373 articles tagged "Bashar Assad"
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Hillary Clinton warns of catastrophe to region
Clinton: Syria on brink of catastrophe as rebels advance. The region in danger
DEBKAfile Special Report July 8, 2012

“There is still a chance to save the Syrian state from a catastrophic assault that would be very dangerous not only to Syria, but to the region,” said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Tokyo, Sunday, July 8. “… the opposition is getting more effective… and going on the offensive against the Syrian military.” debkafile: In desperation, the Assad regime may open up its WMD arsenals against the rebel advance and spread the flames to other parts of the region, including Israel. Hence her references to catastrophe and the region.



Brig.-Gen Manas Tlass deserts his master
After 8,763 soldiers killed and a stream of defectors, Assad still thinks he can win
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 6, 2012

In 17 months of brutal operations, the Syrian army has lost 8,763 dead and 21,357 wounded soldiers, 600 tanks and APCs, and a stream of high-ranking defectors. Yet neither Bashar Assad nor his ruling family appears to falter or fear failure. Why? Because Assad has purged the top command of veteran commanders and installed loyal Alawites in their stead. How does the desertion of Brig.-Gen. Manaf Tlass, 105th Brigade commander of the Republic Guard and member of a prominent Sunni clan, fit into this picture?

The Russian S-300 aid defense system
Moscow may hand Iran S-300, breach arms embargo if Assad ousted
DEBKAfile Special Report July 5, 2012

Moscow has removed the gloves in its defense of Syrian ruler Bashar Assad.  Wednesday, July 4, senior Russian official Ruslan Pukhov warned: “If the Syrian regime is changed by force or if Russia doesn't like the outcome, it most likely will respond by selling S-300s to Iran."  This threat gave substance to the hints thrown out by Russian President Vladimir Putin during his June 25 visit to Israel about breaking the UN arms embargo against Iran. debkafile’s military sources disclose that Israel has developed counter-measures for this advanced Russian missile.

Turkish military convoy heading for Syrian border
Assad to Kremlin: I can finish the revolt in two months, replaces army chiefs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2012

In a phone call to the Kremlin Sunday, July 1, Syrian President Bashar Assad said he needed just two months to finish off the revolt against his regime. “My new military tactics are working,” he said, as his regime and the Syrian opposition rejected the UN-sponsored peace plan approved in Geneva Saturday. debkafile also reports exclusively that Assad’s "new tactics" consist of retiring the top army command and replacing it with Shabiha thugs armed with an unheard-of level of fire power. Syrian-Turkish border tension continues to climb.

Kofi Annan: Putting a good face on stalemate
“New” Annan plan embodies US-Russian stalemate on Syria’s Bashar Assad
DEBKAfile Special Report June 30, 2012

Agreement on a Syria-led transition based on mutual consent that includes members of the current government” was reported by UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan from the Action Group on Syria meeting in Geneva Saturday, June 30. He avoided mentioning Bashar Assad, but was not able to conceal the gap between Washington and Moscow over the Syrian ruler’s fate: The US still wants him gone, while Russia is still adamant about propping him up.  That is the devil in the Annan peace effort.

US B-2 heavy stealth bomber - key aircraft for Iran strike
Aviation Week: Obama may use Assad’s fall to disguise Iran strike
DEBKAfile Special Report June 30, 2012

Aviation Week reports: “Evidence is mounting that the US defense community and the Obama administration view 2013 as the likely window for a bombing attack on Iran’s nuclear and missile facilities.” The chaos of the Syrian government’s fall could be used “to disguise such an attack,” the journal suggests. “The tools…are all operational.” Friday night, top US and Russian diplomats failed to bridge differences on Syria ahead of a UN-sponsored Action Group parley in Geneva. Military preparations are building up for an attack on Syria.

A virtual prisoner in his own palace
Assad is confined to palace by his Republican Guard
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 28, 2012

debkafile, citing Western intelligence sources, reports Thursday, June 28, that the Republican Guard battalion commander charged with the Syrian president’s security has kept Bashar Assad and his family shut away in his palace in what they call “partial siege" since last week. This officer decides whether they can come or go. It is not clear to whom he defers. “"Inside the palace, Assad and his family have become fearful enough to import tasters to check all the food and drink served them,” the sources say.

British special forces on field mission
British forces in Syria, Assad presidential compound said under attack
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 26, 2012

Unconfirmed first reports from British, French and Turkish sources say British special forces crossed from Turkey into northern Syria Tuesday, May 26, advancing up to 10 kilometers inside the country. Those sources also report heavy fighting around the Republican Guards compound guarding Bashar Assad's palace on Mount Qaisoun overlooking Damascus. This two-pronged assault on the Assad regime, if confirmed, began at the end of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Israel. It challenges his repeated objections to foreign intervention.

Syrian Air Force Mig-21
Syria grounds fighter-bomber fleet for fear of more defections
DEBKAfile Special Report June 21, 2012

Syrian President Bashar Assad Thursday night, June 21, ordered his entire Air Force fleet of fighter bombers grounded to guard against more defections. Syrian officials are sure that the defection of Col. Hasan Merhi al-Hamadeh, who flew to Jordan aboard a MiG-21, was set up by the CIA - with more to come, to show the Syrian people and Arab world that even the Syrian air force, the part of the armed forces most loyal to Assad, was in fact slipping away from him.

