553 articles tagged "Syria"
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Bashad Assad blasts dissident city of Hama
Assad's tanks blast all of northern Syria day after 150 die in two cities
DEBKAfile Special Report August 1, 2011

Early Monday Aug. 1, undeterred by international condemnation, President Bashar Assad broadened his bloody tank assault to all of northern Syria – a 20,000 square kilometer area almost the size of Israel. He is now waging war on the 3.5 million inhabitants of Hama, Deir al-Zour, Homs, Idlib, Ar-Raqqah and Abu Kemal, after inflicting a one-day death toll Sunday of 150 – 120 in Hama, 30 in Deir el-Zur and more than 1,000 injured.
Syrian armored forces are running into heavy resistance, increasing desertions.

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Gen. Ali Maher Assad
Cracks in Assad Clan, President Spurned by Brother and Ruling Alawites
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2011

President Bashar Assad and his brother Maher, who leads the crackdown on protest, are not talking. Their Alawite sect is withdrawing its support and the clergy spurn the regime's demand to keep the crowds off the streets during Ramadan, during which the opposition plans nightly anti-Assad rallies.

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Syria's Secret Drug Transit Center in Aleppo Inhibits Town's anti-Assad Revolt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2011

The big drug transit center in the Syrian town of Aleppo run jointly by the Assad regime and Hizballah keeps the city from joining the popular uprising for fear of extreme punishment that stops at nothing. The protesters struck at Assad's thriving drug trade only once by derailing a passenger train carrying narcotics from Aleppo to Damascus for shipment to world markets.

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Jordan's King Abdullah
US warns Jordan's king: Arab Revolt is on your doorstep
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 23, 2011

Jordan's King Abdullah II was warned in Washington this week to hurry up and introduce political reforms because a revolt against the throne was knocking at his door from neighboring Syria, debkafile's Washington sources report.  US intelligence updates informed him the threat came from the potential spillover of the tumult rocking Syria. If that happened, Israel would have to decide whether to step in to save the Hashemite throne as well as preventing the unrest infecting West Bank Palestinians and Israeli Arabs communities.

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Bashar Assad
Assad Sees His Army Can't Shoot the Uprising into Submission
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2011

Syrian President Bashar Assad sees his military crackdown of dissent beating hopelessly against a brick wall, and increasing American covert intervention against him, army desertions and signs of civil war. Yet he continues to send his tanks and guns against a rising tide of protest.

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Dmitry Medvedev and Angela Merkel
Our man in Tripoli, Khartoum and Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2011

Mikhail Margelov is the first Russian diplomat ever named to perform a shared mission for the Russian, US and German governments. An Arabist with fluent English, he will be acting on their behalf in the Libyan and Syrian crises after helping to ease tensions in Sudan.

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Miqati cabinet convenes in Beirut
Hizballah rides high in Lebanon, installs member as security chief
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 16, 2011

On the fifth anniversary of Israel's second Lebanon war this week, as former IDF generals and military experts hailed its outcome as the winning deterrent keeping the Shiite terrorist Hizballah at bay every since, Hassan Nasrallah quietly completed the organization's takeover of Lebanon's security and intelligence agencies and took delivery of advanced ballistic missiles from Syria. Hizballah is therefore going from strength to strength in Lebanon – contrary to the view current in top Israeli circles.

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Barack Obama and Sergey Lavrov
Obama, Medvedev and Merkel Set out to Cut Short Libyan War, Remove Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 15, 2011

Obama's acceptance of the Russian-Libyan formula opens the way for ending the Libyan war by Muammar Qaddafi's departure from power – not the country – making way for transition administration and elections. His sons and loyalists will run for office. The format for Syria expels Bashar Assad and all his henchmen, lock, stock and barrel.

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Robert Ford
Aleppo as Bellwether for Obama's Middle East Clout
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 15, 2011

If Aleppo finally throws its weight against the anti-government opposition, Bashar Assad's days will be numbered – especially after his elite troops failed to break the back of the uprising and he blew his only shot at national dialogue by disinviting influential opposition leaders.

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US Ambassador Robert Ford and military attache
US, French envoys to visit more protest hubs. Syrian oil pipeline bombed
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 13, 2011

After Hama, US and French ambassadors to Damascus Robert Ford and Eric Chevalier will Friday, July 15, try to reach the eastern Syrian oil town of Deir al-Zar on the Iraqi border to meet opposition leaders, although debkafile's reports government forces are poised to stop them. The town is also a Sunni tribal and Kurdish center.
In a key policy shift, US President Obama Tuesday questioned Bashar Assad's legitimacy. And another first: A bomb blast damaged an East Syrian oil pipeline.

