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Bashar Assad
The Syrian Crisis Tests Muslim Brotherhood's Future in the Region
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2011, 12:02 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Muslim Brotherhood's role in post-revolt Arab capitals – sought by Barack Obama – faces counter-pressure from Russia, China and Iran – particularly in Damascus. Not just Iran, but Russia and China too have stepped up their arms consignments to the regime, loath to see fundamentalist Muslim power reigning in any Middle East capital. In Damascus, Moscow has set up a military-diplomatic headquarters.

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Mahmoud Abbas: Dialogue with Israel still on ice
In sharp U-turn, Palestinians to go through with UN Security Council statehood bid
DEBKAfile Special Report September 15, 2011, 4:41 PM (GMT+02:00)

Thursday, Sept. 15, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas went back on his assurance 24 hours earlier to Saudi, European and Egyptian officials and decided to go through with his application to the UN Security Council on Sept. 23 for the admission of a Palestinian state to the world body. This was a pointed rebuff to the Obama administration whose envoys offered to renew US ties with the Palestinians if they refrained from applying to the Security Council. Tuesday, Abbas met with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in Cairo.

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Israeli Heron drone
No US drones for Turkey while Israel threatened
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 13, 2011, 12:54 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Obama administration has turned down a Turkish request for drones or for the deployment of US Predators at Turkish bases until Ankara stops threatening Israel with armed attack, debkafile's military and Washington sources report.  Turkey's lack of functioning drones has crippled its military campaign waged against the Kurdish PKK rebels in conjunction with the US and Iran at a critical juncture. Since expelling the Israeli technicians, Ankara has been unable to operate 10 Israeli-made Heron drones.

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Muammar Qaddafi
As Long as Qaddafi Is around, Rebels Can Only Control Tripoli and Benghazi
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 9, 2011, 1:27 AM (GMT+02:00)

If Qaddafi can send large convoys across 900 kilometers of Libyan highway to Niger undisturbed, he is demonstrably in control of most parts of the country. As long as he alive and at large, NATO and the rebels cannot hope to extend their control beyond Tripoli and Benghazi, especially ...

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Their Joint Offensive against Kurdish Rebels Saves Assad – For Now
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 9, 2011, 1:27 AM (GMT+02:00)

The US, Turkey, Iran and the Iraqi Kurdish government have joined hands to liquidate the Kurdish rebellions against Ankara and Tehran. They have been temporarily distracted from their campaign against Syria's Bashar Assad.

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Barack Obama
US Reinvents ex-Al Qaeda as "pro-Democracy Converts" Fit to Rule
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 9, 2011, 1:27 AM (GMT+02:00)

Former Al Qaeda adherent Abdel-Hakim Belhaj is groomed by the US and other NATO allies as future ruler of Libya. They have cast him as the role model of the new Islamist elite "converted to democracy" for future government in Egypt, Tunisia and other countries targeted by the Arabian Spring.

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Gen. Eyal Eisenberg's wake-up call
Israel's Home Front chief's dose of reality flusters defense establishment
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 6, 2011, 10:39 AM (GMT+02:00)

Home Front Commander Maj. Gen. Eyal Eisenberg warned Monday, Sept. 5 of the increasing peril of a total Middle East war in the wake of the Arab revolts and Israel's rift with Turkey. His comments shocked Israel's policy-makers and defense establishment out of their placidity. The defense minister's adviser Amos Gilead, hurriedly denied this prediction. "Israel's security situation has never been better," he said insisting "The Arab regimes around us are stable."
debkafile: The general's wake-up call was both apt and timely.

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US warns Turkey its warships are no match for Israeli navy
US sources: Turkey's sharp economic downswing undercuts its regional status
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 4, 2011, 9:55 AM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile's US sources disclose that the Erdogan government may act as though it calls the shots in the region to cow Israel, but Turkey is fast sliding into deep economic slump. In Washington, the Erdogan government's threat to incite an "Arab revolt" against Israel is seen as beyond acceptable diplomatic bounds, while its other threat on maritime movement in the Mediterranean is ridiculed: "The Turkish Navy is no match for Israeli missile boat technology, electronic jamming and tracking systems, submarines and close air cover."

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Turkish PM Tayyip Erdogan on an anti-Israel vendetta
Turkey maligns Israel to freeze the IDF out of the US anti-Iran missile shield
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 2, 2011, 3:22 PM (GMT+02:00)

For two years, Turkey has tirelessly maligned Israel, aided its enemies and schemed to destroy its army's strategic value as a key American ally. This campaign hit a serious contretemps in the UN report out Friday, Sept. 2 which justified Israel's Gaza blockade and its navy's interception of a Turkish vessel bent on breaching that blockade, although Israel was assailed for its "excessive response" to the violence of Turkish extremists.  Ankara thereupon expelled the Israeli ambassador and suspended its military accords with Israel.

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Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron
Libya's Rebels Promise NATO Backers Hefty Oil Stakes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2011, 12:22 AM (GMT+02:00)

The lion's share is promised France of Libya's oil reserves with smaller stakes for Britain, Italy and Qatar. But the rebels may be counting their chickens too fast. First, the war is not yet won and the promises may stay on paper and second, only the US has the ...

