364 articles tagged "Saudi Arabia"
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Bashar Assad
A Saudi Plan for a New Sunni State Straddling Euphrates River
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 5, 2011

While his bloody crackdown on Hama grabs headlines, and Bashar Assad's fights for his life against his people, Saudi Arabia eyes the eastern Euphrates Valley and its towns of Deir el-Zour and Abu Kamal for severance from Syria to link up with the Iraqi Anbar province and form a new Sunni Muslim republic under their protection.

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Gen. Ali Maher Assad
Cracks in Assad Clan, President Spurned by Brother and Ruling Alawites
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2011

President Bashar Assad and his brother Maher, who leads the crackdown on protest, are not talking. Their Alawite sect is withdrawing its support and the clergy spurn the regime's demand to keep the crowds off the streets during Ramadan, during which the opposition plans nightly anti-Assad rallies.

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Prince Bandar bin Sultan
Pakistan's Flirtation with Iran Drives a Large Crack in Saudi Imperial Policies
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.

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Syrian forces abuse protesters
US, Saudi Arabia smuggle satellite phones to Syrian rebels
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 26, 2011

Iranian intelligence experts in Damascus have been disrupting the Syrian opposition movement's telephone and Internet links with the outside world and among fellow-protesters in the country. In the last two weeks, the US and Saudi Arabia have smuggled thousands of satellite phones into Syria for opposition activists. This also allows them to continue to transit images of Syrian brutality, debkafile reports.
A new Saudi-funded TV station representing the Syrian opposition began broadcasting on July 19.

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Lieut.-Gen. Ahmad Shuja Pasha
For US-Pakistan Discord, Read US-Saudi Contest
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.

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Robert Ford
Aleppo as Bellwether for Obama's Middle East Clout
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 15, 2011

If Aleppo finally throws its weight against the anti-government opposition, Bashar Assad's days will be numbered – especially after his elite troops failed to break the back of the uprising and he blew his only shot at national dialogue by disinviting influential opposition leaders.

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Fragmented Yemen Is Dropping into the Hands of Al Qaeda… and Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 8, 2011

Al Qaeda is carving out a roomy operations base in South Yemen, while Iranian Al Qods officers are helping Houthi rebels take over the north. Talks with the opposition are at an impasse as President Ali Abdullah Saleh, still recuperating in Riyadh from an attempt on his life, insists on staying in power to control the transition.

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Four Survive out of Six - 2 Civil Wars – NATO in Knots
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2011

Only two Arab autocrats have succumbed to six popular uprisings: four have survived. NATO's score in Libya is zero to one as Europe's war sustainability is hit by the falling euro Two countries are in the grip of civil war and two undergoing partition. Yet Barack Obama is grimly determined to complete his Arab regime change mission.

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Saudi Arabia Plans to Strangle Iran's Oil Industry
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2011

The chaotic slipstream of the Arab Revolt is keeping the sensitive oil industry and the nuclear arms race situation in constant turmoil.  Saudi Arabia is ready to cripple Iran's oil exports and strike Syria's energy resources. Berlusconi hopes to beat Obama to an deal for Libyan oil by secretly switching his support from the rebels to Muammar Qaddafi.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Tehran Is in Deficit. Sunnis Move in Everywhere
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2011

On balance, Tehran has decided the Arab Revolt is not good for the Islamic Republic of Iran. Nullifying Western influence is good, but the rise of Sunni strength is not, while the revolt engulfing Syria is endangering Iran's nearest and dearest ally. And can Tehran be sure the malaise won't infect its own masses?

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai
Karzai slams US, links hands with Pakistan, Saudi Arabia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 18, 2011

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, America's and NATO's key ally in the war on the Taliban and al Qaeda, turned furiously on the United States in a public outburst Saturday, June 18. He accused Washington of carrying on direct talks with the Taliban behind Kabul's back and contaminating the Afghan environment with the chemical pollutants used in NATO war operations. debkafile: Kabul and Islamabad have begun reorienting their policies on coordination with Saudi Arabia in common cause against Obama policies.

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Saudi women start driving for the front seat
DEBKAfile Special Report June 18, 2011

 The numbers were small, around 40, but the Women2Drive towards independence in a male-dominated society was certainly the most motorized protest of the Arab revolt.  King Abdullah has begun opening the door of government to women's employment and women drivers were allowed Thursday, June 17, to get away with taking the wheel for a day. But the royal house is divided on this issue and at least one powerful prince, Interior Minister Prince Nayef, and most of the religious establishment hold out strongly against liberal or democratic reform.

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Ali Abdullah Saleh
Liquidating Tenacious Arab Rulers – with a Bit of Outside Help
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 10, 2011

The Arab revolts are resolving themselves into bids for getting rid of three rulers who refuse to step down, Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh, who survived an assassination bid and promises to return as good as new; Syria's Bashar Assad, whom the West allows to survive, and Libya's Muammar Qaddafi, who promises to outlive NATO's attempts on his life.

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Saudi King Abdullah
A Sunni Rapid Response Force Available to Muslim Regimes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2011

Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan is traveling far and wide to build an international Muslim army on call for rapid deployment to parts of the Muslim and Arab world deemed threatened by Riyadh and for containing Iranian expansion. He is buying arms in China, raising recruits in Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia and setting up training facilities in Central Asia.

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Riyadh's Hand in 10 Arab and Muslim Countries
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2011

King Abdullah is determined to save his friends from the fate suffered by Egypt's Hosni Mubarak. The second-generation Saudi royals have got together to pull the kingdom away from its long dependence on the US and command its own fate and interests, even at the price of clashing with Washington. Assertive as never before, the kingdom is actively involved in 10 Arab and Muslim countries.

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Field Marshall Mohammad Tantawi
Washington Wants to Be Rid of another Egyptian Ruler, Field Marshal Tantawi
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2011

Only four months after Hosni Mubarak's removal, Washington wants to be rid of Egypt's military ruler Field Marshal Tantawi. After agreeing that the September election should be postponed to save the country from the Muslim Brotherhood and perfect the new constitution, the Obama administration is moving close to common ground with Saudi Arabia in at least one sector.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
An Israeli-Saudi Strategic Understanding
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2011

With a new strategic partner in hand after losing Turkey and Mubarak's Egypt, the Israeli prime minister was in a position to underline Israel's continued adherence to its military option against Iran acquiring nuclear weapons. Secret Saudi-Israeli intelligence parleys are now joined by Jordan.

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Saudis Have Big Plans for a Divided Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2011

The Saudis plan to carve out a new Arab republic in southern Yemen under their thumb and let civil war divide the country in two. They have dumped Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and US objectives in the country.

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A Joint Saudi-Pakistani Venture Gives China a Foothold in the Gulf
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2011

Saudi Arabia is importing thousands of Pakistani Sunnis to Bahrain, soldiers and complete famlies, to offset the Shiite majority population. After declaring the special relationship with the US history, Riyadh is venturing across new diplomatic frontiers : Through Islamabad, Riyadh is also opening the door to a Chinese foothold and influence in the Gulf region.

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Prince Bandar bin Sultan
Saudi Prince Butts Heads with Iranian General in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 13, 2011

In Syria, Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan is up against Iran's al-Qods boss, Maj.-Gen. Qassem Suleimani in backing the revolt against the Assad regime for which Tehran has lined up support.  Bandar's cameras are recording Assad's brutalities. In Yemen, the positions are reversed: Bandar has been helping President Abdullah Ali Saleh cling to power against pro-Iranian violence to unseat him.

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