65 articles tagged "Yemen"
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Khamenei Sacks Qassem Soleimani from Command of the Syrian War Arena
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2015

The Revolutionary Guards chief Gen. Jafari convinced Khamenei that Qassem Soleimani as expert on subversion and terror was not the right general for multiple warfronts. He was vindicated by the setbacks in Syria and Iraq.

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Americans Now Give Saudi King Salman a Solid Six-to-Eight Years
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2015

The Americans have stopped referring to King Salman’s “dementia” and now praise his industry, competence and initiative, predicting he will stay on the throne for six-to-eight years.

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US Patriots stationed in Saudi Arabia
Two major Mid East escalations: Yemeni rebels fire Scuds at Saudi air base. ISIS warns Syrian rebels
DEBKAfile Special Report June 6, 2015

Riyadh reported Saturday, June 6, that Patriot batteries had intercepted Scud missiles fired by Yemen Houthi rebels at Khamis al-Mushait, the kingdom’s largest air base, from which Saudi jets take off to strike Yemeni rebels. debkafile’s military sources disclose that the Patriots, activated for the first time, were manned by American teams – the first direct US intervention on the Saudi side of the Yemen conflict. Khamenei’s statement on Iranian troops for Syria is awaited. ISIS meanwhile warns Syrian rebels in the south to break off contact with US-Jordanian and Israeli command centers.

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Iran ship heads away from Yemen sea emnbargo
Next challenge for US after Ramadi defeat is averted: Iranian ship nearing Yemen is redirected to Djibouti
DEBKAfile Special Report May 20, 2015

Two days after the blow to US strategy in the region landed by Ramadi’s fall to the Islamic State, the Obama administration faces its next test in the region: An Iranian cargo vessel accompanied by two warships plans to break the US-Saudi-Egyptian blockade of Yemen by docking at Hodeida and refusing to submit to a search for illicit weapons. debkafile: After warning that a search would be deemed an act of war, Iran climbed down Wednesday, May 20, and accepted a UN search in Djibouti, as demanded by Washington.
 

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Saudis Lead GCC Quest for New Strategic Allies after US Letdown in Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2015

Disappointed in US intelligence assistance for its Yemen war effort, the Saudis have turned to other allies, including France and Israel to pitch in.

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Why Saudi Army Boots Rarely Touch the Ground
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2015

While the Saudi armed forces are impressive on paper, the army is in no shape to fight, while the bigger and better-equipped National Guard has no intention of getting embroiled in the Yemen war.

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Iran’s Guards Drum up Armed Incidents to Scuttle Nuclear Accord
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2015

Khamenei is all in favor of such incidents as the seizure of a commercial vessel by IRGC’s navy as it gives him levers of control and bargaining chips.

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To Win the Oil Contest, Saudis Must First Win in Yemen and Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2015

King Salman is putting all his aspiration to stay on top of the world’s oil market in the Syrian and Yemeni war baskets.

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How does sanctions-ridden Iran find a multibillion war chest to fund 6 armies fighting in 4 Mid East wars?
DEBKAfile Special Expose April 24, 2015

According to figures reaching debkafile in March, Iran is spending a vast fortune - up to an estimated $6-8 billion per year - to keep six armed forces fighting in four Middle East war campaigns for expanding its sphere of influence.  Month after month, Tehran forks out close to half a billion dollars - and sometimes more - to keep those conflicts on the boil. How Iran manages to keep this war chest filled from an economy crippled by international sanctions has never been explained. debkafile has the details on how it is spent.

 

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USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Normandy opposite Yemen
Iranian naval convoy bound for Yemen turns back toward home
DEBKAfile Special Report April 23, 2015

Senior US defense officials reported Thursday, April 23, that the Iranian convoy suspected of carrying weapons for Houth rebels in Yemen appeared to have turned around and was heading north toward Iran. If this is confirmed it means that Tehran had decided to avoid a showdown at sea with US, Saudi, Egyptian or UAE fleets patrolling Yemen waters to intercept any Iranian vessels trying to unload arms for the rebels. The USS Roosevelt carrier and USS Normandy missile cruiser are still in tne area.

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It’s a Long Way to a Yemen Ceasefire
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2015

The Saudis have drawn up their own game plan for Yemen, independently of US efforts to achieve a ceasefire. Obama has told the Gulf rulers not to expect a defense pact with the US, but Iranian expansion will be curbed.

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Obama Makes Tardy Grab for ME Leadership, Slams Brakes on Iran in Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2015

Obama is moderating his support for Iran’s pretensions to No.1 Middle East power after Tehran let Shiite militias in Iraq and Houthis in Yemen loose to attack Sunni Muslims.

