British premier Gordon Brown lands in Baghdad, announces 1,000 troops will be home by Christmas, the rest in new year
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 3, 2007, 8:16 PM (GMT+02:00)
After talks with Brown Tues. Oct. 2, Iraqi PM al Maliki said Iraqi government forces would assume complete control of security in Basra province within two months.
debkafile reports that Brown's announcement was motivated more by domestic British politics than progress in pacifying the province, where five years of ...
Moscow orders 4 British diplomats to leave, states "further cooperation with UK impossible in war on terror" <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 20, 2007, 10:24 AM (GMT+02:00)
In a further strain on relations, Russia also restricted visas for British officials in response to "unfriendly gestures by the UK." The Kremlin has thus raised the stakes past tit for tat for London's expulsion of four Russian officials in reprisal for Moscow's refusal to extradite Andrei Lugovoi, the leading ...
Moscow escalates extradition row, warns of retaliation for London's expulsion of four Russiam diplomats <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2007, 12:57 PM (GMT+02:00)
Russian Dep. Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said Tuesday a targeted response would be coming soon for London's expulsion of 4 Russian FSB-linked intelligence officers from the embassy. The UK is retaliating for Moscow's refusal to extradite Andrew Lugovoi, the leading suspect in the murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko.
Australian police charge Indian doctor in connection with failed terrorist attacks in the UK last month<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 15, 2007, 1:38 PM (GMT+02:00)
Mohammed Haneef, who worked at a Queensland state hospital, was the second person charged in the plot after Bilal Abdullah in Britain. The Australian charge only specified "reckless" support for a terrorist organization while Abdullah was accused of conspiring to detonate explosions in Britain. The only woman of the seven ...
FBI says Mohammed Asha and another suspect in failed car bombings in Britain contacted doctors' clearing house for work in US<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2007, 4:15 PM (GMT+02:00)
An FBI spokeswoman said Asha, a Jordanian-Palestinian physician, contacted the Philadelphia-based Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates in the last year but apparently did not take the test.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: Dismay in Washington and Jerusalem over Tony Blair's first steps as Middle East Quartet's envoy<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2007, 8:30 PM (GMT+02:00)
Shortly after the former British prime minister stepped into his new job, he assured Russia and the Europeans that he did not mean to adhere to the US-Israeli boycott of Hamas. One of his first tasks would be to establish ties with Hamas representatives in Gaza and Damascus.
London police refuse comment on US TV report of "crystal clear" CCTV image of driver running from first bomb car. Hunt on for terrorist-drivers as police boost London presence.<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2007, 8:45 AM (GMT+02:00)
Two parked Mercedes cars containing explosive devices packed with petrol, gas and nails were disabled in the heart of London Friday. The suspected al Qaeda bomb plot has placed London on high alert.
The second car, illegally parked near Trafalgar Sq., was towed to the Park Lane pound near Hyde Park ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 30, 2007, 2:30 PM (GMT+02:00)
Scotland Yard, with all its protestations of leveling frankly with the London public on the two foiled car bomb attacks on central London Friday, June 29, has referred to 60 liters of gasoline, gas canisters and nails found in the two Mercedes, which would have cost many lives had they ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 19, 2007, 11:35 AM (GMT+02:00)
In an question-answer session at the Conservative Friends of Israel, Cameron said: "If what you mean by Zionist, someone who believes that the Jews have a right to a homeland in Israel and a right to their country then yes, I am a Zionist and I'm proud of the fact ...
Former KGB officer wanted by UK for Litvinenko murder says British secret service tried to recruit him
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 1, 2007, 11:10 PM (GMT+02:00)
At a dramatic news conference in Moscow Thursday, Andrei Lugovoi, whose extradition to the UK Russia has refused, accused the British MI6 of trying to recruit him to gather compromising material against Russian president Vladimir Putin and his family.
Lugovoi is charged in Britain with murdering Alexander Litvinenko in London last ...
British academics' anti-Israel boycott plans are in total conflict with UK-Israeli friendly relations, Israel foreign minister tells British Foreign Secretary <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 1, 2007, 11:01 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tzipi Livni called Margaret Beckett Friday, June 1, to report that Israel takes a grave view of the British University and College Union's vote to circulate to its branch offices a Palestinian call for a "comprehensive and consistent international boycott of all Israeli institutions," including a European funding freeze.
Palestinian Hamas terrorist honored guest at prestigious English literary festival, shares platform with British premier-to-be Gordon Brown <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2007, 12:50 PM (GMT+02:00)
An invited guest to the Hay Literary Festival in Wales, Ghazi Hamad, Hamas spokesman, assured his audience that BBC reporter Alan Johnston, kidnapped by Hamas' allies two months ago, is alive and well: "No one has tried to harm him or hurt him," he said and he will be released ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 27, 2007, 5:59 PM (GMT+02:00)
Sunday, May 27, was a red letter day for Hamas. One of the hundreds of Qassam missiles fired from Gaza in the last 12 days hit a car in Sderot's center driven by 35-year old Oshri Oz from Hod Hasharon, whose company provides computer services in the battered town. He ...
Iran could be able to build a nuclear bomb in less than a year, says UK opposition leader David Cameron<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2007, 6:51 PM (GMT+02:00)
This confronts the world with one of its most urgent threats, he said. The Conservative leader declined to rule out military action against Tehran's nuclear facilities, but stressed the drawbacks. "Iran having a nuclear weapon would be calamity, but military action could be calamitous," he said and predicted, "The next ...
Jaish al-Islam releases tape on Islamic website demanding UK free jailed Islamic radicals for BBC reporter Alan Johnston<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 11, 2007, 1:22 PM (GMT+02:00)
It was accompanied by what appeared to be a picture of Johnston's BBC identification card. The group, now using one al Qaeda-Palestine's names, is also holding the Israeli soldier Gilead Shalit. The statement says: "We demand from Britain that it release our prisoners and particularly the Palestinian Sheikh Abu Qatada, ...
Scottish National Party beats Labor, pledges independence referendum. The vote was marred by ballot chaos<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 6, 2007, 9:04 AM (GMT+02:00)
Unofficial returns award SNP 47 parliamentary seats, 46 to the ruling Labor, which has suffered a beating in local council votes across the United Kingdom. In England, the opposition Conservatives made big gains at Labor's expense.
Counting was thrown into disarray over 100,000 spoilt votes and other hitches in Scotland, where ...
British journalists' call to boycott Israeli goods is condemned in many quarters - British and international
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2007, 2:00 PM (GMT+02:00)
Friday, April 13, the British National Union of Journalists voted to boycott Israeli goods as part of a protest against last year's war in Lebanon. The vote, carried 66 to 54, read: "This ADM calls for a boycott of Israeli goods similar to those boycotts in the struggles against apartheid ...
British officer serving with the US Navy's Fifth Fleet is relieved of senior command over "loss of confidence" <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2007, 2:06 PM (GMT+02:00)
UK Commander Christopher Rankin served as head of the Electronic Attack Squadron aboard the Eisenhower aircraft carrier. A spokesman for the US Navy's Fifth Fleet headquarters in Manama, Bahrain, made the announcement Monday. He said Rankin was sacked over a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." The spokesman ...