439 articles tagged "US"
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Golani commando drill
US diplomatic bid to defuse Syrian trigger for regional war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 7, 2011

Tuesday, Dec. 6, the US, France and Britain went into concerted action to contain the Syrian crisis before it detonates a regional conflict and deteriorates into civil strife. At the same time, Syria and its neighbors sharply intensified their war preparations, fully expecting diplomacy to fail.  In Geneva, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the leaders of Syrian opposition groups that the Obama administration had stepped up its pressure on Assad and now referred to his regime as the "Assad gang." 

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Tehran's Mega Sweep for Moles, Coup Plotters, Khamenei's Would-Be Assassins
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 1, 2011

After spotting an attempted plot on the life of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran has launched a mega manhunt to ferret out the army of double agents and inside traitors suspected to have infested the upper reaches of its government, Revolutionary Guards and armed forces.

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Western-Arab Military Intervention in Syria Has Begun
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 1, 2011

Small Western special forces units have begun filtering into Syria to prepare the ground for a major military operation by the US, several more NATO members and Gulf emirates, to captured northern Syria and use it as a beachhead to eventually dominate the rest of the country.

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Beating the "Persian Carpet" against Western Assaults
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 1, 2011

The West and Israel have no option but to admit the failure of a decade of sanctions, military threats, diplomatic penalties, cyber war and covert operations to abort Iran's drive for a nuclear bomb. Tehran has never wavered from its goal, citing the "Persian Carpet Doctrine" as its secret weapon.

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Iranian missile base explosion
US, Israeli covert wars turn the screw on Iran and Syria
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly November 29, 2011

The hidden wars the United States, NATO, Arab League members and Israel are waging against Iran, Syria and Hizballah rose to a record pitch in the last two weeks. Aspects of these covert operations are revealed exclusively in the latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly, out lat Friday.  In Syria, these operations teeter on the brink of overt combat. In Iran, unseen hands are eroding regime stability.  

Read also about the Western-Arab plan to bisect Syria into pro-and anti-Assad entities.

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Leon Panetta
A Six-Month Time Frame for an Israeli Strike on Iran's Nuclear Sites
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 25, 2011

It is within the next six months or never. Israel's defense minister has finally confirmed its time frame for an attacking Iran's nuclear sites, having given up on sanctions present or future and strong UN nuclear agency counter-measures having any effect.

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Tom Donilon
The Saudis No Longer Wait for US, Are Developing Own Nuclear Strike Capability
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 25, 2011

Saudi rulers have concluded that to survive in the Middle East, they need an independent nuclear weapon capability. They have launched a nuclear weapons and missile program as a counterweight to the Iranian capability which they do not expect anyone else to curtail.

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US carriers Stennis and Bush
Russian warships off Syria, US carriers near Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 21, 2011

The US, Canada and Russia have launched gunboat diplomacy against Syria and Iran. Washington is underscoring its military option against Iran's nuclear program, while Russia is demonstrating its resolve to prevent NATO from attacking Syria. Monday, Nov. 21, Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov accused Western nations of "political provocation" against Damascus. Turkish Prime Minster Tayyip Erdogan warned Assad he could go only so far with tanks and guns. "One day you will go." The question is when will naval diplomacy turn into war action.

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Abdullah II on a rare West Bank visit
Jordan's Abdullah discussed Syria, Hamas, Israel-Palestinian issue in Ramallah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 21, 2011

Monday, Nov. 21, Jordan's King Abdullah II arrived in Ramallah at very short notice for his first visit in more than a decade. He came wearing two hats – one for Saudi Arabia and the Gulf emirates and one for Washington – on an urgent mission to pull Abbas back from a peace deal with Hamas which would deposit the Palestinian Authority in the Iranian-Syrian orbit. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is in the picture. So are the Israeli chief of staff's words on a Gaza operation.

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Who Will Strike the Oil Reserve Iran Stashed on the Red Sea
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 18, 2011

Iran has squirreled away 50 million barrels of oil in giant tankers on the Red Sea as its trump card for fixing prices and bypassing sanctions. America wants Israel to harass the tanker fleet and its warship escorts, including submarines, stationed there since July, and chase them away from Israel's back door.

The Netanyahu government is reluctant.

