918 articles tagged "Barack Obama"
Lebanese crisis over STL Pre-Trial Judge Daniel Fransen
Obama proposes in abstentia trial for Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 13, 2011

President Barack Obama is bent on bringing Hizballah officials to justice for their role in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in Beirut five years ago – even after they toppled the Lebanese government.  If a transitional government in Beirut declares the international tribunal – STL – invalid, Washington intends to obtain its authorization for trying Hizballah suspects in abstentia, debkafile reports. Prime Minister Hariri flew Thursday from Paris to Ankara.

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USS Enterprise heads for Lebanese shores
Lebanon in crisis: Hizballah quits government, US-French buildup
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 12, 2011

Backed from Tehran, Hizballah and its Christian ally Michel Aoun abruptly quit the Lebanese unity government Wednesday, Jan. 12, to pave the way for their seizure of power in Beirut. They struck as the Special Tribunal for Lebanon's prosecutor prepared to hand over "within hours or days" indictments naming Hizballah officials in the Hariri assassination. The US and France are bolstering their naval units ready for a showdown over Beirut. Israel is on standby.

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USS Truman is distanced from Iranian waters
US eases military pressure on Iran, tries concessions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 9, 2010

Shortly before the Six Power talks with Iran resumed this week, US President Barack Obama ordered the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier to withdraw from Guff waters opposite Iran and redeploy in the Aegean Sea. This action signaled Washington's switch to the search for middle ground on the nuclear controversy through diplomatic engagement - just six weeks after he opted for a build-up of military pressure on Tehran, debkafile's military sources report.

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The map on the obstacle course to peace
Obama to present US Israel-Palestinian border map within 3 months
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 14, 2010

debkafile's Washington sources disclose that the three-month settlement construction freeze-for-incentives deal Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu discussed with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Friday, Nov. 12, also included a commitment to hold negotiations with the Palestinians during that period on final borders. Assuming the talks collapse, the Obama administration will itself chart those borders and present an American map to both sides before the three months are up. This map will closely adhere to Palestinian aspirations.

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French nuclear carrier Charles de Gaulle faces Iran
Obama piles more military pressure on Iran - conspicuously
DEBKAfile Special Report November 7, 2010

Before taking off for Asia Saturday, Nov. 6, President Barack Obama ordered the Pentagon not just to beef up American and NATO military pressure on Iran but to do so as conspicuously as possible, debkafile's Washington and military sources report.  In the last few days, three aircraft carriers, four nuclear submarines and several marine assault units have piled up opposite Iranian shores. US Sen. Lindsey Graham has called for US to strike Iran's navy, air force and Revolutionary Guards.

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Hillary Clinton and Binyamin Netanyahu
All Four Pieces Are Trampled by Wild Cards
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 30, 2010

The Obama-Clinton Grand Middle East design falls foul of four players who have suddenly stepped out of position: Hassan Nasrallah, Mahmoud Abbas, Nouri al-Maliki and Hosni Mubarak.

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Top US team-player
Tony Blair's Amazing "Journey" to the White House
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly September 16, 2010

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has carved out for himself a role at Barack Obama's right hand - uniquely for a non-American politician. In its latest issue out Friday, DEBKA-Net-Weekly looks behind Tony Blair's astonishing rise to the top of the White House team of policy-makers, especially on the Middle East and Iran. His popularity in Washington is matched inversely by his falling stakes at home and in Europe.

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Bushehr: No admission to outsiders
Iran capitalizes on Obama's silence on Bushehr
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly August 24, 2010

How did US President Barack Obama come to misjudge the cost of assenting to the start-up of Iran's first nuclear reactor? In its latest issue out Friday, DEBKA-Net-Weekly  disclosed how Iran swiftly cashed this blank check in terms of boosting its nuclear bomb program and regional standing whereas Binyamin Netanyahu was left watching his policies vis-à-vis Iran and the Arab go into the red.
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We are leaving Iraq on schedule
Iraq poised for civil strife after US combat forces pull out
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly August 3, 2010

Spurred by the power vacuum in Baghdad, Iraq's Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish leaders are set to leap into inter-communal warfare with regional fallout after Aug. 31 when the US pulls the bulk of its combat troops out as President Barack promised.
In its latest issue out last Friday, DEBKA-Net-Weekly runs an exclusive on their plans for conflicts from which the US and its Transitional Force will not be able to stand aloof - especially if assigned the role of UN peacekeepers.
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Muscle-flexing by accusing America
Ahmadinejad: US and Israel plot wars within three months
DEBKAfile Special Report July 27, 2010

debkafile's Iranian sources quote President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying: "We have precise information that the Americans have devised a plot, according to which they seek to launch a psychological war on Iran. They plan to attack at least two countries in the region within the next three months," he said, without specifying which countries were the subjects of the alleged conspiracy, only hinting that Israel was directly involved.

