918 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
It's over. Forward, nuclear Iran
Obama accepts prospect of nuclear-armed Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report March 10, 2011

An annual intelligence report to Congress has dropped language stating that Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions are a future option and speaks in terms of the present, indicating a radical switch in US policy on Iran.  As rocketing oil prices triggered by Arab uprisings wiped out the sanctions damage to Iran, Washington confirmed the worst Saudi and Israeli suspicions that Barack Obama had come to terms with a nuclear-armed Iran, after the US long restrained Israel from nipping this menace in the bud.

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US AWACS on extra surveillance over Libya
Obama builds up US-NATO military option for Libya
DEBKAfile Special Report March 7, 2011

US President Barack Obama launched a number of diplomatic and military steps Monday March 7 pointing toward preparation for US and NATO intervention in the Libyan civil war - notwithstanding objections from the Pentagon and US military chiefs. debkafile's sources report the administration was behind the UAE appeal Monday for UN Security Council protection for the Libyan people. The UAE was clearly seeking a mandate for military action, but Moscow quickly declared its opposition to any foreign intervention in Libya.

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Rebel ammo stocks wiped out in seconds
Qaddafi pushes rebels back. Obama names Libya intel panel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 5, 2011

The pro-Qaddafi forces' offensive to recover Libya's most important towns and oil centers, launched Friday, March 4, resulted Saturday in the recapture of the key town of Zawiya and most of the oil facilities around the Gulf of Sirte.  In Washington and London, talk of military intervention on the side of the Libyan opposition was muted by the realization that field intelligence on both sides of the Libyan conflict was too sketchy to serve as a basis for decision-making.

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US Defense Secretary Robert Gates
Gates on urgent mission to Cairo as military rulers lose grip
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 5, 2011

President Barack Obama Saturday, March 5, asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates to set out for Cairo on an emergency mission to help Egypt's military rulers regain control of a situation which is slipping into the hands of the increasingly radicalized protesters, debkafile reports. Friday, thousands of protesters seized control of Egyptian security police (Mahabis Namn El Dawla) headquarters, shutting down its operations across the country. Iran is transmitting large sums to the Muslim Brotherhood through Hamas.

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Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen
Obama Wants Military Action: Gates Is against
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 4, 2011

Obama is at odds with his two top officials on the Arab revolt, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Gates opposes president's drive for military action to unseat Qaddafi. Clinton opposes the president's pro-Iran drive.

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
How Do They Happen to Benefit Iran?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 4, 2011

Most worrisome question for Middle East rulers is this: How come that all the revolts in Arab countries have somehow benefited Tehran and its allies? Unease is growing in Israel over US policy the uprisings and the changing regional landscape in favor of its enemies.

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Libyan Air Force Ilyuchin Il-76
Qaddafi's air force ferries fresh troops for Tripoli
DEBKAfile Special Report February 27, 2011

Hours after the UN Security Council unanimously imposed sanctions on Col. Muammar Qaddafi and his regime, his reactivated air force was flying troop and tribal reinforcements from the south and landing them at the military airfields of Tripoli, Misrata and Sirte, debkafile's military sources report. They were immediately deployed Sunday night, Feb. 27 at the main road intersections leading to the capital.  This move lessened the military significance of the rebels' reported takeover of towns around Tripoli, including Al Zawiya. 

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A Grand Plan to Mend Fences and Save Syria from Its Opposition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2011

The Obama administration prepares to approach Track II of its Syrian dialogue led by ex-President Jimmy Carter and a flock of senior Syrian figures. Their first task is to shore Bashar Assad up against his own opposition which is gearing up for street protests. Opponents in Washington warn them that Assad has fooled US diplomats countless times and will do so again.

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First Iranian War Ships Dock in Jeddah with an Eye on Suez Canal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2011

Iran is claiming the exclusive right to control passage in the Persian Gulf while shooting out a naval tentacle to the Red Sea and Suez Canal. Saudi King Abdullah is so furious with Barack Obama, accusing him of dumping America's best Arab friend, that he is willing to play along with Tehran.

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US Nod to a Coup, But Who Would Lead It?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2011

By holding on, Hosni Mubarak confronted the Obama administration with a moral dilemma: How to orchestrate a military coup raising a general to the presidency and reconcile it with the democratic transfer of power?

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In better times
Deep US-Saudi rift over Egypt: Abdullah turns to Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 10, 2011

The conversation between President Barack Obama and Saudi King Abdullah early Thursday, Feb. 10, was the most acerbic the US president has ever had with an Arab ruler, debkafile's sources report. Their falling out on the Egyptian crisis so enraged the king that some US and Middle East sources reported he suffered a sudden heart attack. Rumors of his death rocked world financial and oil markets that morning and were denied by an adviser to the ruling family.

