247 articles tagged "Saudi Arabia"
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Middle East Players Move on, Build Blocs without a By-Your-Leave from Washington
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2013, 11:02 PM (GMT+02:00)

New blocs are taking shape in the Middle East filling in the blanks left by Obama administration policies. US allies, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, are stepping in to usurp the waning US influence in Cairo.

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Arab petrodollars pour in for Cairo
Egyptian army’s financial coup: 12 billion petrodollars from Saudi, UAE, Kuwaiti fans
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 10, 2013, 9:11 AM (GMT+02:00)

In a dazzling display of monetary muscle, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates poured $8 billion in a single day into the coffers of Egypt’s army rulers in cash, grants, loans without interest and gifts of gas, a dizzying life-saving infusion into its tottering economy. Kuwait has pledged another $4 billion, rounding off the total to $12 billion – the second chapter in a development first revealed by debkafile last week of Saudi and UAE backing for the Egyptian military’s July 3 takeover of power from the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Ahmad Shafik
Ahmad Shafik and the UAE Engineer the Egyptian Uprising
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2013, 1:32 AM (GMT+02:00)

The self-exiled Egyptian politician Ahmad Shafik engineered the Egyptian uprising from Dubai with the connivance of Saudi Arabia and the UAE who put up the funding and intelligence.

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Another Sunni Bloc Takes Shape, This One Centering on Saudi Arabia and Egypt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2013, 1:32 AM (GMT+02:00)

Saudi Arabia and UAE who aided the Egyptian putsch plan to use it as a lever for a new Sunni bloc. King Abdullah wants Bashar Assad’s ouster at the top of its agenda.

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Egyptians celebrating military overthrow of Morsi government
Saudis, Gulf emirates actively aided Egypt’s military coup, settling score for Mubarak ouster
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2013, 10:33 AM (GMT+02:00)

The putsch which Wednesday, July 3, overthrew Mohamed Morsi set back the Obama administration’s sponsorship of the Muslim Brotherhood as a moderate partner for its Middle East policies. debkafile: The Egyptian military could not have managed their clockwork coup without Saudi and Dubai aid in intelligence and funding. They aimed to put a spoke in the US-sponsored Arab revolt, as well as settle long scores with Barack Obama. Morsi’s downfall has far-reaching significance for Israel, most immediately easing the security threat from the South and a disaster for Hamas.

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Foreign Ministers Saud al Faisal and Ali Akbar Salehi
Saudis explore Iranian options for Syria & Lebanon
DEBKAfile Special Report May 13, 2013, 7:49 PM (GMT+02:00)

Saudi Arabia is exploring dialogue with its great regional rival Iran for ending the Syrian conflict and assuring Lebanon’s political stability, after giving up on US policy for Syria, debkafile’s Gulf sources report. Monday, May 13, the Saudi and Iranian foreign ministers got together in Jeddah.

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TTamerlan Tsarnaev killed. His brother Dzhokhar captured
The Tsarnaev brothers were double agents who decoyed US into terror trap
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 20, 2013, 4:39 PM (GMT+02:00)

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev won the dubious distinction of being the first terrorist operatives to import al Qaeda terror to the United States through a route outside the Middle East – the Caucasus. debkafile: The pair were double agents, hired by US and Saudi intelligence to penetrate the Wahhabi jihadist networks which spread across the Russian Caucasian, with the help of certain Saudi financial institutions. Instead, the two former Chechens betrayed their mission and went over secretly to the radical Islamist networks.

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Al Qaeda’s Deadly Pressure Cookers Hit Boston
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2013, 11:47 PM (GMT+02:00)

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal sat down with President Obama two days after the Boston bombings to discuss how to take the heat off the Saudi connection and possible deport the bombers.

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Police and agents search Saudi suspects apartment in Revere outside Boston.
Saudi terror cell, possibly al Qaeda, behind Boston Marathon bombings. Manhunt for escaped suspect
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 16, 2013, 7:45 PM (GMT+02:00)

FBI Special Agent Richard Deslauriers told reporters Tuesday, April 16, that the probe had no leads 18 hours after two explosions blew up at the annual Boston Marathon’s finishing line, killing three people and injuring 176 – 17 critically. debkafile discloses that suspicion has fallen on a terror cell of three Saudi nationals, very possibly tied to Al Qaeda in Arabia, who shared an apartment outside Boston. Two are in police hands – one of them with badly burned hands in hospital – a third is on the run.

