World Events in Prophecy: (DebkaFile) NEWSDAY Tuesday 22 AV 5771 -August 22 2011-


Mon August 22, 2011
Breaking News
 Obama: Situation is fluid and uncertain but Qaddafi's regime is coming to an end • He warned regime elements threaten to continue fighting • Qaddafi can stop the bloodshed, said Obama, by telling them to lay down arms and relinquish power without delay • Future regime must be peaceful, inclusive and just. Justice will come from conciliation not retribution • Palestinian attacks from Gaza resume Monday night with three missiles against Ashkelon coast, more against Eshkol district • In hopes of Gaza truce, Israel lowered the high emergency level in the South and Gaza vicinity Monday after 150 missiles fired against Israel • Pentagon spokesman: US doesn’t believe Qaddafi has left Libya • Rebels claim three Qaddafi sons detained, Saif al-Islam, Mohammad and Saadi. According to an unconfirmed report Mohammad escaped • Rebel TNC chair Mustafa Jalil pledges to establish a moderate Muslim democracy • Libyan state TV off the air. Rebels say they are in control of station • Egypt recognizes rebels as legitimate government of Libya • Popular Resistance Committees announces temporary halt in Gaza missile assault on Israel • Iran begins transferring centrifuges from Natanz to underground Fordo facility for tripling 20pc enriched uranium output • Assad Monday sets up "Parties Affairs Committee" to handle tasks pertaining to new multi-party law • Sunday, he dismissed US and European demands to step down as meaningless, expects parliamentary election in February 2012 • New York prosecutors drop the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn • 
DEBKAfile Special Report August 22, 2011, 10:44 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tags:  Libya   Muammar Qaddafi   Libyan rebels   Barack Obama   Tripoli   NATO 
The battle for Tripoli


For the first time in the six-month war against Muammar Qaddafi's regime, NATO troops, despite denials, are on the ground as British and French "military advisers" – members of special operations units – help Libyan rebels fight for control of the Libyan capital Tripoli. This contest is evolving into a war of intelligence, DEBKAfile's military sources disclose. Qaddafi's counter-offensive aims at separating the Western troops from the small numbers of rebels – no more than 2,500-3,000.


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NATO: Qaddafi Will Be Gone by Sept. 1 
Says "shock and awe" resources are ready without waiting for US approval. 
Assad Unmoved by Turkish Diplomacy 
As he turns increasingly to war options, Obama tells him to go. 
Rumored military coup in Syria 
Generals said to have seized power and retained Assad as front man. 


Netanyahu accepts ceasefire to placate Egypt, leaves Jihad Islami for later
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
August 22, 2011, 1:11 AM (GMT+02:00)
Gen. Meir Eshel obtains Gaza ceasefire in Cairo


Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ruled Sunday, Aug. 21, that his first priority is to grant Egypt's military rulers the kudos for brokering a ceasefire in the Gaza missile war  – and deal later with the Palestinian Jihad Islami which fired most of the 100 missiles exploding in Israel from Gaza in the last four days. DEBKAfile: He was wrong: Cairo will come back for more concessions under Muslim Brotherhood pressure; Jihad Islami and its masters, Tehran and Hizballah, remain free to restart missile fire any time.


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Tehran pulls strings of Gaza missile war through proxy Jihad Islami 
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
August 21, 2011, 11:02 AM (GMT+02:00)
Tags:  Iran   Gaza   Israel   US   Egypt   Palestinian Jihad Islami 
Iran's trap for Israel on Eilat Highway


The role of Iran and Hizballah in manipulating the ongoing Palestinian war on Israel from Gaza is now manifest,DEBKAfile's military sources report. They planned, orchestrated and funded the coordinated attacks on the Eilat Highway Thursday, Aug. 18 and its sequel: volleys of 90 missiles launched day and night from Gaza against a million Israeli civilians. The Netanyahu government hesitates to send the IDF to stop the missiles flying from Gaza lest the same aggressors open another front leading to a regional war.


