323 articles tagged "Saudi Arabia"
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Battle Royal for Young Saudi Prince’s Reform Vision
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 5, 2016

The new economic plan is supposed to herald a major change in the conservative country’s economy and society. DEBKA Weekly’s Saudi experts predict that there may be strong opposition within the royal family

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Suddenly Russia consents to consider Assad’s ouster
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 4, 2016

Washington and Moscow have made dramatic progress over the last few days in marathon telephone talks between Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on ending the war in Syria. Russia agreed for the first time to discuss the possibility that Syrian President Bashar Assad will step down, and the conditions under which such a process will take place.    

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US Sinai pullback payback for islands handover
DEBKAfile Special Report April 27, 2016

The US withdrew its forces from the Sinai Peninsula last weekend in response to Egypt’s transfer of sovereignty over Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia. The move came after Washington protested to Egyptian President El-Sisi over its exclusion from consultations and military coordination between Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel regarding the islands.  

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Quadrilateral War Room for Red Sea Tiran Island
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 21, 2016

It was agreed at a secret meeting between Netanyahu and Saudi defense minister.

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Saudis Round up Egypt and Turkey under Same Umbrella
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2016

The new alliance enables Riyadh to control the point where the Red Sea meets the Suez Canal.

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The Bridge that Goes Nowhere
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2016

The King Salman Bridge may unify the smuggling networks in Abu Dhabi with those of ISIS in Libya.

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Yemeni Rebels’ Stinging Slap for Their Sponsor - Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2016

The Saudis and Yemeni Houthi rebels have got together for a “calm border” truce, opening the way for ending the Yemen war and dumping Iran.

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Zaman journalists protest takeover
Turkey and Saudi Arabia hit back for the Obama-Putin Syrian pact
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 5, 2016

Turkey and Saudi Arabia have taken separate steps to break free from Washington’s dictates on the Syrian issue and show their resistance to Russia’s highhanded intervention in Syria. They are moving on separate tracks to signal their defiance and frustration with the exclusive pact between Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin which ostracizes Riyadh and Ankara on the Syrian question. Turkey, saddled with three million Syrian refugees, is desperate for a no-fly, security zone to shelter them on Syrian soil.
 

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Saudis ready to give Syrian rebels missiles against Russian warplanes and tanks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 4, 2016

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the king’s son, is choreographing escalated Saudi intervention in the Syrian war. He plans to arm Syrian rebels militias with missiles capable of striking the new Russian T-90 tanks, which debkafile’s intelligence sources disclose were shipped directly to the Syrian army’s armed divisions in the last two weeks from the Russian Black Sea base of Novorossiysk. 

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Sidelined in Syria, Saudis Target Hizballah on Its Lebanese Home Ground
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2016

Saudi Arabia has opened a new front in Lebanon against Shiite Iran and Hizballah, after being warned off by Russia and the US from intervention in Syria.

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Turkey and Saudi Arabia Talk Big, But Are Peripheral to Syrian Crisis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2016

Obama and Putin have no intention of cutting Turkey and Saudi Arabia into their joint plans for the Syrian military conflict or future. Erdogan, while bitterly opposed to their sponsorship of the Kurds, will think twice before stepping into Syria.

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As US & Russia Dicker over a Syria Ceasefire, the Obama-Putin Pact Is Firm
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2016

The dickering for a compromise on a ceasefire in Syria has not shaken the Obama-Putin pact which gives Russian the leading military role in the conflict. The ceasefire lines will reflect the US and Russian lines east and west respectively of the Euphrates River.

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Russian S-400 anti-air missile in Syria
Russian hands-off warning to US, Saudis, Turks amid crucial Aleppo battle
DEBKAfile Special Report February 6, 2016

The five-year old Syrian civil war faces its most critical moment. Saturday, Feb. 6, a combined force of Syrian army and Hizballah troops and an Iraqi Shiite militia under Iranian officers, were led by Russian air and Spetsnaz (special forces) officers into pressing forward to encircle 35,000 rebels trapped in Aleppo, the country’s largest city. The biggest refugee exodus of the Syrian war is blocked at the Turkish border. Moscow hints it will fight off any US, Saudi or Turkish interference.

 

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Iran Extracts Last-Minute US Concessions on Nuclear Accord Deadline Day
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2016

Zarif extracted concessions on centrifuges from Kerry as the six foreign ministers waited ready in Vienna, hour after hour, to declare the nuclear accord in force and start lifting sanctions.

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Nimr Execution as Rallying-Point for King Salman and His Son’s War Policies
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2016

The Saudis put the Shiite cleric to death as a deliberate anti-Iran action to break up the US-Shiite bond and unify the warring princely factions engaged in power struggles behind the policies of the king and his son.

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Saudis Count Heavily on Pakistan in Expected Showdown with Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2016

Saudi Arabia, expecting to find itself in full-blow war with Iran, has turned to Pakistan for military backing.

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Gen. Dvornikov: Russia’s combined C-in-C and top diplomat in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2016

In his Damascus posting, Gen. Alexander Dvornikov has been given control of the twin Russian commands in Damascus and Baghdad. They function as two halves of the same war room. They are fully coordinated under a single overall commander, enabling the Russian general to stay on top of events and in control of decisions 24/7. This is a key position of enormous authority and extreme diplomatic sensitivity. The Saudis see him as major foe, while the Iranians resent Moscow’s understandings with Israel. 

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ISIS & Al Qaeda Team up for Pincer Movement Vs Saudis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2015

Riyadh deliberately avoided targeting AQAP in Yemen, believing the jihadis to be secret partners against the Houthi rebels. Having gained strength, AQAP is now ready to joint ISIS to strike the Saudis from Yemen and Iraq.

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Iran Ditches Yemen Rebels: “The Saudis Have the Ball.”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2015

Iran has suddenly left Yemen’s Houthi rebels high and dry consigning them to the mercies of a deal with Saudi Arabia for ending the civil war.

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Saudi and Egyptian marines capture Iran-held island at Red Sea chokepoint
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 11, 2015

In a pivotal breakthrough in the Yemen civil war, Thursday, Dec. 11, Saudi,  Egyptian and UAR marines seized from Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels the Greater Hanish island, part of the strategic archipelago commanding the Strait of Bab al Mandeb, debkafile reports. This strait links the Indian Ocean with the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea – i.e. Africa and Asia. The Arab forces no doubt received help in their operation since Iran had converted the island into a regional arms supply depot and observation point for regional shipping, including Israeli sea traffic from Eilat.

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