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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 14, 2008
The radical Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who has a wide television audience, told the International Islamic Conference for Dialogue in Mecca that he would only talk to Jews who denounced Zionism. His speech at the Islamic Conference on Interfaith Dialogue opened by King Abdullah in Mecca which ended last week was greeted with the loudest applause of any other speaker.
Iran's Hashem Rafsanjani accused the US of "greedily trying to control the region's oil" and said Muslims should resist it.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 9, 2008
DEBKA-Net-Weekly 347 2 first disclosed May 2 that Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, America's staunchest ally in the royal house, Minister of Defense and head of the Sudairi branch of princes, is dying of cancer at his villa in Geneva, Switzerland.
His brother, interior minister Prince Nayef, is standing by in Riyadh expecting to succeed him. And he will not have too long to wait before he reaches the throne. King Abdullah, at 85, is praised by Western analysts for the wise reforms he has introduced but some of the younger princes say he is no longer up to coping with his royal duties.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2008
In a series of statements, including one by Saudi King Abdullah, the world's biggest oil producer suspended plans Monday for a further increase in long-term production capacity. debkafile reports: The Saudi warning to consumers that it sees no need for further expansion reversing their recent pledges to the US president George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. It is also challenged by the world's major consumers.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2008
debkafile's Middle East sources report that this unprecedented order from the royal court in Riyadh on March 1 portends an unusual military outbreak in Lebanon. Kuwait quickly followed suit.
Standing by since Friday off the troubled Mediterranean shores of Lebanon, Israel and Gaza is the USS Cole guided missile destroyer opposite Lebanon. It was joined Monday by the USS Nassau amphibious warship and its strike group of six vessels carrying 2,800 marines, flight crews and sailors. US naval sources report that a third group will join them shortly.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 27, 2008
According to debkafile's military sources, each of the estimated half a million Gazans in flight, one-third of the total population, received a $300 grant, which accounts for the shopping spree they could suddenly afford. Hamas was therefore willing to spend $150 million on a maneuver for seizing control of an enclave in northern Sinai.
In Riyadh, meanwhile, Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal is holding talks Monday with the Hamas bureau chief Khaled Meshal.
Iran has offered to airlift tons of foodstuffs and medicines to El Arish airport for Egyptian authorities to distribute to the Palestinians. This step would bring Iranian airplanes into the Egyptian-Israeli border region for the first time. Three of the forces most directly involved in these seminal events are pushed to the fringes of the game: The United States, Egypt and Israel.