muslims who "cooperate” with local authorities after secretly swearing allegiance to the group; others are Westerners returned home from the Syrian or Iraqi battlefields primed for jihad.

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Riyadh Turns to Moscow, Far East to Attain Self-Controlled Nuclear Fuel Cycle & Military Self-Sufficiency
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2015

Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s deal with Putin aimed at providing Saudi Arabia with a self-controlled nuclear weapons program and self-sufficiency in weapons.

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Khamenei’s Last-Minute Red Lines: A Blocking Tactic or a Hard Bargain?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2015

Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei is keeping all parties, including his own capital, on tenterhooks until the last minute before June 30. Will the nuclear deal get signed? And if it is, how much will it cost?

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John Kerry returns to the Iran nuclear table
Kerry’s refusal to be “fixated” on Iran’s former nuclear misdeeds fits the US pattern of indulging Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 17, 2015

President Barack Obama is about to make his most substantial concession yet to Iran by agreeing to release only one part of their nuclear accord, while keeping the technical protocols secret. Senior US negotiator Wendy Sherman fought hard to get both parts released, but was overruled. The 50 pages of the nuclear accord’s practical annexes embody the adage that the devil is in the detail. But Obama may choose to keep it secret from Congress, the American public and US allies, while Iran is given free rein to pursue its objectives.

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Sitting Pretty on Hormuz, Iran is Ready to Grab the Strait of Bab el-Mandeb Too
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 11, 2015

Iran is sitting pretty on the Strait of Hormuz since Washington refrained from slapping down its attacks on commercial vessels. Now the Iranian navy is eyeing the Red Sea’s Strait of Bab el-Mandeb.

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ISIS Is Unstoppable in the Foreseeable Future - even if Obama Does Deliver a Complete Strategy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 11, 2015

While all the experts agree that Obama has been too slow to stop ISIS, some ask whether this was not a devious ploy to let the Islamists curtail Iran’s imperial aspirations.

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The Islamic State May Thrive for Years against Floundering Western Strategy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 4, 2015

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Islamic State draws on the services of former top Iraqi generals for high-caliber military operations and surprise tactics.

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Obama Gives Iran Exclusive Carte Blanche for Fighting ISIS in Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 28, 2015

Obama has given Iran a free hand to fight ISIS in Iraq without US interference – or air cover. Iraq’s Sunnis cry second American betrayal.

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ISIS on the march to Jordan
Exclusive: ISIS columns heading from Syria toward Jordan, first targeting the border crossing
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2015

Columns of ISIS tanks and armored cars (made in the US and taken booty in Iraq) were heading Sunday, May 24, from Palmyra for the Jordanian border, with no Syrian troops in sight to block their advance, debkafile reports exclusively. Their initial target is the eastern section of the border, including the meeting point between the Syrian, Jordanian and Iraqi frontiers. The US maintains 7,000 special operations troops and an air force unit in the Kingdom of Jordan. President Barack Obama must decide how they react to an ISIS invasion.

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Reconnaissance drone operated by US special forces in Lebanon
US and Hizballah coordinate spy drone flights over Qalamoun, share US combat intelligence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 23, 2015

The US has joined the battle for Qalamoun. debkafile discloses that a US special operations unit, stationed at the north Lebanese Hamat air base, is directing unarmed Aerosonde MK 4.7 intelligence-gathering flights over the Qalamoun Mt arena, 100 km to the west. Since Hizballah is also operating Ababil-3 surveillance drones over the same battlefield, US-Hizballah coordination became necessary. For the first time, the US military is working directly with an internationally-designated terrorist organization – with earthshaking ramifications for Israel’s security and strategic ties with the US.

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ISIS victory parade in Ramadi, Iraq
The US and Iraqi and Syrian armies go to pieces against ISIS drive. Israel, Jordan, Saudis alarmed
DEBKAfile Special Report May 21, 2015

The fall of Damascus and Baghdad, or large slices thereof, to the rapacious Islamic State, is no longer the subject of strategic forecasts, but here and now. It is the price the region is paying for President Barack Obama’s single-minded obsession with détente with Tehran and a nuclear accord. Ramadi’s fall in Iraq and Palmyra’s in Syria proved ISIS’s ability to rock the Middle East to its foundations. Watching the threats closing in, Jerusalem, Amman and Riyadh grasp they may have to contend alone – not just with Iran but also with ISIS.

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Iran ship heads away from Yemen sea emnbargo
Next challenge for US after Ramadi defeat is averted: Iranian ship nearing Yemen is redirected to Djibouti
DEBKAfile Special Report May 20, 2015

Two days after the blow to US strategy in the region landed by Ramadi’s fall to the Islamic State, the Obama administration faces its next test in the region: An Iranian cargo vessel accompanied by two warships plans to break the US-Saudi-Egyptian blockade of Yemen by docking at Hodeida and refusing to submit to a search for illicit weapons. debkafile: After warning that a search would be deemed an act of war, Iran climbed down Wednesday, May 20, and accepted a UN search in Djibouti, as demanded by Washington.
 

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US Special Operations forces in Jordan.
First US ground operation in Syria kills ISIS oil chief - as Islamists advance on three new fronts
DEBKAfile Special Report May 16, 2015

America’s first ground operation in the Syrian war targeted the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. On Saturday, May 16, Special Operations forces attacked an ISIS house in the Deir a-Zour district of eastern Syria, and killed the high-value Islamist commander and oil and gas chief, Abu Sayyaf, when he resisted capture. debkafile: Catching him alive was preferable in view of his importance to the Islamist group as overseer of the Syrian and Iraqi oil fields they have commandeered, and energy sales which net the group's war chest an estimated $5million a day. 

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ISIS rolls into Iraqi town of Ramadi
Key Iraqi town of Ramadi falls to ISIS, along with Jubbah next door to US training base
DEBKAfile Special Report May 15, 2015

Ramadi, provincial capital of western Iraqi Anbar, fell to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Friday, May 15. The town, 110 km west of Baghdad, controls the traffic on the Euphrates River. Small pockets of Iraqi troops are still stranded there after taking hundreds of casualties. debkafile: ISIS’s new fighting momentum has carried it across Anbar province to capture Jubba, next door to Iraq’s biggest air base at Al-Ansar where US officers are training Iraqi troops. The jihadis are also moving in on the oil town of Baiji.

 

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The Gulf Demanded Assad’s Head on a Platter as Proof of Obama’s Goodwill
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2015

Obama sought out Putin to approve a no-fly zone in Syria to meet the Gulf’s demands for Assad’s head as proof that he his promise to defend GCC members security was on the level.

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Khamenei Puts Obama on the Spot with an Iranian Ship for Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2015

The Iranian ship heading for Yemen was set on course to mess Obama’s summit conference wit5h Gulf rulers.

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Saudis Lead GCC Quest for New Strategic Allies after US Letdown in Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2015

Disappointed in US intelligence assistance for its Yemen war effort, the Saudis have turned to other allies, including France and Israel to pitch in.

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Saudi King Salman in tough dialogue with John Kerry
Saudi king, followed by GCC rulers, snubs Obama on summit. US fails to isolate Netanyahu on nuclear deal
DEBKAfile Special Report May 11, 2015

Saudi King Salman’s last-minute cancellation of his White House summit with US President Obama was seen as a calculated snub for the president’s Iran and Mid East policies. Two senior Gulf rulers then opted out of the Camp David summit Obama scheduled for Wednesday, May 13 at Camp David: Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isaa Al Khalifa and UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. They meet after Secretary of State John Kerry failed to override Gulf resistance to the US nuclear deal with Iran. 

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