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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2010
To stop the flotilla crisis from spinning out of control,
DEBKAfile Special Report May 30, 2010
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2010
After more than a year,
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 6, 2010
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly April 29, 2010
The US and
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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.
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