326 articles tagged "Bashar Assad"
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Assad Pulls Ahead in Syrian War. Putin, Khamenei Are Co-Victors
DEBKAfile Video February 26, 2013

Syrian peace talks are set to open in Moscow on March 5 between the Syrian opposition and Assad regime representatives, debkafile reveals. The opposition realizes that its armed revolt against Bashar Assad has reached its limit and the Syrian ruler is there to stay. Now, most of the fighting opposition to the Assad regime is ready to negotiate terms for a ceasefire as the opening gambit for a political settlement.

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Bashar Assad
Assad Is Way Ahead of the Syrian Revolt. His Co-Victors are Khamenei & Putin
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2013

The Syrian opposition and rebels have come to terms with their inability to beat Assad’s army on the battlefield and are ready to talk. Assad won’t hear of stepping down and is preparing to run for another presidential term in 2014. Moscow which is hosting the talks stands behind him.

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Syrian rebels occupy Golan
Assad’s troops retreat from Golan, leaving Islamist rebels to confront Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 19, 2013

Bashar Assad has evacuated most of the troops of his 5th Army Division from their permanent bases on the Golan opposite Israeli forces and transferred them along with their artillery to Damascus, debkafile’s military sources report. This step was intended by Assad to reinforce the defense of his capital, while at the same time providing the al Qaeda-linked fighters in rebel ranks direct access to the Israel border. In no time, the jihadists are expected to turn their guns and missiles on Israel.

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IRGC General Hassan Shateri
Iran points finger at Israel for IRGC general’s death, vows revenge
DEBKAfile Special Report February 15, 2013

Tehran believes the precision of the attack which killed IRGC General Hassan Shateri is evidence of deep intelligence penetration, and has placed Israel in its sights for payback. DEBKAfile: The general's last assignment was the formation of a guerrilla army of 5,000 Revolutionary Guardsmen and 5,000 Hizballlah operatives to fortify the defenses of Bashar Assad’s governing institutions and secure the main Syria-Lebanon route. Iran is determined to get Hizballah’s advanced weapons transferred from Syria to Lebanon, whatever it takes.

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Herman Nackaerts
Khamenei’s Notice: No Nuclear Dialogue until Oil and Bank Sanctions Are Lifted
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 15, 2013

No one is listening to Ali Khamenei when he says there will be no substantial nuclear negotiations until sanctions are lifted on oil revenues and banks. Iran is furnishing the Assad regime with $1 bn per month in aid despite sanctions.

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Hangar at the Syrian al-Jarra airfield
Syrian jets bomb northern air base seized by Islamist-led rebels
DEBKAfile Special Report February 12, 2013

 

Tuesday night, Feb. 12, the Syrian Air Force began bombing the large al-Jarra air base which rebels led by Islamist battalions conquered near the northern city of Aleppo. Bashar Assad ordered his air force to destroy dozens of its own fighter-bombers: L-29 trainer planes, Sukhoi Su-22M bombers and Mig-23 interceptors. Their loss deprives the Syrian ruler of the means to wipe out rebel forces from the air. Had they possessed air crews, the rebels could have used their prize to bomb the presidential palace.

 

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DEBKAfile: North Korea N-bomb test sites attended by Iranians
North Korea and Iran – partners in nuclear and missile programs
DEBKAfile Special Report February 12, 2013

 

US and Israel are aware that the North Korean nuclear test carried out Tuesday, Feb. 12, brings Iran that much closer to conducting a test of its own. Shortly before the test, Ahmadinejad’s boast that Iran will soon place a satellite in orbit at an altitude of 36,000 kilometers - and Tehran’s claim to have sent a monkey into space – highlight the longstanding division of labor and pooling of knowledge between North Korea and Iran: the former focusing on nuclear armament and the latter on long-range missiles to deliver it.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama
Obama Decides to Take on Iran’s Nuclear Program and Its Damascus-Hizballah Axis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2013

Obama’s preoccupation with Iran and Syria was signaled by his green light for Israel’s air strike in Syria and the announcement of his coming visit to Israel for consultation with Binyamin Netanyahu on those subjects, leaving the peace process with the Palestinians for a later date. This change of face was effected by the combined effort of Clinton, Kerry and Donilon.

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Massed Israeli border forces, Air Patrols Buzzing Syria and Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2013

The Syrian and Israeli armies have been on a high state of preparedness for two months ready a) for Assad to pay Israel back for its attack and b) for Israel to strike weapons transfers to Hizballah in Lebanon. Israel meanwhile imposes no-fly zones over three Syrian borders.

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Assad Deploys Chemical Weapons for Capital’s Defense as Al Qaeda Takes the Rebellion to Lebanon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2013

As Syrian rebels advance on the heart of Damascus, Assad arms the 4th Division with chemical weapons for use if necessary to halt the advance. Al Qaeda has moved shop to Lebanon and is harassing Hizballah with nightly raids.

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Assad Is Pushed Hard by Iran to Transfer Weapons to Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2013

Iran is squeezing Assad hard to push Hizballah’s weapons out of Syrian stores across the border into Lebanon. He is too heavily dependent on Tehran to refuse. Assad is also waiting for the weather to clear to settle his accounts with Israel with a limited military strike.

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The Iranian nuclear challenge is coming closer
Ahmadinejad lands in Cairo 4-6 months before Iran reaches nuclear capacity.
DEBKAfile Special Report February 5, 2013

As Israeli parties haggle over a new government coalition, Bashar Assad, backed by Iran and Moscow, sits firmly in the saddle and plays hardball with the Syrian opposition. Former military intelligence chief Asher Yadlin says Iran can “achieve nuclear breakout in four to six months.” Ahmadinejad invites Egypt to join Syria, Hizballah and a nuclear Iran for an unbeatable coalition to “solve the Palestinian question” and wipe Israel off the map so that he can pray on Temple Mount, Jerusalem.

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Israel Air Force imposes no-fly zone
Assad set on arms transfers to Lebanon. Israel responds with no-fly zone
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2013

Syrian ruler Bashar Assad has ordered the resumption of weapons transfers to the Lebanese Hizballah, debkafile reports exclusively.  He gave this assurance to Iran’s National Security Director Saeed Jalilee when they met Sunday, Feb. 3,  four days after Israel’s reported air strike on the Jamraya military complex near Damascus. Israel is anticipating tricks for smuggling the hardware across to Hizballah by sending round-the-clock air force patrols over the Lebanese-Syrian border for monitoring traffic and exercising control.

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Vehicles at the Jamraya complex near Damascus
Barak: Assad’s fall is imminent. Jalili, Assad weigh reprisal for Israel
DEBKAfile Special Report February 3, 2013

After talks with Iran’s security director Saeed Jalili, Bashar Assad said Sunday, Feb. 3 that Syria was able to confront "current threats... and aggression.” debkafile: They discussed activating the secret mutual defense pact binding Iran, Syria and Hizballah in retaliation for Israel’s reported attack on a Syrian military complex. They took into account a harsh Israeli counter-response in the light of Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s tough warning in Munich that Assad’s fall was imminent and would be a major blow for Iran and Hizballah.

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