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US defuses Egyptian-Israeli crisis: Egypt may post troops in E. Sinai
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
August 21, 2011, 12:53 AM (GMT+02:00)
Tags:  Egypt   Israel   Sinai   Palestinian terror   Camp David Peace Treaty   US 
Field Marshall Muhammad Tantawi sought revision of Camp David accords


Intense diplomatic efforts by Washington Saturday, Aug. 20, have produced a compromise for resolving the Egyptian-Israeli crisis - moments before their 1979 peace accord was overturned. Cairo agreed not to recall the Egyptian ambassador from Israel, whereas the Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak apologized publicly for the deaths of three Egyptian policemen. DEBKAfile discloses: Israeli also agreed to renegotiate the treaty's Sinai demilitarization clause banning an Egyptian troop presence.


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Continuous Palestinian blitz after Israel bombs 12 terrorist targets in Gaza
DEBKAfile Special Report
August 19, 2011, 9:29 AM (GMT+02:00)
Terrorists attack southern Israel


After the Israeli Air Force struck 12 Hamas and other terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Thursday, Aug. 18, a hail of Palestinian missiles Friday hit the towns of  Ashdod, Beersheba, Ashkelon and the smaller Sdot Negev, Shar Hanegev and Eshkol villages in a continuous blitz. Ten worshippers were injured - two seriously - when one of the six Grads aimed at Ashdod hit a synagogue. Police detonated a second in a controlled explosion.  Eight Israelis were killed, 33 injured in a Palestinian multiple terror attack near Eilat Thursday.


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Israel tenses for Gaza strike after deadly Palestinian terror attack
DEBKAfile Special Report
August 18, 2011, 7:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tags:  Palestinian terror   Gaza   Israel  Egypt   Eilat   Al Qaeda 
Israel bus shot up on main highway to Eilat


Thursday, August 18, Israel had its first taste of a sophisticated al Qaeda-style coordinated terrorist attack modeled on the atrocities common in Afghanistan and Iraq. Israel's intelligence services, army (IDF) and police were taken by surprise by the scale and slick organization of the multiple assaults staged near Eilat on the highway running south parallel to the Egyptian border by gunmen of the Gaza-based Popular Resistance Committees and Palestinian organizations linked to al Qaeda. Defense Minister Barak: "Gaza is the source of the terror."


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At least 7 Israelis killed, 33 injured in terrorist attacks near Eilat 
DEBKAfile Special Report
August 18, 2011, 4:47 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tags:  Terror   Eilat   Al Qaeda   Sinai Bedouin   Egypt 
Israel bus attacked near Eilat


Israel goes on highest terror alert after a string of terrorist attacks still ongoing near the Israeli-Egyptian border north of Eilat Thursday, Aug. 18 left seven Israeli soldiers and civilians dead and 33 injured. Five servicemen are in critical condition. Assailants from Sinai used automatic and anti-tank weapons, mortars and roadside bombs for attacks on two buses and civilian and military vehicles on Highway 12. All three gunmen who attacked the bus were located and killed in a firefight with Israeli police. More are sought.


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Egypt's 5,000 troops take on 2,000 al Qaeda in Sinai. Three officers kidnapped
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
August 15, 2011, 7:12 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tags:  Egyptian mililtary   Sinai   Al Qaeda   gas pipeline   Gaza   Palestinians 
Egyptian troops enter Sinai in force


Monday, Aug. 15, three Egyptian army brigades of 1,700 men backed by tanks, an equal number of special policemen and 3,400 security personnel drove into the northern Sinai towns of El Arish, Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah thereby launching a mission to retake Sinai from rampant Islamists, who were also responsible for sabotaging a gas pipeline. DEBKAfile: In their first clash with Islamic Liberation Army gunmen, three Egyptian officers were kidnapped, one gunman was killed and 11 detained.


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Israel sets up "September Commands" though no intel on Palestinian disorders
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
August 12, 2011, 12:56 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tags:  Israel   Palestinians   UN  Intelligence   West Bank 
Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz


Israel's military, police and Shin Bet security service are drilling extreme scenarios of possible Palestinian disturbances, mass rallies or even terrorist attacks in September – although there is no specific intelligence of a security threat in the offing. The authorities have also set up "September Command Centers" so as not to be caught off guard. The intelligence updates fed them on Palestinian activities contain no signs so far of organized Palestinian preparations for disorders beyond some talk at local Fatah cell level.