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US embassy in Damascus mobbed
Clinton: The US has no interest in Assad staying in power
DEBKAfile Special Report July 12, 2011

Monday, July 11, after a pro-Assad mob invaded the US embassy in Damascus, a personal attack on Syrian President Bashar Assad was heard in Washington for the first time. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Assad "is not indispensible and we have absolutely nothing invested in him remaining in power," after US embassy staff were forced to shelter in a fortified wing of the mission as Assad's militiamen rampaged through the building and raised the Syrian flag.

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Another facet of the anti-Assad revolt in Hama
US, French envoys signal Assad: If army storms Hama, Turkish troops march in
DEBKAfile Special Report July 9, 2011

The visits the US and French ambassadors, Robert Ford and Eric Chevalier, paid to Hama Friday, July 8, in the thick of the half-million anti-Assad turnout, offered a rare glimpse of the quest by Barack Obama, Nicolas Sarkozy and Tayyip Erdogan for a Syrian compromise: It would leave Bashar Assad in place provided he accepts reforms and makes room for the opposition in government. But Turkish troops still remain poised on the Syrian border over his head.

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Hama will not surrender
Assad delays Hama crackdown to sustain US-Turkish plan for his survival
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2011

The United States, Britain, France and Turkey are spearheading a plan to preserve Bashar Assad as Syrian president while cutting away his support system of relatives and political and military chiefs and replacing them with "moderate opposition" figures, debkafile reports exclusively. But the process is marred by profound mutual mistrust: The West suspects he has no intention of abandoning his savage crackdown on protest, while Assad suspects he is being set up for a Turkish invasion. 

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Syrian hand probed in Hariri murder?
Another ticking bomb for Assad: Hariri Tribunal
DEBKAfile Special Report June 30, 2011

The Lebanese capital was only the first stop for a delegation of the UN-backed Special Tribal for Lebanon investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri. Thursday, June 30, the group arrived in Beirut and presented four arrest warrants against top Hizballah officers. Its next destination may eventually be Damascus for the submission of a second batch of warrants against Syrian officials suspected of controlling the Hizballah hit-team in the commission of the murder.

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USS Enterprise and USS Bush cross paths in Bab al Mandeb Straits.
Iran poised for US-Turkish attack on Syria. Iron Dome for Haifa
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2011

Iran's big war game was launched Monday, June 27 ahead of a Turkish operation against Syria's Assad regime anticipated by its military and Revolutionary Guards chiefs, with the unveiling of its first underground missile silo. debkafile reports Tehran expects the Turkish army to have US air and naval support in case of Iranian reprisals against them both. Israel moves an Iron Dome rocket interceptor battery to Haifa.

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Turkish soldiers help Syrian refugees at border
Turkey renews ties with Israel ahead of showdown with Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report June 25, 2011

As Turkey heads for a military showdown with Syria, Ankara has agreed to restore military and intelligence collaboration in the eastern Mediterranean with Israel, debkafile reports. The deal worked out between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also returns Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to a role in Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy and gives him a chance to try and bring Hamas aboard. Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon finalized the details in secret talks in Ankara.

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Four Survive out of Six - 2 Civil Wars – NATO in Knots
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2011

Only two Arab autocrats have succumbed to six popular uprisings: four have survived. NATO's score in Libya is zero to one as Europe's war sustainability is hit by the falling euro Two countries are in the grip of civil war and two undergoing partition. Yet Barack Obama is grimly determined to complete his Arab regime change mission.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Tehran Is in Deficit. Sunnis Move in Everywhere
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2011

On balance, Tehran has decided the Arab Revolt is not good for the Islamic Republic of Iran. Nullifying Western influence is good, but the rise of Sunni strength is not, while the revolt engulfing Syria is endangering Iran's nearest and dearest ally. And can Tehran be sure the malaise won't infect its own masses?

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Syrian troops in northern Syria
Turkish choppers over Syria. NATO boosts Izmir base
DEBKAfile Special Report June 20, 2011

debkafile reports war fever in and around Syria after Syrian President Bashar Assad's speech Monday, June 20, sparked riots by disappointed protesters in Damascus and Latakia. Syria airspace remains open to civilian traffic although Cypriot sources earlier reported it closed. Turkish military helicopters are reported infiltrating northern Syria on reconnaissance missions and Arab sources report NATO is planning to fly extra troops from Spanish and German bases to the Izmir Air base in western Turkey to expand the current number of 400.

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Bashar Assad poses as the wronged party
No compromise in Assad speech - only vow to keep on battling "terrorists"
DEBKAfile Special Report June 20, 2011

In his first address to the nation in two months, Syrian President Bashar Assad June 20 accused a "minute number of terrorists" backed by "conspirators at home and abroad" of exploiting legitimate demands for reform to serve longstanding plots for controlling Syria because of its geo-strategic importance.
While hinting at possible reforms, there was no suggestion that he might step down or dismiss his brother who has been leading the savage crackdown on the nearly four-month old protest.

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