445 articles tagged "US"
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Ilan Grapel at al Tahrir Square
US-Israeli backdoor exchanges with Cairo to free alleged Israeli spy
DEBKAfile Special Report June 13, 2011

Jerusalem insisted Monday that no Cairo notification had been received of the arrest of dual US-Israeli citizen Ilan Grapel as an alleged Israeli spy, while Washington is checking to see if any word came through. Western intelligence circles suggest Egypt may have preferred to "find" a Mossad spy even if they suspected him of working undercover for other Western organizations. debkafile: The US and Israel are seeking his quick release before agitation against an alleged fomenter of Muslim-Coptic strife makes this impossible.

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The Fazul family home in Moroni
Al Qaeda's dead East Africa terror chief targeted the US and Israel
DEBKAfile Special Report June 11, 2011

For more than 15 years, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, 38, slithered out of every US and Israeli undercover operation to nab him, often with minutes to spare. This week, his luck turned:The Somali sentries who shot him dead at a roadblock outside Mogadishu had no idea who he was.debkafile:The passing of this highly competent terrorist mastermind leaves al Qaeda's branch in East and the Horn of Africa and Somalia high and dry.

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Ali Abdullah Saleh
Liquidating Tenacious Arab Rulers – with a Bit of Outside Help
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 10, 2011

The Arab revolts are resolving themselves into bids for getting rid of three rulers who refuse to step down, Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh, who survived an assassination bid and promises to return as good as new; Syria's Bashar Assad, whom the West allows to survive, and Libya's Muammar Qaddafi, who promises to outlive NATO's attempts on his life.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Meir Dagan
Two Scandals Shaking Israel's Government Intersect in the Oil Emirate
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 10, 2011

Two scandals are rocking the Israeli government: One arises from the former Mossad chief Meir Dagan's deadly attacks on the Netanyahu government; the other from US sanctions suddenly landing on Israel's richest plutocrats, the Ofer Brothers. Both have their roots in the Gulf oil emirate.

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From Ilyas Kashmiri to David Headley
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 10, 2011

Western intelligence circles believe master terrorist Ilyas Kashmiri survived a US rocket attack although his al Qaeda group the 313 Brigade eulogized him. Syed Saleem Shahzad, the Pakistani journalist who knew too much about him was abducted, tortured and killed, while his "man in India," David Headley is alive under US protection.

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Tripoli under NATO bombardment
Moscow opposes Western anti-Syrian motions because of Tripoli bombing
DEBKAfile Special Report June 9, 2011

Russia cited NATO's "inclusive bombing of Tripoli" as grounds for objecting to the new UK-French-Portuguese  motion condemning the Assad regime for its violent crackdown on protest, and any other UN Security Council action against Syria. After a more than $4 billion outlay, debkafile reports NATO's campaign against Muammar Qaddafi is running short of funds and suffering war "fatigue." The US, Britain and France consider dipping into the estimated $45 million of frozen Qaddafi funds in their banks. Qaddafi' commands about $1 trillion in cash.

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An Iranian sub in distant waters
Iranian subs to the Red Sea – riposte for nuclear watchdog's indictment
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2011

The deployment of Iranian "military submarines" in the Red Sea, announced Tuesday June 7, was Tehran's response to the latest International Atomic Energy Agency's report accusing Iran of nuclear work with "possible military purposes." It was also a pointed comment on the controversy in Israel over whether or not to go for the military option. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad then delivered his most uncompromising statement yet on Iran's nuclear program, calling it "a train with no brakes or reverse gear."

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Iran's nuclear clock ticks steadily
Iran has secretly stocked enriched uranium for four nuclear bombs
DEBKAfile Special Report June 3, 2011

By April 2011, Iran had accumulated a quantity of U-235 that can be enriched in short order to sufficient 90 percent (weapons grade) uranium to fuel four nuclear bombs - and attained "virtual" nuclear weapon state. This was revealed by the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, America's scientific watchdog on world nuclear weapons production, in its June 2 report.  By breaking the IAEA seal at the Natanz enrichment plant, Iran gained another 6-7 months for concealing the work there.

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Riyadh's Hand in 10 Arab and Muslim Countries
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2011

King Abdullah is determined to save his friends from the fate suffered by Egypt's Hosni Mubarak. The second-generation Saudi royals have got together to pull the kingdom away from its long dependence on the US and command its own fate and interests, even at the price of clashing with Washington. Assertive as never before, the kingdom is actively involved in 10 Arab and Muslim countries.

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Field Marshall Mohammad Tantawi
Washington Wants to Be Rid of another Egyptian Ruler, Field Marshal Tantawi
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2011

Only four months after Hosni Mubarak's removal, Washington wants to be rid of Egypt's military ruler Field Marshal Tantawi. After agreeing that the September election should be postponed to save the country from the Muslim Brotherhood and perfect the new constitution, the Obama administration is moving close to common ground with Saudi Arabia in at least one sector.

