105 articles tagged "Middle East"
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A US Predator firing a missile
A new drone offensive awaits Al Qaeda – waged this time by Mid East powers without America
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly March 29, 2014, 10:51 PM (GMT+02:00)

President Barack Obama is determined to discontinue America’s drone operations against al Qaeda along with its disengagement from Afghanistan and Pakistan. But, as DEBKA Weekly reveals in its latest issue out last Friday, the drones will keep coming – with three major differences: This time, the jihadists will be hunted down in their latest Middle East habitats of Syria, Iraq and Egypt by the only regional powers with UAV capabilities: Saudi Arabia and Israel. And this time no Americans are involved. To track this drone-versus-terror offensive, subscribe to DEBKA Weekly by clicking here.

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Tayyip Recep Erdogan and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Ankara Schemes with Tehran to Scoop US Diplomacy on Syria and Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2014, 12:56 AM (GMT+02:00)

Erdogan visits Tehran to mark the end of Turkish cooperation with Washington and the start of a new era for the two non-Arab powers to start dominating the Middle East.

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Iranian president and nuclear negotiators cheered at home
Jerusalem, Riyadh stunned: Obama makes Iran 7th world power on regional issues, including Palestinians
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 25, 2013, 10:04 PM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile exclusive: President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have secretly consented to elevate Iran to the status of seventh world power, for signing the interim nuclear accord in Geneva on Nov. 24, living up to its obligations in the coming six months and then signing a comprehensive agreement. While demanding respect as a regional power, never in its wildest dreams did Tehran expect big power standing with a recognized authoritative role in the wider Middle East, including the Palestinian issue. Jerusalem and Riyadh are aghast.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
Did Obama Promise to Leap to the Defense of Israel’s Nuclear Program?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 11, 2013, 1:12 AM (GMT+02:00)

Vladimir Putin has begun pressing the case for divesting the Middle East of WMD and co-opting Barack Obama to the cause. He says Israel is so technologically advanced that it doesn’t need nuclear arms

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Obama’s New National Security Team Can’t Dodge the Middle East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2013, 12:20 AM (GMT+02:00)

Barack Obama’s new appointees, Susan Rice, National Security adviser, and Samantha Power, ambassador to the UN, favored US intervention in Libya but not Syria. They prefer to help the president achieve his pivot to Asia, but neither al Qaeda nor Iran will give them the chance.

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Iranian UAVs Swarm over Mid-East Skies as US Cuts Down on Their Use
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2013, 11:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran has discovered the attractions of its new unmanned aerial vehicles and is using them for increasingly reckless missions over strategic Middle East sites, including US forces, oil sites, army bases and Israel.

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Ayman al-Zawahiri
Al Qaeda Pounces with Renewed Vigor from Fortresses in Five Deserts
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 14, 2013, 9:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

Al Qaeda and its affiliates have retired to five African and Middle East deserts as safe, remote launching pads for their re-energized campaign of terror in the Middle East and beyond.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
The Brookings Faction Running US Mid-East Policy is Feared Unsympathetic to Israel’s Interests
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 15, 2013, 1:13 AM (GMT+02:00)

Jerusalem is unhappy about Obama’s new appointments to his Middle East desks. They are uniformly anti-interventionist, anti-military engagement and unsympathetic to Israel’s security concerns.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama
Obama Decides to Take on Iran’s Nuclear Program and Its Damascus-Hizballah Axis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2013, 12:47 AM (GMT+02:00)

Obama’s preoccupation with Iran and Syria was signaled by his green light for Israel’s air strike in Syria and the announcement of his coming visit to Israel for consultation with Binyamin Netanyahu on those subjects, leaving the peace process with the Palestinians for a later date. This change of ...

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Obama Steps Back from the Middle East, Turns to Pacific Orientation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 25, 2013, 1:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

Middle East leaders note the absence of an American military foothold in any of the region’s trouble spots, be they Syria, Mali, Algeria or Yemen. Obama is seen to have stepped back from the Middle East and turned his face toward the Pacific.

