285 articles tagged "Russia"
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Washington’s Retreat Gives Al Qaeda Free Rein in 11 Targeted Countries
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 21, 2014

Obama’s refusal to provide Iraq and Egypt with sophisticated arms for fighting terror has resulted in al Qaeda- Iraq swarming unrestrained across 11 Middle East countries.

Not the best of friends.
Putin approves Crimea's annexation to Russia in defiance of Western sanctions
DEBKAfile Special Report March 18, 2014

President Vladimir Putin approved a draft treaty between Crimea and Moscow on the breakaway region’s “reunification with Russia” Tuesday, March 18. He formally notified the Russian parliament of Crimea’s application to join Russia as a new federal republic. Monday, the US and EU imposed relatively mild sanctions – travel bans and a freeze on assets - on Russian and Ukrainian officials after condemning the Crimean referendum as illegal. The White House warned sanctions would be broadened if Russia took more steps. Putin has defied that warning.

The pilots of the missing Malaysian Boeing 777.
US, Russian, Chinese military satellites hunt MH370 over Central Asia. Is it readied for a terrorist attack?
DEBKAfile Special Report March 16, 2014

The US, Russia and China Sunday, March 16 contributed military satellites to the search for the Malaysian Boeing 777, missing without a trace for nine days with 239 people aboard. debkafile: The hunt focuses increasingly on some unknown derelict airfield in remote Central Asia, with the investigative accent on the contents of the cargo hold or a possible hijacking by terrorists to prepare for a major attack. Were they Uyghur separatists or others? Was the plane downed by cyber means? And were the pilots complicit in a plot to make Flight MH370 vanish?

Russian forces on Ukraine's borders
Crimea votes to quit Ukraine under guns of Russian tanks
DEBKAfile Special Report March 15, 2014

Russian military movements and strength around Crimea do not exceed the level for securing the referendum taking place on the peninsula Sunday, March 16 against possible Ukrainian or Western disruptions. There are no signs of Russia planning to invade other parts of Ukraine.  Neither have Ukraine’s European neighbors or the US bases on their soil declared unusual military preparedness. The Ukraine army is likewise stationary. But one or more of these forces may snap into unforeseen action during the referendum or after it’s over.


Binyamin Netanyahu
Syria and Hizballah Square off to Fight Israel - Backed by Iran and Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2014

Syria and Hizballah are preparing to fight Israel so that Iran and Russia can get back at the US and the West by the old Cold War device of fighting through proxies.

Russian airborne forces
Russian units transferred from securing the Sochi games to the Ukraine border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 24, 2014

Units of the Russian forces which secured the Olympic Winter Games ending in Sochi Sunday were flown and shipped Monday, Feb. 24 to Russian bases at the Ukrainian Crimean port of Sevastopol, debkafile reports, as Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev refused to recognize the new authorities in Kiev. Giant Russian Air Force transports and rapid deployment forces were placed on alert at the Rostov on-Don base east of the pro-Russian southeastern Ukrainian town of Donetsk. Military movements were also sighed in Belgorod opposite the Ukraine border.

Vladimir Putin and Viktor Yanukovych
Moscow, Washington and Brussels Lose Interest in Kiev Unrest
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2014

The Russians withdraw Putin’s aid promise to Yanukovych to avoid another Orange Revolution, however strategically and economically Ukraine is to Moscow.

White Widow - most wanted as would-be suicide bomber
Would-be bombers may already be inside Russia’s anti-terror “ring of steel” for the Sochi Olympics
DEBKAfile Special Report January 21, 2014

Russian security services launched an intensive hunt Tuesday, Jan. 21 for suspected Islamist bomber Ruzana Ibragimova, 22, known also as Salima or the White Widow, who was last seen on a street in Sochi, which hosts the Feb. 7-23 Winter Olympic Games. Some Russian sources report that not one but three female bombers are at large. US forces are assisting Russian security to secure the Games. A vast 2,400-kilometer “ring of steel” enclosing Sochi and manned by 40,000 Russian personnel is the broadest security area ever provided for an Olympic event.

Javad Zarif and Vladimir Putin
January 16, 2014 – The Day Iran Was Anointed Regional Power
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2014

The joint trip made to Moscow by the Iranian and Syrian foreign ministers on Jan. 16, marked the day the US stepped aside for Russia as Mid East kingpin and elevated Iran’s status over the heads of the Sunni powers and Israel.

