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Iran forced to backtrack on guided nuclear tour for NAM leaders and Ban
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 28, 2012, 1:51 PM (GMT+02:00)

Tehran was forced to eat crow and backtrack on its ploy for winning international recognition for its nuclear program by showing Non-Aligned Summit leaders and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon around its nuclear sites. The tour was planned for Wednesday, Aug. 29. However, debkafile reports that Washington intervened Tuesday and “advised” NAM participants as well as Ban to turn Tehran down on its nuclear tour, which was to have included the suspected nuclear-related explosives testing lab at Parchin.

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Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi
Al Qaeda Salafists target kibbutz and IDF post on second day of strikes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2012, 10:20 PM (GMT+02:00)

Al Qaeda missiles struck Kibbutz Kholit opposite the Egyptian-Gazan-Israeli border junction and an IDF post in the Kissufim district Monday, Aug. 28, debkafile reveals, in line with the terrorists' tactic of holding Israel hostage as a lever for bending Cairo to their will.  The IDF communiqué omitted to mention those attacks - only the Qassam rocket targeting Sderot that morning.  Al Qaeda’s affiliates timed their strikes for derailing talks the Egyptian defense minister and army chief held Monday with Sinai Bedouin chiefs.

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Found in possession of terror cells in Saudi Arabia
Al Qaeda targets Riyadh, Jeddah and Sderot. Saudi cell had chemicals
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2012, 10:23 PM (GMT+02:00)

For the first time, a thread links the triple rocket attack on the Israeli town of Sderot, with the two terrorist cells captured in Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – Sunday, Aug. 26, debkafile reports. Both were conceived by Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula. AQAP has ordered its Sinai cells and Egyptian and Palestinian offshoots to step up their attacks and hold Israeli towns, Eilat and Sderot, hostage against pursuit. Fears that chemicals held by the Saudi cell may have reached Sinai.
 

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US Hornet F/A-18
Would US military intervention in Syria stop Israeli strike on Iran?
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly August 22, 2012, 10:34 AM (GMT+02:00)

A powerful US administration faction is pushing hard for military intervention in Syria now. It argues the time is ripe and fast action would have the added value of delaying an Israeli strike against Iran. Jumping into the fray, the latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly out last Friday judged the strength of the anti-interventionists surrounding President Barack Obama. Their only concession was the president’s threat this week to Bashar Assad against using chemical and biological weapons.
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Iranian leaders in Israel’s sights after calling for its destruction
DEBKAfile Video August 21, 2012, 5:57 PM (GMT+02:00)

Some Western intelligence circles suggest that Israel may choose to disable Iran’s nuclear program by eliminating its leaders.

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Egyptian M60 tanks transported to Sinai Aug. 9
Cairo uses illicit Sinai tanks to bargain for massive US aid
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2012, 9:04 AM (GMT+02:00)

Israel has asked the Obama administration to intervene with Cairo for the removal of Egyptian tanks deployed in Sinai without permission, fearing they are there to stay. This issue has become tangled up in broader issues: President Mohamed Morsi hints that substantial US economic aid is the key to the tanks’ removal, the launch of a major Egyptian offensive on al Qaeda-linked Sinai terrorists and his refusal of an invitation to visit Tehran. Israel has posted an Iron Dome battery in Eilat against more missile strikes from Sinai.

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Syrian CBW ordnance
Syria’s neighbors braced for chemical threat. Assad warns Turkey on Stingers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 17, 2012, 10:14 AM (GMT+02:00)

The disclosure Thursday night, Aug.16 by an American source that a worst-case scenario could require up to 60,000 ground troops for securing Syria's chemical and biological weapons sites was meant as psychological preparation for chemical warfare, say debkafile’s military sources, as Syria’s neighbors make ready.
Assad, armed with Tehran’s pledge of all-out support delivered by Saeed Jalilee, threatens to give Turkish PKK Kurdish rebels SA-8 anti-air missiles if any more Stingers are delivered to the Syrian rebels. Ankara: That would mean war.

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The Saudis Tell Their Guest Ahmadinejad: Attack Us at Your Peril
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 16, 2012, 11:55 PM (GMT+02:00)

Saudis offered Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Mecca a non-aggression pact. Tehran rejection would lay Iran open to attack. The Iranian president sought counter-guarantees that Saudi Arabia would not be party to US or Israeli attacks. It is up to Khamenei to decide what next.

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Al Qaeda Posts 6,000 Armed Men in Sinai and Gaza for Attacking Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 16, 2012, 11:55 PM (GMT+02:00)

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has set up house in Sinai and Gaza, dedicating itself to attacks on Israel. The Egyptian army’s big counter-terror offensive shows no signs of taking off, although its M-60 tanks looking like having come to stay on the Israeli border.

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Top US officials lay out Israel's limitations.
Neither US nor Israel can destroy Iran’s nuclear capabilities, only cause delay
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 15, 2012, 8:48 AM (GMT+02:00)

US Gen. Martin Dempsey said Tuesday, Aug. 14 Israel could “delay but not destroy Iran’s nuclear capabilities.” debkafile: Israel's leaders and military chiefs don’t pretended otherwise, because even a US strike could no longer destroy those capacities. Today, an Israeli attack could delay Iran for a couple of years; an American strike, for 4-5 years. 2007 was the last moment for totaling the program. But the longer action is held off now the shorter the delay achievable in Iran’s bomb-building time table.

