78 articles tagged "NATO"
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Leon Panetta
Panetta Brings Forward the US-NATO Exit, Pakistan Lets Al Qaeda Run for Office
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2012

NATO allies dismayed by US Defense Secretary's cutting the Afghanistan war short by one year without notice. Taliban is playing hard to get over peace talks while Pakistan retaliates for being cut out by letting an Al Qaeda front-man run for parliament.

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NATO Airlifts Libyans to Rebels, Russia Feeds Intel to Syrian Ruler
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 22, 2011

As NATO cargo planes airlifted Libyan fighters to join the anti-Assad Free Syrian Army units in Turkey, Syrian forces armed with Russian spy satellite intelligence waylaid FSA rebels and deserters, killing them where they stood. A large-scale exercise prepares Syrian army to repel a combined offensive.

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US RQ-170 stealth reconnaissance drone
Iran will retaliate "outside its borders" for US drone, may also block Hormuz
DEBKAfile Special Report December 4, 2011

Tehran latched onto US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's warning Friday, Dec. 2 that an Israeli strike at Iran's nuclear facilities would cause unpredictable results. Sunday, Iran issued two threats: to hit back beyond its borders for a US drone which its military claimed to have shot down in the east, and to force oil prices to soar to $250 a barrel if  an  embargo is imposed on its oil exports – a hint at  a Strait of Hormuz blockade.

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Western-Arab Military Intervention in Syria Has Begun
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 1, 2011

Small Western special forces units have begun filtering into Syria to prepare the ground for a major military operation by the US, several more NATO members and Gulf emirates, to captured northern Syria and use it as a beachhead to eventually dominate the rest of the country.

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Israel military post on Lebanese border
Katyusha fire on Israel was Syrian warning. Turkey ready for any scenario
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 29, 2011

debkafile reports that the Katyusha rocket volley from S. Lebanon which hit Galilee in northern Israel in the small hours of Tuesday, Nov. 29, was initiated by Hizballah commanders in South Lebanon, although claimed by the al Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades. Hizballah activated a Palestinian cell it controls in the Ain Hilwa refugee camp on behalf of its Damascus ally, after a group of NATO and Arab officers quietly established a command in Turkey for intervention in the Syrian crisis.

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F-15 at Decimomannu air base, Sardinia
UK expects Israeli attack on Iran next month with US logistical support
DEBKAfile Special Report November 10, 2011

British government ministers have been told to expect Israeli military action in the wake of the UN watchdog report  "as early as Christmas or very early in the new year," the London Daily Mail reported Thursday, Nov. 10.  They were told Israel would strike Iran's nuclear sites "sooner rather than later" – with "logistical support" from the US. A major US concern is said to be that a nuclear-armed Iran would spur Saudi Arabia and Turkey into developing their own weapons.

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German Air Force Tornado
German Air Force in training for Iran strike
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly November 8, 2011

Germany has put its Air Force Tornado warplanes in intensive training for a possible attack on targets in Iran, after taking part last week in a joint drill with the Israeli Air Force and other NATO members at the Italian Decimomannu air base on Sardinia.

Iran, for its part, is gearing up for a gloves-off reprisal against its attackers. DEBKA-Net-Weekly's latest issue out this Friday has exclusive details on this menacing military buildup.
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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

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 study the lessons of the Libyan campaign and apply them to Iran.

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A Grad Missile Team from Tripoli Improves the Aim of Palestinian Islamic Jihad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 4, 2011

Libyan Islamists go to Gaza to fight with the Palestinian Jihad Islami, bringing with them advanced Grad multiple missile launchers supplied by Qatar and the UAE and sold to Palestinian extremists. A thriving new weapons market with a price list rises in the W. Libyan town of Zintan.

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Israel Provided a Glimpse of Its Nuclear Capability – in Sight of Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 4, 2011

Israeli timed the unveiling of its first nuclear-capable missile, Jericho 3, for the run-up to the IAEA report on Iran, called in Vienna a game-changer. Washington is preparing harsh sanctions against Iranian oil exports and international banking for slapping down straight after the report.

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HMS Astute: British nuclear attack submarine
A military war of nerves against Iran: The US leads, Israel and UK go along
DEBKAfile Special Report November 2, 2011

A rush of military events was orchestrated Wednesday, Nov. 2, to persuade Tehran that the US, Britain and Israel are on the verge of a military operation unless it gives up its drive for a nuclear weapon - depending on President Barack Obama's okay. Israel would not participate in a US-led NATO strike on Iran but reserve its armed forces to defend the home front, guard the assault forces against Iran's allies and serve as a strategic reserve.

