445 articles tagged "US"
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Lieut.-Gen. Ahmad Shuja Pasha
For US-Pakistan Discord, Read US-Saudi Contest
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 15, 2011

The Pakistani and US intelligence chiefs met in Washington to ease the strains between their governments. Their effort faced a mission impossible in view of the Saudi effort to distance Islamabad from its ties with Washington and strengthen the Taliban as the backbone of a future international Sunni militia.

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The late Ahmad Wali Karzai with his brother, the Afghan president
Murder of Afghan President's brother parades Taliban capabilities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 12, 2011

Tuesday July 12, the day French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in Afghanistan and stated that a quarter of France's 4,000-strong contingent would be pulled out by the end of 2012,  Afghan President Hamid Karzai's half-brother, Kandahar strongman Ahmad Wali,was shot dead by a bodyguard. This was no coincidence, debkafile's sources note: Taliban was again refuting the accounts of the situation in Afghanistan presented by US, British and French leaders as having little resemblance to reality.

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US embassy in Damascus mobbed
Clinton: The US has no interest in Assad staying in power
DEBKAfile Special Report July 12, 2011

Monday, July 11, after a pro-Assad mob invaded the US embassy in Damascus, a personal attack on Syrian President Bashar Assad was heard in Washington for the first time. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Assad "is not indispensible and we have absolutely nothing invested in him remaining in power," after US embassy staff were forced to shelter in a fortified wing of the mission as Assad's militiamen rampaged through the building and raised the Syrian flag.

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Iran Assembles Nuclear Fuel, Missiles and Warheads
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 8, 2011

Western and Israeli intelligence missed Iran's spectacular nuclear fast-forward by miscalculating its timelines. It now appears that by 2012, Tehran will have around four-to-six bombs or warheads in stock and have tested ICBMs for their delivery. Uranium enrichment will be raised to 60 percent by relocating the plants from Natanz to the hidden Fordo facility.

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Jon Huntsman
Will Netanyahu Discreetly Tab Jon Huntsman or Leave Obama a Clear Run?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 8, 2011

American Jewish leaders visiting Jerusalem this summer are giving the Israeli prime minister all kinds of advice – some say quietly back Republican hopeful Jon Huntsman but both advise him to stay clear of the presidential race because the odds still back Barack Obama.

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Marshall Islands oil tanker
Fragmented Yemen Is Dropping into the Hands of Al Qaeda… and Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 8, 2011

Al Qaeda is carving out a roomy operations base in South Yemen, while Iranian Al Qods officers are helping Houthi rebels take over the north. Talks with the opposition are at an impasse as President Ali Abdullah Saleh, still recuperating in Riyadh from an attempt on his life, insists on staying in power to control the transition.

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Iran has already built a nuclear warhead pilot
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly July 5, 2011

The latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly out Friday uncovered Iran's surreptitious leaps and bounds toward a home-made nuclear weapon. Tehran has not only executed four nuclear-capable missile tests, but actually constructed a nuclear warhead prototype.
This issue showed how Tehran has crossed every red line set by the West against Iran acquiring nuclear arms by furtively exploiting the months of furious Arab unrest for high speed, undisturbed progress. Western and Israeli intelligence are now waking up to some unpleasant surprises.

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Saudi King Abdullah welcomes Jordan's Abdullah II
US bailout for Palestinian economy – only if Abbas drops UN plan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2011

The Palestinian Authority is broke. Prime Minister Salam Fayyad appealed to "donors and our Arab brothers" Sunday, June 3, for urgent assistance after being forced to halve civil servants' July wages. The US, Turkey and Saudi Arabia could save the PA from bankruptcy – in theory. But, debkafile reports, the Saudis prefer to channel cash to Jordan and Washington's bailout is conditional on Mahmoud Abbas dropping his unilateral UN initiative and going back to negotiations with Israel.

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Qaddafi's game of chess - or end game?
US and NATO prepare final assault on Qaddafi. He threatens terror
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2011

Libyan Ruler Muammar Qaddafi's threat to "throw ourselves on Europe like swarms of locusts or bees" to attack "your homes, your offices, your families" may be meant to scare NATO off its coming all-out offensive to kill or oust him – or may be for real. If forced to quit, debkafile reports he could seek asylum with friendly African Sahel tribes like the al Qaeda-linked Tuareg, which also provide him with mercenaries. From there, he could orchestrate a campaign of terror.

