DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 5, 2015
The Turkish and Pakistani prime ministers have worked on details of nuclear-sharing and military collaboration among the three Sunni powers initiated by Saudi King Salman to counter Iran’s drive for Shiite domination.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 8, 2014
Saudi Arabia brings in foreign troops to stave off the threat of IS invasion, but also faces risk of Islamist penetration within its own institutions.
DEBKAfile Special Report June 9, 2014
Pakistani authorities reported Monday morning, June 9, that they have regained control of Karachi international airport after a night-long battle from Sunday night until dawn with 10 heavily armed Pakistani Taliban terrorists disguised in military uniforms had left at least 27 people dead. The authorities reported that all ten attackers were dead, including three who blew themselves up, after shooting their way with machine guns and rocket propelled grenades into the VIP and cargo terminal and setting parts of the airport on fire.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2014
Pakistan refused to heed Obama’s demands to back of its nuclear pact with Saudi Arabia. The Saudis will be more flexible on non-nuclear issues like Syria in order to repair the fraught relations with Washington.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 20, 2014
Tehran is more worried about the Kurdish reach to the Mediterranean which is sweeping up the movement in Syria, Iraq and Iran that its nuclear dispute with the world powers.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 13, 2014
Riyadh is clinching military deals with Pakistan, India and Japan to show Barack Obama when he comes for a visit that Saudi Arabia has new strategic partners against Iran.
Pakistan’s new army chief: Nuclear ties with Saudis, US exit from Afghanistan, Riyadh’s anti-Iran drive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 1, 2013
If Pakistan’s new army chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif, goes through with the transfer of nuclear arms and missiles to Saudi Arabia, he ranges Islamabad on the side of Sunni versus Shiite by lending a Sunni power a nuclear capability versus a nuclear-armed Shiite Iran, whose “nuclear rights” have just been recognized by six world powers. Gen. Sharif must also adapt Pakistan’s armed forces to the US military exit from Afghanistan next year and decide whether to allow Saudi covert operations against Iran to continue from Pakistani soil.
DEBKAfile Special Report November 30, 2013
When the Geneva accord was signed on Nov. 24, Iran had already amassed enough enriched uranium for four nuclear bombs, and the Saudis stood ready to collect an atom bomb from a Pakistani shelf. In his phone call to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Barack Obama proposed tighter US intelligence oversight for verifying Iran’s compliance with its commitments and pass its findings to Israel for further analysis. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif threatened to boycott the technical discussions if Israelis were co-opted – even indirectly.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 8, 2013
Washington hopes by clinching a fast deal with Iran, albeit a partial and first step, to avert an Israeli strike and delay the transfer of Pakistani nukes paid for by Riyadh to Saudi Arabia.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 31, 2013
Saudi Prince Bandar’s triple-faceted scheme for obstructing Obama’s agenda includes stirring up Iran’s minorities, deals with Taliban and an open door for Russia in Egypt.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2012
Iranian and Pakistani warships had planned a joint Red Sea drill to start Friday, Nov. 30 in Port Sudan. It was rumored in Khartoum that the Pakistani Shashmir carrying nuclear arms or nuclear-related equipment had docked Thursday ready to meet two Iranian warships. Washington then warned Tehran that the US-Iranian nuclear talks due to open Saturday, Dec. 1, would be called off, if this first ever joint drill between a Muslim nuclear power and a close nuclear candidate went ahead.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2012
The Saudis, not invited to join negotiations either on Syria or Iran, have gone ahead with their own plans for beating Iran to the nuclear draw.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 15, 2012
The Saudis offered Beijing $60 billion plus an oil bonanza for a single nuclear warhead. China has agreed in principle to sell the Saudis medium-range Dong-Feng 21 ballistic missiles in return for the cash and/or having its oil requirements for the next 23 years guaranteed by Riyadh. The deal was negotiated by Saudi National Security Adviser Prince Bandar bin Sultan and Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 22, 2012
China and Pakistan are profiting hugely from sanctions-busting financial services to Iran, while Russia, India and Turkey also help cushion Tehran against the depredations of sanctions.
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 9, 2011
Iran's electronic trap for snaring the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel, one of the world's most secret drone programs in almost perfect condition, must be accounted a huge military and intelligence coup and a landmark in the long tussle over Tehran's nuclear program. It may have acquired the technology for its cyber attack from Pakistan, China, or even Russia.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 10, 2011
As Islamabad frets over a possible US raid to seize its nuclear arsenal, Moscow, with Beijing's support, steps in to woo Pakistan and back Iran against US punishment for its rogue progress towards a nuclear bomb.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 25, 2011
Amid spiraling Pakistani-US tensions, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Sunday, Sept. 25, recalled Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar from New York shortly after she warned the US against "hot pursuit" of terrorists on Pakistani soil. Pakistan's army chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani held a "special" meeting of top commanders "to review the security situation" – exacerbating the sense of crisis. debkafile: Pakistan appears to be steeling itself for a possible military clash with US soldiers after being accused of harboring and running terrorists.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2011
Saudi imperial polices have been gravely set back by Pakistan's vacillations and flirtation with Tehran after shelling out two billion petrodollars in aid to buy Pakistan's partnership in Riyadh's plan for an international Sunni legion to withstand Shiite Iran. T This did not stop President Asif Ali Zardari visiting Tehran and pledging expanded trade ties with the Islamic Republic.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 15, 2011
The Pakistani and US intelligence chiefs met in Washington to ease the strains between their governments. Their effort faced a mission impossible in view of the Saudi effort to distance Islamabad from its ties with Washington and strengthen the Taliban as the backbone of a future international Sunni militia.