DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2014
The newly announced Islamic Caliphate is now reportedly issuing passports, and has set up a Cabinet to oversee their territory in Syria and Iraq.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2014
Without a strong army or allies, Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is considering a retreat to the south and the creation of a Shiite state bolstered by Basra’s oilfields.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 27, 2014
Al Qaeda’s change of course was recorded by President Obama in his “nukes on the loose” war game. Ayman Zawahiri has changed course and is again instructing al Qaeda terrorists to go back to targeting big US cities.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2014
Al Qaeda in Iraq (ISIS) is eyeing Iraqi oil to produce funding for its jihad against the Shiite prime minister in Baghdad, like the revenue generated from its seizure of Syrian oilfields.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2013
The Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is blatantly defying Washington by ranging its army along the 600-km Syrian border on orders from Tehran and consenting to aid Bashar Assad’s war on Syrian rebels, especially al Qaeda.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2012
Russia is ready to supply Iraqi Kurdistan with assault helicopters after Obama refused the KRG leader’s request for an air force. Moscow has acquired a stake in the oil of Kirkuk and accepts the Kurds’ need of an air force to protect it. Iraqi prime minister Maliki plands to counter the Kurds with a bid for $4.3 bn worth of Russian arms, including weapons for downing Kurdish helicopters.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 5, 2012
Kurdistan's regional president Masoud Barzani claims America has betrayed the Kurds and left them at the prey of Iraq's Shiite prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has already cut off oil revenues due to the Kurdish republic under a sealed and signed accord.
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.
DEBKAfile Special Report December 17, 2011
Tehran offers to slow uranium enrichment in stages in step with the lifting of sanctions. The Obama administration is listening - provided Iran ditches Assad. This exchange of messages was carried by Iraqi PM Nouri al Maliki when he visited Washington this week. It was the main subject of President Barack Obama's talks with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak Friday, Dec. 16. Israel is concerned that Iran has again contrived to buy time and leeway for completing its nuclear weapon program.
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.
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.
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 15, 2010
Prime minister Nouri al-Maliki was injured in an attempt on his life last Thursday, March 11, debkafile discloses. His armored convoy came under an RPG-automatic fire attack after a bomb hit his car. US and Iraqi authorities have blacked out the incident, but our sources learn he is being treated at the American military hospital for moderate-to-serious injuries, lifting the chances of his main rival Iyad Allawi to become
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 9, 2010
Preliminary Iraqi election results show incumbent prime minister Nouri Maliki returned with a commanding 100 parliamentary seats out of 325 and the ability to form a pro-American coalition with Iyad Allawi's secular alliance and the Kurdish bloc that will be stable enough for US troops to depart Iraq on schedule.
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