918 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
Barack Obama and Ehud Barack in Maryland
Iran starts building a nuclear weapon: US and Israel tighten cooperation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 22, 2011

Iran has embarked on "activities related to possible weaponization," said American sources Thursday, Dec. 22, thereby crossing the Obama administration's red line. This accounts for the dramatic reversal of the US administration's wait-and-see policy on attacking Iran, as articulated this week by Leon Panetta and top US soldier, Gen. Martin Dempsey. debkafile reports the US and Israeli are now in sync on action against Iran and have tightened cooperation.

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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan
Erdogan's illness impacts events around Syria and Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 18, 2011

Extreme concern was quietly voiced Sunday, Dec. 18, by American and European official circles over the state of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's health – and especially its impact on present and impending events in Syria and other parts of the Middle East, including Iran, debkafile's Western intelligence sources report. Those sources say Erdogan is suffering from Rectosigmoid cancer. The prolonged treatment he needs is already affecting policy-making and has sparked the first signs of a power struggle within his ruling AKP party.
 

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Obama receives Iraqi premier in White House
Obama and Barak discuss dwindling anti-Iran strike options as the US exits Iraq
DEBKAfile Special Report December 17, 2011

Tehran offers to slow uranium enrichment in stages in step with the lifting of sanctions. The Obama administration is listening - provided Iran ditches Assad. This exchange of messages was carried by Iraqi PM Nouri al Maliki when he visited Washington this week.  It was the main subject of President Barack Obama's talks with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak Friday, Dec. 16. Israel is concerned that Iran has again contrived to buy time and leeway for completing its nuclear weapon program.

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Joe Biden
Secret US Headquarters for Toppling Assad at Gaziantep, Turkey
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 15, 2011

President Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan have developed relations of mutual trust which allowed the US to set up its headquarters for the campaign to oust Bashar Assad in southwest Turkey. The next US-inspired step is to foment a campaign of civil obedience against the Assad regime, starting in Aleppo.

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Hadi al-Ameri
Tehran Seeks Riyadh's Aid on Syria, Offers Nuclear Cooperation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 15, 2011

Tehran was galvanized by the capture of the US drone into a spurt for spreading its diplomatic wings and showing the departing Americans who is the boss in Baghdad. An Iranian delegation sought to persuade Riyadh to help stabilize the regime in Damascus by forcing Bashar Assad to co-opt opposition factions to his government.

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Dennis Ross
US to Care for Israeli, Saudi Security Needs – But Freezes Them Out of Role in Policy-Making
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 15, 2011

Retired presidential adviser Dennis Ross in his first public appearance reveals that Barack Obama has charted a new Mid East policy which cares fully for Israeli, Saudi security needs but freezes them out of Washington policy-making. The Palestinian issue is put on ice indefinitely.

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Barack Obama and Binyamin Netanyahu
The Gap on Iran Widens Amid Mutual US-Israel Mistrust
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 9, 2011

Israel has flatly refused to give the Obama administration a promise to abstain from attacking Iran's nuclear sites. US and Israeli military experts disagree on most things except that there would be no real military obstacles to reaching all of Iran's nuclear sites.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Khamenei Is Set to Declare Iran a Nuclear Power
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 25, 2011

Supreme Ruler Ayatollah Khamenei has decided that Iran can choke off military threats and economic sanctions simply by going public on its manufacture of a nuclear bomb and declaring itself a nuclear power. His national security council thinks this is a bad idea – especially when weapon production still faces technical problems.

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The Civil War in Syria Becomes a Duel among World Powers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 18, 2011

The Arab League was not first to make the Syrian crisis a regional concern. Big power rivalry got there first. The US and France, like the Sunni rulers, seek Bashar Assad's downfall, while Russia and China are propping him up as their firewall for the Islamic regime in Tehran.

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Iran's late missile chief Brig. Hassan Moghadam
Iran will have five nukes by April 2012. Only 2-3 months left for military option
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 14, 2011

By April 2012 Iran will have five nuclear bombs or warheads, says intelligence reaching US president Barack Obama and relayed to Jewish leaders at a closed meeting in New York Sunday, Nov. 13, debkafile's sources report.  The window of opportunity for stopping Iran attaining a nuclear weapon will shut down in late March, after which military action would generate radioactive contamination across the Gulf oil region. Our sources refute claims that Saturday's Iranian base blasts were caused by the CIA or Mossad.