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Mahmud Bin Juma'a
Pro-US Col. Khalifa Hafter Marked for Post-Qaddafi Rule
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2011, 12:22 AM (GMT+02:00)

Two CIA agents, one working undercover, were instrumental in opening the doors of Tripoli to the rebels. One was a close Qaddafi confidant called Mahmud Bin Juma'a, the second Khalifa Hafter, spent 25 year in America and is marked for high office.

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Selim al-Awa
The Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis Count on Two-Thirds of Egyptian Vote
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2011, 12:22 AM (GMT+02:00)

The results of a recent opinion poll in Egypt shocked Washington. Two-thirds of the sample canvassed promised to vote for the Muslim Brotherhood and extremist Salafi movements, leaving pro-democracy and liberal factions no more than a third. The leading MB candidate Salim Al-Awa wants to cut off ties with ...

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Mikhail Gorbachev
America and Russia Still Rewriting the Soviet Empire's Downfall after 20 years
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2011, 12:22 AM (GMT+02:00)

DEBKA's Intelligence History files tell the story of how the plot to depose Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev 20 years ago succeeded in one sense and misfired in two: His removal marked the demise of the Soviet empire and also the unforeseen rise of Boris Yeltsin.

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From Qaddafi's intelligence files
US confirms al Qaeda members' role in rebel command. Qaddafi contacts them
DEBKAfile Special Report September 1, 2011, 12:47 PM (GMT+02:00)

On Wednesday, Aug. 31, the Obama administration admitted that former al Qaeda extremists who fought US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan were part of the rebel push to capture Tripoli. Further highlighting Al Qaeda's importance, Muammar Qaddafi instructed his son Saadi to contact self-styled Tripoli commander Abd Al-Hakim Belhadj, one of the a/m extremists, to discuss ways of ending the war. Qaddafi would have to follow in the West's footsteps and work with al Qaeda supporters if he plans guerrilla warfare against the rebels, the US and NATO.

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Mohammed Abdul Jalil
NATO May Fight Gulf Arab Wars, Starting with Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2011, 1:17 AM (GMT+02:00)

NATO, Britain and France are too broke to finish the job the started in Libya. The Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council is ready to provide financing but wants a NATO military arm for overthrowing the Assad regime in Syria and promoting its other interests. The Obama administration welcomes the hook-up to relieve ...

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Iran's trap for Israel on Eilat Highway
Tehran pulls strings of Gaza missile war through proxy Jihad Islami
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 21, 2011, 11:02 AM (GMT+02:00)

The role of Iran and Hizballah in manipulating the ongoing Palestinian war on Israel from Gaza is now manifest, debkafile's military sources report. They planned, orchestrated and funded the coordinated attacks on the Eilat Highway Thursday, Aug. 18 and its sequel: volleys of 90 missiles launched day and night from Gaza against a million Israeli civilians. The Netanyahu government hesitates to send the IDF to stop the missiles flying from Gaza lest the same aggressors open another front leading to a regional war.

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Field Marshall Muhammad Tantawi sought revision of Camp David accords
US defuses Egyptian-Israeli crisis: Egypt may post troops in E. Sinai
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 21, 2011, 12:53 AM (GMT+02:00)

Intense diplomatic efforts by Washington Saturday, Aug. 20, have produced a compromise for resolving the Egyptian-Israeli crisis - moments before their 1979 peace accord was overturned. Cairo agreed not to recall the Egyptian ambassador from Israel, whereas the Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak apologized publicly for the deaths of three Egyptian policemen.  debkafile discloses: Israeli also agreed to renegotiate the treaty's Sinai demilitarization clause banning an Egyptian troop presence.

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Muammar Qaddafi
NATO: We'll Throw Qaddafi out by September 1
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2011, 1:17 AM (GMT+02:00)

NATO is reverting to its "shock and awe" plan to finally bomb Muammar Qaddafi out of power, although nothing is known about Washington's position or participation. The rebels are already rejoicing and boasting about fictitious victories.

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Bashar Assad and Ahmet Davutoglu
Turkey and US Waver over Military Intervention against Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 12, 2011, 12:08 AM (GMT+02:00)

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's Damascus mission started with a military ultimatum and ended on a weak note which drew a contemptuous reaction from Bashar Assad. Damascus is working against the clock. Assad hopes to have broken the back of the anti-Assad protest. Otherwise, zero military conscription will break ...

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Deir al-Zour under Syrian tank assault
Assad toughs it out against US-Turkish ultimatum to halt military crackdown
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 8, 2011, 10:03 AM (GMT+02:00)

As his tanks and artillery stormed the eastern Syrian town of Deir al-Zour, killing 100 civilians in one day, the US and Turkey Sunday night, Aug. 7 began to turn the screw on President Bashar Assad: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked Turkey's foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu to press Syria to "return its military to the barracks," during his visit to Syria Tuesday. The Syrian ruler with Iranian backing spurned the ultimatum even before the minister reached Damascus.

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