320 articles tagged "Bashar Assad"
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Bashar Assad
Assad Is Poised to Attack Jordan - Unless Obama Stops Him
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2013, 11:47 PM (GMT+02:00)

Although Obama has approved the deployment of 200 US troops to Jordan, no one knows whether he will order enough military strength to save King Abdullah if his kingdom comes under Syrian attack.

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US 1st Armored Division
US troops sent to Jordan to counter Syrian attack on kingdom
DEBKAfile Special Report April 17, 2013, 10:23 PM (GMT+02:00)

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Wednesday, April 17, that 200 troops of the US 1st Armored Division had been sent to Jordan to give the United States the ability to "potentially form a joint task force [with Jordan] for military operations, if ordered" by the President.  debkafile’s military sources report that they are ranged on the Jordanian-Syrian border to counter a potential Syrian attack. In a potential war between Syria and Jordan backed by US troops, Israel would almost certainly become involved.

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Israeli tanks on Golan border with Syria
Chemical warfare looms over Syria. Israel passes atropine to rebels
DEBKAfile Special Report April 13, 2013, 1:42 PM (GMT+02:00)

After the Damascus units, the Syrian army has distributed protective suits to units in southern Syria and the Golan, amid evidence that chemical weapons have already been used in the Damascus region. As signs abound of both sides’ readiness for chemical warfare, Israeli troops have started handing out atropine injections and IVs against sarin and VX nerve agents to rebels fighting Syrian troops on the Golan and along the Israel-Syrian border - Israel’s first intervention in the Syrian conflict to date.

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Al Qaeda in Iraq, Once Assad’s Paying Guests, Gangs up Against Him
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 12, 2013, 12:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

Jabhat al-Nusra operated in Syria for years as a clandestine movement, the brainchild of the notorious Jordanian master terrorist Musab Abu-Zarqawi of Iraq who used Syria as his logistical hub. Al-Nusra is now revealed It now emerges as a part of al Qaeda of Iraq - The Islamic State ...

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Bashar Assad
Jabhat al-Nusra Fighters Return Home to Western Cities as Ticking Bombs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 12, 2013, 12:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

Islamist fighters enlisted from many countries to fight with the Syrian rebels are beginning to return home. With their combat experience and training, they may serve al Qaeda as ticking bombs in Western cities.

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Bomb blast in Sabaa Bahrat, Damascus
Syrian Army ousts rebels from E. Damascus, lifts threat to capital
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2013, 11:09 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Syrian army’s 4th Division-Republican Guard cleared most of the rebels out of the eastern suburbs of Damascus Monday, April 8, debkafile reporst. Bashar Assad’s brother Maher at the head of the 4th Division, executed a surprise pincer movement spearheaded by tank and artillery fire, in time to impede the rebel advance on the center of Damascus and the international airport. This major operation is assumed to have been designed by Assad’s foreign advisers, Iranian or Russian, and averted a chemical attack.

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Rebels Launch New High-Tech Anti-Tank, Anti-Air Weapon in Damascus Offensive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2013, 12:42 AM (GMT+02:00)

The rebel fighters’ newly-acquired antitank guided missiles-ATGM (of both Russian and American manufacture) are knocking over the T-72 tanks of the 4th Republican Guard Division and the 3rd Division, the backbone of the capital’s defenses, while their portable MANPAD air defense systems have brought practically all takeoffs and landings ...

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Assad Issues Two Loyal Army Divisions with Protective Gear for Chemical War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2013, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)

Officers and troops of the loyal 4th and 3rd army divisions are outfitted with gas masks and protective suits for continuous combat in a contaminated atmosphere. Assad is planning a short, sharp offensive to break the deadlock in the war with rapid victory, even if it can only be ...

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Iran and Russia Double Their Arms Airlifts for Syrian Army
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2013, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)

Iran and Russian step up their cooperation for boosting Assad’s army with continuous airlifts of war materiel, landed close to the war arenas against a prospective Western invasion of Syria. This could bring US and Israeli troops into direct confrontation with Iranian combatants.

