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Protesters hang Assad in effigy
US has secret plan for Bashar Assad's ouster
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly December 13, 2011

By deploying US troops on the Jordanian-Syrian border, the Obama administration played the last piece of its master game for Bashar Assad's ouster – in conjunction with Turkey, France, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Qatar. DEBKA-Net-Weekly's latest issue out Friday offers glimpses of covert US action in Syria alongside counter-steps pursued by Damascus, Tehran and Hizballah.
The next in our series of US RQ-170 exclusives reveals not just how Iran tampered with the stealth drone technology but also with the satellite controlling it.

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US 1st Brigade departs Iraq
US units exiting Iraq deployed in Jordan to forestall Syrian attack
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 13, 2011

Units of US troops evacuated from Iraq have been diverted to positions in Jordan opposite a Syrian tank concentration building up across the kingdom's northern border, debkafile reports.The incoming US contingents are housed at the King Hussein Air Base of al-Mafraq, 10 kilometers from the Syrian border. They are the first US boots to hit the ground directly opposite Assad's army, brought there by Bashar Assad's threat to set the Middle East on fire if the pressure against him persists.

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Iranian warships September exercise near Hormuz
Iran to practice Strait of Hormuz closure while unlocking US drone secrets
DEBKAfile Special Report December 12, 2011

Bigheaded from capturing the US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth  drone, Tehran Monday, Dec. 12 announced plans soon for a navy drill to practice closure of the Strait of Hormuz, the most important oil transit channel in the world. Iranian lawmaker Parviz Sorouri said, "Iran will make the world unsafe if the world attacks Iran." The drill will challenge US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's recent warning that Iranian disruptions of Persian Gulf free traffic would be a red line for the US.

 

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Russian air defense S-300 missile
Nuclear knowhow, S300 are Iran's price for Russian, Chinese access to US drone
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 11, 2011

Iran is driving a hard bargain for granting Russian and Chinese teams access to the US stealth drone RQ-170 it captured undamaged last week. debkafile reports: The price, they were told, includes advanced nuclear and missile technology, especially systems using solid fuel, the last word on centrifuges for enriching uranium and the S-300PMU-1 air defense system, which Moscow has consistently refused to sell Tehran. Israel's prime minister sent foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman to Moscow to try and stop the deal.

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Who Gave Iran the Technology for Trapping the US Stealth Drone?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 9, 2011

Iran's electronic trap for snaring the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel, one of the world's most secret drone programs in almost perfect condition, must be accounted a huge military and intelligence coup and a landmark in the long tussle over Tehran's nuclear program. It may have acquired the technology for its cyber attack from Pakistan, China, or even Russia.

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Has the Drone's Loss Put Paid to US and Israeli Assault Plans for Iran?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 9, 2011

The US is to shelve its covert war against Iran's nuclear program and any plans for a direct military attack until it discovers how Iran came to capture the top-secret RQ-170 reconnaissance drone complete with its secrets. Israel too will have to revamp its plans of attack before risking manned or unmanned aircraft over Iranian air space.

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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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