536 articles tagged "Syria"
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Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz
Turkey and Saudis Chart Joint Syria Campaign - Possibly in Sync with Potential Israeli Strike on Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2012, 12:20 AM (GMT+02:00)

 

Saudi Arabia and Turkey agree to set up a joint command for coordinating preparations for a combined invasion of Syria and the creation of buffer zones protected by their air forces. Ankara is putting pressure on NATO to help defend Turkish borders against Iranian reprisal. Both partners ...

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The Obama message was delivered but never answered
Exclusive: What were the six points Obama sent Khamenei through Erdogan?
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly April 7, 2012, 12:25 AM (GMT+02:00)

On March 25, in Seoul, President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan agreed on the six-point US policy outline the latter would carry to the Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ahead of Iran’s forthcoming nuclear talks with six world powers. The exercise was not a success. Khamenei has still not answered the president’s missive and Tehran has turned its guns on Erdogan. The six points published here were first revealed by DEBKA-Net-Weekly on March 29.

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On guard at the Russian missile destroyer Smetliviy
Russian warships launch drill from Tartus versus US-Israeli-Greek naval exercise
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 3, 2012, 10:09 AM (GMT+02:00)

Not 24 hours after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that a pre-emptive strike (by the US and/or Israel) would violate international law, Moscow put muscle into his warning: Tuesday, April 3, the Russian guided missile destroyer Smetliviy arrived in the Syrian port of Tartus for a naval exercise. The ship, which carries anti-air, anti-ship and anti-submarine missiles, will hold drills with its support vessels in the same expanse of E. Mediterranean as the US-Israeli-Greek “Noble Dina” exercise.

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Barack Obama and Tayyip Erdogan
Same Obama Message for Putin and Khamenei: Give Me Space
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2012, 11:02 PM (GMT+02:00)

 

The US President has tacitly indicated to the Iranian leader that if elected to a second term he will have more room for maneuver and a freer hand for pursuing policies agreed in their back-channel dialogue. So please, Iranian officials, speak more kindly about America.

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Hillary Clinton
US Syrian Policy Weak Spot: Flawed Intelligence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2012, 11:02 PM (GMT+02:00)

Obama’s Grand Diplomatic Offensive for using a pacified Syria to persuade Iran to be accommodating at the coming nuclear negotiations is not yet in the bag. It is dogged by Saudi objections and problems with its policy Syria due to flawed US intelligence both about Assad’s survivability and the ...

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Tayyip Erdogan in Iran
Erdogan Angers Iran by Supplying Syrian Rebels with Anti-Tank Missiles
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2012, 11:02 PM (GMT+02:00)

 

Erdogan won an ultra-cool welcome in Tehran after he was discovered pumping anti-tank missiles to the Syrian rebels after Bashar Assad began helping Turkey’s PKK Kurdish faction. His Iranian hosts gave him the runaround before he was received by Khamenei to hand over Barack Obama’s message.

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IDF Golan border unit
Iran flies thousands of pro-Palestinian activists to Syria. IDF fortifies borders
DEBKAfile Special Report March 27, 2012, 5:28 PM (GMT+02:00)

Israel boosted its Syrian and Lebanese border units as special flights carrying thousands of pro-Palestinian activists from Tehran touched down in Damascus for the international Global March to Jerusalem Friday, March 30. Before takeoff, they were split into small groups and tutored by Iranian Al Qods Brigades officers in tactics for breaching Israeli border barriers, bursting through and challenging the Israeli military forces defending the border. They go into action on Palestinian-backed Israel-Arab Earth Day to match disturbances in Israel and the West Bank.

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Syrian Palestinians stage anti-Israel Golan demo May 15, 2010
Palestinians to fan Israeli-Arab Earth Day disorders Friday. Damascus to pitch in
DEBKAfile Special Report March 27, 2012, 11:03 AM (GMT+02:00)

Despite Israeli warnings, the Palestinian Authority is for the first time making the annual Israeli-Arab Earth Day Friday, March 30 a joint Palestinian-Israel Arab event, organizing mass anti-Israel disturbances in Jerusalem, Jaffa and other places, while also instigating West Bankers to smash through Israeli border checkpoints. Syria too will bus thousands of Palestinians to storm Israel’s northern border on the Golan. Both also aim to shake up the Arab summit in Baghdad. The PA is broke after Arab aid was cut off.

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100,000 troops drafted in to secure Baghdad's Green Zone
Baghdad heavily secured against Syrian or al Qaeda attack on Arab Summit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 25, 2012, 11:06 PM (GMT+02:00)

The 23rd Arab summit, the first to be held in Baghdad in more than two decades, opens Tuesday March 27 after Iraq’s Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki bowed to Saudi and Gulf Emirates’ demand not to invite Iran and receive only a low-ranking Syrian official.  Although the city is in lockdown, Western security sources doubt it is 100 percent safe from terrorists, whether al Qaeda or Bashar Assad’s henchmen in revenge for  the arms and aid certain Arab rulers tender Syrian rebels.

