DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2011
The Middle East and North Africa are beset with two civil wars, have brought to power two military juntas, imperil seven regimes, including Pakistan and provided Al Qaeda with fresh fields to conquer.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 5, 2011
Egypt's suspension of gas supplies to Israel after the North Sinai pipeline was blown up Saturday, Feb 5 has suddenly cut Israel off from 25-30 percent of its gas needs and 80 percent of Jordan's. After the blast, Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmad Shafiq announced that gas supplied to both countries under contract would henceforth be diverted to domestic requirements. Israel is also deeply concerned by spreading Hamas occupation of North Sinai and on high alert for more sabotage of its power installations.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 29, 2011
Egypt, one of the only two Arab states to sign peace with Israel, is wobbling dangerously on the brink of revolutionary change. This week, Israel was dismayed to find itself looking suddenly at three latently hostile fronts about to spring up around its borders: After Lebanon was dropped into the Iranian orbit, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood gained altitude, and Hamas, its Palestinian offshoot in Gaza, is making hay, puffing itself up as an important new Middle East player.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 14, 2011
Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has been overthrown in a military coup. Friday, Jan. 14 he fled his riot-stricken country in the middle of his fifth term as president, handing interim authority to Prime Minister Mohammad Ghannoushi. debkafile's sources report the real power in the land is the army.
Arab regimes were dismayed by the fall of the Tunisian president, the first Arab ruler to be overthrown by street demonstrations making way for a military coup. Tourists are being evacuated and European flights to Tunis cancelled.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 22, 2010
Hard-pressed by Syrian and Turkish rulers, Jordan's King Abdullah II has sharply reduced the kingdom's military and intelligence collaboration with Israel after 60 years. debkafile's intelligence sources disclose Jordan has whittled cooperation down to the narrow border strip cutting down the middle of the Jordan River, retaining it only because it is a barrier against the flooding of the kingdom with hundreds of thousands of West Bank Palestinians. Abdullah next plans a state visit to Iran.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2010
If Jordan finally goes over to the Iranian-led radical bloc, it will open the door to reviving the old Eastern Front against Israel and adding an Iranian military presence around its borders. Obama is concerned but fears any Israeli military action would jeopardize his nuclear dialogue with Iran.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 22, 2010
Jordan's Abdullah II has mobilized his security services and ordered an urgent crackdown against a rising terror threat after two serious breaches caught them napping: The Jordanian triple agent Khalil Al-Balawi, who blew himself up at the CIA Forward Base Chapman in Afghanistan on Jan. 14, killing seven US agents and a Jordanian intelligence officer, and the roadside blasts which just missed Israeli diplomatic vehicles on a Jordanian road last Friday, Jan. 15
DEBKAfile Special Report January 9, 2010
Taliban-Pakistan released a video clip Saturday, Jan. 9, showing Hammam Khalil al Balawi, the suicide bomber who killed eight people at a CIA base in
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 8, 2010
The CIA made the mistake of repeating the same plan which finished Abu Musab al Zarqawi in Iraq in 2006, using the same Jordanian turncoat as a double agent. Al Qaeda turned the tables. The episode has embarrassed Jordan's King Abdullah and intensified the threat to his throne.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 5, 2009
While the Obama administration is preparing to stage a US-Israeli-Palestinian summit at the UN General Assembly in New York next month, Jordan's king Abdullah, who has always claimed to be an ardent champion of the Palestinians, is quietly acting to cut down their numbers and influence in his kingdom.
Just over 50% of Jordan's six million citizens are Palestinian.
On Aug, 6, he addressed the Jordanian General Staff in Amman with a warning that domestic and foreign plots were afoot to stir unrest among the Palestinian majority community.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 23, 2009
Jordan's King Abdullah II is hyperactive on the Palestinian issue to draw attention from the storm in Amman over his controversial decision to appoint his 9-year old son Hussein crown prince. This would mean sacking the incumbent, the king's 27-year old half-brother Prince Hazme, son of the late King Hussein and the US-born Queen Noor who lives in America.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2008
debkafile's Middle East sources disclose a signal victory in Hamas' expansionist drive Friday, May 2, when its members scooped up 28 of the 50 seats of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood Shura Council in a secret ballot.
