665 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel heads for Mid East
Chuck Hagel faces flat resistance to US regional policies in his coming Mid East trip
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 10, 2014

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrives in Jeddah next Monday, May 12, for a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council defense ministers, the first to be attended by an American defense chief in six years. This prolonged absence reflected the Obama administration’s military disengagement from Middle East affairs and their ensuing political estrangement. Hagel will find Gulf states bent on self-defense and ready to contend with Iran without recourse to the US. Jordan and Israel are also withdrawing from commitments to play ball with Washington.

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Susan Rice and Binyamin Netanyahu
US National Security Advisor in Town to Hold Israel Back from Striking Iran at Nuclear Threshold
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2014

In Jerusalem, US National Security Advisor Susan Rice takes over from Kerry on Iran and Mid East talks.

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Susan Rice with Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem
Netanyahu tells Rice: Iran must not be allowed to enrich uranium. They remained poles apart.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 8, 2014

The deep divide between the Obama administration and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on the Iranian nuclear issue resurfaced during this week’s (May 7-8) Jerusalem talks with the US National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Netanyahu rejected Rice’s advice to acept Iran as a nuclear threshold state, able to enrich uranium and build new reactors - all within strict limits and close surveillance of its facilities to prevent militarization. The Israeli Prime Minister reiterated that the only way to ensure a non-nuclear Iran is to disallow its enrichment of any uranium at all. 

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The Odessa fire - deadliest incident of Ukraine conflict
Ukraine slides into civil war amid Merkel’s bid to bridge US-Russian differences. Putin resigns responsibility
DEBKAfile Special Report May 3, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bid during her visit to Washington Friday, April 2, to bridge the differences between Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin over Ukraine was overtaken by the onset of civil war. After the Kiev government launched its first serious offensive Friday to take E. Ukrainian towns from pro-Russian militias, Moscow repudiated responsibility for events in that region. Putin’s spokesman called it a punitive action which broke the Geneva accords: “Neither Russia, nor any other country,” he said, “can any longer influence the citizens of Ukraine’s southeast…"

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Three Experts: The Nuclear Deal Is No Bar to Iran Attaining an Atom Bomb
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 1, 2014

Washington is pushing a “good deal” for a nuclear Iran which does not substantially change its weapons program.

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Ukrainian military buildup round Slavyansk
Russian and Ukrainian armies shaping up for initial military clash over Slavyansk
DEBKAfile Special Report April 27, 2014

Russia and Ukraine were heading Sunday, April 27, for their first military clash over the rebel-held town of Slavyansk, debkafile reports. The outcome will determine who controls the Donetsk region and possibly all of East of Ukraine – the separatists or the provisional government in Kiev. The engagement would potentially pit 11,000 special Russian forces based at Rostov on Don against 15,000 troops massed outside the flashpoint town of Slavyansk. President Barack Obama is finding it hard to enlist a US-European coalition for strong sanctions against Moscow.

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Secret US Financial-Intelligence War Room in Kiev Faces Moscow
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2014

US sanctions against Russia have most remained in the field of rhetoric. But it is in Obama’s power to undermine Russia’s banking system for a time at least by wielding the “scarlet letter.”

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Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin
US-Russian Financial Duel May Release Cyber War and Encompass Europe and Mid East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2014

Russian cyber war superiority and capacity to retaliate for sanctions against its banks may deter the Europeans at least from joining US sanctions over Ukraine.

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Slavyansk under assault
Russian army ordered to advance toward Ukraine border. Moscow questions May election’s legitimacy
DEBKAfile Special Report April 24, 2014

Defense Minister Gen. Sergey Shoigu Thursday, April 24, ordered the Russian army to start drills at Rostov on Don near the Ukraine border. debkafile: This order amounted to a state of alert, which required the troops to move up to the Ukraine border and take up prepared positions as bridgeheads if ordered to enter East Ukraine. In the past 48 hours, Russian officials have kept up an unprecedented stream of invective against the provisional government in Kiev – called “junta” - and the Obama administration for its intervention in Ukraine.

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SVR HQ Yasenevo, Moscow
Obama’s fiscal-intelligence war with Putin grows shadowy global wings
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly April 23, 2014

The Obama-Putin contest over Ukraine no longer fits the definition of a cold war revival. It is a new kind of world war, fought by stealth between two financial and intelligence colossi aiming for each other’s economic jugulars amid skirmishes over Ukraine. In its latest issue out Friday, DEBKA Weekly reveals how this novel war is orchestrated from a secret US headquarters in Kiev and the SVR center at Yasenevo near Moscow – and looks ahead at its global wings.
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Chlorine canister for gas bomb
New Syrian-Iranian chlorine bombs make mockery of US-Russian chemical accord and UN monitors
DEBKAfile Special Report April 21, 2014

On April 11, Syrian planes dropped Chinese-manufactured chlorine gas canisters rigged with explosive detonators on Kafr Zita near Hama. Since then, British and French intelligence sources report at least four such attacks against the northern towns of Idlib and Homs and the Harasta and Jobar districts outside Damascus. Assad is dropping these crippling gas bombs at the rate of one every three days, mocking the 2013 Kerry-Lavrov chemical disarmament pact. debkafile: Iran is buying Chinese chlorine in industrial quantities off the Internet from a Hangzhou-based firm.