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Admiral Stavridis Would Get Rid of Assad without US Boots on Syrian Soil
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2013, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)

NATO commander Adm. James Stavridis’s Plan B for Syria would aim straight at Bashar Assad’s ouster but would not require the participation of US forces – only NATO units led by the Turkish military and supported by small special ground contingents from Britain, France, Holland, Poland and the Czech ...

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Will Hizballah Fight for Assad or Fend off an Israeli attack?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2013, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)

After sustaining a succession of setbacks and rejections in the Arab Revolt, Hizballah faces its most agonizing debacle at the hands of its sworn enemies, Israel and the United States, if they go ahead with an operation against Assad’s chemical weapons.

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Obama, Netanyahu Stay out for Now, But Agree on Possible Action
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 22, 2013, 1:50 AM (GMT+02:00)

The US and Israel have agreed on the circumstances that would warrant their intervention in Syria’s use of chemical weapons. For now, they are holding off even though Assad promises more air attacks on Lebanon to bully President Michel Sleiman into expelling Syrian rebels.

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Troops equipped for chemical warfare
DEBKAfile: Rocket fired in Aleppo contained Agent 15
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 20, 2013, 8:07 AM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile reports from western military sources that present in the rocket which exploded in the Aleppo neighborhood of Khan al-Assal Tuesday March 19 were phosphorus, chlorine and Agent 15 or BZ. Although the Assad regime and the Syrian rebels charged each other with firing the rocket, which killed 15-31 people and injured more than a hundred, it was not possible to verify which side was responsible. The White House denied it was the rebels, while Moscow backed Damascus by insisting that it was.

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Syrian warplanes in action over Lebanon
Assad to Beirut: Sack Lebanese army chief or more air raids. Jordan feared next
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2013, 6:31 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Syrian conflict spread in earnest Monday, March 18, when the Syrian Air Force conducted bombing runs over Syrian rebel jumping-off bases inside Lebanon and border valleys used for smuggling men and arms into Syria. debkafile reports exclusively: Syrian ruler Bashar Assad Saturday gave Lebanese President Michel Suleiman 48 hours to sack his chief of staff – or else face air attack. The ultimatum expired Monday. Assad may now be preparing similar treatment for Jordan, timing it for President Barack Obama’s visit this week.

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Muqtada al-Sadr
The Shiite Pincer Movement to Contain Sunni Spread in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 14, 2013, 9:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

Shiite forces, Iranian, Lebanese and Iraqi, are mustering their strength in Syria to head off al Qaeda’s Syrian momentum carrying over into Iraq and Lebanon.

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Al Qaeda’s Affiliate Brings Sharia Law to Eastern Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 14, 2013, 9:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Moscow talks on Syria were stalled by Assad’s defeat by al Qaeda-led rebel forces in the battle for the Euphrates River region. Eastern Syria has slipped into rebel hands with local residents protesting the imposition of strict Sharia law.

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Bashar Assad
Russia’s Dilemma: To Supply Assad with "Flying Tanks"?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 14, 2013, 9:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

Assad has asked Moscow for large numbers of attack helicopters to compensate for his lack of loyal troops. Washington has advised the Russians to think twice before assenting since he may not last beyond summer.

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Bashar Assad
Assad Hardens His Negotiating Position
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2013, 9:57 PM (GMT+02:00)

Moscow talks delayed as Assad holds out for victory in the coming chemical war. The rebels are meanwhile receiving financial aid for buying arms from US and Russia alike.

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Assad & Tehran Veto Allawite State, Druzes Join up with… al Qaeda
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2013, 9:57 PM (GMT+02:00)

Assad and Tehran veto Allawite statehood and any Syrian partition, while the Druze leader Walid Jumblatt forges a pact with al Qaeda affiliate to protect his community in Syria and Lebanon.

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John Kerry on first foreign trip
US joins Russia in drawing ceasefire lines for ending Syrian war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2013, 9:51 AM (GMT+02:00)

John Kerry begins his stint as US Secretary of State with the recognition that there is only one way to prevent Islamist groups from taking over the Syrian rebel movement while also preserving US influence in the rebel camp: and that is by working with the Russian plan for Syria. debkafile reveals that this plan is based on drawing armistice lines for dividing Syria up into sectors controlled variously by Syrian opposition groups and Assad loyalists. Russia and America will jointly oversee those sectors.

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