Hamam Said, 64, a Palestinian Hamas operative from the West Bank town of Jenin, was elected the movement's General Guide by a single vote.
debkafile's counter-terror sources report several arrests by Egypt's security forces in Cairo, the central Delta town of Tanta and El Arish, northern Sinai, foiled the establishment of a joint Hamas-Muslim Brotherhood armed cell.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reveals why Jordan's Abdullah called off Ramallah trip at last minute: a dispute with kingdom's Palestinian community<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 19, 2007
Sunday, May 13, part of the royal entourage was already aboard two of the three royal helicopters ready for takeoff for Ramallah. There, a meeting had been scheduled between the king and Mahmoud Abbas on Amman's plan to restore Jordan's influence on the West Bank as the centerpiece of a new peace drive. However, Jordan's Palestinian community was roused to fury by debkafile's exclusive and detailed disclosure of the plan on Friday, May 11. Ramallah too was seriously embarrassed. (This disclosure appears in a separate item on this page.)
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reported: The plan to link Jordan and West Bank was presented to Israel and Palestinians last week by a high-ranking Jordanian emissary
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 18, 2007
According to our Middle East sources, Amman proposed the new state framework to be established before the rise of an independent Palestinian state.
Amman is acting out of concern for the shaky Palestinian Authority, but debkafile notes that the framework could draw Israeli into backdoor recognition of Hamas's role in Palestinian government.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Israel-Jordan tensions flare over discovery of king's covert support for hard-line Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 27, 2007
Israeli officials and army chiefs were taken aback by an intelligence report summing up two years of research, which exposed Jordan's King Abdullah, Israel's partner in peace and the war on terror, as being secretly in league with the Damascus-based radical Khaled Meshaal.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Jordanian intelligence aborts new al Qaeda network, points US attention to menace of Sinai and Gaza cells<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2007
Osama bin Laden's cells were planned for Jordan's main cities, structured on the same lines as the Iraq and Gaza networks.
debkafile's counter-terror sources report that Jordanian intelligence stumbled on the conspiracy by chance when a group of former contacts of Abu Musab al Zarqawi attempting to cross the Jordanian border to Syria were detained and confessed they were heading for an Al Qaeda training camp on the outskirts of Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 16, 2005
King Abdullah II is deeply preoccupied in restructuring governance in his realm according to a self-designed pattern of democracy. This month, he appointed a new government shorn of policy-making authority in the fields of foreign affairs, defense and home security, prerogatives that will pass to the royal court. Furthermore, he is acting to decentralize parliament in Amman. But along with these radical reforms, the Jordanian king's peripheral sight is fixed on his western neighbor. He has not missed Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas's descent deeper day by day into the morass of disorder and revolt. debkafile's Amman sources reveal that the king has decided on three provincial parliaments for Irbid in the north, Salt in the center and Kerak in the south. If invited to do so, he might consider a plan to make the West Bank the Jordanian kingdom's fourth wilaya.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 21, 2004
Shortly before the October 7 Sinai bombings at Taba and Nueiba, inhabitants of the Israeli Red Sea resort of Eilat noticed some strange goings-on across the bay in the Jordanian port city of Aqaba. The answer to the riddle was not long coming. One morning, they awoke to the sight of an enormous flag flying from a 136 meter- (446 foot) high pole. The flag, measuring 80 meters (262 feet) by 44 meters (144 feet), was almost the size of an American football field, a towering presence even against the backdrop of the 1,200 meter (3,900 feet) -high mountains behind Aqaba. It was the flag of the Hashemites. Through the many upheavals and disasters visited on them, the Hashemites never gave up their claim of common descent with the Prophet or their vision of returning to their roots, the Hijaz, now the western Red Sea province of Saudi Arabia.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 2, 2004
The building in the picture, the five-star Le Meridien Hotel, in the Shmeisani district of Amman, walking distance from the Hussein sports center and the Palace of Culture, was projected for reduction to charred rubble Friday, April 2 by a joint Hizballah-al Qaeda bomb team. This is revealed by debkafile's exclusive counter-terror sources. But part of that team was captured by Jordanian forces as it entered the kingdom from Syria at the Rahmtha crossing Wednesday, March 31, driving a suspicious looking pickup truck found on examination to be loaded with hundreds of kilos of explosives. The four detainees, questioned at Jordanian army security headquarters in Amman, soon gave them game away. They also disclosed that another one or two explosives-laden trucks with the rest of the terror team had managed to slip into Jordan before them and was at large - whereupon the royal security forces shot into pursuit mode and placed armed guards on the palaces, the US and Israeli embassies and strategic sites.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 21, 2002
Jordan's King Abdullah II flew to Cairo Sunday, April 21 to confer with President Hosny Mubarak of Egypt on the current Middle East crisis and the rising ferment in their countries. The two leaders are in close coordination on the problem of Yasser Arafat and his Palestinian Authority.