DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 11, 2013
Riyadh has gone into action to sabotage US-Russian steps in Syria and US interests in Turkey and Egypt as acts of hostility against Obama administration policies.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2013
Israel and Saudi Arabia are nursing their own separate options after rejecting Obama’s decision to embark on détente with Iran. They have found some common ground on diplomacy ad hoc.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 2, 2013
Associates of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Wednesday, Oct. 2, leaked word to the media that Israel was in contact with Saudi and Gulf representatives to align their policies for offsetting President Barack Obama’s advancing rapprochement with Iran and any US easing-up on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. These exchanges include recent visits to Israel of high-ranking Gulf officials and will extend to joint lobbying efforts in the US Congress to overrule Obama administration’s outreach to Tehran. This leak signals a widening of the breach between Israel and the US president.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2013
Three royal princes and a functionary have formed a quartet to initiate a new style of government in Riyadh which is less focused on royal family interests. They espouse reform and an activist foreign policy.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2013
Israelis and Saudis are concerned Obama will treat nuclear Iran as leniently as chemical Syria.
Assad may hit back at Israel for US strike, trusting Obama to tie Israel’s hands against major reprisal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2013
There is little logic in the Netanyahu government’s public assurances that the Syrian ruler Bashar Assad would not risk a major showdown with Israel for fear of an IDF response powerful enough to overthrow his regime. debkafile: President Barack Obama would not countenance an Israeli military strike against Syria disproportionate to a US operation, or capable of endangering Assad’s rule. Assad's Russian advisers have undoubtedly briefed him on Israel’s tied hands. However, even a limited US strike is likely to spread since Syria’s allies will not stand by idly.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2013
Egyptian intelligence has asked for Israel help in tracking down Mahmoud Izzat Ibrahim, newly-anointed Brotherhood Supreme Guide, last seen holed up in Gaza.
DEBKAfile Video August 17, 2013
Top US soldier Gen. Martin Dempsey has just inaugurated Centcom’s Forward Command in Jordan manned by 273 US officers. It is linked to US, Israel, Jordanian and Saudi air commands ready for an order from President Barack Obama to impose a partial no-fly zone over Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 9, 2013
The succession race is heating up in Riyadh as King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman are both in declining health. The frontrunner for next crown prince is Prince Muqrin, former chief of intelligence.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 2, 2013
Obama had finally approved military intervention in the Syrian conflict when the Saudis and the emirates vetoed his plans for fear they would lead to Syria’s disintegration instead of a unified Sunni state.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2013
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 10, 2013
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2013
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2013
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2013
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.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 13, 2013
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 20, 2013
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 16, 2013
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 28, 2013
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.