Ankara and Tehran Draft Syrian Ceasefire Plan for Drawing Rebels out of US Orbit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2014

The thaw in Turkish-Iranian relations is producing a joint effort to snatch the Syrian opposition from the US and Saudi Arabia, while also circumventing the US-Russian takeover of Geneva 2.

Putin’s Security Nightmare for the Sochi Olympic Games
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 3, 2014

The International Olympic Committee requested an independent assessment of the terrorist threat to the Sochi games and received a “somber and disturbing” report.


US and Iran’s First Joint Military Venture: Fighting al Qaeda in Iraq
DEBKAfile Video December 29, 2013

US weapons and Iranian Al Qods officers join the Iraqi army in a major anti-al-Qaeda offensive to foil Al Qaeda’s plan for its first caliphate across the Syrian-Iraqi frontier - but also to buttress the pro-Iranian Shiite crescent arching over the region. 


Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden May Be the Ultimate Digital Double Agent
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 31, 2013

A major upheaval is believed in progress - not just in US intelligence networks but across the espionage industry around the world in a mad race to shut down, recover and replace the blown networks, for fear of Snowden’s revelations.

Bashar Assad
Moscow and Washington Scratch Their Heads Together on Ways to Get Rid of Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 31, 2013

Russia has been trying to form a Syrian delegation made up of second-tier Syrian officials and politicians who seek to preserve ties with Moscow and the existing ruling establishment – minus Assad.

Vladimir Putin
Russians Boast Iran’s Acceptance of “Nuclear Restraint” Clears the Way to Final Accord
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 31, 2013

The Kremlin believes its “nuclear restraint” deal with Tehran is a good enough basis for a final accord with the US. However, it leaves Iran with the option for reactivating its weapons program and building several atomic bombs in 10 days.

A chemical weapons store
Russia, Iran, Damascus may crank up border tensions to weaken Netanyahu’s hand in America
DEBKAfile Special Report September 29, 2013

Western military sources predict an upsurge of tension this week along Israel’s borders with Syria and Lebanon, timed for Binyamin Netanyahu’s White House meeting with President Barack Obama Monday, Sept. 30, and his address to the UN General Assembly the next day, Oct. 1. Moscow, Tehran and Damascus may exploit Israel’s weak moment after being pushed out in the cold by the Obama administration’s pursuit of new relations with Tehran, by provoking Israel into a military response and presenting it as the neighborhood warmonger and disrupter of US-Russian diplomacy. 

Binyamin Netanyahu
Standing Aside on Syria Stripped Israel of Leverage against a Nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2013

Binyamin Netanyahu has been forced to face the fact that the new round of US-Russian-Iranian diplomacy for Syria has finally put paid to any plans he might still have after four wasted years to prevent Iran getting a nuclear weapon.

Barack Obama favors the Russian proposal
Obama again puts military strike – and vote in Congress – on hold to give Russian proposal a chance
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2013

President Barack Obama contradicted his advisers, Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, in a series of TV interviews early Tuesday, Sept. 10. He said he would put on hold military action against Syria, and delay the vote in Congress “for weeks,” to verify the Russian proposal for Assad to hand over his chemical arsenal to international control, and see if the Syrian issue can’t be solved without military action.  “We know the capabilities of the Syrian army and that is no big problem for us,” Obama said.

The Israeli Ankor (Sparrow) target missile
Israel conducts joint missile interception test with US in Mediterranean
DEBKAfile Special Report September 3, 2013

The US and Israeli Tuesday, Sept. 3, carried out a joint anti-missile missile test in the Mediterranean ahead of possible Syrian-Hizballah reprisals against Israel and Jordan for a US military strike on Syria. The Israeli Ankor (Sparrow) served as the target missile. debkafile: The test indicated that President Barack Obama has upped his plans from “a narrow, limited” attack to a broader offensive for degrading the Assad regime. It also pointed to US-Israeli concurrence that Iran, Syrian and Hizballah were serious about their threats of retaliation.

Iranian parliamentarian Ala-Eddin Borujerdi in Damascus
Iran, Russia advise Assad to transfer chemical stockpile to Tehran - to avert US attack
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2013

The Iranian parliamentarians visiting Damascus Sunday, Sept. 1, advised Bashar Assad to move his chemical stockpile out of Syria for temporary storage in Tehran under Iranian and Russian military supervision, so as to ward off an American military strike, debkafile reveals. Chairman of the Majlis Foreign Affairs Committee Ala-Eddin Borujerdi suggested destroying the chemical arsenal as an alternative. Tehran wants to prevent a US attack on Syria – both to conceal the Iranian provenance of the nerve agents and to avoid any precedent for a strike against Iran.

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