327 articles tagged "Bashar Assad"
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A Pro-US Kurdish State Rises in Northern Syria - Between Irbil and Aleppo
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 3, 2012

The US has quietly crafted a new Kurdish state in northern Syria. It is linked to the self-governing Kurdish republic of Iraq and defers to its rulers. Turkey and Iraq feel betrayed by Barack Obama, fearing their own Kurdish minorities like Iran’s Kurds will be swallowed up by the long dreamed-of expanding Kurdish entity.

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The Battle for Aleppo-Damascus M1 Highway Is Decisive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 3, 2012

Assad hastened to redeploy his tank forces to block rebel control of the strategic highway and smash through the Aleppo districts harboring rebel forces.

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Inept US-Israeli Handling of Assad’s Chemical-Biological Arsenal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 27, 2012

Although six governments are helping the Syrian rebels, Israel and Jordan are Assad’s primary targets for chemical weapon retaliation. Unmoved by US and Israeli warnings, he keeps those weapons ready for use at a time of his choosing.

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Fighting in Aleppo, Syria's second city
IDF: Syrian chemical threat targets Israel. Obama warns Assad against “tragic mistake”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 23, 2012

Senior Israeli military officers, referring to the Syrian foreign ministry statement Monday, July 23, that Syria would only use chemical weapons against “external aggression” said this was a direct threat by the Assad regime to turn those weapons against Israel. There was no denial of their potential transfer to Hizballah against which Israel has vowed to use force. debkafile: Assad keeps carte blanche for chemical warfare. Obama warns Assad he will be held accountable if he makes tthe “tragic mistake” of using chemical weapons.

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Syrian tanks in Damascus
Assad rebuilds fighting command, retaliates against Turkey
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2012

Assad quickly recovered from the loss of his four top allies last Wednesday, July 18 and replaced them with a new command for fighting the rebels headed by his brother Gen. Maher Assad, debkafile reports exclusively. Gen. Ali Mamloukh is new General Security Service head; Gen. Hafez Makhlouf military commander of Damascus; and Gen. Ali Hassan chief of the Alawite Shabiha militia. Assad retaliated against Turkey by letting Kurdish PKK rebels fighting Turkey from Iraq set up bases in Syria, from which they launched their first attack.

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Assad Has Already Replaced His Murdered Henchmen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2012

Bashar Assad kept his cool after losing his closest intimates and senior axe men of his savage campaign against the rebels. He replaced them all in a jiffy and carried on his war without breaking stride.

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He Relocated to a Palace Furnished with Secret Tunnels for Escape
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2012

Bashar Assad didn’t leave Damascus as widely rumored only to another palace furnished with adequate secret tunnels of escape. He also housed his general staff in a fortified complex likewise equipped with secret underground routes to key military installations and escape.

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Assad and Rebels Both Set to Fight with Chemical Weapons
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2012

Tehran and Damascus have decided to initiate their war on Israel with terrorism, reserving chemical weapons for use first against the rebels and Jordan. Syria’s rebels have also procured chemical weapons from Libya.

 

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A bomb hits Assad's inner circle
Assad’s top four men killed by hidden bomb. Urgent consultations in Washington, Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Special Report July 18, 2012

Four top members of Bashar Assad’s inner circle were killed in Damascus Wednesday, July 18:  His brother-in-law Security Chief Assif Shawqat, Defense minister Gen. Dawoud Raijiha, Interior Minister Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ibrahim Shaar and Vice-Presidential aide Gen. Hasan Turkmani.  debkafile: Their deaths were caused by a hidden bomb in the cabinet conference room – not a suicide bomber as previously reported. Top-level consultations are under way in Washington, Jerusalem and other Mid East capitals to second-guess Assad’s expected reaction
 

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If Damascus falls, Israel and its gas fields feared threatened
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 17, 2012

The fall of Damascus may be drawn-out, bloody and excruciating. It will also have wide regional repercussions, as debkafile shows in this exclusive video, because neither the Assad regime nor Iran will take it lying down.

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Southern Damacus pounded
South Damascus embattled. Syrian high command moves to fortified site
DEBKAfile Special Report July 17, 2012

Bashar Assad has gathered in his army to defend Damascus, concentrating armored vehicles in the center.  Six srengthened Shabiha battalions have cut off the roads to the center from the two southern suburbs of Meidan and Tadmon seized by the rebels Monday, July 16, and are trying the pound them into extinction.  The Syrian general staff prepared for the last battle for Damascus by relocating its command headquarters to a well-fortified complex on Shuhada Street in the capital’s center.

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Shabiha heavies. Their generals defected
Assad receives last warning to stop moving his WMD: Top generals defect
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 15, 2012

Several high-placed generals Sunday, July 17 bolted Bashar Assad’s inner circle to Turkey, including such key figures as two security services chiefs who were operations commanders of the Alawite Shabiha militia plus the former head of Syria’s chemical and biological administration who took six other generals with him, debkafile reports exclusively. Another senior general was assassinated in Aleppo. Assad also received a last warning not to move his chemical weapons again or else they would be destroyed from the air.

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Syrian missile drill
Syria takes WMD out of storage: US: Situation incredibly dangerous
DEBKAfile Special Report July 13, 2012

Syria Thursday, July 12, test-fired advanced Scud D missiles capable of carrying chemical weapons and nerve gas and “hitting targets deep within enemy territory” as part of its war exercise. In Washington, US officials disclosed that Bashar Assad had moved parts of his huge arsenal of sarin nerve agent, mustard gas and cyanide out of storage. One warned of “the precedent of WMD being used under our watch,” calling it “incredibly dangerous to our national security."
debkafile: Chemical weapons have been transferred to Syrian units.
 

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Hillary Clinton
Moscow Will Accept Assad as Figurehead If Army Stays in Power
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 12, 2012

After a secret US-Russian deal on Syria fell apart, Moscow began maneuvering to keep Bashar on as a figurehead president while preserving the army and security establishment intact and in power.

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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.

 

 

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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?

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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.

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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.
 

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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.

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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.
 

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