549 articles tagged "Syria"
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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

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

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

 

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

 

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 Arab League.

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Hillary Clinton
Iran’s Syrian Win Strengthens Its Position at Nuclear Talks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 16, 2012

 

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 too is staying in the Iranian fold.

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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

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

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 prices rocket up to $150 per barrel - and you won’t be re-elected in November.

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Asma and Bashar Assad
Syrian Chaos in Double Mirrors
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2012

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 port?

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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

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

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 lawful self-defense.

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Hillary Clinton and Ahmet Davutoglu
For Handling Assad, Washington Favors Turkey over Arabs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 17, 2012

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 President Obama trusts Ankara to open his diplomatic door to Tehran.

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Mikhail Fradkov
Vladimir Putin Deepens Russia’s Stake in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 17, 2012

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

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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Israel's new Super Green Pine radar
Successful US-Israel radar test launches US missile shield's operational phase
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 10, 2012

A successful joint exercise carried out Friday, Feb. 10, demonstrated the interoperability of the US Aegis and Israel's Arrow 2 Block 4 ballistic missile defense systems and, most importantly, of their radar systems: the two US AN/TPY-2 X-band stations in Israel's Negev and Turkey's Kurecik air base, and Israel's new EL/M-2080 Super Green Pine. debkafile's military sources report the test proved to be a key milestone in the development of the US missile shield's Middle East capabilities ahead of a potential war with Iran.

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Hillary Clinton and Ahmet Davutoglu
A Coalition No-Fly Zone over Syria - Hinging on US Military Input
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 10, 2012

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyin Erdogan has an ambitious new plan for a combined coalition effort to end the violence in Syria. But it all depends on President Obama's willingness to back it up with an air and naval umbrella against Syrian missile and air might backed by the Russian navy. The US president is in no hurry to jump in.

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Vladimir Putin
Russia Is Prepared to Use Military Power to Defend Iran and Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 10, 2012

Russia has a comprehensive long-term plan to overtake - or at least match - America as a world superpower and it therefore extends a helping hand to any Middle East and Arab power, principally Syria and Iran, willing to defy Washington. Moscow is also betting on Bashar Assad winning the Syrian conflict.

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1,000 Israeli paratroops jump in big drill
Americans talk about an Israeli strike on Iran, but prepare own offensive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2012

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has been outspoken about a possible Israeli offensive being launched against Iran from April, but has not leveled about massive US war preparations. The question is no longer if armed hostilities are afoot, but when. Tehran too is gearing up with a new three-week "exercise" and calling allies to the flag, including Syria. There, the appalling bloodbath has reached a scale – 350 Saturday, Feb. 4 alone – which potentially rivals nuclear Iran as the trigger for a Middle East confrontation.

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A Western-Arab Undercover Exercise Afoot to Oust Bashar Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2012

To pierce the layers of armor devised by Syrian, Russian and Iranian strategists to keep Assad afloat, the Western-Arab bloc is recruiting top Syrian generals to march on Damascus and unseat the dictator.

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Israel's Military Girds up to Strike Iran This Spring
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2012

Israel's military (the IDF) is no longer hiding from view its preparations for an attack on Iran's nuclear program – most probably from the spring – and its expectation of armed hostilities erupting consequently on at least three fronts, Syria, the Lebanese Hizballah and the Palestinian Hamas in Gaza. On Jan. 31, a division exercise was held for drafting reservists under fire.

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Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and Jordan's King Abdullah
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood uses Palestinian Hamas as channel to Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 1, 2012

Hamas-Damascus, contrary to Western reports, is firmly maintaining its ties with the Assad regime and the Iranian officials posted to the Syrian capital and Beirut as well as Hizballah, debkafile's sources report. Neither is Hamas seeking to break its ties with Iran, its arms and cash supplier for years. Indeed, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is seizing on the coming Tehran visit by Hamas' Gazan Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh as opening a back door for mending its fences with the Iranian leadership.

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