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President Barack Obama turns back to
Obama about-turns on Syria: US military training and weapons for moderate Syrian rebels
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 27, 2014

President Barack Obama is due to unveil a program for the expansion of US involvement in the Syrian war against the Assad regime and al Qaeda elements. He is expected to announce in an address at the US Military Academy at West Point Wednesday, May 28, military training for moderate rebels and a regular supply of sophisticated weapons, including possibly anti-air systems. The Arab world perceives this as a move to counteract Russian, Iranian and Hizballah intervention in the Syrian conflict - or even as payback for Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

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Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal signs pact with Iran
New pact restores Hamas to the Iranian fold with a $200m annual stipend and military aid
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 23, 2014

The Palestinian Hamas is restored to the Iranian fold with the pledge of an annual allowance of $200 million, military assistance and advanced weapons, in return for a public avowal of Hamas support for Iran’s Syrian policy and Bashar Assad. The deal was secretly sealed Thursday, May 22 at a meeting in Doha between Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Hamas’s politburo head Khaled Mashaal. It places Hamas squarely in the radical Iran-Syrian-Hizballah bloc and re-opens the Gaza Strip door to dominant Iranian influence.

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US Special Forces ready to go into Syria
US switches military aid from rebels in the north to new pro-US security zone against Al Qaeda
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 11, 2013

The suspension of US-UK non-lethal military aid to the Syrian opposition in the north – ostensibly to keep it out of Islamist hands – is only part of the story. The aid will be put in the hands of the pro-American rebel forces deployed to man a new security zone the two powers are carving out in the south, as a barrier against al Qaeda’s encroachments on the Jordanian, Israeli, and Lebanese borders, as well as Damascus. Two war rooms in Irbid, Jordan will run the operation under a US general.

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Egyptian Air Force F-16 figher jets over Cairo
Obama to start sending US F-16 fighter jets to Egypt – on Israel’s election-day
DEBKAfile Special Report December 11, 2012

The US approved 20 F-16 fighter planes for Egypt, part of a $1 billion foreign aid package, Tuesday, Dec. 11, the day scheduled for massive rival demonstrations for and against President Mohamed Morsi’s constitutional referendum Saturday, Dec. 15.  The first four jets will be delivered the day after Barack Obama’s swearing-in as president, and coincide with Israel’s January 22 elections. Obama is telling the Middle East that he stands by his backing for the Muslim Brotherhood, including the radical Palestinian Hamas.

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