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The heavy MLRS rocket launcher in Syrian rebel hands
Saudi heavy weapons supply to Syrian rebels breaks up Arab summit in uproar
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 28, 2013, 11:13 AM (GMT+02:00)

Syrian rebels in Aleppo are obtaining their first heavy weapons – 220-mm MLRS rocket launchers – through a large-scale supply operation run by Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, debkafile reports exclusively. In Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo, his agents snapped up Russian-made MLRS (Smerch) and Hurricane 9K57 launchers capable of firing scores of 220-mm rockets to a distance of 70 kilometers. Bandar hopes these weapons will expedite the rebels' capture of the big Syrian air base of Nairab near Aleppo.

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Saudi Arabia Stirs the Egyptian Pot. Military Coup in the Air
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 1, 2013, 1:15 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Saudis are backing the Salafists against Egypt’s ruling Brotherhood and their support from Barack Obama and against Qatar’s expanding influence. The army refuses to help President Morsi suppress violent protest.

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Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al Thani
Why Is Riyadh At Odds with Obama and Dead against the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 1, 2013, 1:15 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Saudis have a long reckoning with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and harbor a deep grudge against Barack Obama for helping to overthrow Hosni Mubarak.

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Saudi King Abdullah
Royal Family Fears Obama Siding with Potential Saudi Insurgency
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 25, 2013, 1:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

The traditional special relationship is fading under Saudi mistrust of Obama’s intentions toward a potential insurgency against the throne, especially in the Shiite oil regions. Elements of good cooperation survive.

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Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani
Unless the Saudis Chip in, Qatar Will Find Egypt is a Bottomless Pit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 18, 2013, 12:55 AM (GMT+02:00)

Qatar is pouring petrodollars into Egypt to outdo Saudi Arabia’s bid for a land bridge to Egypt and to gain high-end assets such as control of the Suez Canal and the acquisition of Egyptian coastal resorts. Qatari Prime Minister Hamad Bin Jassim said the emirate would double its grants and loans to Egypt from $2.5 to $5 billion bringing the grand total in a single year to $7 billion.  Hamad denied this generosity was tied to plans to invest in the Suez Canal, but no one believed him, especially in Riyadh.

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Pakistani warship off Port Sudan
US ultimatum averted Iranian-Pakistani warships’ drill in Port Sudan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2012, 1:14 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iranian and Pakistani warships had planned a joint Red Sea drill to start Friday, Nov. 30 in Port Sudan. It was rumored in Khartoum that the Pakistani Shashmir carrying nuclear arms or nuclear-related equipment had docked Thursday ready to meet two Iranian warships. Washington then warned Tehran that the US-Iranian nuclear talks due to open Saturday, Dec. 1, would be called off, if this first ever joint drill between a Muslim nuclear power and a close nuclear candidate went ahead.

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Patriot anti-missile batteries for Turkey
US-led NATO intervention begins in Syria war. Patriots in Turkey
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 27, 2012, 9:47 AM (GMT+02:00)

Tuesday, Nov. 27, the Middle East military spotlight swung around from Gaza to Syria with the start of US and NATO intervention. A game changer began unfolding with the site survey begun by a joint Turkish-NATO team for the deployment of Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems manned by American military teams. debkafile: Although billed for “defensive purposes,” the Patriots will in fact impede Syrian air bombardments over all of northern Syria, including the embattled towns of Aleppo and Homs.

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While Fighting Turkey, Assad Orders “Scorched Earth” Campaign across Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 18, 2012, 11:22 PM (GMT+02:00)

Eight nations are embroiled on both sides of the Syrian civil war, although the governments concerned pretend they are keeping to a policy led by the Obama administration of non-intervention. Amid cross-border clashes with Turkey, Bashar Assad has embarked on a scorched earth policy against his country.

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Tehran Lets Bahrain Be, Goes after Saudi Arabia through Its Back Door – Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 18, 2012, 11:22 PM (GMT+02:00)

Tehran has shifted its expansionist focus from Bahrain to punishing Saudi Arabia for backing the Syrian rebels fighting Bashar Assad. Iran is hitting the Saudis through their back door by buying up South Yemeni anti-government rebels.

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Jordanian riot police
Jordan on the brink: Muslim Brothers mobilize for King Abdullah’s overthrow
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 25, 2012, 8:50 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Muslim Brotherhood has scheduled Oct. 10 for the start of mass protests against King Abdullah II and ordered its members to start mobilizing at least 50,000 demonstrators for daily demonstrations until he bows to their will. The king has until then to accept the MB’s demand for Jordan’s transition to a constitutional monarchy and electoral reform. debkafile also reports. Israel is worried about the Arab Spring throwing up another Islamist state next door. Saudi royals fear they are next in line.

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Jordan's King Abdullah
Muslim Ultimatum to King: Accept Constitutional Status or Go
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 21, 2012, 12:45 AM (GMT+02:00)

King Abdullah faces a Muslim Brotherhood ultimatum to announce before the end of September his acceptance of constitutional rule and democratic elections or go down under an Arab Spring insurrection.

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