421 articles tagged "US"
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Iranian-American Mansour Arbabsiar caught redhanded
US on global alert for Iranian reprisal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 12, 2011, 10:52 AM (GMT+02:00)

A worldwide advisory published in Washington Wednesday, Oct. 12, warned US citizens to beware of Iranian-instigated terrorist attacks following the uncovering of an Iran-directed plot to assassinate Saudi Arabian ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir and bomb the Saudi and Israeli embassies. The US holds Iran accountable for its actions, said Attorney General Eric Holder, following which Tehran accused the US of warmongering. Iran believes the Shalit deal will start cutting it out of Palestinian affairs and may act to torpedo it.

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Bashar Assad parades his army chiefs
Moscow reaches out to Syrian opposition to head off Western military action
DEBKAfile Special Report October 10, 2011, 9:15 AM (GMT+02:00)

Five days after defeating a Western-backed UN Security Council resolution condemning Bashar Assad's savagery against his opposition, Moscow turned the heat on him by inviting an opposition delegation for a visit Monday, Oct. 10 and offering to host talks between the Syrian government and the opposition umbrella Syrian National Council.  Syrian Foreign Minister Wallid Moallem threatened unspecified "tough measures" against any countries recognizing the council, fearing a repeat of the Libyan rebel NTC exercise which toppled Muammar Qaddafi.

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Slain Syrian Kurdish leader Mashaal Tammo
US: Assad must go. Five killed at funeral for assassinated Syrian Kurdish leader
DEBKAfile Special Report October 8, 2011, 6:11 PM (GMT+02:00)

Targeted assassinations now dominate Bashar Assad's savage confrontation with the popular opposition to his rule. The White House finally told the Syrian ruler to step down for the first time as 50,000 Syrian Kurds clashed with security forces at the funeral of the popular Kurdish leader Mashaal Tammo, 53, slain  by masked men at his home in Qamishli, northern Syria Friday, Oct. 7. debkafile: The killers were members of the Syrian Air Force Intelligence Directorate acting on direct orders from Assad.

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IDF reservists on sudden call-up maneuver
Assad warns Jordan against war game like Turkey and Israel
DEBKAfile Special Report October 7, 2011, 1:14 AM (GMT+02:00)

Israel and Turkey embarked on large-scale mobilization maneuvers near Syrian borders Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 5-6 and the Jordanian armed forces were urged by the US and Turkey to follow suit. But Bashar Assad decided that having to build up his forces on two Syrian borders was enough. He sent a messenger to threaten Jordan's King Abdullah that if he staged an exercise, the Syrian air force would bomb Jordanian towns and if Israel intervened, he would attack them with missiles.

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David Petraeus
The Arab Revolt and Libyan War Opened the Wrong Doors
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 7, 2011, 12:56 AM (GMT+02:00)

The bid to replace toppled Arab regimes with pro-Western Arab democracies was a complete flop, the US and NATO intelligence chiefs meeting secretly in the third week of September agreed. In Libya, in particular the NATO operation on the side of the rebels opened the door for elements identified ...

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No More Military Adventures for NATO in Syria or Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 7, 2011, 12:56 AM (GMT+02:00)

The consensus of US and Western intelligence chiefs at their closed door meeting in Langley was that NATO should count itself out of further military interventions in Arab uprisings in the coming year – especially in Syria - after its mistakes in Libya. Reliance on Turkey was seen as a letdown. The Yemeni crisis was judged more dangerous to broader regions of the Middle East and East Africa than the Syrian conflict.

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US: No Iranian N-Bomb before 2015. Its Program Is Dogged by Glitches
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 7, 2011, 12:56 AM (GMT+02:00)

The new US Intelligence estimate for Iran to attain a nuclear bomb is now 2015-2016. Tehran is years behind schedule due to its technical inability to construct a containment shell for a bomb and get its new, advanced centrifuges working properly for enriching uranium to 60 percent at Fordo.  However, US spymasters confirm that Iran had made progress in ballistics, building missiles with more powerful engines capable of longer ranges and greater accuracy than ever before.  

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Barack Obama
It Also Propelled Al Qaeda's Expansion into South Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 7, 2011, 12:56 AM (GMT+02:00)

A Saudi tip-off gave the CIA led its drone to strike the convoy carrying two American al Qaeda operatives Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. The price tag: Washington must let Abdullah Ali Saleh return to Yemen without making a fuss. The White House welcomed this first sign of a ...

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Syrian troops facing Turkey
Turkish military exercise on Syrian border. Assad threatens Tel Aviv if attacked
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2011, 5:03 PM (GMT+02:00)

War tensions between Turkey, NATO and Syria shot up again Tuesday, Oct. 4, with the announcement from Ankara that Turkey embarks Wednesday on a 10-day "mobilization" exercise in the southern province of Hatay along the Syrian borderwhere 7,000 Syrian refugees are sheltering. A visit by the Turkish prime minister is also expected. Earlier, debkafile reported exclusively that Bashar Assad had been threatening for three months to destroy Tel Aviv within six hours of an attack on Syria.

