354 articles tagged "Saudi Arabia"
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America Refurbishes its Gulf-Red Sea Defenses against Iran Menace
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2007
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The US Secretaries of State and Defense are traveling together - unusually - next week for a mission weighty enough for the Bush administration to deploy a double-barreled top team.
Built around a massive $20 bn arms deal with Saudi Arabia, it involves a broad boost for US defenses against Iran by means of a three-line deployment strategy across the Persian Gulf and Middle East devised by Secretary Gates.
The system, according to debkafile's sources, has three powerful components or levels:
The Iraq Level: US forces remaining in Iraq after the withdrawal would redeploy to giant extraterritorial land and air bases located mainly in the central and northern regions.
The Gulf Level: The US would double in size the armies and air forces of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman, and augment its military facilities in the Gulf region by expansion and new bases.
The Red Sea Level: Jordan and Israel military strength would form the backbone of this line supplemented by new American bases.
On April 27, DEBKA-Net-Weekly 298 divulged the plan when it was still on the drawing board:
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: Israeli PM Olmert and FM Livni bound for Arab capitals to seek modifications of the Saudi peace plan<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2007
Foreign minister Tzipi Livni met her Egyptian and Jordanian opposite numbers in Cairo Thursday. Prime minister Ehud Olmert has a face-to-face with King Abdullah 11 in Petra on May 15. This will be his first foreign trip since a scathing report on his management of the Lebanon War sparked demands for his resignation.
debkafile's Middle East sources say Israel's diplomatic effort will be in vain, given the revised Saudi approach to Tehran and its radical orientation.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Ambitious Saudi-Egyptian-Kuwaiti plan for two bridges to span Gulf of Aqaba could block Israel's outlet to Red Sea <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 12, 2007
One bridge across the Tiran Strait will span a distance of 25 km from the Saudi mainland at Ras el-Sheik Humayd to Tiran island; the second will carry traffic up to the Egyptian Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, becoming the first direct link between Arabia and Africa.
debkafile reports: Israel was not advised of the $3bn project or informed how international shipping in the Tiran Strait would be regulated - even though its military and economic interests are vitally affected.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Saudis uncover new al Qaeda ring backed by Iran. They detain 172 in air terror plot against oil sites<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 1, 2007
Saudis and foreign nationals were among the detainees. They included terrorists trained to fly aircraft and carry out suicide attacks against "public figures, oil facilities, refineries and military zones," said the interior ministry spokesman Brig. Mansour al-Turki Friday.
debkafile's counter-terror sources say this ring was supported by and linked operationally to elements of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards which have begun infiltrating the Shiite community of the oil-rich Eastern Provinces to build terror networks.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Thirteen Arab League foreign ministers line up with radical bloc on talks with Israel<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 22, 2007
Saudi foreign minister Saud al Faisal announced at the end of their Cairo meeting on April 18 that three teams will explain to world governments the plan's importance and lobby for its implementation. The fourth team will hold talks with Israel. debkafile adds: This is no breakthrough. The team charged with discussing the Saudi plan with Israel is restricted to Egypt and Jordan, which are in any case in regular official contact with the Israeli government.
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Iran Mends Fences with Arabs - Starting with Saudis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 1, 2007
The live wire at last week's Arab League summit in Riyadh was undoubtedly the non-Arab guest of honor, Iranian foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki.
He breezed around the Arab delegations hard-selling the notion of a mutual defense treaty between Iran and the Arabs on the lines of the Tehran-Damascus pact. Mottaki argued that a treaty of this kind would allay Arab fears of an Iranian nuclear threat, put a stop to a Middle East nuclear arms race, provide the Arabs with a protective umbrella against Israeli aggression and set up an Arab-Islamic front against US and other foreign intervention in the region.
The Iranian diplomat's proposition fell on willing ears.
Our source also reported exchanges between the Iranian and Egyptian delegations to the Arab summit last week on the resumption of diplomatic ties.

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Saudi King Abdullah at Arab summit attacks US deployment in Iraq as "illegitimate foreign occupation"<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 30, 2007
In its coming issue, DEBKA-Net-Weekly examines Riyadh's maneuvers, why and how the Saudis stalled Condoleezza Rice's latest Middle East mission.
Don't miss this and other exclusives in the coming DNW issue out on Friday
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Saudi Arabia rejects Israeli calls to amend its 2002 Middle East peace plan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2007
Foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal described as "ludicrous" some Israeli leaders' recent suggestions that they are open to discussing the plan - with certain reservations.
