DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 14, 2010
While exploiting Israel's ill-timed announcement of 1,600 new homes in East Jerusalem for concessions to the Palestinians, debkafile's Washington sources report Washington will keep twisting the Netanyahu government's arm until it toes the line on Iran. Obama's acceptance of
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2010
US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates arrived in
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2010
Saudi king Abdullah and Syrian president Bashar Assad have no qualms about sending al Qaeda and ex-Baathist gangs out of their Syrian havens to slaughter Shiite pilgrims in Iraq in their determination to prevent prime minister Nouri al-Maliki's election in March.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2010
In his latest audio-taped message of Jan. 24, Osama bin Laden said he was responsible for the failed Detroit-bound airliner attack on Dec. 25. He vowed
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 8, 2010
Saudi foreign minister Saudi al Faisal discovers that Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal set up a radical Palestinian base in Yemen to help Iran build up the Houthi insurgency for toppling the Yemeni government. Its trainees helped the rebels defeat Saudi troops on the battlefield. The Saudis are anxious to save face after being cheated by Hamas.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 7, 2010
DEBKAfile Special Report January 2, 2010
President Barack Obama belatedly accused al Qaeda in
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 29, 2009
In response to an appeal from the Saudi King Abdullah, the Jordanian monarch this week dispatched his army's elite Royal Special Force of 2,000 commandoes to help the Saudis drive out the Yemeni Houthi rebels, who invaded the oil kingdom with Iranian support earlier this month. debkafile's military sources report that the Jordanian troops are now battling the Yemeni invaders holding onto the Jebel Dukhan sector.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 14, 2009
Saudi Arabian and Iran-backed Yemeni rebel spokesmen agree on two aspects of their clashes on the Saudi-Yemen border: Sunday, Nov. 8, was the fifth day of their battle and both sides had taken dead and wounded. Otherwise, debkafile's military sources report, the state of combat is hard to pin down in one of the most desolate parts of the world. It now looks as though some Al Qaeda fighters have crossed the border into Jizan to fight the Saudi army alongside the Houthis.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 9, 2009
Thursday, Nov. 5, a substantial Saudi armored infantry force and tank column crossed the border into Yemen to do battle with Iran-backed Houthi rebels the day after they killed a Saudi border guard. Saudi air force F-15 and Tornado jets have been bombing Yemeni rebel positions near the border with the southern Saudi Jizan province since Wednesday.
"This is not a hit-and-run, this is a sustained action," said a Saudi official Thursday night.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 6, 2009
A multibillion transaction for the sale of highly sophisticated Russian S-400 Triumf (NATO codenamed SA-21 Growler) missile interceptors to Saudi Arabia is hanging fire over Israel's objections to their deployment within easy range of the Negev and Eilat port, debkafile's military sources report.
The $7 billion deal was brokered by Washington with a view to tempting Moscow to withhold S-300 air and missile defense batteries from Iran.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 30, 2009
After long shunning the Assad regime, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was expected in Damascus shortly Wednesday, Sept. 30, debkafile's intelligence and Gulf sources report. The Saudi monarch has decided to take up Syrian president Bashar Assad's offer to help bridge the rift between Riyadh and Tehran, who back opposing sides in the Yemeni civil war, and so broker a settlement of the conflict.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 26, 2009
Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal's rejection of the Obama administration's Middle East approach was a lot more comprehensive than a blunt refusal to improve relations with Israel to help restart peace talks. debkafile's Washington sources report that in closed-door talks with US leaders, including secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the Saudi prince urged the US to get off their backs on the Israeli-Palestinian issue and deal more seriously and effectively with top-urgency action for stopping Iran acquiring a nuclear bomb.
Our Gulf sources note that the Saudi foreign minister thus reaffirmed in public the rejection of President Barack Obama's Middle East policies which he encountered when he met King Abdullah in Riyadh on June 3, namely, Israel must surrender on all core issues with the Palestinians before peace negotiations even begin.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 5, 2009
Al Qaeda Sunday, Aug. 30, identified the suicide bomber who slightly injured Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, son of the interior minister and nephew of King Abdullah, in Jeddah Thursday Aug. 27, as Abdullah Hassan Tali al-Asiri, known as Abul Khair. Islamist sites reported: "The hero martyr on the list of 85 wanted persons... managed to enter his palace, pass his guards and blow up a package."
The communique suggested Asiri was apparently flow to Jeddah from Najran on the prince's private jet.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2009
Muhammad bin Nayef, son and assistant of Interior Minister Prince Nayef who spearheads the kingdom's crackdown on al Qaeda, was injured Thursday night, Aug. 27, when a suicide bomber blew himself up at an open Ramadan gathering in Jeddah. He was officially termed lightly wounded. The king Abdullah rushed to visit him in hospital before he was reported discharged.
debkafile's counter-terrorist sources: It was the first time in the eight-year anti-terror campaign launched by Saudi Arabia after the 9/11 attacks in the United States that a terrorist has got close enough to a Saudi royal for an attempted assassination.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 5, 2009
Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal knocked over US president Barack Obama's "incremental" plans for the Middle East one by one and demanded "a comprehensive approach that "defines the final outcome at the outset and launches into negotiations over final-status issues, including the future Palestinian state, control of Jerusalem the return of Palestinian refugees, water and security."
debkafile's Washington sources read the Saudi foreign minister's subscript to the Obama administration as: Get off our backs on the Israelis and Palestinians and deal with our top priority: the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. Read our Exclusive Analysis below.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 3, 2009
Riyadh is in uproar over the Saudi King Abdullah's snap decision to promote the interior minister Prince Nayef, 76, his half-brother from the rival Sudairi clan, to second deputy prime minister. This places him in direct line to the throne as the incumbent Crown Prince defense minister Prince Sultan lies on his deathbed. debkafile's Saudi experts: Prince Nayef is the closest of any senior member of the royal house to the fundamentalist, radical religious elements of Saudi society, unlike the reforming, modernizing King Abdullah.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 23, 2009
debkafile's military sources disclose that Saudi intelligence services are deep in recruitment for a new radical Islamist terrorist militia in the southern Gaza Strip towns of Deir al Balakh, Khan Younes and Rafah, with Egyptian blessing. More than 1,000 Palestinians have joined up in two weeks, poached from the extreme Hamas fringes and the Salafi sects.
Recruiters promise greater militancy against Israel than Hamas and Jihad Islami combined.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 28, 2008
Only rarely does the Saudi royal house issue medical bulletins on its rulers. debkafile's Saudi experts say that the bare announcement Monday, Nov. 23, that Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, 83 or 85, had left for the United States Sunday for "medical checkups" and treatment for cancer indicates that his condition is seen as terminal.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 20, 2008
As Somali pirates seized a Thai fishing boat Tuesday, Nov. 18, their third in three days, the Norwegian Odfjell SE announced its 90 tanker fleet would henceforth sail around Africa rather than the Suez Canal after the Saudi Sirius Star supertanker was hijacked out at sea Saturday.
The multinational naval force patrolling the Somali coast did not intervene. Saud al Faisal, foreign minister of the world's biggest oil producer, offered to join an international initiative against piracy in the Red Sea area, but did not elaborate.