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US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
Israel's isolation rooted in US-imposed military inaction, Arab revolt backing
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 3, 2011, 8:52 AM (GMT+02:00)

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Israel of increasing isolation in the Middle East and said "Israeli leaders must restart negotiations with the Palestinians and work to restore relations with Egypt and Turkey." Before landing in Israel Monday, Oct. 3, he also said:“Real security can only be achieved by both a strong diplomatic effort as well as a strong effort to project your military strength.”
debkafile: Israel is paying the price for not striking Iran and for Washington's evolving ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Khaled Meshaal in Jordan: Aug. 2009
To isolate Abbas, US prods Jordan to host Hamas-Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 30, 2011, 12:10 PM (GMT+02:00)

To punish the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas for submitting his application for UN membership in defiance of President Barack Obama's strong objections, Washington leaned on Jordan's King Abdullah II to allow a visit by Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal to discuss his political bureau's transfer from Damascus to Amman. Saudi Arabia helped persuade him. Obama was telling Abbas thereby that if Hamas should moderate its extremism, his role as sole Palestinian spokesman would face serious competition.

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Russian-Central Asian armies exercise defense of US Caspian oil fields
France: Iran faces military strike. Russia practices Iranian reprisal
DEBKAfile Special Report September 28, 2011, 2:03 PM (GMT+02:00)

A US and/or Israel strike against Iran suddenly looked tangible this week following a warning of its probability by a French diplomat and a large-scale Russian-Central Asian military exercise simulating Iranian retaliation for a hypothetical strike on US-owned Caspian oil fields. A British diplomat ending his term in Pyongyang quoted North Korean officials who told him that NATO would not have attacked Libya if Muammar Qaddafi had not given up his nuclear weapons. Tehran appears to have reached the same conclusion.

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Pakistani army, intelligence chiefs
US and Pakistan near military clash. Islamabad blames US Afghan "disarray"
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 25, 2011, 5:53 PM (GMT+02:00)

Amid spiraling Pakistani-US tensions, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Sunday, Sept. 25, recalled Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar from New York shortly after she warned the US against "hot pursuit" of terrorists on Pakistani soil. Pakistan's army chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani held a "special" meeting of top commanders "to review the security situation" – exacerbating the sense of crisis. debkafile: Pakistan appears to be steeling itself for a possible military clash with US soldiers after being accused of harboring and running terrorists.

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Barack Obama
US Offers Iran Deal on Iraq and Afghanistan. Iran: First Syria and Bahrain
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2011, 11:47 PM (GMT+02:00)

Washington seeks a broad give-and-take deal for cooperation with Iran and guarantees of security for US troop units staying in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iran wants Syria and Bahrain in the package.

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Ali Abdullah Saleh
In Yemen, Saudis to Confront Iran, Americans AQAP
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2011, 11:47 PM (GMT+02:00)

After persuading Ali Saleh to step down as Yemeni president, Saudi King Abdulla got down to setting up a unified Yemeni military offensive against the Houthis threatening the Saudi border. Washington assigns higher priority to tackling Al Qaeda.

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Israel Drone Ambushed and Downed by Russians over Nagorno Karabakh
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2011, 11:47 PM (GMT+02:00)

Russian antiaircraft officers ambushed an Azerbaijani Air Force Israeli-made drone to gain access to its secrets, warn Israel to keep its hands off the Caspian region, and signal Tehran its willingness to cooperate in halting the spread of Azerbaijani and Israel influence.

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Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal
Ali Khamenei Strips His ex-Protégé of Influence and Prestige
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2011, 11:47 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei ruthlessly chopped President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad down to size to diminish his UN appearance. The continued detention until Wednesday of the two jailed US hikers was intended to bring Washington to heel.

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James Clapper's triple mission in Ankara
Top US Intel official in Ankara to head off naval clash, bring Palestinians to talks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 19, 2011, 6:31 PM (GMT+02:00)

The US National Intelligence Director James Clapper began a surprise visit to Ankara Sunday Sept. 18, prompted by Turkish saber-rattling against key US interests: Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the information gathered by the US radar system planned for Turkey as part of the NATO missile-shield must not be shared with Israel; Monday, US Noble Energy began drilling gas off Cyprus in defiance of Turkey; and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, egged on by Ankara, headed for the UN to bid for membership.

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US Noble Energy rig off Cyprus shore
Israeli-Greek-Turkish air sea forces on guard for first Cypriot gas drilling
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 17, 2011, 9:29 AM (GMT+02:00)

Military tension is building up among Greece, Turkey and Israel as Cyprus prepares to start exploratory drilling for gas Monday, Sept. 19 in the face of Turkish threats. All three have placed their air and sea forces in a state of preparedness. Turkish warplanes and fighters kept watch on the rig belonging to Houston-based Noble Energy as it moved from Israel's offshore field Noa opposite Ashdod to Cyprus's Aphrodite field.  US Noble Energy and Israel's Delek are staked in both fields.

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Moscow Races to Save Assad; Washington to Head off a Turkish-Israeli Military Clash
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2011, 12:02 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Arab revolts have resolved themselves ten months on into a US effort to damp down the Turkey-Israel, Egypt-Israel fires before they blow up - at best into limited military confrontations, whereas Russia, disenchanted with America's removal of Muammar Qaddafi, has stepped in to rescue Syria's Assad.

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