966 articles tagged "Iran"
Russia’s Second Air Base in Syria to Host Iranian Squadrons as well
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2015

The Russian Al-Shayarat air base near Homs will provide space for two Iranian air squadrons for joint operations first to recover Palmyra.

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US and Israel on Tenterhooks for Putin’s Reaction to Israeli Air Strikes near Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 12, 2015

Two days after Obama and Netanyahu reached understandings on Syria, the Israeli Air force struck near Damascus, targeting Iran and shaking the Assad regime. This was a challenge to Putin and a test of those new understandings.

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The Dangerous Slide into a Five-Sided Proxy War in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015

The contest between America and Russia has begun, joined by three other combatants.

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Consistent Misreading of the Syrian Conflict Leaves Israel Sidelined by Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015

Based on wrong intelligence analyses of the Syrian conflict, the Israeli government is at a loss for a Syrian policy, giving the advantage of Iran. Against all predictions, Hizballah has shaped up from a militia to a proper army.

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Putin Agrees to Strip Assad of Powers before He Steps down
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2015

Multilateral diplomacy for resolving the Syrian war is racing ahead now that both Russia and Iran see their way to letting Assad be phased out of the Syrian presidency.

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US Forces Elbowed out of Iraqi Positions by Russian-led “Security Quartet”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2015

The new “Security Quartet” set up by Russia with Iran, Iraq and Syria, operates out of Baghdad and effectively runs the show in Syria and Iraq, and starting to push the Americans out.

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Obama and Putin in Secret Deals on Assad’s Removal from Power, Collaboration against ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2015

Moscow and Iran agree to Assad’s phased exit after secret collaboration understandings are reached between Obama and Putin to fight ISIS together.

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Russian Military Intervention in Syria Is Short of Top-of-Line Weaponry
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2015

Russia’s military expedition to Syria has not got very far. It is held back by a shortage of advanced weapons and outdated aerial warfare tactics.

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Constraints on US Military Options, Reduced Israeli Flexibility Vs Iran-Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2015

The Russian military presence in Syria on land, sea and air, must severely inhibit S operations against ISIS, especially air strikes and Israeli action against Iranian forces in Syria. Moscow may be extending its protection of Bashar Assad to Hizballah as well.

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Russian An-124 Condor transports fly to Syria
Russia eludes US ban on NATO airspace by roundabout route to Syria via Iraq and Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 9, 2015

Moscow opened a new route for flying military shipments from Sevastopol in Crimea and other South Russian bases to Syria, debkafile discloses. To circumvent US efforts to block the airspace of NATO nations, Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria, along the Mediterranean route, the Russian is senidng military transports over the Caspian Sea, northern Iran and Iraq, to reach Mezze airbase in Damascus and supply the new Russian base at Jablah.The White House warned Tuesday night, Sept. 8: “Russian military buildup would risk confrontation with the counter-ISIL coalition that included the US.”
 

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Refugees flooding into Europe
Four parties caused Syria’s genocidal calamity. Should Israel get involved?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 6, 2015

Three agents bear direct responsibility for the genocidal Syrian war – and the refugee crisis: Bashad Assad, Iran and Russia; and the fourth, the US, by dereliction. Israel stayed out of it, except for supporting a rebel-held strip of southern Syria as a buffer against Iranian, Hizballah or Syrian army encroachment on its northern borders. More than 1,000 wounded Syrian rebels and civilians were treated in Israeli hospitals. Now, too, the Netanyahu government has determined to stay clear of the Syrian refugee crisis. for a number of reasons.

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Russian airborne troops for Syria
Russia gearing up to be first world power to insert ground forces into Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 1, 2015

All of the steps being taken by Russia to lay the groundwork for the intervention of its ground forces in the Syrian civil war are being carried out in coordination with the US and Iran. As their coordination tightens, so are the preparations for the first direct big-power military intervention in the Syrian war picking up speed. Those preparations were further accelerated by the ISIS advance on Aug. 31 closer to central Damascus than any anti-Assad group has ever achieved. Moscow is not ready to allow Bashar Assad’s rule to be endangered.
 

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ISIS "mobile defense SVBIED" in action in Iraq
Resolving the Syrian war is not the silver bullet for stopping ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 29, 2015

Ongoing world power talks on ways to stop ISIS are stumped, as they move next week from Moscow to Washington. Vladimir Putin last week offered three worried Arab leaders nuclear reactors and other aid, but in plans for ending the Syrian war - on which they pinned high hopes – no silver bullet was found for stopping the inexorable Islamist advance. When Barack Obama meets Saudi King Salman in Washington next week, he will not find a customer to buy his reliance on Iran, which has failed to pull the anti-terror wagon out of the mud.

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Iran Sends Powerful Zelzal Missiles into Iraq to Recover Fallujah and Ramadi
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2015

Tehran is fighting on two Iraqi fronts: It has imported the powerful Zelzal missile to beef up a fresh offensive to recover Ramadi and Faluja from ISIS and contending with strong anti-Iran opposition lead by the venerated Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani from Najef.

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Tehran Ready to Scrap Past Dogma for Quick Solutions to the Syrian Crisis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2015

Iran is in a hurry for a quick solution for the Syrian war and ready to give up is total support for Bashar Assad to win big power support for imposing a solution on Damascus.

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Israel leaders at Northern Command HQ this week
The four rockets fired on Galilee came from the new Iranian terror front on the Golan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 21, 2015

Israel’s top government and military went on a high level of preparedness Tuesday, Aug. 18 in expectation of the first terrorist attack to be orchestrated by Iran from Syrian or Lebanese borders. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared from the Golan: “We will harm anyone trying to harm us.” It was the new Iranian-backed network which Thursday, Aug. 20, fired a salvo for four rockets from the Golan into upper Galilee and the Golan. The impact set off brush fires but caused no casualties. A red alert had sent people running to shelters.

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Iran Talks with Syrian Rebels, Engineers Five New Fronts against Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2015

Tehran has opened talks with Syrian rebels, radical Palestinians, Druze and other extremists for launching two new terror fronts against Israel from the Golan and the West Bank.

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Kurdish PKK Command Bolts from Qandil to Iran, Gives Tehran a Coup
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2015

Tehran has scooped Turkey and the US on the Kurdish issue by engineering a moonlight flit from their northern Iraqi bases and command centers to Iran, thus grabbing control of the central Kurdish issue.

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Iran: Just Give Us a Free Hand and We’ll End the Syrian War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2015

Tehran grabs the diplomatic initiative for ending the Syrian war, racing for a conclusion before Assad’s army and Hizballah buckle and Syria sinks into anarchy. Saudis, Turks and Jordanians offered extravagant lures to stay out.

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Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani
Iran to arm West Bank Palestinians for new Eastern Front to “efface”Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 17, 2015

Al Qods commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani, acting on the orders of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, this week set up a new Iranian Eastern Command of the Revolutionary Guards to fight Israel, debkafile reports exclusively. Its first task is to hand out weapons, including missiles, to West Bank Palestinians, in order to replicate the armed fronts facing Israel from South Lebanon (Hizballah) and the Gaza Strip (Hamas and Islamic Jihad). Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is preparing to pay his first visit to Tehran in many years.

 

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