17 articles tagged "Palmyra"
Raqqa Op on Hold: Trump like Putin Refuses More Troops for Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2017

Trump like Putin is refusing to allocate more troops to Syria.

Putin Hands a Yellow Card to Israel and Its Air Force. What Comes Next?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 23, 2017

Russia and Israel fight another round in their long electronic air contest.

Israeli air strikes in Syria. Reprisal threatened
DEBKAfile Special Report March 17, 2017

Syria threatened direct retaliation for the Israeli air raid Friday, March 17 and the interception of its anti-air missile by the Israeli Arrow before that missile could down an IAF jet or land on a populated place across the border.

US & Russia to free Palmyra after Trump sworn in
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 15, 2017

debkafile reveals exclusively that a combined US, Russian, Syrian and Jordanian force is preparing for a major operation to liberate the Syrian heritage town of Palmyra from the Islamic State. More about this in DEBKA Weekly 

Russian Elite Spetsnaz Trounced in Face-off with ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 15, 2016

The elite Russian unit was defeated by the jihadists in Palmyra, a counterattack prepared.

ISIS returns to Palmyra
ISIS seizes big Russian-Syrian T-4 air base
DEBKAfile Special Report December 12, 2016

Islamic State forces pushed forward their assault to retake the central Syrian town of Palmyra Monday, Dec. 12, and by evening had entered the big Russian-Syrian T-4 air base outside the town, carrying off substantial quantities of Russian armaments. Reporting this, debkafile added: They booty they snatched included different types of ground-to-ground missiles as well as anti-tank and anti-air rockets. 

As Russians Fiddle in Palmyra, ISIS Advances
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 12, 2016

As Russian fiddled, the Islamists launched a surprise offensive to retake Palmyra.

Local Setbacks Slow US-Russian Momentum against ISIS in Iraq, Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2016

Moscow and Washington realize they can’t rely on Syrian or Iraqi troops to follow through in any major offensive against ISIS in Raqqa or Mosul and so they are moving forward in slow steps.

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.

The Invisible War with ISIS – Fallout in S. Syria from Palmyra’s Capture
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2016

After losing Palmyra, ISIS took everyone by unawares by heading south. US, Israel and Jordan are arming Syrian rebels in the south with heavy weapons to reinforce their effort to keep the jihadis back from the Israeli and Jordanian borders.

Palmyra Citadel
Assad’s troops enter Palmyra after massive Russian air blitz to smash ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 27, 2016

Vladimir Putin after all took the momentous decision for Russian carpet bombing to level the Islamic State forces holding Palmyra since last May and so clear the way for Bashar Assad’s troops and allied forces to enter the heritage city Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27 and take control of several districts. He acted more in Moscow’s interest than in the Syrian ruler’s. Palmyra’s fall would consolidate and expand Russia’s grip on Syria.

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.

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.

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.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards elite forces
Iranian Rev Guards ready to intervene in Syria to save Assad. Soleimani: Expect major events in Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report June 3, 2015

Tehran is believed to be preparing to dispatch a substantial Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) special unit to Syria to tackle the separate rebel and ISIS advances closing in on the Assad regime, Western and Arab intelligence sources report. Tuesday, June 2, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, supreme commander of external Iranian forces, said enigmatically that “major developments” are to be expected in Syria “in the next few days.” He also said “the world would be pleasantly surprised.” He was taken as presaging the Guards' first direct intervention in the Syrian war.

ISIS on the march to Jordan
Exclusive: ISIS columns heading from Syria toward Jordan, first targeting the border crossing
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2015

Columns of ISIS tanks and armored cars (made in the US and taken booty in Iraq) were heading Sunday, May 24, from Palmyra for the Jordanian border, with no Syrian troops in sight to block their advance, debkafile reports exclusively. Their initial target is the eastern section of the border, including the meeting point between the Syrian, Jordanian and Iraqi frontiers. The US maintains 7,000 special operations troops and an air force unit in the Kingdom of Jordan. President Barack Obama must decide how they react to an ISIS invasion.

Iranian embassy in Damascus - before bomb blast
Exclusive: Iranian embassy blown up in Damascus: Nusra Front suspected
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 21, 2015

A mighty explosion struck the Iranian embassy in Damascus Wednesday night, May 20, debkafile reveals exclusively. First reports are of “heavy casualties” and serious damage to the embassy compound. Tehran and Damascus have clamped a curtain of secrecy down on the disaster, although the thunder of the explosion was widely heard. The embassy explosion came on the heels Wednesday of the fall of the ancient city of Palmyra to the Islamic State, which also entailed the loss of the main Syrian air base for the delivery by air of military equipment for Assad’s army.

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