23 articles tagged "Latakia"
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Iran’s Tel Afar op is in sync with Russia in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 30, 2016

The pro-Iranian Iraqi Shiite drive to capture Tel Afar, 55 km from Mosul in western Iraq, was designed less to complete the encirclement of the Islamists in Mosul and more to forge a link in the land bridge Tehran aspires to build to give its Revolutionary Guards free passage to Hizballah and the Shiite groups fighting for Bashar Assad in Syria. This is reported by debkafile’s military and intelligence sources.

 

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How Far Will Obama and Putin Go in Their Duel over Syria?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 6, 2016

He has no intention of sinking any further into the Syrian war quagmire.

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Ayatollah shoots down Putin’s high-flying Tupolev
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 22, 2016

A week after granting Russia the Nojeh airbase,Tehran snatched the concession back in a public rebuff for Moscow. The Russian mission “is finished  for now,” the ministry spokesman said.

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After bombers, Russian S-400s for Iranian base
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 16, 2016

Russian giant Antonov An-124 air freighters are ready to take off Wednesday, Aug. 17, carrying an array of advanced S-400 and S-300 air defense missiles bound for the Russian air base just completed at Nojeh, 50 km from the western Iranian town of Hamedan 

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The Putin-Netanyahu Understandings Extend to Syria’s Future
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 16, 2016

Both agreed that Assad has no place in any post war administration in Damascus.

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Near-clash of Israeli-Russian planes over Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report April 21, 2016

Western and Middle Eastern military sources monitoring the war in Syria, and networks monitoring Russian air force flights in the country, reported  a near clash Wednesday between four Israeli F-15 fighters and two Russian Su-30 jets earlier in the day.   

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Big Powers Share out Their Military Lead-Roles: US in Libya – Russia in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2016

America and Russia have shared out their military roles in two hotspots – the US leads a new coalition for defeating ISIS in Libya, Russia is taking charge of leading the Syrian army to victory and vanquishing the rebel movement.

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Russia Prepares to Make Syria an “Anti-Access/Area Denial” Space
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2016

Russia is preparing an anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) space for Syria. It consists of layer upon layer of overlapping sophisticated and lethal surface-to-air missile systems. Moscow is also planning to strengthen the Syrian-Turkish border defenses.

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Russian air strikes slowed down over Syria by weather and maintenance
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 11, 2016

Russian air raids over Syria have noticeably tapered off in the first 10 days of the New Year to their lowest level since the onset of Moscow’s major intervention in Syria in late September, intelligence sources report. This may be partly due to winter weather conditions, partly for urgent maintenance work, and partly to give the air crews a break for the Russian holiday season.
 

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Russia Is Still a Very Long Way from Raqqa
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2015

Putin like Obama refuses to commit his own ground troops to Syria and so while rounding up Cuban and Iranian proxy fighters, he is courting Arab sponsors of anti-Assad rebels to switch sides.

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Cuban Troops Join Iranian Guards in Russian-led Battle to Capture Ghab Plain
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2015

Putin has gathered in fighting proxies for Syria from Cuba to augment Iranian, Syrian and Hizballah troops ready for the major Ghab offensive now in preparation.

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Moscow Determined to Remove Rebel Threat from Highway No. 5 to Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2015

The list of the Russian air campaign’s first targets in Syria is weighted heavily in favor of strikes in support of stabilizing the Assad regime.

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Putin Touts Russia’s Syrian Buildup as Lead-in to His Syrian Political Solution
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2015

The strategic intentions entertained by Putin in his continuous buildup of military strength in Syria have most pundits and analysts guessing. It is clear that they are there to stay with Assad’s concurrence for goals that transcend the Syrian arena.

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First Rev Guards elite troops land in Syria
First Iranian marines land in Syria, link up with newly-arrived Russian troops
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 11, 2015

Iran this week sent its first ground troops to Syria, around 1,000 marines and elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) troops. They moved into the small military air facility of Ghorin south of Latakia, and hooked up with the just-landed Russian marines who were settling in at nearby Jablah. Three weeks ago, DEBKA file reported  Russian-Iranian military intervention afoot for saving Bashar Assad, followed on September 1 by the first disclosure of the Russian buildup in Syria. We now report that Russia is sending S-300 air defense missiles for deployment at the Russian and Iranian bases.

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Hundreds of Russian Marines Land on Syria’s Latakia Coast
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2015

Russia has plunged full tilt into direct combat in the Syrian conflict with the landing of hundreds of Russian marines on the coast of Latakia – all accompanied with heavy weaponry, including missiles and drones. Two of the units are fresh from combat in Ukraine alongside pro-Russian separatists.

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Bashar Assad’s Backing from Iran and His Own Sect Is Melting Away
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2015

Young Alawis are deserting the army and fleeting the country in despair from what they see as Bashar Assad’s losing battle. Iran too is sidelining the Syrian ruler.

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Is Assad Turning Coat again for a Deal with ISIS to Save His Regime?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 4, 2015

Assad has done business with Al Qaeda in the past against the US in Iraq and with fellow-Baathist Saddam Hussein’s former top general, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri.

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Intense fighting for Kasab in northwest Syria
Syrian rebels allowed to attack Latakia from Turkish soil under Turkish air cover. Iran raises Cain in Ankara
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2014

Turkey has ratcheted up its intervention in the Syrian war to an unprecedented level, debkafile reports exclusively. For the first time in the three-year conflict, Turkey is giving Syrian rebel forces, including  the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, passage through its territory to attack the northwestern Syrian coastal area around Latakia, the Assad clan’s birthplace. But if the rebels are thrown back, will the Turkish army come to their aid?  If so, it would be Ankara’s first outright military incursion into Syria and NATO’s first intrusion in its civil war.

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Israel soldier on the Golan
Syrian soldiers shoot at IDF Golan patrol after unidentified infiltrators move in
DEBKAfile Special Report July 17, 2013

The Golan saw a chain of unexplained incidents after midnight Tuesday, July 16: Unidentified gunmen stole into an unmanned IDF position in the demilitarized zone of the Golan to the east of the Israeli-Syrian border. An Israeli patrol came under fire near Tel Fares from Syrian soldiers when it went to investigate. Israeli helicopters were then scrambled over the scene of action. IDF officers suspect that the Syrian troops tried to use the mystery infiltrators to fire off shots at the Israeli patrol. No one was hurt.

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USS Kearsage, USS San Antonio opposite Egypt
Washington’s push against Egyptian, Israeli go-it-alone military steps. US marines deployed off Suez, Sinai
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 14, 2013

The Obama administration is exhibiting strong disapproval of Israel’s independent military action against Syria and of the Egyptian army’s steps against the Muslim Brotherhood. debkafile: Washington is also put out by the campaign the Egyptian army has launched, with Israel’s active support, to root out the Islamist Salafist and Hamas terror blighting Sinai. US warships and marines are deployed off Egypt’s Red sea coast to warn the Egyptian generals not to go too far and also, if necessary, secure Suez Canal shipping and intervene in Sinai.

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