217 articles tagged "Iraq"
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Nouri al-Maliki
Iran Grabs Iraq as Jumping-Off Pad against Saudi Arabia and Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 22, 2011

Gulf rulers led by Saudi Arabia say that by packing up its bags and leaving, the US military abandoned Iraq the country to an Iranian power grab led by Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and released its sectarian demons. They are therefore determined to go it alone against Iran.

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Damascus Places Scud Missiles on Turkish Border, Orders 3 Million WMD Masks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 15, 2011

Syria has moved Scud missiles, some tipped with chemical warheads, to its border with Turkey, reinforced its tank units on the Jordanian border and airlifted from Russia three million face masks against chemical and biological weapons.

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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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US 1st Brigade departs Iraq
US units exiting Iraq deployed in Jordan to forestall Syrian attack
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 13, 2011

Units of US troops evacuated from Iraq have been diverted to positions in Jordan opposite a Syrian tank concentration building up across the kingdom's northern border, debkafile reports.The incoming US contingents are housed at the King Hussein Air Base of al-Mafraq, 10 kilometers from the Syrian border. They are the first US boots to hit the ground directly opposite Assad's army, brought there by Bashar Assad's threat to set the Middle East on fire if the pressure against him persists.

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On their way out
US pullback to leave 30,000 Iranian Al Qods fighters sitting in Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 23, 2011

The US exit from Iraq at year's end leaves in place 30,000 fighters of Iran's Al Qods Brigades trained in elite guerilla warfare. At least half are disguised as private security personnel for Iraqi ministers and politicians in Baghdad, providing Tehran with a strong lever of manipulation. America's Iraq war therefore draws to a close as thousands of Al Qods operatives take up positions in the Green Zone, the Baghdad enclave built at great cost for US headquarters in Iraq.   

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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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Kuwait's Grand Mubarak Port under construction
Iran stirs up new conflict: Its Iraqi terrorist arm shoots Scuds at Kuwait
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2011

Three Scud missiles flying from Iraq to Kuwait early Friday, Aug. 26 were launched by the Iran-backed Ketaeb Hizballah of Iraq. They exploded harmlessly, but debkafile's sources report that the first such attack since the US 2003 invasion of Iraq carried a warning to Kuwait: Halt construction of the Grand Mubarak Port opposite the Iraqi shore - or else face a destructive barrage. It was also the first time any Middle East terrorist group had used Scud missiles.

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Early Warnings of Trouble in Kuwait, Paris & London, Riyadh
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 12, 2011

Kuwait prepares for war on Shatt al-Arb outlet to Persian Gulf after Iranian proxy threat against mega-port. Al Qaida threatens Paris, tries to hitch a ride on Britain's mob riots. And Saudi Arabia is braced for dangerous Sunni street protests against the throne.

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Bashar Assad
A Saudi Plan for a New Sunni State Straddling Euphrates River
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 5, 2011

While his bloody crackdown on Hama grabs headlines, and Bashar Assad's fights for his life against his people, Saudi Arabia eyes the eastern Euphrates Valley and its towns of Deir el-Zour and Abu Kamal for severance from Syria to link up with the Iraqi Anbar province and form a new Sunni Muslim republic under their protection.

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Leon Panetta and Masoud Barzani
Iranian Troops Thereupon Invade the Kurdish Republic
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2011

The Iraqi Prime Minister's delay in confirm his deal with US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta for an American military nucleus to remain in Iraq after the pullout persuaded the US official to cut a back-up deal with semi-autonomous Kurdistan to provide the US army and air force with bases to compensate for Baghdad's shortcomings.

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Four Big Air Bases, 15,000 Troops: For Defending Baghdad and Oil, and Facing Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 15, 2011

New US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki quietly agree to at least 15,000 US troops remaining in Iraq after 2011in the guise of diplomats and other civilian personnel with America keeping control of four big air bases – two of them facing Iran. The Iraqi prime minister is dragging his feet before making this understanding public.

