588 articles tagged "US"
US special forces
Obama Performed Secret Afghanistan Policy Switch Last Month
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2010

Barack Obama performed a secret Afghanistan policy switch a month before the disclosure of confidential military documents. He has empowered the Saudi-Pakistani lineup to carry through peace talks with Taliban.

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WikiLeaks
The Battle of Interests between the US and Britain – Digitalized
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2010

Behind the WikiLeaks disclosures is a US-British battle for control of money, oil and intelligence interests, peaking with the struggle to control the BP oil giant.

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Turkish army blames Erdogan for setbacks against rebels
Erdogan faces US stick, clings to anti-Israel stance
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 26, 2010

Before leaving for the G20 summit in Toronto, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan came in for an exceptionally acerbic US rebuke: Top Obama official Philip Gordon accused him of alienating the US and the West and told him he needed to demonstrate Ankara's commitment to their (NATO) partnership.
At home, his generals and the public accuse him of sacrificing national security to his anti-Israel campaign, so causing military setbacks against the Kurdish PKK.

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Netanyahu Ready to Cede Most of Golan to Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2010

At his meeting with President Barack Obama on July 6, Israeli prime minister will propose trading in the stalled Palestinian track for a new peace initiative with Syria based on withdrawal from the bulk of the Golan Heights.

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USS Harry S Truman
Political Paralysis Shackles US Military Might
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2010

America's show of military force in the Middle East was ignored not only by Turkey but by the moderate Arab rulers, led by Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Gulf leaders are weighing a merger of their armies for self-defense against a nuclear-armed Iran.

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Turkish airspace closed to Israeli Air Force
Turkey closes airspace to Israel Air Force
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 17, 2010

Turkey will lead a campaign for a worldwide boycott of Israel. Wednesday, Ankara cancelled 16 contracts covering military and intelligence cooperation.

Israel has countered by declaring the IHH a terrorist entity, exposing this bulwark of the Ankara government to Israeli covert operations. In Washington, Democratic and Republican members of Congress announced there would be a price to pay for Ankara's continuing hate campaign against Israel and tight ties with Tehran.

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Refused to be deflected from challenging blockade
Israeli troops board Rachel Corrie after 4 calls ignored
DEBKAfile Special Report June 5, 2010

After four calls to change course from Gaza to Ashdod were ignored, Israeli troops boarded the Irish-flagged Rachel Corrie some 28 miles out to sea and sailed it to the Israeli port of Ashdod. The ship's pro-Hamas activists were determined to break the Israeli blockade. No violence or injuries were reported.
The US said the siege was unsustainable but urged Rachel Corrie to put in at Ashdod.

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Benjamin Netanyahu and Rahm Emanuel
Middle East Time Bomb Ticks Faster as Syrian Missiles Placed in Firing Position
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 28, 2010

Obama's dual track: He is preparing another round of talks with Iran, while massing US naval and air forces in the Persian Gulf. All Middle East parties maneuver around Assad's placement of places ballistic missiles on the ready.

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South Korean Cheonan sunk by North torpedo
North Korea on war readiness. US-South prepare. Tehran watches
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 25, 2010

North Korean ruler Kim Jong-il has ordered his military to prepare for all-out war after Barack Obama sent the US military to work with Seoul to prepare for future aggression.
Military observers in the Korean Peninsula and Japan were predicting limited skirmishes on land, sea and air. Some sources found North Korea capable of going all the way to test-firing a nuclear warhead for the first time. Iran is following the crisis closely - and learning.

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Susan Rice
It May Not Be All Bad, Say Obama's People
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 21, 2010

Obama's officials remain upbeat over prospects of a nuclear deal with Iran. They prepare an agenda for further negotiations, tempting Tehran by legalizing its home production of enriched uranium.

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Turki Al-Faisal
Abdullah's Key Ally Assails American Role as Mid East Protector
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 21, 2010

King Abdullah regards Barack Obama's Middle East policy as "inept, ignorant and arrogant." He sent Prince Turki Al-Faisal to lay his views out on the table in detail, in the crudest terms.

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Faisal Shahzad
More Terrorist Attacks Expected in American Cities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2010

The failed attempt to blow up a car bomb in Times Square at the heart of Manhattan, New York, was the fourth time in seven months that America's intelligence and security agencies had missed thwarting a terrorist attack.

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Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hamid Karzai
Terror Repercussions on American Soil Must Be Considered
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2010

Obama's Afghanistan strategy is thrown in disarray by the failed New York car bombing. As US forces prepare their offensive in Kandahar, S. Afghanistan, the Taliban strikes in New York. Both his war planners and intelligence chiefs need a fresh approach.

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Times Square
Was Faisal Shahzad a US Double Agent Turned Traitor?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2010

Was Faisal Shahzad a CIA mole against Taliban or a two-timing double agent? This would explain some of the peculiarities his case has thrown up.

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President Barack Obama
The Watchword of His Secret PPD Is "Prevention"
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2010

Even after signing the secret Presidential Policy Directive to prevent Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon, it is still not clear what option Barack Obama has chosen to achieve this, whether military or other means.

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British embassy, Sanaa
Al Qaeda in Yemen, fortified with diverted US funds, strikes British embassy
DEBKAfile Special Report April 26, 2010

The British embassy in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa shut down Monday, April 26, after an al Qaeda suicide attack on the ambassador's convoy and a clash with gunmen outside the embassy. According to first reports, one person was killed, but Ambassador Tim Torlot is safe. 
debkafile's counter-terror sources report that al Qaeda recently received an extra boost from secretly diverted US funds which Yemen president Abdullah Ali Salah used  to try and bribe the Islamists to relocate in Somalia - without success.

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Robert Gates and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Cold War or Muddle?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2010

Washington this week produced an epic flow of contradictions and confusion over its policy on Iran: By week's end, every visible option had been knocked over and the talk was of some kind of cold war against Tehran.

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Barak Obama
Al Qaeda Could Easily Have Dipped into the Thriving Nuclear Black Market
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 16, 2010

Iran's intelligence services - MOIS, and its Revolutionary Guards Corps' clandestine arm, North Korean intelligence and Syrian military intelligence are active dealers and brokers in bootlegged uranium, other nuclear materials, equipment and nuclear technology.

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Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi
He Sidelined the Chief of Staff Opposed to Attacking Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2010

Israel's comeback for Obama's attempt to impose his Palestinian will was delivered on the Iranian issue. Washington hit back by bundling the Palestinian and Iranian issues together.

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Obama Charts Future Frontiers for Israel, Palestinian State
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 9, 2010

The US president advocates a Middle East peace plan whereby Palestinian state borders would enclose 96 percent of the West Bank and 133,000 Israelis evacuated. The 4 percent left with Israel would include Jerusalem.

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