546 articles tagged "Syria"
Barack Obama
Like in Syria and Iraq, Obama Shuns Clash with Iran over Gaza Crisis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 17, 2014

As Hamas and Israel battle it out, Iran is buying new rockets from Libya and smuggling them in to Gaza through the porous Sinai Peninsula.

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Barack Obama
A US Air/Missile Strike May Await Iraq – and Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2014

Obama considers air strikes in Iraq and Syria to take out ISIS targets including its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and weapons stores.

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Six Emerging “Terror States” Encircle Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 4, 2014

Islamist entities not governed by international law are redrawing the map of the Middle East, swiftly gaining territory and oil.

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ISIS in Iraq Severs Tehran’s Road to Damascus and Beirut
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2014

Iran’s dream of a Shiite Crescent ranging from Bahrain to Beirut was shattered by ISIS in Iraq.

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IDF Is Only Mid East Army Ready to Take on ISIS in Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2014

US, Iran caught off guard by rapid ISIS advances in Iraq, with Israel the only army that has restructured for unconventional warfare.

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Barack Obama
US Failure to Stop ISIS in Iraq Will Boost Al Qaeda in Syria and Mid East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2014

Obama will not commit to military action against Al Qaeda in Iraq, by the Americans or the international force that is ready in Jordan.

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Al Qaeda Flummoxes Belated Western Efforts to Track Jihadis Entering and Exiting Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2014

The US begins setting up a database to track foreign Islamists’ movements in Syria and Iraq without Turkish cooperation, but Al Qaeda’s tactics make it a difficult task.

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US Special Ops soldier on Jordan River
Revived US military intervention in Mid East flashpoints is heralded by active steps in Syria and Libya
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly May 20, 2014

The latest DEBKA Weekly out Friday homes in on the Obama administration’s seminal Middle East policy turnabout, performed unannounced almost overnight: The quiet switch from military withdrawal to proactive military intervention – based mainly on the CIA – is already impacting the Libyan and Syrian crises. Exclusive insights and fresh data will reveal how this extraordinary change is manifested in US-UAE backing for Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s nascent operation in Libya, compared with reliance on the strong Israeli and Jordanian armies to achieve US goals in Syria.

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Nouri al-Maliki
Polling in Iraq, Syria and Egypt May Cleave Mid East into Two New Blocs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 1, 2014

Iran buttresses two Arab governments plus Hizballah versus Saudi-backed Egypt and the UAE.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin
Netanyahu Orders 'Intelligence Blackout' on Ukraine Input
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2014

Netanyahu hopes that in consideration of Israel’s neutrality on Ukraine, Putin will be receptive to its concerns on Iran and Syria.

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John Kerry
US Can’t Afford another Diplomatic Debacle in the Middle East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2014

Obama wants to avoid another diplomatic debacle in the Middle East, after Egypt and Syria and so he may cut short John Kerry’s bid to keep Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations going.

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Assad Rewards Hizballah for Yabroud with the Gift of Syria’s Qalamoun Mountains
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 21, 2014

Assad has shifted the Syrian border to accommodate his gift to Hizballah of the Qalmoun Mountains to reward the Lebanese Shiites for aiding in the capture of Yabroud.

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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.

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Israel tanks on Golan
Hizballah builds up Israel’s northern borders as next war front with first incidents
DEBKAfile Special Report March 5, 2014

Hizballah is bent on making Israel’s northern borders active warfronts. Early Wednesday, March 5, an Israeli patrol fired on a group planting a roadside bomb at the Syrian-Israeli border fence near Merom Hagolan, Five days ago, Hizballah launched two rockets against an IDF Golan outpost. Due warning of the coming escalation came from Bashar Assad's communications adviser Bouthaina Shaaban in an interview March 3 to  Hizballah's mouthpiece, the al-Mayadeen news network. debkafile: This action would not have been approved without Tehran’s say-so.

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Assessing Iran's Cyber Warfare Capacity
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 28, 2014

Washington holds back from engaging Syria in cyber warfare fearing unpredictable reprisals from Iran, whose cyber war capacity is largely unknown.

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The Russian-made Tochka - SS-21 Scarab
Western sources: Israel Air Force hits SS-21 batteries, first attack in Syrian war on nuclear-capable missiles
DEBKAfile Special Report February 25, 2014

Western sources report that Israeli Air Force strikes in Lebanon and Syria overnight Monday, Feb. 24 came on the heels of the first use in the three-year Syrian war of a Russian-made nuclear-capable Tochka (Point) surface missile - NATO-coded SS-21 Scarab - which carries a 480-kilo warhead with a range of 70 km. One or more missile were fired earlier Monday by Syrian-Hizballah forces in the battle for Yabroud. Lebanese sources report different IAF targets: a cluster of five Hizballah command posts in the Beqaa Valley, or arms convoys moving between Lebanon and Syria.

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John Kerry and Barack Obama
Obama Reserved on Kerry’s Iranian, Syrian, Israeli-Palestinian Enterprises
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2014

The White House is qualifying its support for Kerry’s diplomacy for Iran, Syria and Middle East peacemaking, finding it too decisive for Obama.

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How Geneva-2 Mutated Secretly into Bern-1 – Open to Iran, Off-Limits to EU and Mid East Delegates
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2014

“The biggest diplomatic fraud in a decade" was how one Syria watcher called Geneva-2 which was staged as an exercise in misdirection to conceal the real conference in Bern with Iran at center stage.

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Tayyip Recep Erdogan and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Ankara Schemes with Tehran to Scoop US Diplomacy on Syria and Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2014

Erdogan visits Tehran to mark the end of Turkish cooperation with Washington and the start of a new era for the two non-Arab powers to start dominating the Middle East.

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Who will climb down?
US warns Syria conference “fluid” over UN invitation to Iran. Crisis in US ties with Russia, Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report January 20, 2014

The Obama administration was forced Monday, Jan. 20 - the day Iran began implementing the interim nuclear accord - to put its foot down against Moscow and Tehran over UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon’s invitation for Iran to attend the Syria peace conference opening Wednesday. debkafile: Barack Obama and John Kerry were shocked to discover Moscow and Tehran exploiting the US outreach to them for independent steps on Syria in defiance of Washington’s conditions. They told Ban that the US would not demur for fear of upsetting the nuclear accord.  

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