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Aerial photo of Hasaka plant in Syria
NATO squeezes Assad: A Syrian uranium enrichment plant "discovered"
DEBKAfile Special Report November 1, 2011

The disclosure Tuesday, Nov. 1, by the International Atomic Energy Agency - that a spinning factory built in the northeastern Syrian town of Hasaka in 2003 was in fact an enriched uranium site - had a purpose: To crowd Bashar Assad into talking to the leaders of the revolt against him instead of slaughtering them. debkafile's intelligence sources report that although the NATO commander firmly denied an alliance role in Syria, NATO is already there – and not just  members like Turkey. 

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Saif al-Islam
Did Saif al-Islam Turn in His Father Muammar Qaddafi?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 28, 2011

Muammar Qaddafi never trusted his eldest son Saif al Islam and cut him out in favor of his younger brother Mutassim as heir apparent. It was Saif who persuaded his father he would be safer in Sirte than in his desert sanctuary. But when Qaddafi was run to ground, Saif was somewhere else in Bani Walid.

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Tehran Bets on Assad Going on the Warpath before NATO Attacks Him
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 28, 2011

Iran and Hizballah declare NATO would never attack Syria, yet they are making military preparations for this very eventuality. Syria's only option to stem arms smuggling to the opposition is to seize large parts of Lebanon and Jordan, thus provoking a NATO assault.

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Tripoli's Martyrs' Square
US and NATO allies vie over "kudos" for Qaddafi's termination
DEBKAfile Special Report October 24, 2011

Behind the grisly images of Muammar Qaddafi's last moments on Thursday, Oct. 20, a quiet contest is afoot between the US and at least two NATO allies, France and Germany, over the credit for his termination and the ending of the alliance's military role in Libya. The episode demonstrated that in the Middle East and North Africa, the Western allies have no compunctions about terminating dictatorships abruptly nor about liberated societies shifting to fundamentalist Islamic regimes committed to Sharia law.

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Muammar Qaddafi's last moments
After helping to kill Qaddafi, NATO prepares to end Libya mission
DEBKAfile Special Report October 21, 2011

Once the fact of Muammar Qaddafi's abrupt demise on Thursday, Oct. 20, is absorbed, Libya will be left with the same power struggle - with the added horror of blood revenge pursued by his loyalists. debkafile's military sources report mounting indications that a NATO special forces unit – although of which nation is unknown – located and captured Muammar Qaddafi in the Sirte area, shot him in both legs and handed him over to a Misrata militia. NATO can now end its Libya mission.

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David Petraeus
The Arab Revolt and Libyan War Opened the Wrong Doors
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 7, 2011

The bid to replace toppled Arab regimes with pro-Western Arab democracies was a complete flop, the US and NATO intelligence chiefs meeting secretly in the third week of September agreed. In Libya, in particular the NATO operation on the side of the rebels opened the door for elements identified with Al Qaeda to move in on the capital and strategic locations.

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No More Military Adventures for NATO in Syria or Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 7, 2011

The consensus of US and Western intelligence chiefs at their closed door meeting in Langley was that NATO should count itself out of further military interventions in Arab uprisings in the coming year – especially in Syria - after its mistakes in Libya. Reliance on Turkey was seen as a letdown. The Yemeni crisis was judged more dangerous to broader regions of the Middle East and East Africa than the Syrian conflict.

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Israel F-15 warplanes react to Turkish harassment
Turkish warships harass Israeli freighters. Israeli missile boats off Cyprus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 2, 2011

Turkey's assertiveness has raised the concern of NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen and its fellow allies. Since Thursday, Sept. 29, Turkish warships have been harassing Israeli merchant vessels in waters off Cyprus, debkafile's military sources report, ordering them to change course in a bid to assert Turkish mastery in the eastern Mediterranean. Israel has sent warplanes to fly over the areas of the incidents.
Western naval sources say the situation is getting explosive enough to spark a major confrontation.

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Touareg fighters back Qaddafi
Qaddafi enlists new 12,000-strong army of Touareg tribal fighters
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2011

Muammar Qaddafi and his sons have raised a new army of 12,000 soldiers - all fighters of loyal Touareg tribes of the Sahara, debkafile’s military sources report.

Saturday, Sept. 24, Libyan rebel troops reportedly clashed with his diehards after entering the town of Sirte from the west. Two thousand kilometers to the south, in Niger, the ousted Libyan ruler won a guarantee of protection and alliance from the Touareg tribal council and their declaration of war on his enemies.

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