354 articles tagged "Saudi Arabia"
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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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Iranian "students" rampage in Tehran
Saudis give up on US, instigate direct Gulf action against Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 19, 2011

After giving up on US and Israel ever confronting Iran, Saudi Arabia has struck out against the Obama administration for a Gulf campaign to cut down the Islamic Republic's drive for a nuclear bomb and its expansionist meddling in Arab countries, debkafile's sources report. King Abdullah is confident that combined Gulf missile, air force and naval strength are capable of striking deep inside Iran. Its nuclear program is seen in Riyadh as gaining momentum after recovering from a cyber war. 

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Long lines of trucks for Syria wait at Lebanese border
Assad's own smuggling network commandeered for arming his opposition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 17, 2011

Syrian troops were fanned out along the country's borders Sunday, April 17 to choke off the smuggling of arms, funds and foreign agents to the opposition, whose uprising has spread to every corner of the country. More than 5,000 supply trucks are backed up on the Lebanese, Jordanian and Iraqi borders, starving the Syrian economy of essentials. Damascus suspects Saudi Arabia of commandeering the smuggling ring which armed Hizballah and Hamas for arming the Syrian opposition.

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Barack Obama and Tom Donilon
Saudis Buy Advanced Nuclear-Capable Missiles in China
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2011

Two US high-ranking emissaries in six days to Riyadh have not bridged the differences between Obama and Abdullah. While attaching supreme importance to relations with Washington, Abdullah insists on continuing on his independent policy path and arms purchases from multiple sources.

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Bashar Assad
Assad Regime Runs out of Options for Suppressing Unrest
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2011

Assad looks for scapegoat for his troubles after his fights against the burgeoning uprising against him reaches a stalemate. Tehran found a ready ear in pinning the blame on Saudi Arabia.

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Robert Gates
Riyadh Freezes Huge US Arms Deal, Urges Yemen to Suspend US anti-Al Qaeda Units
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2011

Saudi-US disagreements have solidified for the first time in King Abdullah's decision to put their policy arguments behind him and go for action independent of the US. His first move was to freeze his $60 billion arms purchases from America. His second: to encourage the Yemeni ruler to defy Washington. The blow to American pockets as well as prestige is disastrous: For decades, Saudi Arabia has been the top buyer of American military hardware 

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Israel Strikes to Contain Spread of Libyan Chemical Weapons. Saudi Moves to Pre-empt Nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2011

Two Middle East powers strike out without the United States to foil the spread of weapons of mass destruction – Israel in Sudan; Saudi Arabia in Iran.

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Saudi King Abdullah
Saudi Arabia Virtually Annexes Bahrain, Will Build a Missile-Naval Base opposite Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 25, 2011

Saudi Arabia ranges defenses against Iran, is willing to swap gesture favoring coalition operation in Libya for recognition of its takeover of Bahrain.

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The Shiite Guerilla War in Bahrain Has Begun
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2011

The Saudi-led GCC forces in Bahrain to support the king face the onset of a Shiite guerrilla war organized by Hizballah on Iran's behalf. They all understand that this war will spread further.

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Entry of Saudi Forces Fires up Middle East Sunni-Shiite Discord
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2011

By stepping into Bahrain, the Saudis took the calculated risk of accelerating Sunni-Shiite discord across the region. Because of the challenge to its religious supremacy from Iraq, Tehran is re-thinking the wisdom of its decision to hijack the Arab uprisings.

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Bahraini protesters dispersed with tear gas
Bahraini Saudi tanks disperse protesters. Tehran: Dangerous consequences
DEBKAfile Special Report March 16, 2011

The contest between Iran and Saudi Arabia and the Sunni-Shiite split in the Arab world were ramped up Wednesday March 16 by the Bahraini security crackdown launched with tanks and helicopters to drive the mostly Shiite protesters out of Manama's main square and key points of the island-state while Saudi troops guarded strategic areas. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi warned: “The unexpected interference of foreign forces in popular uprisings in different countries including Bahrain will have dangerous consequences."

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