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Riyadh's Hand in 10 Arab and Muslim Countries
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2011

King Abdullah is determined to save his friends from the fate suffered by Egypt's Hosni Mubarak. The second-generation Saudi royals have got together to pull the kingdom away from its long dependence on the US and command its own fate and interests, even at the price of clashing with Washington. Assertive as never before, the kingdom is actively involved in 10 Arab and Muslim countries.

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Saudi tanks in Bahrain
Iran squares off against Saudi Arabia over Bahrain's annexation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2011

The accord reached between Saudi King Abdullah and the Bahraini monarch Hamas bin Isa Al Khalifa for the oil island's virtual annexation by Riyadh has so incensed Tehran that armed Iranian-Saudi clashes with the potential for all-out warfare may be unavoidable, debkafile's sources estimate.
Shiite-ruled Iraq would back Tehran in the first Shiite-Sunni collision to be sparked by the wave of unrest sweeping the Arab world.  The annexation was first revealed by DEBKA-Net-Weekly on March 25.

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Entry of Saudi Forces Fires up Middle East Sunni-Shiite Discord
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2011

By stepping into Bahrain, the Saudis took the calculated risk of accelerating Sunni-Shiite discord across the region. Because of the challenge to its religious supremacy from Iraq, Tehran is re-thinking the wisdom of its decision to hijack the Arab uprisings.

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First Saudi street demonstration
Middle East oil war spreads. First demos in Saudi Arabia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 26, 2011

Iraq's biggest oil refinery at Baiji, 180 kilometers north of Baghdad, was blown up early Saturday, Feb. 26, by an Al Qaeda cell activated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Al Qods Brigades, debkafile's Middle East sources report. Tehran is using the Middle East turbulence to generate fuel shortages in Iraq and boost oil prices worldwide. Thursday night saw the first signs of unrest in Saudi Arabia with demonstrations by young people and by Shiites living and working in the kingdom's eastern oil regions..

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Iraqi-born Stocholm bomber
Same hand behind Stockholm and Time Square bombings
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 14, 2010

The Swedish investigation into the country's first suicide bombing Saturday, Dec. 11, quickly found that the bomb car which exploded during a shopping rush in the heart of Stockholm was part of a well-planned, sophisticated terror operation, prepared several months in advance to inflict a large number of casualties.The Islamist terror group had drawn lessons from the failed Times Square car bombing. Unlike Faisal Shahzad who fled, Taimour al-Abdaly was a walking bomb arsenal.

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Iraqi power-sharing is dead.
Iran's Baghdad feat will force US to engage Hizballah, Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 15, 2010

Iyad Allawi, whose Al Iraqiya party won Iraq's general election last April, was forced to admit Friday, Nov. 12 upon losing the premiership to the pro-Iranian incumbent Nouri Al-Malaki that "the concept of power-sharing in Iraq was dead. For Iraq" he said, "there will be tensions and violence, probably." That day, too, debkafile's sources report, Hizballah's Hassan Nasrallah asserted that what happened in Baghdad is destined for Beirut, marking Tehran's next Middle East target for wresting from Washington.

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Hizballah strikes US troops in Iraq, clears way for anti-Israel Eastern Front
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 6, 2010

Terrorists attacking US troops in Iraq are masterminded, trained and abetted by officers of the Lebanese Hizballah. A US intelligence source told debkafile Monday, Sept. 6: "Hizballah is striking US targets in Iraq as sub-contractor for Iran and Syria."Our sources report Hizballah is spearheading their drive to resuscitate the Eastern Front which threatened Israel in the days of Saddam Hussein. Its contemporary form would be led from Tehran.

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US convoy
Some Trucked to US Emergency Stores in Israel, Some Goes to IDF
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2010

While most of the equipment goes through the US emergency depot in Kuwait and transferred to Afghanistan as needed, some key items went to the Israeli Defense Forces, including light armored combat vehicles, command vehicles, light and heavy trucks, fuel tankers, all-terrain vehicles, communications vehicles and ambulances .

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Barack Obama
War Vultures Prepare to Swoop
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 6, 2010

All of Iraq's communities are getting set for civil war - Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds, with Iranian preparing to take over the South.

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