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US Envoy Frank Wisner
Obama's Egyptian policy criticized in US as missing its mark
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 6, 2011

Many Western and Middle East observers were astonished to hear US President Barak Obama's special envoy Frank Wisner insisting that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stay on to steer changes after twelve days of Washington-backed protests failed to unseat him. Some US sources suggested Wisner's words were a pointer to a White House flip flop in its policy on Egypt in view of the clear impression that it had missed its mark and was facing rising criticism at home.

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VP Suleiman targeted for assassination
Assassins fail to murder Egyptian Vice President Suleiman
DEBKAfile Special Report February 5, 2011

Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman survived an attack on his convoy in central Cairo a week ago just after he was sworn in by President Hosni Mubarak. This is denied by Cairo. debkafile: This and other untoward incidents tend to occur every time the US President  Barack Obama turns up the heat for ending the Mubarak presidency. The latest was the sabotage of the Egyptian-Israeli gas pipe in northern Sinai Saturday, Feb. 5 which cut off supplies to Israeli and Jordan. 

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Hosni Mubarak
Mubarak is Energized for Battle by Obama's Bid to Oust Him
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2011

Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak is determined to go down fighting – or not at all – even if Egypt is plunged in civil war. He is mustering his financial, military and mental sources for the battle of his life. The figure rising to prominence from the turbulence is new Vice President Gen. Omar Suleiman who appears to lead a triumvirate of military leaders.

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Pro-Mubarak activists ride into Tahrir Square
Obama to Egyptian Army: Remove Mubarak now, start transition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 2, 2011

Wednesday, Feb. 2, President Barack Obama delivered an ultimatum to Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman and the army and security chiefs: Remove Mubarak in the coming hours or else US aid to Egypt will be cut off, debkafile reports exclusively from Washington. The White House said: "Transition must begin now." The first violent collision between pro- and anti-Mubarak activists in Cairo left 30 dead, 2000 injured, and threatens more civil bloodshed. The last Israelis were evacuated from Egypt, including news correspondents.

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Ominously, Mubarak is hanged in effigy by Cairo protesters
Mubarak: My role is over, I will die in Egypt
DEBKAfile Special Report February 1, 2011

In a speech to the nation Tuesday night, Feb. 1, President Hosni Mubarak defied the demands of President Barack Obama and his army generals to quit at once and leave Egypt and said he would serve out his term until September and not run again. He also swore to die in Egypt – meaning no exile for him.  Mubarak said he would devote his remaining months to the peaceful transition of power. But his role was over.
Ambassador Frank Wisner delivered Obama's message to Mubarak as four million protesters marched against him. 

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Army takes a hand in Egyptian politics.
The real story of the Egyptian uprising – before and after
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 1, 2011

In its latest issue out Friday, DEBKA-Net-Weekly goes behind the scenes of the Egyptian uprising to discover what the prime movers are after now. Hosni Mubarak, the object of popular rage, was the first to recover his wits and is trying to keep his regime afloat.  President Barack Obama publicly sided with the protesters' cause, but is secretly helping the army play for time and keep Mubarak going for the interim.  Israel has joined the effort.

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President Mubarak puts in an appearance
Mubarak hangs on to power as Obama dictates terms
DEBKAfile Special Report January 29, 2011

In his first public appearance in four days of violent protests against his rule,  Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said after midnight Friday, Jan. 28, he would not resign. He had sacked his cabinet, would form a new one Saturday and promised democratic reforms. President Obama then called him to tell him he must deliver on reforms and give up violence. Mubarak's speech showed he had bowed to US terms for his survival and defied the protesters' demands for his resignation.

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Non-veto would spark a US-Israel crisis
Obama to withhold veto on Palestinian settlement condemnation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 22, 2011

President Barack Obama is about to withhold the US veto from a Palestinian-Arab motion due to be tabled at the UN Security Council condemning Israel for its settlement policy in the West Bank and Jerusalem, debkafile's Washington sources report. If he does, he will be the first US president to let an anti-Israel motion go through the Security Council and building on the West Bank and even in the forty-year old suburbs of East Jerusalem would become illegal.

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Barack Obama and Saad Hariri
Obama Picks Lebanon as His Main Confrontation Arena with Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2011

Despite the ill-fated American involvement in Lebanon of former years, the Obama administration believes he can beat Tehran at its own game by backing the pro-Western coalition headed by Saad Hariri and bringing his father's assassins, Hizballah, to justice. Tehran is banking on Hizballah's prowess as the strongest military force in Lebanon.

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