42 articles tagged "Kurds"
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Will Erdogan Go Before Assad? If It’s up to Obama and Putin - Yes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2016

Erdogan is seen by Obama and Putin as having driven himself into a corner. Due to his obduracy, he has become an impediment to their plans for Syria’s future and the US-Russian war on ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

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After Palmyra, Putin Plans to Go for Raqqa, with Obama’s Nod
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2016

For Putin, Palmyra’s capture was a stepping stone to total victory over ISIS by smashing its Raqqa headquarters. Preparations are in train for the operation.

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Has the Russia-Turkey Vendetta Put Disputed Turkish Hatay on the Block?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2016

This is Turkey’s predicament: Entering Syria to stop the Kurds’ advance on its border would risk the Syrian army invading the Turkish province of Hatay with Russian air cover. This would be Moscow’s revenge.

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Iraq’s Partition Inches Forward with a New Baghdad Wall
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2016

The Iraqi government says the wall going up to enclose Baghdad is a defense against terrorists. The Sunnis see it as a step towards forming a separate Shiite Iraqi state based on the capital, Baghdad.

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Turkey and Saudi Arabia Talk Big, But Are Peripheral to Syrian Crisis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2016

Obama and Putin have no intention of cutting Turkey and Saudi Arabia into their joint plans for the Syrian military conflict or future. Erdogan, while bitterly opposed to their sponsorship of the Kurds, will think twice before stepping into Syria.

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For the Mosul Offensive, the US again Dumps the Kurds
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2016

The decision to exclude the Kurds is placing the planned offensive for capturing Mosul and destroying ISIS’s main foothold in Iraq in grave doubt. This is reflected by confusion in the White House and Pentagon over the entire enterprise.

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Putin Shapes Chechen-Style Regime for Syria after Assad’s Exit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2016

Putin conceives of a Chechen-style regime subservient to Moscow to take over from Bashar Assad in a few months. He prefers a single general to a military clique but is still looking.

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Obama Acts to Curb Kurds’ Slippage into Secession and Russia’s Ken
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2016

The first signs of discord in the Obama-Putin joint strategy for Syria occur over the Kurdish question. The US is against Kurdish secession under the Russian wing or breakup of Syrian integrity.

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US, Russia Pour Troops into Syria to Buttress their New Pact
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2016

The Russians and Americans are pouring air and ground troops into Syria to underpin their strategy for ending the Syrian war. 

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The US Will Field More than 10,000 Troops in Iraq by February
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2016

Ashton Carter is sending the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles back to Iraq to beat ISIS and recover Mosul and Raqqa.

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The Secret Euphrates Pact between Obama and Putin
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2015

Both the US and Russian presidents opted to take charge of Kurdish areas in Syria and Iraq, using the Euphrates as the dividing line between them.

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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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A Russian-Dominated Belt Stretching from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2015

Putin plans to develop his Syrian foothold into a wide-reaching Russian-dominated belt moving in on Mid East spheres of influence as the US disengages. In the Syrian arena, his main goal is to wipe out the hundreds of Chechen and Caucasian fighters in rebel and ISIS ranks.

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Russian Officers Liaise with Iranian Command, Poach on US-Backed Kurdish Groups
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2015

Russian reconnaissance teams are going around the battle fronts and Iranian, Hizballa, Syrian army command centers in Syria to plot the coming warfronts. They are meanwhile cashing in on delays in US arms supplies to the Kurds to poach on American Kurdish terrain.

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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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Wrangling over Targets Brings Havoc to the US-Turkish Campaign against ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2015

The campaign against ISIS launched by the US and Turkey is running into havoc because Washington and Ankara are at cross-purposes on targets, with Ankara using it to hit Kurds.

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Despite Grave Military Reverses, the Syrian Army and Hizballah Are Not Done Yet
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2015

It has always been dangerous to predict Bashar Assad’s downfall, even now after his army and Hizballah have experienced grave military reverses. The US-backed rebels in the south are not doing too well either.

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Tel Abyad’s Fall with US Air Cover Is an Epic Coup against ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2015

Kurdish forces with US aerial backing pulled of an epic victory against ISIS, capturing Tel Abyad a town close which is close enough to the ISIS Syrian “capital” of Raqqa to lay it to siege.

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ISIS moves in on Syrian Kurdish town of Hasakeh
Exclusive: Tehran expected to invoke defense pact for large-scale troop deployment to Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 4, 2015

Reliable sources in Tehran expect the government to invoke the 2006 Iranian-Syrian defense pact “in the coming hours” to urgently airlift substantial numbers of Iranian troops to Syria to save Bashar Assad’s regime and his army from collapse. This is reported exclusively by debkafile. Syrian army divisions are breaking up under the ISIS assault on the northern Kurdish town of Hasakeh, and the onslaught of the Syrian opposition Army of Conquest on the southern town of Deraa. The troops are fleeing the front lines of both embattled cities.

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Anti-Tank Trenches Shield Damascus from Encroaching Foes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 4, 2015

The Syrian army and rebels sap each other’s strength in head-to-head combat, while ISIS watches for its moment to strike and meanwhile lines up long-term strategic assets.

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