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At the Rafah crossing
Cairo shuts Gaza's Rafah crossing to free passage at US insistence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2011

Just four days after the much-heralded opening of the Rafah crossing between the Palestinian Gaza Strip and Sinai, Cairo virtually shut it down Tuesday, May 31, by a series of tight bureaucratic measures in response to a US warning that since the crossing's opening, Palestinian and al Qaeda terrorists had been roaming at large across Sinai exposing the Suez Canal to attack. After the US informed Jerusalem of the new restrictions, an Israeli defense official arrived in Cairo to discuss security coordination.

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Saudi Prince Bandar builds an international Muslim legion
A Saudi foreign legion
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly May 31, 2011

The rise of a new international Saudi Sunni Muslim army for combating Iranian expansion and the spread of the Arab Revolt is revealed in the latest issue of  DEBKA-Net-Weekly, out Friday. Saudi scouts are seriously hunting for volunteers.
Where will the new legionnaires train? And where will their bases be located?
This issue answers those questions and examines the Saudi initiative's impact on the Obama administration's Muslim and Arab policies and America's Middle East standing.
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Saudis Have Big Plans for a Divided Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2011

The Saudis plan to carve out a new Arab republic in southern Yemen under their thumb and let civil war divide the country in two. They have dumped Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and US objectives in the country.

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Qaddafi and rebels conclude ceasefire
Qaddafi and rebel commanders agree on truce. NATO carries on war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2011

Combat in Libya is winding down. debkafile's exclusive sources report that Muammar Qaddafi and the rebel commanders are close to a series of accords for ending the war after two weeks of secret talks. Fighting on the ground has receded to small pockets where a few rebel chiefs are still holding out, while the primary battlefields of Misrata, Brega and Ajdabia have fallen silent.
NATO warplanes again pounded Tripoli Wednesday night May 25 still hoping to eliminate Qaddafi and win the war.

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Smashed aircraft at PNS Mehran base in Karachi
Al Qaeda's Saif al-Adal masterminded Pakistani base assault
DEBKAfile Special Report May 23, 2011

The fingerprints of Al Qaeda's operations commander Saif al Adal were all over the assault on the important Pakistani Mehran naval air base in Karachi, which began Sunday night, May 22 and ended only after 17 hours of fierce combat, debkafile's counter-terror sources report. The attack  hit a shared strategic Pakistani-US-Chinese installation, destroying US surveillance aircraft. It also impaired Pakistani reconnaissance capabilities against al Qaeda's strongholds in North Waziristan and its watch over the Arabian Sea dividing Pakistan from India. 

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Dmitry Medvedev
Moscow Takes a Stand on Arab Revolts – Opposite Washington
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2011

After sitting on the fence for six months amid the Arab uprisings, Moscow now takes a stand, capitalizing on the positions slipping out of the United States grasp in the turbulent slipstream of the Arab Revolt.

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The Military Council Falls Apart in the Face of Rising Disorder
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2011

Instead of democracy, Egypt is sinking into violence, widespread disorder, sectarian clashes and crime as the military rulers stand aside and wait for a new ruler to take over.

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Israeli troops on tense Lebanese border
Terror attack in Tel Aviv: One dead, 17 injured - first Nakba Day victims
DEBKAfile Special Report May 14, 2011

Aviv Morag, 29, from Caesaria was killed shortly before his marriage and 17 people were injured - two in serious condition - after being run down by an Israeli Arab, 22, from Kafr Qassem in Tel Aviv, Sunday, May 15. The killer's truck swerved left and right along 2 kilometers of busy road in South Tel Aviv. After knocking over a traffic light, the driver jumped out and shouting Allah Akhbar! used the pieces to beat passers-by who eventually overpowered him.

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Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, al Qaeda's dirty bomb ace
The 10 high-profile al Qaeda terrorists at large
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly May 11, 2011

The US administration planned Osama bin Laden's death as a lever for al Qaeda's destruction. DEBKA-Net-Weekly's latest issue out  Friday tabs the ten master-terrorists still at large, including one who holds the key to a dirty bomb attack, and capable of masterminding revenge attacks.
This issue also assessed the prospects of Syrian President Assad's victory against his opposition.

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US: He was still an active player
US Special Forces go after bin Laden's A-team
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2011

The US is sustaining the momentum of the war on terror by sending more Special Forces and drones into Pakistan after Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant, Ayman al Zawahiri, Taliban leader Mullah Omer and al Qaeda's chief operations officer, Seif al Adal. debkafile: Washington suspects their whereabouts are known to Pakistan's Inter-Services-Intelligence agency (ISI) and has given Islamabad an ultimatum: Cooperate in their capture or US troops will take up the pursuit in your country.

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