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USS Theodore Roosevelt heads to Yemen
US-Iranian naval collision building up in Gulf of Aden
DEBKAfile Special Report April 21, 2015

The US and Iran may be heading for a naval face-off over Yemen.  Monday night, the USS Theodore Roosevelt, known as “The Big Stick,” set out for the Gulf of Aden to join the American naval force building up to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying arms for Yemen’s Houthi rebels. The Roosevelt Strike Group 12 was dispatched from the Persian Gulf to underline Washington’s resolve to pre-empt any attempt by Iranian warships to break the Saudi-Egyptian sea blockade of Yemen, as well as deepening US involvement in the Saudi-led operation against Iranian-backed rebel forces.

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AQAP captures Yemeni Hadhramaut
Al Qaeda on winning streaks in Yemen and Iraq, exploiting stalemate in proxy wars
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 17, 2015

Thursday and Friday, April 16-17, two branches of Al Qaeda took the lead in violent conflicts, catapulting key areas of the Middle East into more peril. In Yemen, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and in Iraq, the Islamic State (ISIS), launched new offensives 3.050 kilometer apart. debkafile: Both branches of the Islamist terror movement used the absence of competent adversarial troops on the ground – American and Saudi - to push forward in the two arenas. They also exploited the contradictions in Washington’s attitude towards their foe, Tehran.

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Iran's Bushehr helicopter carrier warship
Iran, Saudi Arabia in tense buildup opposite Yemen’s Gulf of Aden shore: US air tankers refueling Saudi jets
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 10, 2015

Saudi-Iranian saber-rattling over Yemen reached a dangerous peak Thursday, April 9: The Saudi army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri, said the Iranian flotilla of warships posted to the Gulf of Aden would not be permitted to enter Yemeni territorial waters. He threatened Iranians “remaining in Yemen” would suffer the same fate as the Houthi rebels. An Iranian-Saudi clash of arms in the Red Sea can’t be ruled out, after Egyptian and Iranian warships exchanged fire over the Bab El-Mandeb Strait. Friday, Saudis banned flights of Iranian pilgrims to Mecca.

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Russia's bombed out consulate in Aden
Yemen war: Saudis prevented Russian evacuations by air, bombed Moscow’s spy center in Aden
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2015

Moscow claims to have evacuated hundreds of Russian nationals from Yemen by an air lift running out of Sanaa airport. But debkafile reports exclusively that this was prevented by a Saudi ban on the landing of Russian flights at any Yemeni airport from March 27, when the Saudi Air Force took control of Yemeni airspace. The Russian nationals were eventually evacuated by sea to Cairo. Meanwhile, Saudi Air Force F-15s demolished the Russian consulate in Aden housing a regional spy facility, as Riyadh goes head to head with Moscow.

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US and Iran Bowled over by Saudi Yemen Operation – and Efficient Intelligence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 2, 2015

Saudi Arabia managed to keep the secret of its Yemen offensive from Washington and Tehran whle also building a ten-member coalition.

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Enough US Military Gear to Outfit a Small Army Went Missing in Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 2, 2015

The US has mislaid in Yemen a supply of military equipment enough for a small army. It includes aircraft, ships, vehicles, drones and Humvees.

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Khamenei sends Iranian navy to Bab el-Mandeb Straits. Iran arms store for Hamas bombed in Libya
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2015

Control of the Red Sea Bab el-Mandeb Straits passed Tuesday, March 31 to pro-Iranian forces when the Yemeni Army’s 117th Brigade handed positions guarding the waterway to two Houthi commando battalions, debkafile reveals. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered two task forces to sail to the region to reinforce Houthi control of the strategic straits. Iran was involved in another development Tuesday, when unidentified aircraft bombed and destroyed a base in Burak, southwestern Libya, used by Iran to store arms purchased in Sudan for the Palestinian Hamas.

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Pakistani Special Forces fighter
Pakistani defense chief due in Riyadh, airlifts troops for Saudi Yemen war. Aden landings imminent
DEBKAfile Special Report March 30, 2015

The US-led world powers and Iran Monday, March 30, entered the last tense hours for a nuclear deal as though Lausanne was on a different planet from the Middle East, where the Yemen war, in which Iran is deeply involved, abruptly scooped up a power outside the region - Pakistan, whose defense minister arrives in Riyadh Tuesday, following Islamabad's pledge to support its Saudi ally. debkafile: Several Pakistan brigades are being airlifted to relieve Saudi forces of border and oil security tasks for major ground operations. Egyptian air and warships blast Aden, 

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