Jerusalem, Riyadh stunned: Obama makes Iran 7th world power on regional issues, including Palestinians
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 25, 2013, 10:04 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile exclusive: President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have secretly consented to elevate Iran to the status of seventh world power, for signing the interim nuclear accord in Geneva on Nov. 24, living up to its obligations in the coming six months and then signing a comprehensive agreement. While demanding respect as a regional power, never in its wildest dreams did Tehran expect big power standing with a recognized authoritative role in the wider Middle East, including the Palestinian issue. Jerusalem and Riyadh are aghast.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 10, 2011, 4:31 PM (GMT+02:00)
The conversation between President Barack Obama and Saudi King Abdullah early Thursday, Feb. 10, was the most acerbic the US president has ever had with an Arab ruler, debkafile's sources report. Their falling out on the Egyptian crisis so enraged the king that some US and Middle East sources reported he suffered a sudden heart attack. Rumors of his death rocked world financial and oil markets that morning and were denied by an adviser to the ruling family.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2010, 12:11 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Obama-Abdullah talks were presented as businesslike and constructive, whereas they turned into a wrestling match over Iran and Riyadh's own nuclear armament plans. Their differences proved unbridgeable.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 1, 2010, 11:13 AM (GMT+02:00)
A submarine-launched US ballistic Trident missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads was test-fired from Saudi territory during a joint military exercise last week - the first time a nuclear-capable missile was fired from the oil kingdom toward the Persian Gulf and Iranian shores. A
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 14, 2004, 10:50 PM (GMT+02:00)
At the beginning of December, Washington warned Jerusalem and Cairo of a planned major al Qaeda attack in one of their cities - possibly even with chemical weapons. In addition, the Americans and the British warned Israel and Egypt to beware of large-scale maritime strikes in the Mediterranean, Gulf of ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 21, 2002, 5:35 PM (GMT+02:00)
Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah's decision to shut Prince Sultan air base east of Riyadh to US forces - and the manner in which the US evacuation was carried out -are a landmark in the oil kingdom's history. Never before has Saudi Arabia taken sole charge of its own security. The ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2001, 11:29 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Saudis are taking up the cudgel for their affronted sovereignty against a 46-count indictment issued by the US federal grand jury on June 21, five years after the truck bombing at the Khobar Towers apartment building in Dahran, Saudi Arabia, that killed 10 American airmen and wounded nearly 400 ...