582 articles tagged "US"
King Abdullah
No More Saudi Bases for US - or Blind Support for Obama on Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2010

Riyadh is worried by the vagueness of US plans for Iran and refuses to admit thousands of US troops without being sure where the US is going.

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Bashar Assad and William Burns
Don't Expect Us to Cut or Even Downgrade Our Ties with Tehran, Says Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 12, 2010

In a cool message to Washington through Paris, Syria insists its ties with Iran are strategic and dictated by the need for "resistance" to Israel. Heavy Syrian missiles supplies will continue to cross the border to Hizballah, except for the sophisticated Russia anti-air Gecko - for now.

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Nouri Maliki wins another term as Iraqi PM
Iraqi PM Maliki sweeps polls, defeats pro-Iranian bloc
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 9, 2010

Preliminary Iraqi election results show incumbent prime minister Nouri Maliki returned with a commanding 100 parliamentary seats out of 325 and the ability to form a pro-American coalition with Iyad Allawi's secular alliance and the Kurdish bloc that will be stable enough for US troops to depart Iraq on schedule.

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Iranian leaders with Simorgh missile
US-Israel tough sanctions strategy falls apart. Tehran is sitting pretty
DEBKAfile Special Report March 6, 2010

The Western powers are scrapping tough measures incorporated in the original motion they drafted for a UN Security Council sanctions resolution against Iran to make the draft more acceptable to Russia and China.

debkafile reports: By the time it is tabled, the resolution will be toothless as an instrument for holding back Iran's dash for a nuclear bomb.

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Jeffrey Feltman
Assad Warned of Retribution in Store for Mocking America
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 5, 2010

The Obama administration does not propose to let Bashar Assad go scot free for publicly poking fun at America as he stood side by side with the Iranian president. Syrian ambassador Imad Moustapha was left guessing about the shape of the punishment to come.

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Iran maneuvered Washington into its sanctions zigzag
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2010

The Obama administration fell for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's tactics and suspended its drive for tough, speedy sanctions, DEBKA-Net-Weekly discloses, with a blow-by-blow account of how the process played out.

This exclusive, insightful item appeared in our latest issue out Friday.

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Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar
Capture of Taliban's No. 2 Raised False US Hopes for Its Helmand Operation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2010

Pakistan turned its back on its US ally and conspired with the Afghan Taliban's Mullah Omar to get rid of his military commander Mullah Baradar who was open to talks with the Americans.

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Iran captures Jund Allah leader
Iran trumpets capture of "US terror agent" Jund Allah leader
DEBKAfile Special Report February 24, 2010

Dubai figures in another intelligence affair: Tuesday, Feb. 23, an Iranian bomber forced down a Kyrgyzstan airliner to seize Tehran's most wanted fugitive, Abdol Malek Rigi, leader of the Baluchi Jund Allah underground movement.

debkafile's intelligence and counter-terror sources rate Rigi's capture one of Iranian intelligence's biggest coups and a stinging setback for Western undercover operations against the Islamic regime in Tehran.

 

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USS Higgins in Haifa
But Defensive Preparations Proceed Apace
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2010

How they cooperate is still moot. But Israel is preparing to face the music from Hizballah in the North, Hamas in the South and Syria in the northeast. Egypt secures the passage of Israeli warships through Suez, is conspicuously eager to join any US-Israeli action against Iran.

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Director of US Intelligence Dennis Blair
US military boost aims to contain Iran's Gulf supremacy drive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 8, 2010

The Obama administration's decision last week to boost its military presence in the Gulf and supply its Arab allies with tens of billions of new weapons is a bid to win the galloping arms race with Iran and mark out American spheres of influence and contain Iran's drive for regional hegemony - whether or not it attains a nuclear weapon. Washington is closely watching the numbers Iran's opposition can muster on Feb. 11, Iran's Revolution Day.

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Barack Obama
Obama Now Wants America to Be Regional Cop
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2010

 

In a sharp policy reversal, Barack Obama has picked up the old US role of Arabian Gulf defender. He has seized on Gulf fears of Iran's ambitions to restore the US military presence "inside the horizon" with Saudi Arabia's blessing.