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Mahmoud Abbas
The Palestinian Authority Is a Ship Adrift
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 18, 2011

Mahmoud Abbas must suspend his bid for Palestinian membership of the UN and its institutions to get hold of frozen American and Israeli cash transfers. The Palestinian Authority is not only broke because of his missteps, but also made irrelevant by the upheavals in the rest of the Arab world.

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Kenya's Raila Odinga meets PM Netanyahu in Jerusalem
Israel to help build E. African coalition against fundamentalism and Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 15, 2011

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga ended a visit to Israel this week with a promise from President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of help to establish a new alliance to combat the spread of fundamentalist Islam into the predominantly Christian African nations Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan. Their combined populations total 138 million. Israel agreed to supply drones, fast naval boats and electronic surveillance equipment to help Kenya "rid its territory of Islamist elements" and counter Iranian expansion.

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Barack Obama and Binyamin Netanyahu
The Odd Couple in the Lead - Obama and Netanyahu
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 10, 2011

The US president and Israeli prime minister are working amicably on plans for a military attack on Iran's nuclear sites and Revolutionary Guards command. They agree that speed is essential and the campaign must end in days rather than weeks.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Ayatollah Khamenei Puts Revolutionary Guards in War Mode
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 10, 2011

Iran's preparations for retaliation for an attack on its nuclear sites can be summed up in numbers: Tehran has amassed 400 WMD-capable ballistic missiles, and divided the country into 12 war sectors, each able to function independently. The Revolutionary Guards have marked 102 US Middle East military targets for attack.

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As Moscow Snags Iran and Pakistan to Boost anti-US Economic Bloc
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 10, 2011

As Islamabad frets over a possible US raid to seize its nuclear arsenal, Moscow, with Beijing's support, steps in to woo Pakistan and back Iran against US punishment for its rogue progress towards a nuclear bomb.

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Prince Nayef
Next Saudi Rulers Must Already Grapple with a Nuclear-Armed Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 10, 2011

There is almost no record of the views and orientation of the new Saudi crown prince and defense minister. However, Princes Nayef and Salman will be running the oil kingdom's foreign and defense affairs in the coming decade, taking the lead for the entire Gulf region as Iran becomes a rising nuclear power.

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F-15 at Decimomannu air base, Sardinia
UK expects Israeli attack on Iran next month with US logistical support
DEBKAfile Special Report November 10, 2011

British government ministers have been told to expect Israeli military action in the wake of the UN watchdog report  "as early as Christmas or very early in the new year," the London Daily Mail reported Thursday, Nov. 10.  They were told Israel would strike Iran's nuclear sites "sooner rather than later" – with "logistical support" from the US. A major US concern is said to be that a nuclear-armed Iran would spur Saudi Arabia and Turkey into developing their own weapons.

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Iranian General Masoud Jazayeri
Second Iranian threat to destroy Israel names its Dimona reactor
DEBKAfile Special Report November 9, 2011

For the second time in four days, Iran has threatened to annihilate Israel. Sunday, Nov. 6, Tehran said four missiles would be enough to kill a million Israelis. Wednesday, Nov. 9, Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, deputy commander of Iran's armed forces, said an American or Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities would not only result in the Jewish state's extinction - "Dimona is the most accessible target" - but generate a response that "would not be limited to the Middle East." debkafile's sources report signs of exrreme edginess in Tehran.

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Implosion experiments for nuclear bomb detonation
How the US and Israel let Iran get a nuclear arms capablity
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 7, 2011

New revelations from US intelligence sources confirm day by day that Iran has attained a nuclear weapon capability: Implosion experiments at Parchin were uncovered Sunday; its six-year old ability to build detonators for triggering a nuclear chain reaction, reported Monday. Stuxnet  which invaded Natanz in June 2010 delayed but did not derail Iran's forward march towards a weapon. The US president and Israeli prime minister vowed never to let Iran attain a nuclear capability. So what are they going to do now?

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Nuclear-capable Kh-55 missile
Tehran: For an Israeli attack, four Iranian missiles would hit a million Israelis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 6, 2011

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) new agency Fars headlined a threat Sunday, Nov. 6: Four Iranian missiles can destroy tiny Israel, said the paper in Tehran's first reaction to the flood of conflicting reports about a possible Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear sites. The writer is close to Supreme Ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. However, says debkafile, Iran's leaders are divided on their assessment of the seriousness of an Israeli or American military threat to their nuclear program.

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