16 articles tagged "Ashton Carter"
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ISIS returns to Palmyra
ISIS seizes big Russian-Syrian T-4 air base
DEBKAfile Special Report December 12, 2016

Islamic State forces pushed forward their assault to retake the central Syrian town of Palmyra Monday, Dec. 12, and by evening had entered the big Russian-Syrian T-4 air base outside the town, carrying off substantial quantities of Russian armaments. Reporting this, debkafile added: They booty they snatched included different types of ground-to-ground missiles as well as anti-tank and anti-air rockets. 

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The Operation to Retake Raqqa from ISIS Is Still Far off
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 3, 2016

Ashton Carter can’t bring Turkey and the Kurds together for an operation.

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Rockets on Golan, Pentagon flouts Obama, no truce
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 17, 2016

The Pentagon and US army are not following the orders of their Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama in the execution of the military cooperation accord in Syria concluded by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Sept. 12. Five days after the truce they agreed would go into effect Monday, fighting was still raging Saturday, Sept. 17.

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Erdogan and Putin Shut US out of Role in N. Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 1, 2016

The Turkish and Russian presidents join hands to shut US out of N. Syria.

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US Tigris Bridge Plan for Mosul Offensive Sparks Baghdad-Kurdish Tug-o’-War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 14, 2016

But US lacks bridges for spanning differences between Iraqi and Kurdish forces for storming Mosul

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Assad Has Finally Won. Washington Is Talking to Him
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 7, 2016

Obama secretly sent Special Envoy Brett McGurk for direct back-channel talks with Assad.

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Local Setbacks Slow US-Russian Momentum against ISIS in Iraq, Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2016

Moscow and Washington realize they can’t rely on Syrian or Iraqi troops to follow through in any major offensive against ISIS in Raqqa or Mosul and so they are moving forward in slow steps.

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Why the Collective Gasp of “Surprise” over Putin’s Bombshell?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2016

It suited Washington and others to pretend to be surprised by Putin’s pullout order for Russian forces in Syria, when in fact he gave them due notice.

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The US Will Field More than 10,000 Troops in Iraq by February
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2016

Ashton Carter is sending the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles back to Iraq to beat ISIS and recover Mosul and Raqqa.

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Ashton Carter Reconfigures US Intelligence for Cyber War on ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2015

Carter has undertaken the mission impossible of revamping the US intelligence community for the new priority of cyber war on ISIS. He must write new rules of intra-agency engagement.

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The Battle for Ramadi: Acid Test for Obama Doctrine
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2015

The Ramadi operation is meant to bear out the Obama doctrine for placing the war on ISIS in the hands of regional ground forces rather than the US and the West. The Iraqi army is fielding 10,000 troops against 600 ISIS fighters.

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ISIS Is No Closer to Defeat after Russia’s Military Intervention
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2015

ISIS was no more impressed by Russia’s military intervention that it was by US military assaults. Its war gains remain intact and seemingly unthreatened from any quarter.

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US, Russia edge close to military collaboration in Syria and Iraq
DEBKAfile Special Report October 27, 2015

Washington and Moscow appear close to agreeing to their armed forces teaming up for war operations in Syria and Iraq. A comment suggesting the Obama administration’s new direction on Syria came from US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter Tuesday, Oct. 27: “We won't hold back,” he said, “from supporting capable partners in opportunistic attacks against ISIL...or conducting such mission directly, whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground." The effect on Israel’s security is to be discussed in Washington in talks between Carter Defense Minsiter Moshe Ya’alon.

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Moscow Determined to Remove Rebel Threat from Highway No. 5 to Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2015

The list of the Russian air campaign’s first targets in Syria is weighted heavily in favor of strikes in support of stabilizing the Assad regime.

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Air Collisions Are Unavoidable in Overcrowded Syrian Airspace
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2015

Russia evades coordination with the US and Israel for its operations in Syria, spelling chaos in the overcrowded Syrian sky.

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Iran's Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces
Israel to Ashton: Iranian forces mustn’t be allowed to dump ISIS on Israeli Golan border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 20, 2015

Israeli leaders’ main business with visiting US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter when they meet Monday, July 20, is their concern about Tehran’s possible endgame in fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon will ask Carter if the US has any control over the Iranian command centers, and is in a position to stop Tehran harnessing Hizballah and Syrian troops to help its Shiite militias push ISIS onto the Golan and the Jordanian borders, so as to remove the threat to Tehran’s allies in Damascus and Baghdad.

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