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Putin imposes secrecy on nuclear Iran
Conspiracy of silence over four Iranian nuclear-capable missile tests
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 30, 2011

debkafile offers exclusive details on the British Foreign Secretary William Hague's allegation Wednesday, June 29, that Iran has carried out secret tests of missiles capable of delivering a nuclear payload in breach of UN resolution 1929: Three of those tests, four in all, were carried out between October 2010 and February 2011and the fourth on Tuesday, June 28, in the course of the Prophet Mohammed war games currently in progress. Three tests by Sejjil and Shahab-3 Kadar were successful.

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Kavoshgar-5 can carry a nuclear payload
Iran has secretly tested nuclear-capable missiles – UK Foreign Secretary
DEBKAfile Special Report June 29, 2011

British Foreign Secretary William Hague stated Wednesday, June 29:  "Iran has been carrying out covert ballistic missile tests and rocket launches, including testing missiles capable of delivering a nuclear payload in contravention of UN resolution 1929." Hague was the first Western leader to confirm debkafile's disclosures in the past year. He spoke as American naval, air and marine forces built up in the Mediterranean, the Aden and Oman straits, the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea.  

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Turkish soldiers help Syrian refugees at border
Turkey renews ties with Israel ahead of showdown with Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report June 25, 2011

As Turkey heads for a military showdown with Syria, Ankara has agreed to restore military and intelligence collaboration in the eastern Mediterranean with Israel, debkafile reports. The deal worked out between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also returns Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to a role in Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy and gives him a chance to try and bring Hamas aboard. Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon finalized the details in secret talks in Ankara.

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Four Survive out of Six - 2 Civil Wars – NATO in Knots
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2011

Only two Arab autocrats have succumbed to six popular uprisings: four have survived. NATO's score in Libya is zero to one as Europe's war sustainability is hit by the falling euro Two countries are in the grip of civil war and two undergoing partition. Yet Barack Obama is grimly determined to complete his Arab regime change mission.

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Saudi Arabia Plans to Strangle Iran's Oil Industry
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2011

The chaotic slipstream of the Arab Revolt is keeping the sensitive oil industry and the nuclear arms race situation in constant turmoil.  Saudi Arabia is ready to cripple Iran's oil exports and strike Syria's energy resources. Berlusconi hopes to beat Obama to an deal for Libyan oil by secretly switching his support from the rebels to Muammar Qaddafi.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman
Netanyahu Shifts to Solo Policy-Making, Drops Advisers and Turns to Lieberman
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2011

Prime Minister Netanyahu has dropped his long-time ally and partner-in-policymaking Defense Minister Ehud Barak and turned to hardline Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman as his only adviser. But essentially, Bibi has dispensed with a circle of advisers and taken over the solo lead in all defense affairs and important foreign relations.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai
Karzai slams US, links hands with Pakistan, Saudi Arabia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 18, 2011

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, America's and NATO's key ally in the war on the Taliban and al Qaeda, turned furiously on the United States in a public outburst Saturday, June 18. He accused Washington of carrying on direct talks with the Taliban behind Kabul's back and contaminating the Afghan environment with the chemical pollutants used in NATO war operations. debkafile: Kabul and Islamabad have begun reorienting their policies on coordination with Saudi Arabia in common cause against Obama policies.

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New Lebanese defense minister Fayez Ghosn with his party boss Sleiman Franjieh
Lebanon has a radical new government. It gives Assad his second front
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 17, 2011

Lebanon has a new government headed by Najib Mikati, ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hizballah. Formed suddenly on June 13, the 30-minister lineup has earmarked an unprecedented 18 portfolios – including defense and interior – to Hizballah loyalists and pro-Syrian politicians. While fighting the uprising against his rule, Bashar Assad has recaptured Beirut. The appointment of friendly Fayez Ghosn as defense minister places the army at the service of Damascus and portends trouble on the Lebanese-Israeli border.

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Tayyip Erdogan
To Send Troops into Syria with US Backing? Or Not
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 16, 2011

Turkey considers giving Bashar Assad a last chance before resorting to military action after receiving the promise of a US shield against Iranian or Syrian missile retaliation. Assad, for his part, is rigidly fixated on his harsh crackdown and a victory over the rebels against his regime.

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Assad Is Writing another Victory Speech
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 16, 2011

Assad's decision to bank on the army to extinguish the revolt against him is paying off. The US and the West could have starved him of funds for his crackdown by an embargo on Syrian oil experts – but refrained from doing so. In any case, the Syrian economy is about to crash

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Adm. Mark Stanhope
French-UK- Italian Shock and Awe Plan Stalled by Empty Arsenals
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 16, 2011

The US is willing to replenish NATO's empty missile and smart bomb arsenals but needs to know who is footing the bill. Robert Gates like British and French Libyan war commanders don't believe in NATO's ability to topple Muammar Qaddafi.

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