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Obama signs first sanctions with bite
Iran threatens oil routes as Obama signs tough new energy sanctions
DEBKAfile Special Report July 2, 2010

A US-Iran showdown loomed closer early Friday, July 2, when President Barack Obama signed into law a series of energy sanctions, the toughest yet, against Iran's nuclear weapons program. Iran's defense minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi warned that searches of its ships or planes would have "dire consequences" for world security and the Middle East in particular.

The law shuts US markets to firms that provide Iran with gasoline and jet fuel as well as shipping and insurance services.

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Whispers no cure for voluble Turkish assaults
Missteps on Turkey weaken Netanyahu before talks with Obama
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 1, 2010

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahuhas his hands full calming the uproar in his cabinet over infrastructure minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer's failed meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu in a bid to narrow the widening rift between their governments. debkafile reports the prime minister has four days to stabilize his government before flying off to Washington.
Erdogan is exploiting the upset in Jerusalem to intensify his smear campaign against Israel.

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VP Joe Biden and Mubarak discuss ending Gaza siege and Netanyahu government
US twists Israel's arm to placate Erdogan, destabilize Netanyahu
DEBKAfile Special Report June 9, 2010

The US military engineers helping Egypt build a steel anti-smuggling wall along the strategic Philadelphi Route dividing Gaza from Sinai were suddenly recalled this week, debkafile's military sources report, during the talks President Joe Biden and Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak held in Sharm el-Sheikh. Anxious to placate Turkey, Washington abandoned its half-a-billion dollar investment in the steel wall and turned to reviewing the Netanyahu government's future.

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Turkish terrorists beat up Israel troops
Turkey, Israel near clash after terror cell exposed on flotilla. Israel flies embassy families out
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2010

To stop the flotilla crisis from spinning out of control, US president Barack Obama asked Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu to release all the remaining passengers without delay. His bid for Turkish restraint drew from PM Recep Erdogan the threat that if America did not punish Israel, Turkey would. Israel began evacuating diplomats' families from Turkey. Passengers said an al Qaeda-linked cell had imposed a quasi-military regimen aboard the Turkish Marmora.

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NSA James Jones stands up for Israel at NPT parley
Israel condemns "distorted" Nuclear Non-Proliferation Conference motion
DEBKAfile Special Report May 30, 2010

Israel will not heed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review conference resolution due to its "flawed, hypocritical and distorted nature," according to a government statement. Earlier, President Barack Obama deplored Israel's mention in the resolution, which called for a Middle East nuclear-free conference in two years. "We strongly oppose efforts to single out Israel," said Obama, "and US delegation leader NSA James Jones said this placed the 2012 conference prospects in doubt and called Iran the greatest nuclear proliferation threat in the region.

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The start of a new friendship?
Obama turns over a new leaf with Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2010

After more than a year, US president Barack Obama has suddenly stepped back from his icy treatment of Israel and its prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, debkafile's Washington sources report. In an effort to make amends, he sent his top advisers, including his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, with a public apology (of a kind) to leading American rabbis. George Mitchell has also been instructed not to twist Israel's arm in talks with the Palestinians.

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Israel's nuclear center at Dimona
Obama reaffirms US support for Israel's nuclear ambiguity
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 6, 2010

US president Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to back up Israel's policy of
nuclear ambiguity in a 20-minute telephone conversation with prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu Monday, May 3 in connection with the UN conference on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Ahead of the start of proximity talks with the Palestinians, Obama assured Netanyahu that the joint US-Egyptian drive for a nuclear-free Middle East would not apply to Israel before a comprehensive peace is forged with all its neighbors.

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What next after failed sanctions?
Who will pre-empt whom?
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly April 29, 2010

The US and Iran are racing ahead towards their next moves in case sanctions fail to deter Iran from building a nuclear bomb. DEBKA-Net-Weekly's coming issue out this Friday opens a window on President Barack Obama's new Iranian policy and Iran's plans to loose its allies against Israel in August - or sooner.
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US pulls another rug from Israeli security
Obama U-Turn on UN penalties for Iran, defensible borders for Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 19, 2010

President Barack Obama has given up on tough UN Security Council sanctions on Iran over its nuclear drive, and gone back on the longstanding American commitment assuring Israel of recognized and defensible borders in any future accommodation with its Arab neighbors.
In congratulating Israel on its 62nd Day of Independence, US Secretary of state Hillary Clinton mentions "recognized borders" while omitting the traditional qualifier "defensible."

 

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Another provocative offer
Ahmadinejad: Iran is Obama's way to stay in power
DEBKAfile Special Report April 16, 2010

With typical provocative arrogance, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad revealed he had told the US president in a letter that Barack Obama's power and success depends on Iran and "he should start cooperating with us in practice." debkafile reveals that the Obama administration is already engaged in behind-the-scenes cooperation with Tehran in Middle East arrangements that acknowledge Iran's regional supremacy - at Israel's expense. Jerusalem has not responded.

 

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