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Obama Holds Saudis Back from Striking Iran – and Syria Too
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 22, 2012, 11:51 PM (GMT+02:00)

 

Riyadh sees Iran counting its profits from sanctions-boosted oil prices regardless of extra Saudi pumping. Washington blocked the sale of arms for a Saudi strike against Iran and shut the Jordanian route for Saudi troops to enter Syria. The two Kings Abdullah are at odds.

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Bashar Assad
Assad’s Success Gives Russia the Edge over the US in the Middle East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 16, 2012, 1:49 AM (GMT+02:00)

 

Russia like Iran was the prime helper and is the prime beneficiary of Bashar Assad’s success in crushing the armed revolt against him and gives Vladimir kudos at the start of his presidency. His foreign minister Sergey Lavrov was enabled to call the shots for the 22-member ...

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Hillary Clinton
Iran’s Syrian Win Strengthens Its Position at Nuclear Talks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 16, 2012, 1:49 AM (GMT+02:00)

 

Iran and Russia poured out every kind of assistance to shore Assad up – military, intelligence, financial, diplomatic and strategic as well as a supply of arms for crushing the opposition. Iran’s reward is the substantial strengthening of its alliance with Syria, Hizballah and Palestinian extremists. Hamas ...

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Last rebel stand at Idlib against Syrian army
Rehearsals in Syria, Gaza for Iranian-Israeli showdown
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly March 14, 2012, 1:35 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran and Russia both won ground on the Syrian battlefield at America’s expense with this week’s Assad victory over rebels in Idlib, say DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s strategic analysts in its next issue out Friday.  The indecisive way the Israeli confrontation with Iran’s Palestinian proxy Jihad Islami wound down also added points to Tehran - and Moscow less directly - after Washington backed away from the Gaza episode and Israel threw in the sponge. These players were testing the ground for a possible Israeli-Iranian clash.
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Are the Saudis Using Oil to Block Obama’s Reelection?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2012, 12:40 AM (GMT+02:00)

When the Saudis discovered the US was backing off military operations against both Iran and Syria, they retaliated by letting oil prices float upward without lifting a finger. This week oil prices hit an all-time high carrying the message to Barack Obama: Either attack Iran, or we’ll let oil ...

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Asma and Bashar Assad
Syrian Chaos in Double Mirrors
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2012, 12:40 AM (GMT+02:00)

Opposite the fragmented Free Syrian Army rebels, Assad’s army is suffering from the spreading malaise of “defections in place,” a mutiny of complete units with their officers who defy orders but refrain from crossing to the opposition. Why did the Syrian ruler prevent two Iranian warships from entering Tartus ...

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Russian electronic station on Jabal Al Harrah
Russia upgrades Syria-based electronic station to warn Iran of US/Israeli attack
DEBKAfile Special Report February 27, 2012, 11:09 AM (GMT+02:00)

The upgrading and interconnection of two Russian-equipped Middle East electronic and surveillance stations – on Jabal Al Harrah south of Damascus opposite Israel’s Sea of Galilee, and Lebanon’s Mt. Sannine - are tailored by Moscow to give Tehran early warning of a US or Israeli attack, debkafile reports. The two facilities now cover all of Israel and Jordan, the Gulf of Aqaba and northern Saudi Arabia, as well as US and Israeli naval and aerial Mediterranean movements up to Cyprus and Greece.

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Gen. Mohammad Hejazi
Iran Addresses Different Warnings to the US and Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2012, 9:24 PM (GMT+02:00)

The US Pentagon and Israel’s high command are taking Tehran’s threat of preemptive action with the utmost seriousness as changing the rules of the standoff. It was issued to provide Iran with grounds for claiming international legitimacy for any preemptive military action launched against Israel or American targets as ...

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Hillary Clinton and Ahmet Davutoglu
For Handling Assad, Washington Favors Turkey over Arabs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 17, 2012, 1:35 AM (GMT+02:00)

Middle East capitals are puzzled by the Obama administration’s willingness to cast the Arab bloc and its Syrian concerns aside and collaborate with Turkey on the Assad issue. Why is non-Arab Turkey the blue-eyed boy in Washington and not the Gulf Arabs? The answer in some Middle East capitals is that ...

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Mikhail Fradkov
Vladimir Putin Deepens Russia’s Stake in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 17, 2012, 1:35 AM (GMT+02:00)

Russia needs a presence in Syria to promote its interests in the Middle East, to keep the lid on Caucasian unrest and to pave the way to challenge the United States in the global arena.

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Idlib rebels march against Assad
Ramping up the war on Assad: Military intervention or heavy arms for rebels?
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly February 14, 2012, 10:21 AM (GMT+02:00)

Bent on Bashar Assad’s ouster, the US and the Gulf Arab powers are swinging around an array of options – all of them military. The coming DEBKA-Net-Weekly out Friday weighs the chances of, say, an international militia, protected zones, a Western-Arab air umbrella for the Syrian resistance or, most probably, arming the Syrian Free Army with heavy weapons.
Decisions hinge heavily on the regional and international frictions pulling the US, Russia, the Sunni powers, Iran and Israel into the Syrian maelstrom.
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