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DEBKA-Net-Weekly    A sampling from past issues
Saudis Eye E. Syria for New Sunni State
DEBKA-Net-Weekly  #503
August 5, 2011
Tags:  Syria   Bashar Assad   Syrian uprising  Saudi Arabia   Iraq   US   Hosni Mubarak 
Bashar Assad


While his bloody crackdown on Hama grabs headlines, and Bashar Assad's fights for his life against his people, Saudi Arabia eyes the eastern Euphrates Valley and its towns of Deir el-Zour and Abu Kamal for severance from Syria to link up with the Iraqi Anbar province and form a new Sunni Muslim republic under their protection.


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Pakistan Takes Saudi Dollars, Flirts with Iran
DEBKA-Net-Weekly  #502
July 28, 2011
Prince Bandar bin Sultan


Saudi imperial polices have been gravely set back by Pakistan's vacillations and flirtation with Tehran after shelling out  two billion petrodollars in aid to buy Pakistan's partnership in Riyadh's plan for an international Sunni legion to withstand Shiite Iran. This did not stop President Asif Ali Zardari visiting Tehran and pledging expanded trade ties with the Islamic Republic.


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15,000 US Troops to Stay in Iraq
DEBKA-Net-Weekly  #500
July 15, 2011
Tags:  US   Iraq   Iran   Leon Panetta   Nouri Maliki   Iraqi air bases 


New US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki quietly agree to at least 15,000 US troops remaining in Iraq after 2011in the guise of diplomats and other civilian personnel with America keeping control of four big air bases – two of them facing Iran. The Iraqi prime minister is dragging his feet before making this understanding public.


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Russia: NATO close to military steps in Syria for beachhead to attack Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report
August 5, 2011, 12:39 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tags:  Russia   US   NATO   Syria  Iran nuclear   Libya 
Russia's NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin


Twelve hours after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned Assad he faced a "sad fate" if he failed to introduce reforms, Moscow's envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin accused the Western alliance of planning a military campaign against Syria to help overthrow the Assad regime "with the long-reaching goal of preparing a beachhead for an attack on Iran."
In an Izvestia interview Friday, Aug. 5, Rogozin added: "This statement means that the planning [of the military campaign] is well underway."


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Moscow defends Assad, seeks nuclear deal with Iran by freezing sanctions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
August 2, 2011, 7:36 AM (GMT+02:00)
Tags:  Russia   Syria   Iran nuclear   US   UN Security Council 
Nikolay Patrushev to visit Tehran Aug. 15


As Moscow prepares to block strong UN Security Council condemnation of Syrian violence against protest, Russian diplomats Monday, Aug. 1, launched a quiet effort to start freezing sanctions imposed on Iran over its military nuclear program in return for Tehran satisfactorily answering the International nuclear watchdog's "questions and concerns," DEBKAfile's Moscow and Washington sources report.
Iranian Foreign Minister Saeed Jalili visits Moscow Aug. 17. Washington is standing by for results.


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Iran new Hamas commando brigade in Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
July 31, 2011, 9:04 AM (GMT+02:00)
Tags:  Hamas   Gaza   IRGC's Al Qods  Israel 
Hamas' first commando unit set up by Iran


A team of Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) officers has just finished setting up Hamas' first commando unit especially trained to combat any Israel military force entering the Gaza Strip, DEBKAfile's military sources report. The new "Al Qods Brigades" unit of 400 men is to be the first of three. The urban guerrilla tactics imparted to Hamas drew heavily on the experience Al Qods is gaining in Syria, where its experts help President Bashar Assad crack down on protest.


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Stuxnet returns to bedevil Iran's nuclear systems
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
July 20, 2011, 4:35 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Stuxnet malworm - at it again


DEBKAfile's intelligence sources report that the Stuxnet malworm which played havoc with Iran's nuclear program for eleven months was not purged after all. Tehran never did overcome the disruptions caused by Stuxnet or restore its centrifuges to smooth and normal operation as was claimed. Indeed, Iran finally resorted to the only sure-fire cure, scrapping all the tainted machines and replacing them with new ones – as was indicated Tuesday by an announcement in Tehran.


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