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Barack Obama and Binyamin Netanyahu
The Odd Couple in the Lead - Obama and Netanyahu
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 10, 2011

The US president and Israeli prime minister are working amicably on plans for a military attack on Iran's nuclear sites and Revolutionary Guards command. They agree that speed is essential and the campaign must end in days rather than weeks.

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Iran's Nuclear Warheads Were Edited out of the Nuclear Agency Report
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 10, 2011

Not only has Iran managed to mount nuclear warheads on its Shahab ballistic missiles, they have been successfully tested four times. The IAEA report was only updated to the end of 2009, thereby missing this critical Iranian advance.

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F-16 warplane
After IAEA report, Israel says military option can wait for sanctions
DEBKAfile Special Report November 8, 2011

The IAEA circulated its Iran report Tuesday night, Nov. 8. It establishes that Iran is clearly working on developing atomic weapons: Its clandestine computer-simulated and practical tests on nuclear detonators, uranium enrichment at hidden sites and tests for adapting nuclear warheads to missiles have no explanation other than work on nuclear weapon components. Israel may decide to delay its military option to give sanctions a chance - even though Washington has dropped them.

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An IAF base
US sources: Israel ministers who opposed Iran strike are now for it
DEBKAfile Special Report November 6, 2011

American sources told Fox News early Sunday, Nov. 6 that all the senior Israeli ministers formerly against attacking Iran's nuclear sites are now for it, after updates on Iran's clandestine progress toward building a nuclear weapon. The ministers also believe new sanctions would not be tough enough. debkafile: Washington's uncritical references to Israeli plans signal Tehran that because of the level it has reached in its weapons-geared nuclear program, the US can no longer hold Israel back from exercising its military option.

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Barack Obama
Obama Set to Attack Iran's Nuclear Sites by the Fall of 2012
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 4, 2011

Regional leaders hope the US is ready for a fresh start to reestablish its influence after exiting Iraq. They count on an attack on Iran overturning the regimes in Tehran and Damascus although their rulers will fight to the death. NATO and Israel have embarked on joint maneuvers to study the lessons of the Libyan campaign and apply them to Iran.

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For Assad's Removal, Iran May Hook up with US, Saudi Arabia and Turkey
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 28, 2011

Tehran has come around to deciding that Bashar Assad will have to be forced out of the Syrian presidency and may be willing to join forces with the US, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to accomplish this – provided the foursome can get past a whole thicket of animosities.

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Tehran Bets on Assad Going on the Warpath before NATO Attacks Him
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 28, 2011

Iran and Hizballah declare NATO would never attack Syria, yet they are making military preparations for this very eventuality. Syria's only option to stem arms smuggling to the opposition is to seize large parts of Lebanon and Jordan, thus provoking a NATO assault.

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Adel al Jubei
US Sets the Scene for Regional Military Action against Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 14, 2011

The Israel-Hamas prisoner swap for Gilad Shalit and the exposure of the plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador opened two new US fronts against Iran: The relocation of Hamas HQ from Damascus to Cairo which deprived Iran and Syria of their Palestinian lever and a pretext for the Saudis to declare war on the Islamic Republic.

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Barack Obama
US Offers Iran Deal on Iraq and Afghanistan. Iran: First Syria and Bahrain
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2011

Washington seeks a broad give-and-take deal for cooperation with Iran and guarantees of security for US troop units staying in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iran wants Syria and Bahrain in the package.

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Palestinians demonstrate against US President
Israel mobilizes 22,000 police, thousands of troops, for disturbances
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2011

Israel has mobilized 22,000 police alongside thousands of soldiers, declaring the country on the highest level of preparedness for violent riots Friday, Sept. 23, when the Palestinians hold prayers and rallies in support of their application for UN membership. Radical groups are planning to break into settlements and Israeli city residential areas.  The Palestinian Religious Affairs Minister has ordered all mosques, especially al Aqsa, to keep on shouting Allah is Great through loudspeakers turned up to maximum volume.

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