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UN investigator Serge Brammertz arrives in Saudi Arabia.<br/>Earlier, <span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reported Saudi-Iranian accord on Lebanon<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 11, 2007
King Abdullah has invited rival Lebanese politicians to Riyadh to hammer out a settlement. The political crisis in Beirut has paralyzed government since Hizballah and pro-Syrian factions launched a campaign to oust prime minister Fouad Siniora three months ago.
debkafile reports one of the issues on which the Saudi monarch and visiting Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reached agreement Saturday, March 3, was the acceptance of an international tribunal to try suspects in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafiq Hariri.
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Saudi authorities urge foreigners not to travel outside cities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 9, 2007
Embassies in Riyadh have been warned the group blamed for last month's killing of four French expatriates touring historic sites could strike again.
Saudi Arabia reported Tuesday the arrest of suspects in the attack, gave two local nationals who got away to turn themselves in and offered a prize worth $1.9 m for information leading to their arrest. Al Qaeda has sworn to "purify" the kingdom of foreign crusaders.
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Terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia claims fourth French victim who died of his wounds Tuesday<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2007
Al Qaeda attackers machine-gunned the men in a group of French expatriates who live and work in Riyadh and were touring historic sites in the western region of the oil kingdom.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Saudis to purchase nuclear option, advanced missiles and spy satellites off the shelf from Pakistan and Russia<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2007
Moscow will assist in Saudi development of a civilian nuclear program and build six "research satellites" for the oil kingdom. debkafile's Gulf intelligence sources report this was agreed in the Putin-Abdullah talks held in Riyadh earlier this week. Vladimir Putin and King Abdullah. Israeli military sources report that Moscow in fact undertook to provide Saudi Arabia with half a dozen military surveillance satellites, launch them and set up ground control centers. DEBKA-Net-Weekly's sources also revealed last month that Musharraf had contracted to make nuclear weapons available to Riyadh in a nuclear emergency.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Al Qaeda's latest menace to America's oil sources embodies a plan to inflame Saudi Shiites against the Riyadh throne<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2007
In the February issue of Sawt al Jihad, the Saudi wing of the jihadist group calls for attacks on US oil suppliers in the Middle East, Canada, Venezuela and Mexico. In a separate article, al Qaeda reports preparations for "quality attacks to shake the foundations of the crusaders in the Arabian Peninsula."
The "Sheik Osama bin Laden's Companies," created for the new terror offensive, will launch attacks on the 3-4 million long-suppressed Saudi Shiites as a stratagem for igniting sectarian war in Saudi Arabia on the Iraq model in the oil regions of the kingdom.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Through the Mecca Accord, Riyadh aims to step into Tehran's shoes as Hamas' military-financial sponsor
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 15, 2007
The Palestinian Fatah-Hamas reconciliation summit in Mecca last week under the auspices of Saudi king Abdullah effaced the US-led international boycott of Hamas. The senior signers of the peace accord, Mahmoud Abbas and Khaled Meshaal, came away from their summit demoted in favor of Hamas PM Ismail Haniya and Abbas lieutenant Muhammed Dahlan. Hamas retained its most radical anti-Israel goals with King Abdullah's endorsement. Washington did not interfere.
Read more about the changes ushered in by the Mecca summit in debkafile's Exclusive Analysis below.

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Riyadh's Aim in Mecca: to Replace Tehran as Palestinian Hamas Backer
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2007
It is no wonder that Israeli policy-makers have had little to say to the Palestinian reconciliation accord which Saudi king Abdullah brokered in Mecca last week. Israel was shouldered off the stage as a player in Palestinian politics, as was any hope of moderating the Palestinian anti-Israel war, a breakthrough to peace talks - or even a form of long-term coexistence.
Its main outcome was the anointing of Hamas as unconditional king of the Palestinian domain.
The Damascus-based hard-line Khaled Meshaal, who had signed a pact with Tehran, was demoted, as was the second signatory of the Palestinian reconciliation package, the moderate, pro-Western Mahmoud Abbas. Raised in their place was prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, leader of Hamas' political wing. Abbas' ally, Gaza Strip Fatah commander Muhammad Dahlan, can expect a senior post in the Hamas-led government. Another winner is his business partner, the Palestinian-Kurdish tycoon Muhammad Rashid, who has turned his coat at least twice in two weeks while jostling to regain the influence he enjoyed behind the shoulder of the late Yasser Arafat who died in 2004.