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Chemical bomb shells
US sets up teams with Israel, Jordan, Turkey against chemical attack
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 12, 2012, 12:51 PM (GMT+02:00)

The United States last week began laying plans for the contingency of Syrian chemical warfare by setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan. All three are feared under threat by Syrian president Bashar Assad, debkafile reports - as are US military facilities there. The White House, the CIA and the Pentagon’s DIA are laying odds on a Syrian unconventional attack, and all three countries under potential threat have ordered their medical services to make preparations.

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President Morsi with army chief Field Marshal Tantawi in Sinai
Morsi's anti-terror ploy to root out pro-US influence in Cairo, cut Israel from Sinai
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 10, 2012, 2:38 PM (GMT+02:00)

Israel willingly acceded to Cairo’s request for permission to deploy fighter planes and armored troop carriers in Sinai - a demilitarized buffer zone under their 1979 peace treaty – in support of President Mohamed Morsi’s counter-terror offensive against lawless Islamist bands. debkafile reports: It was soon realized in Washington and Jerusalem that the “offensive” was largely bogus and being used less for eliminating Salafi terrorists and more for purging the Egyptian military of pro-Western influence and promoting its takeover by the Muslim Brotherhood.

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New Egyptian intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Mohamed Shehata
Morsi axes military, intelligence chiefs over Sinai security breakdown
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 8, 2012, 8:56 PM (GMT+02:00)

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, in conjunction with military chief Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi, fired a row of top military, intelligence and police officials Wednesday, Aug. 8, after more armed Islamist attacks on Egyptian troops. Morsi replaced Intelligence chief Gen. Mourad Mowafi with Maj. Gen. Mohamed Shehata, and fired the governor of North Sinai, Abdel Wahab Mabrouk, as well as other officials.  The president acted expeditiously to quell street protest over declining Sinai security but is not yet grappling with its root cause, Islamist terror.

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Khamenei's emissary breaks fast with Nasrallah
High Iranian official in Beirut for urgent talks with Hizballah on Syria, Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 7, 2012, 1:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

Monday, Aug. 6, the head of Iran’s National Security Council Saeed Jalili touched down in Beirut shortly after Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani declared: "The fire that has been ignited in Syria will take the fearful (Israelis) with it. Jalili (not Larijani as misreported earlier) came for urgent on-the-spot coordination with Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah before continuing Tuesday to Damascus. They discussed  ways of stamping Iran’s mark on Syria after Bashar Assad’s exit. Military plans against Israel are part of their schemes.

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Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz inspects terror vehicle
Was Iran behind coordinated Islamist attacks on Egypt and Israel from Sinai?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 6, 2012, 9:22 AM (GMT+02:00)

The initial Egyptian and Israeli accounts of the attacks in which 16 Egyptian soldiers were killed and the Israeli border crashed Sunday night, Aug. 5, don’t match up:  Egypt points the finger at the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip; Israel at Sinai salafists. debkafile postulates a third option: Tehran may have harnessed its Gaza Strip proxies and a Sinai al Qaeda cell for coordinated attacks on Egyptian and Israeli military targets to avenge Al Qaeda’s enlistment to the Western-Arab-backed revolt against Bashar Assad.

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Egyptian APC seized by terrorists, bombed by Israel
Salafists kill 15 Egyptian Sinai troops, are stopped crashing Israeli border
DEBKAfile Special Report August 5, 2012, 11:03 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Israeli Air Force struck two APCs seized by Sinai Salafis who first stormed an Egyptian post on the Egyptian-Israeli border Sunday night, Aug. 5, killing at least 15 Egyptian commandos, injuring many and kidnapping an unknown number. The gunmen then smashed the APCs through to the Kerem Shalom terminal. The one which got across was destroyed by the IAF.  debkafile: This appears to be the first Sinai-based Islamist reprisal against Egyptian troops for an Israeli counter-terror operation in the Gaza Strip.

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Obama’s Dilemma: Take Lead on Iran Attack from Israel - or Delay until Tactical Nuclear Strike Is Only Recourse
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 3, 2012, 12:43 AM (GMT+02:00)

Iran’s fast-advancing mega-fortification for its nuclear sites gives Israel and its current military capabilities no more than three months for a disruptive - not destructrive - attack on its nuclear program with conventional weapons. A delay will make a tactical nuclear strike the only feasible option. That is the ...

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Khamenei Warns Iran’s Top Leaders: WAR IN WEEKS
DEBKAfile Video August 1, 2012, 8:54 AM (GMT+02:00)

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called a “last war council” of top military chiefs Friday, July 27, ordered Iran's biggest fortification program ever to protect its nuclear sites.

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US Massive Ordnance Penetrator
Getting set for Iran war
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly July 31, 2012, 7:04 PM (GMT+02:00)

US, Israeli, Saudi and Iranian war preparations are on fast forward, as the coming issue of DEBKA-Net-Weekly discloses in detail next Friday. All their leaders face agonizing decisions in the weeks ahead. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is on a tour of inspection to make sure US Middle East military forces are ready for an operation against Iran. Its timeline is now pared down to weeks because Iran's ongoing mega-fortifications threaten to make its nuclear facilities indestructible - even by American super-weapons.
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Tape of Hizballah kidnaps of two Israeli soldiers in 2006
Pointed reminder that Hizballah still holds the cards for making war on Israel
DEBKAfile Special Report July 28, 2012, 12:22 PM (GMT+02:00)

Hassan Nasrallah has released a video clip recording Hizballah’s 2006 raid which ended in the deaths of eight IDF soldiers and the kidnapping of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. Hot military pursuit for their rescue mired Israel in the ill-prepared, misconceived Second Lebanon war which Hizballah claimed to have won. debkafile: The tape is designed and timed as a warning to Israel that Nasrallah is free to launch his next war with a similar ending any time now, fully backed by Iran and Syria.

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