World Events in Prophecy: (DebkaFile) NEWSDAY Monday 15 AV 5771 -August 15 2011-

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 Two Grad rockets from Gaza explode on open ground in Beersheba after midnight Monday • Red alert sent people to shelter in time to escape injury • Palestinian Authority condemns ongoing Syrian army massacre of Palestinians in Latakia's al-Raml a-Filistini district • Monday, all residents ordered to leave district • UNWRA demands to know what has happened to Latakia's 10,000 Palestinian refugees • DEBKAfile was first publication to expose Syrian assault on Palestinians • Turkish FM Davutoglu says unless Syrian soldiers stop killing civilians immediately, "there will be nothing to say about steps that will be taken • Wave of terrorist bombings kills at least 60, injures 100 in Iraq Monday • At least 34 killed, 60 injured in twin bombing at northern town of Kut by a bomb planted in a cold drinks cooler and a parked car explosion • Eleven attacks in Diyala province • In Tikrit two suicide bombers struck Iraqi counter-terror unit killing 10 including officer in charge of Iraq's war on terror • In Baghdad, a car bomb hit the high-end Mansour suburb • Also hit were Najef and Kirkuk • Radical Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr says US troops must leave Iraq or face resistance • Egypt's ex-president Mubarak returns to court Monday for second session on corruption and murder charges • Iran plans to start initial phase of its first nuclear power plant at Bushehr in early September • DEBKAfile: This is third postponement in a year indicating Iran has not beaten Stuxnet cyber worm • Libyan ruler Gadhafi urges his people early Monday to "liberate Libya" from NATO and traitors • Late Sunday, his representatives were holding talks with rebels at a hotel on the Tunisian island of Djerba. A Libyan government spokesman denied it • Pakistan allowed Chinese military access to top-secret stealth helicopter US special forces left behind when they killed Osama bin Laden • Israel social protesters unveil advisory panel, mostly academics, to draft claims for presenting to government • 

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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Taliban Closes Trap on US SEAL's 
Insider intelligence helped down the chopper and avenge the bin Laden killing. 
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Zero Response to Syrian Army Draft 
While fighting his people against the clock, Assad snubs vacillating Turkey. 
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Asif Shawqat Rises from a Double Purge 
Why is the Syrian army fighting without a Chief of Staff? 
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Syria tanks enter Homs while fighting Palestinians in Latakia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
August 15, 2011, 11:11 AM (GMT+02:00)
Tags:  Syrian uprising   NATO   Turkey  Palestinians   Latakia   Bashar Assad  Homs 
Syrian-Palestinian battlefield in Latakia

Taking advantage of the 15-day leeway granted him by the US and Turkey, Bashar Assad Monday, Aug. 15, sent tanks and mechanized infantry into Homs, a town of 1.5 million inhabitants. Heavy shelling rings out as clouds of smoke rise over the city. Homs is Syria's third largest town and the biggest the Syrian military has attacked. In Latakia, Syrian tanks continue to battle armed Palestinians and in Brussels, NATO and Turkey get set to send the rebels anti-tank weapons.

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Obama and Erdogan grant Assad 15 days to finish uprising. Call-up in Turkey
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
August 13, 2011, 9:43 AM (GMT+02:00)
Tags:  Barack Obama   Erdogan   Bashar Assad   Syria   Hillary Clinton 
Syrian protesters flee tank divisions

Thursday night, Aug. 11, US President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan agreed to set Syrian President Bashar Assad the deadline of Aug. 27 for extinguishing the popular uprising against his rule and starting to implement genuine democratic reforms. This decision followed Erdogan's report to Obama on the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's six-hour conversation with Assad Tuesday, Aug. 9. Turkey has called up reserves for transfer to the Syrian border.

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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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Syria goads Turkey by attacking towns along their border
DEBKAfile Special Report
August 10, 2011, 8:44 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tags:  Bashar Assad   Syria   Turkey  US sanctions   NATO   Iran 
Syrian tanks in action near Turkish border

Less than 24 hours after Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu handed Bashar Assad in Damascus "a final warning," to stop the bloodshed or else, Assad demonstrated coolly that he is not scared by the prospect of Turkish or NATO military intervention or deterred by new US sanctions against Syria's biggest bank and mobile phone company. The day after his Turkish guest departed, Wednesday, Aug. 10, Assad launched provocative military assaults on three towns in the Turkish border region - following receipt of a missile shield guarantee from Iran.

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World in crisis: Markets dive. Mobs burn London
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis
August 9, 2011, 12:39 PM (GMT+02:00)
London fires

An air of crisis descended on the world Tuesday, Aug. 9 as markets continued to tumble steeply and in London, large parts of the city  succumbed to uncontrolled violence. Far East stocks leveled out at 3 percent, Europe fell 3.5-5 percent Tuesday after Wall Street slid 5-7 percent Monday. More than $70 billion were wiped out in global trading Monday hours after US President Barack Obama said America will always be a Triple A country. Israel could join world crisis if all protest demands are met.

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Assad toughs it out against US-Turkish ultimatum to halt military crackdown 
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
August 8, 2011, 10:03 AM (GMT+02:00)
Deir al-Zour under Syrian tank assault

As his tanks and artillery stormed the eastern Syrian town of Deir al-Zour, killing 100 civilians in one day, the US and Turkey Sunday night, Aug. 7 began to turn the screw on President Bashar Assad: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked Turkey's foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu to press Syria to "return its military to the barracks," during his visit to Syria Tuesday. The Syrian ruler with Iranian backing spurned the ultimatum even before the minister reached Damascus.

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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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Mass executions in Hama's main square as Syrian resistance mounts
DEBKAfile Special Report
August 5, 2011, 1:30 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tags:  Syrian uprising   Bashar Assad  UN Security Council   US   Turkey  Russia   Medvedev   Hama 
Bodies of Hama citizens in the Orontes

Thursday night, Aug. 4, the commanders of Syria's military crackdown on the city of Hama ordered suspected protesters to be picked up off the streets for summary execution. Within hours, hundreds of victims were "executed" by firing squad in Nasser Square. The order was issued when the military failed to overcome mounting resistance.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned Syrian President Bashar Assad: "We are watching how the situation is developing. It's changing and our approach is changing as well."

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DEBKA-Net-Weekly    A sampling from past issues
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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Qaddafi's sons will lead new Libyan regime
DEBKA-Net-Weekly  #501
July 22, 2011
Muammar Qaddafi

The Obama administration is willingly handing the diplomatic lead for ending the Libyan crisis to Moscow having concluded that America no longer commands the resources for carrying global burdens on its own. Muammar Qaddafi, supported by Russia and Africa, will insist on staying in power until the agreed transition is reliably implemented with room at the top for his sons.

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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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Analysis
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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Libyan rebels killed their own commander 
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report
July 29, 2011, 1:48 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tags:  Libyan rebels   Muammar Qaddafi  France   Britain   NATO 
Gen. Abdul Fatah Younis

Gen. Abdel Fatah Younis, commander of the Libyan rebel forces fighting Muammar Qaddafi, was put to death on the orders of Mustapha Abdul Jalil, head of the rebel TNC,DEBKAfile's sources report. TNC officers abducted him and two aides and shot them in the head 20 kilometers outside Benghazi.

Jalil wanted the powerful Younis out of the way before the start of peace negotiations, for fear he would beat his own path to Qaddafi and head the future government alongside Saif al-Islam.

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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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