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Will Assad Save Himself by Going the Way of Qaddafi?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2005
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How to save Syrian president Bashar Assad and his regime from toppling - or rather how to save him from himself? This was the main topic exercising Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and Saudi King Abdullah when they put their heads together in Riyadh Monday Oct. 3. They needed to talk urgently because the UN investigator of the Hariri assassination Detlev Mehlis reported to the UN secretary general Kofi Annan and the Security Council that he has finished his business in Damascus and would not be returning.
The clincher was obtained, according to debkafile's intelligence sources, in a Lebanese security forces swoop on the MTC Touch mobile phone company in Beirut Sept. 27. The officers copied data from eight telephone lines and took several employes away for questioning.
On September 23, DEBKA-Net-Weekly revealed:
The Saudi monarch is bidding for President George W. Bush to give the Syrian president another chance. He is offering a Saudi-Egyptian guarantee for Assad to live up to any obligations he may be persuaded to undertake.
ebanese security forces swoop on the MTC Touch mobile phone company in Beirut.
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King Abdullah Appoints Ailing Sultan as Stopgap Successor
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 1, 2005
Sultan's successor as next in line to the throne after Abdullah is certainly the subject of hot debate in the royal house. The Sudairis will see Sultan as seat-warmer for another Sudairi, his younger brother interior minister Prince Nayef, 72, who has won general praise, from Abdullah too, for his successful two-year crackdown on al Qaeda terrorists who have been preying on the kingdom and threatening the throne. The new Saudi king will most likely carry straight on with the foreign and oil policies he conducted in the last decade as de facto monarch. While oil prices shot up past $61 after Fahd died, they are likely to subside somewhat to their previous level quite quickly. Abdullah starts his reign with major assets, bonanza revenues from high oil prices and the understandings on oil and Middle East policies he established with US president George W. Bush at Crawford, Texas, in the spring of 2005.

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Saudi Oil and Backing for US Are Contingent on Israeli Concessions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2005
The Saudi Crown Prince promised President Bush lat month in Crawfored to pump up oil production from 10 barrels per day to 12.5 million short term and 15 million long term. He laid down his price for "opening a new chapter in US-Saudi strategic relations." One, Sharon must be pushed towards keeping step with Abbas and meeting his demands, to continue propping the Palestinian leader up and to do nothing that might hasten his downfall. Two, Sharon must be urged into serious negotiations with Syria. Three,The Bush administration must avoid any action that might topple Bashar Assad or bring about the demise of the Assad regime in Damascus. Neither Assad nor Syria must be humiliated any further.

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Riyadh Attack Was First Al Qaeda Attempt on Life of Saudi Royal - Prince Mohammed bin Nayef
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 30, 2004
The night in Riyadh was torn Wednesday, December 29, by three huge explosions - not just the two officially confirmed. They were followed by long bursts of gunfire in northern and eastern Riyadh. debkafile's exclusive counter-terror sources reveal that the three car bomb blasts were part of an al Qaeda attempt on the life of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdelaziz, son of the Saudi interior minister, deputy minister and director of the ministry's security unit which runs the war on terror. This was the first attempt by Osama bin Laden's organization to assassinate a member of the Saudi royal family. It is a pivotal event in that it sharply escalates the terrorist offensive besetting the kingdom and raises the stakes on both sides.
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Khobar Attack Further Divides Saudi Royal House
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 31, 2004
Saudi security has thrown up checkpoints and a dragnet for three of the al Qaeda terrorists who escaped during the helicopter-borne Saudi commando attack early Sunday, May 30, that ended the terrorist group's shooting, hostage-taking spree. The Saudi oil company Aramco pledged to continue smooth supplies of crude to avert further price hikes when the energy markets open Tuesday, June 1. To subscribe to DEBKA-Net-Weekly click HERE. The Saudi interior ministry attempted to draw a line on the deadly attack at the heart of the kingdom's oil country by publishing figures - 41 hostages rescued from the Oasis residential building where 50-60 were held on the sixth floor, 22 officially reported killed, one terrorist captured and three escaped. Earlier, the Saudi figure for freed hostages was 25. All these measures were attempts at damage control. But none of the figures hang together.
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