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What's next for the Middle East?
Obama-2 and the Middle East
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly November 8, 2012, 9:17 AM (GMT+02:00)

The latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly out last Friday offers an expert forecast of how Barack Obama is approaching the region’s hot-button crises in his second term as US President. First, he will go for a “Grand Bargain” with Iran on its nuclear program – then, fast deals with Moscow and Beijing to cool the crises of a war-torn Syria, a burgeoning Muslim Brotherhood and a rampant al Qaeda. Will he keep US ties with Israel and other allies ambivalent? And will Obama diplomacy work better this time?
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US election's winners and losers
Barack Obama wins reelection: Mid East faces nuclear Iran, Brotherhood grip
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 7, 2012, 7:04 AM (GMT+02:00)

Some Middle East nations, including the Persian Gulf and Israel, view with trepidation four more years of Barack Obama. They envisage the continued hitching of US regional influence on the Muslim world – Sunni and Shiite alike – through the acceptance of a nuclear Iran and the sponsorship of Muslim Brotherhood rule of Sunni Arab nations. Israel is caught in a vise between Iran, whose leaders call openly for Israel’s extinction, which is achievable only by nuclear aggression, and the hostile Muslim Brotherhood.

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Vladimir Putin
Russia’s Wide Berth from Syrian Escalation and Strike on Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2012, 10:49 PM (GMT+02:00)

A plague on all your houses, says Vladimir Putin as he pulls Russia and its army away from escalating Middle East violence in consequence of the foreign intervention he anticipates in Syria and an attack on Iran. Russian arms deliveries are cut off to Iran and Syria.

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Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama
Russia Enlists China and Iran to Defeat US Middle East Interests
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2012, 11:11 PM (GMT+02:00)

Russian President Vladimir Putin started putting his plans for Russia to displace the US at key Middle East points at the Moscow nuclear talks and the G20 summit in Mexico where he enlisted China and Iran to defeat Washington’s plans. Starting out with a scheme of revenge for Libya, his ...

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Less than cordial meeting at the G20
Obama helps Russia back on its feet in the Arab arena
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly June 19, 2012, 9:47 PM (GMT+02:00)

Russian President Vladimir Putin is in over-drive to recover Moscow’s overriding influence in the Arab world, which it lost to the United States in 1973. To roll the march of history back 39 years, Putin is enlisting China and Iran.  The latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly issue out last Friday focuses on Russia’s comeback and Barack Obama’s prospects of pushing it back, given his reliance on the sympathy of the Muslim Brotherhood and the backing of an unpopular Turkey and a systematically disempowered Israel.
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Tayyip Erdogan and Barack Obama
Obama Made Turkey His Mid East Linchpin on US Intelligence Advice
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2012, 10:54 PM (GMT+02:00)

 

A new US intelligence position paper addressed to the Oval Office makes Tayyip Erdogan the linchpin of Obama’s Middle East and Iran policies after he showed the flag by accepting a US radar station, part of NATO’s anti-Iran missile shield. This won him a harsh dressing-down by ...

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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan
Erdogan's illness impacts events around Syria and Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 18, 2011, 10:48 PM (GMT+02:00)

Extreme concern was quietly voiced Sunday, Dec. 18, by American and European official circles over the state of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's health – and especially its impact on present and impending events in Syria and other parts of the Middle East, including Iran, debkafile's Western intelligence sources report. Those sources say Erdogan is suffering from Rectosigmoid cancer. The prolonged treatment he needs is already affecting policy-making and has sparked the first signs of a power struggle within his ruling AKP party.
 

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Admiral Kuznetzov
Moscow Holds onto Syria, Its Last Military Outpost in the Middle East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 1, 2011, 10:35 PM (GMT+02:00)

After failing in Libya, Russia's Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev are determined not to let Syria, Moscow's only strategic partner in the Middle East, slip out of their hands. If Bashar Assad can't be saved, Moscow wants to be sure Damascus does not fall completely under Western sway.

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Barack Obama
Obama Set to Attack Iran's Nuclear Sites by the Fall of 2012
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 4, 2011, 1:33 AM (GMT+02:00)

Regional leaders hope the US is ready for a fresh start to reestablish its influence after exiting Iraq. They count on an attack on Iran overturning the regimes in Tehran and Damascus although their rulers will fight to the death. NATO and Israel have embarked on joint maneuvers to ...

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US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
Israel's isolation rooted in US-imposed military inaction, Arab revolt backing
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 3, 2011, 8:52 AM (GMT+02:00)

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Israel of increasing isolation in the Middle East and said "Israeli leaders must restart negotiations with the Palestinians and work to restore relations with Egypt and Turkey." Before landing in Israel Monday, Oct. 3, he also said:“Real security can only be achieved by both a strong diplomatic effort as well as a strong effort to project your military strength.”
debkafile: Israel is paying the price for not striking Iran and for Washington's evolving ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.

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