9K115-2 Metis-M anti-tank missile system
Assad and the Syrian Army Are Gaining, Putting the Rebels to Retreat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2012

The US has confirmed the supply of weapons to the Syrian rebels and the presence of CIA officers controlling the flow from Turkey. However plans for persuading Bashar Assad to quit run hard up against his gains on the battlefield where the rebels, despite broad backing, are losing ground.

US, Russian Areas of Influence Take Shape in Syria - as Moscow Connives with Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 15, 2012

Russia is not averse to Bashar Assad’s exile from Damascus to his retreat in the Alawite Mountains because his army would move west with him and the new coastal enclave would secuire secure Russia’s Tartus and Latakia naval and marine bases (see attached map).


Obama speeds up limited air strike, no-fly zones preparations for Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 11, 2012

The US President Barack Obama has ordered the US Navy and Air Force to accelerate preparations for a limited air offensive against the Assad regime and the imposition of no-fly zones over Syria - depending on Moscow's reaction.


Obama Quits Syria in Hope of Russian Support for Iranian Nuclear Concessions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 8, 2012


A new contact group, a Syrian military council for provisional rule under the group’s orders, and Russian-Iranian moves to make Assad step down – these are the key points of Obama’s plan for Syria, part of his grand design that also embraces Iran and its nuclear program.

Introducing the new Syrian rebel contraption: T-HOMS 75
Rebels set Syrian fighter jets and helicopters ablaze opposite Golan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 3, 2012

As Syrian ruler Bashar Assad stood before parliament in Damascus Sunday, June 3, declaring, “Not even monsters could have carried out the Houla massacre,” rebels attacked a Syrian Air Force base east of the southern town of Deraa opposite the Israeli Golan border – their first such attack in the 14-month uprising, debkafile’s military sources report. Several rebel teams firing mortars set fire to fighter aircraft and assault helicopters in their hangars at the As Suwayda air base and ripped up runways.

Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin
Will Obama’s Grand Ploy with Russia Help Him with Iran?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 1, 2012


Obama focuses on obtaining Vladmir Putin’s consent to deploying 5,000 largely Russian monitors in Syria in order to gain a partner also for his Iran nuclear diplomacy. HIzballah risks being cut off from its heavy weapons arsenal hidden in Syria.

Bashar Assad's fortified palace atop Mt. Qassioun
Obama nixes French-Saudi plan to finish Assad by bombing his palace
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2012

US President Obama recently vetoed a detailed Franco-Saudi plan for ending President Bashar Assad’s rule by means of a massive air strike against his palace that would wipe him, his family and top leadership circle out, debkafile reports. French warplanes from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier off Syria and Saudi and United Arab Emirates bombers flying in through Jordan would devastate the palace atop Mount Qassioun northeast of Damascus. The US was asked to pitch in by disrupting Syrian air defenses.

Russian arms ship in suspense
Russian arms ship turned away from Syria. President Putin’s first misstep
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2012

Vladimir Putin, after taking stock of the early days of his third presidency, concludes that Moscow’s handling of the al-Houla massacre and Syria’s ongoing collapse into civil war will go down as a Russian foreign policy failure. He personally comes out of it as the patron of a bloodthirsty tyrant. He has quietly ordered the Russian arms ship Professor Katsman to leave the Syrian port before unloading its cargo. Putin is now taxed with determining his next steps on Syria.

Assad's latest massacre at al-Houla
The Al Houla atrocity: The outcome of nuclear diplomacy with Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 27, 2012

The Iranian nuclear impasse and the Syrian civil war are more tightly interlinked than ever by President Barack Obama’s decision to cooperate with Moscow for solutions of both - a partnership that promises the eventual three-way carving-up of Middle East influence. The six-month break Israel allowed Obama for diplomatic solutions before exercising its military option, gives Tehran the freedom to defy the six powers in nuclear negotiations and ties US hands against Bashar Assad’s atrocities. Obama's diplomatic path is already cluttered with obstacles.

Hassan Nasrallah
Hizballah Disgraced and Ostracized at Home for Supporting Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2012


Nasrallah finds his Hizballah is growing increasingly unpopular at home for aiding and supporting Bashar Assad against the Syrian uprising. He is losing allies right and left and up against the choice between defying his masters in Tehran and losing face at home.

Syrian T-72 on fire
Obama secretly approves top-of-the-line anti-tank arms for Syrian rebels
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2012

Syrian rebels have received their first “third generation” anti-tank weapons, 9K115-2 Metis-M and Kornet E, debkafile reports.  They are supplied by Saudi and Qatari intelligence agencies following a secret message from President Barack Obama upping the military stake in the effort to oust Assad. It is hoped that the sight of blazing tanks will undermine morale in the Syrian army and regime. Ankara was also advised to start providing Syrian rebels with IEDs for roadside bombing of government vehicles.

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