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Russian flags fly in Donetsk
The leaking Kerry-Lavrov deal for Ukraine will only fuel continuing US-Russian dissent
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 18, 2014

The Kerry-Lavrov “de-escalation” recipe for Ukraine, concluded in Geneva Thursday, April 17, consists of the same ingredients as their previous deals: a slick-sounding compromise that the US and Russian can more or less live with; a gloss over the real elements at issue between them; and a deal that goes over the heads of the prime movers involved in the conflict. By Friday, the two rival camps in Ukraine were digging in their heels against it. Though threatened with sanctions, Vladimir Putin is waiting to see if the West makes the Kiev government moderate its positions.

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US applies light touch to keep the Mid East talks going
Washington takes time out from Israeli-Palestinian talks, Netanyahu and Livni upbeat about deal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 13, 2014

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have decided to distance themselves for the time being from Israeli-Palestinian talks until Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas find their own way back to the table, debkafile reports exclusively. Kerry says the US will now use “a light touch,” while counting on Netanyahu and chief negotiator Justice Minister Tzipi Livni to bring Abbas around. A new Israeli proposal is ready to put before the Palestinian team. Jonathan Pollard may yet be freed.

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Launch of Ofek-10 spy satellite
Israeli launches spy satellite after US refusal to push for Iran’s weapons program's dismantlement
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided not to delay the launch of Israel’s improved Ofek 10 spy satellite Wednesday night April 9, hours after the six powers and Iran wound up another round of talks in Vienna on a comprehensive nuclear accord. debkafile: Israel decided to show some muscle after the Obama administration agreed to raise Iran’s weapons program in future talks, but refused to go into any detail or promise a tough US response if Tehran continued to pretend that its weapons program is non-existent and therefore not up for negotiation.

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Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Vienna
US races headlong for final nuclear deal with Iran - irrespective of program’s military dimension
DEBKAfile Special Report April 8, 2014

Iran and the six world powers Tuesday, April 8, kicked off negotiations in Vienna for a final and comprehensive nuclear accord. debkafile reports that in its haste to start drafting the document by mid-May, the Obama administration is ignoring the military aspects of Iran’s nuclear program.  A senior Israeli security official remarked: “The Americans are ready to take Tehran’s assurance that its program is purely peaceful at face value.” The initial US-Iranian argument over the quantity of low-grade enriched uranium permissible is irrelevant given the fissile material concealed in Tehran’s weapons program.

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BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile
US arms Syrian rebels with first heavy weapons, anti-tank BGM-71 TOW missiles - raising war stakes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2014

Two Syrian rebel militias judged moderate in Washington have in the last few days taken delivery and begun using  the first advanced US weapon to be deployed in more than three years of civil war, debkafile reveals. It is the heavy anti-tank, optically-tracked, wire-guided BGM-71 TOW.

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Barack Obama and King Abdullah
US Finally Sends Syrian Rebels Arms via Saudi Arabia – Only as Path to Geneva-3
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2014

The US begins supplying Syrian rebels – via Saudi Arabia – advanced weapons, including include anti-tank, anti-aircraft missiles, heavy mortars and ammo. All the same, Obama’s welcome in Riyadh was heated rather than warm.

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Egypt, Saudis & UAE Push War on Muslim Brotherhood out to US and Western Capitals
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2014

Egyptian intelligence circulates a thick file compiled of interrogations of Brotherhood activists which reveal Muslim Brotherhood conspiracies to topple Arab regimes with Qatari connivance. The file was sent to Washington and European capitals.

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John Kerry
US Can’t Afford another Diplomatic Debacle in the Middle East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2014

Obama wants to avoid another diplomatic debacle in the Middle East, after Egypt and Syria and so he may cut short John Kerry’s bid to keep Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations going.

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Ayman Zuwahiri Strews Jihadis across Middle East for Fresh Assaults on US and West
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 27, 2014

Al Qaeda’s change of course was recorded by President Obama in his “nukes on the loose” war game. Ayman Zawahiri has changed course and is again instructing al Qaeda terrorists to go back to targeting big US cities.

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