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The Sea-Based X-Band radar
US X-Band Radar Station Gets Own Base in Southern Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2010

 

The malfunction of America's Sea-Based X-Band radar against long-range missiles, following last year's failure of Israel's Arrow-2 leaves a hole in US-Israeli defenses against Iranian ballistic missiles. The US X-Band radar station formerly located at Israel's Air Force Nevatim base in the Negev, was recently given its own autonomous facility in southern Israel.

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Leon Panetta
The Gulf Emirates, Like Al Qaeda and Houthi Rebels, Want Their Cut of Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 29, 2010

Secret trips by CIA director Leon Panetta to Cairo and Jerusalem Thursday night signaled Washington's decision to expand US military intervention in Yemen to smash al Qaeda's strongholds in that country. Yemen is unfortunately beset by two more wars.

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Osama bin Laden stil invisible
Bin Laden claims Delta airline attack, threatens more
DEBKAfile Special Report January 24, 2010

In a new audio message aired by Al Jazeera TV Sunday, Jan. 24, Osama bin Laden claimed responsibility for the Dec. 25 attempt to blow up an airliner bound for Detroit and vowed there would be more attacks. In a message addressed from "Osama to Obama," he said America would have no peace unless there was "security for Palestinians."  

 

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Muammar Qaddafi
Obama (Secretly) Welcomes Qaddafi aboard the Counter-Jihadist Intelligence Train
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 22, 2010

The Libyan ruler has long been angling for United States acceptance as an intelligence partner in the war on al Qaeda. A deal was struck with the Obama administration last September, providing a flow of intelligence input from Tripoli and for turning Libyan ex-jihadists into double agents.

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Iran and China are engaged in secret negotiations
Why Is Beijing Thinking of Selling Tehran 19.75%-Enriched Uranium?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 15, 2010

Iran is more ready than before to go back to the negotiating table and buy enriched uranium abroad because of technological glitches in its enrichment processing. China is not averse to cooling the crisis climate surrounding Iran's nuclear program.

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Najibullah Zazi, arrested last year
Two more arrested in ongoing NYC terror investigation
DEBKAfile Special Report January 9, 2010

Two men were arrested Friday, Jan. 8, suspected of being accomplices of Naijubullah Zazi, who was charged with a plot to bomb New York's transit system a year ago in Colorado. On Friday too, Friday too, the Nigerian, Umar Abdulmutallab, flanked by two American lawyers, told a federal court he was not guilty of trying to blow up the Northwest Airlines jet on Christmas Day.  He boasted that 20 young Muslims were training in Yemen to blow up airliners.

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Saudi FM Saud al-Faisal
New Egyptian-Saudi peace plan presented to Obama Friday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 7, 2010


At the core of the new peace proposal would be a letter signed by the US presidential underwriting an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord based on pre-1967 borders with adjustments to accommodate demographic changes, limited territorial swaps and support for East Jerusalem as capital of a future Palestinian state.
 

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Obama has security chiefs on the carpet
Obama: We failed to connect the dots or act promptly
DEBKAfile Special Report January 6, 2010

 US president Barack Obama, in a speech after meeting top security chiefs, Tuesday, Jan. 5, said: We had enough information to foresee and prevent the attempted bombing [of the Northwest airliner] on Christmas day." But it was not fully analyzed or leveraged for putting the suspect on the no-fly list. "I will not accept this. We have to do better and must do it quickly."

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Yemen president Ali Abdullah Salah
The US cannot afford a new Yemen front or rely on its president
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 4, 2010

US official spokesmen have stepped up their rhetoric against al Qaeda in Yemen but do not have the manpower resources to open another anti-terror warfront in addition to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and to a lesser degree Somalia, debkafile's Washington sources report.
Washington has a problem with the Yemen president: In the ten years since al Qaeda blew up the USS Cole in Aden harbor, Salah has conducted a dual policy, posing as America's faithful ally in the war on al Qaeda  while maintaining close back-door ties with al Qaeda in Yemen and giving them his protection.

Yemen's revolving door for captured terrorists is part of this two-faced presidential strategy. 109. Jan. 4

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