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US, Russia on brink of military showdown in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 30, 2016

There is a sense in Washington and Moscow alike that a military showdown between the US and Russia is inevitable – direct this time, not through proxies.

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How the Radical Nusra Chief Upset the Obama-Putin Applecart for Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2016

The Syrian rebel movement gangs up against the US as well as Russia.

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Russia: Dissolve US-Arab-Israeli Syria war room
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2016

In another move to grab control of the Syrian arena, the Kremlin marked the start of the US-Russian brokered ceasefire in Syria with a push for the US to dissolve its war room in Amman that is manned also by Jordanian, Saudi, Israeli, Qatari and United Arab Emirates officers.

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How Syria, Ukraine crises tie in with US elections
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 5, 2016

Instead of grappling with global crises, the G20 summit is revealed as a platform for a further plunge in the cold war relations revived afresh between the United States and Russia. 

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US and Russia on Verge of Separate No-Fly Zones in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 25, 2016

The US plans to collaborate with Turkish, Israeli and Jordanian air forces to secure three zones.

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How a French-Saudi Scheme Tricked Palestinian Abbas into Fatally Provoking Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 4, 2016

France and Saudi Arabia tricked Abbas into meeting Iran’s deadliest enemy.

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Netanyahu’s Bid for a Moderate Coalition Partner Misfires
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 19, 2016

Unfortunately Lieberman is the last Israeli official that Obama wants to see in Washington.

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Exclusive Details of Second US-Russian Accord for Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 5, 2016

The Russians also consented to negotiations on the future of senior Syrian military commanders.

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Suddenly Russia consents to consider Assad’s ouster
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 4, 2016

Washington and Moscow have made dramatic progress over the last few days in marathon telephone talks between Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on ending the war in Syria. Russia agreed for the first time to discuss the possibility that Syrian President Bashar Assad will step down, and the conditions under which such a process will take place.    

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Abu Mazen rebuffs Kerry’s appeal to cool Palestinian terror against Israelis
DEBKAfile Special Report February 23, 2016

US Secretary of State John Kerry came away empty-handed from his latest meeting with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazen) in Amman on Sunday, Feb. 21,- which shouldn’t have surprised him. debkafile reports that Kerry was finally persuaded that Abbas would not give Israel an inch on any political or security-related matters. The Palestinian leader has never swerved from his conviction that it is the duty of the international community to force Israel to present the Palestinians with a state - without negotiations.

 

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Shoigu in Tehran to rescue Putin’s plan from Assad’s Iranian-backed obstructionism
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2016

President Putin this week sent Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to Tehran to unsnarl his blueprint for a solution of the Syrian crisis from the blockage placed in its path by none other than Bashar Assad, who refuses to hear of Moscow’s proposals for a political formula for ending the war, or even a ceasefire. debkafile reports that Assad has quietly gained Tehran’s support for his negativism, causing strains between Moscow, Damascus and Tehran that are blowing back on the working relations between the Russian, Iranian and Syrian commands running the Syrian war.
 

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As US & Russia Dicker over a Syria Ceasefire, the Obama-Putin Pact Is Firm
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2016

The dickering for a compromise on a ceasefire in Syria has not shaken the Obama-Putin pact which gives Russian the leading military role in the conflict. The ceasefire lines will reflect the US and Russian lines east and west respectively of the Euphrates River.

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Russian S-400 anti-air missile in Syria
Russian hands-off warning to US, Saudis, Turks amid crucial Aleppo battle
DEBKAfile Special Report February 6, 2016

The five-year old Syrian civil war faces its most critical moment. Saturday, Feb. 6, a combined force of Syrian army and Hizballah troops and an Iraqi Shiite militia under Iranian officers, were led by Russian air and Spetsnaz (special forces) officers into pressing forward to encircle 35,000 rebels trapped in Aleppo, the country’s largest city. The biggest refugee exodus of the Syrian war is blocked at the Turkish border. Moscow hints it will fight off any US, Saudi or Turkish interference.

 

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No Leeway for Turkey and Gulf Nations in Obama-Putin Pact for Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2016

Turkish and Gulf rulers were clearly hostile to the US-Russian blueprint for Syria presented them this week by VP Biden and Secretary Kerry, especially since they were sidelined by the dominant Russian military role.

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US Must Now Fight to Save “Landmark” Nuclear Accord from Iran’s Mistrust
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2016

To save the nuclear accord, the US must fight Iran’s avowed mistrust and resist its attempts to collaborate with Russia to push the United States out of the Middle East.

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Iran Extracts Last-Minute US Concessions on Nuclear Accord Deadline Day
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2016

Zarif extracted concessions on centrifuges from Kerry as the six foreign ministers waited ready in Vienna, hour after hour, to declare the nuclear accord in force and start lifting sanctions.

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Progress of sanctions relief will quicken Iran’s power struggle, spur clash with Saudi Arabia
DEBKAfile Special Report January 16, 2016

IThe nuclear watchdog confirmed that Iran had fulfilled its side of the nuclear deal with the six world powers and that sanctions could be lifted. debkafile: That statement fell short of certifying explicitly that Iran had complied with all its commitments. Furthermore, the radical Revolutionary Guards will continue fighting to scupper it by performing further aggressive acts against the US and Saudi Arabia.Iran’s hard liners may be expected to target sanctions relief lest the release of $100 billion to Iran benefit their rivals, the moderate conservatives led by President Hassan Rouhani and the powerful veteran Hashem Rafsanjani. 

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Seizure of US Sailors – a Diversion from Iran’s Nuclear Infringement at Arak
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2016

Until the very last minute before the Friday date for lifting sanctions, Iran has avoided implementing all its commitments under the November nuclear accord, bar one – notably failing to decommission the Arab heavy water reactor.

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards free 10 US seamen after Washington apologizes
DEBKAfile Special Report January 13, 2016

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Wednesday, Jan. 13, released 10 US sailors, 9 men and a woman, who were seized a day earlier with their two patrol boats and held for interrogation as suspected spies. An IRGC statement read out on Iranian state TV said the sailors had been released back into international waters after the US had apologized and clarified the incursion was unintentional. The boats were sized shortly before sanctions were due to be lifted Friday, Jan. 15.

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US bows to Russian demand to keep Assad in office. Israel follows suit
DEBKAfile Special Report December 16, 2015

After two tries, US Secretary of State John Kerry finally turned President Barack Obama away from his insistence that Bashar Assad must go before the Syrian conflict can end. Tuesday night, Dec. 15, the Secretary announced in Moscow: “The United States and our partners are not seeking so-called regime change.” debkafile: Washington yielded to Moscow three days before a major international conference on Syria takes place in New York. But the US also yielded to Tehran, when the UN nuclear watchdog's board in Vienna closed its investigation into whether Iran sought atomic weapons. 

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