<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: A partial call-up of reserves is reported in Syria by Western sources in Lebanon<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 18, 2007, 12:08 PM (GMT+02:00)
Those sources say Syria has mobilized armored, missile, air crews and air defense units - partly in readiness for repeats of alleged Israeli incursions of Syrian airspace and partly in response to the partial call-up in Israel which began beginning last Thursday, Sept 6. The Syrian armed forces are on ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 6, 2007, 3:51 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Syrian News Agency SANA says Syrian air defenses opened fire on Israeli warplanes which entered its air space from the Mediterranean Sea heading northeast at dawn Thursday, forcing them to leave. The IDF spokesman said they know nothing of any such incident.
No" human or material loss" was caused, according ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Assad is willing to talk to Olmert without involving Washington - but not to abandon absolute commitment to Tehran<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2007, 9:32 AM (GMT+02:00)
This double message was brought to Jerusalem last week by Edward P. Djerejian from unpublicized meetings he held in Damascus with president Bashar Assad and Syrian military and intelligence chiefs. This former US ambassador to Israel and Syria reported that Assad is willing to drop his prior conditions for talks ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Syria transfers elements of its commando Division 14 to Mt. Hermon north of Golan. Both sides extend fortifications
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 28, 2007, 1:48 PM (GMT+02:00)
The redeployment of commando units close to Israeli lines on the slopes of Mt Hermon has raised temperatures in Israel. Military sources comment that these Syrian units, especially trained for cross-border raids, are now in position to make a grab for Israeli territory or a surprise attack on the Israeli ...
<span class="dnw">DEBKA-Net-Weekly</span>: Iran plots with Syrian military to overthrow Bashar Assad<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2007, 2:33 PM (GMT+02:00)
On Aug. 3, DEBKA-Net-Weekly reported that Syrian president Bashar Assad is in danger from, of all countries, his closest ally, Iran. The Islamic rulers in Tehran have begun to perceive him as an unreliable element in the radical Crescent of Influence they are striving to build across Iraq, Syria, ...
Syria has no intention of waging war against Israel to regain the occupied Golan Heights, says Syrian VP Farouq al-Shara<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2007, 8:40 AM (GMT+02:00)
"Israel knows we don't want war. We should always be ready to respond to Israeli aggression, but Syria will not start a war," Shara said Tuesday.
"People will not accept anything less than Israeli withdrawal from the whole of the occupied Golan Heights, he added. "Any Syrian preparations were defensive, while ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 12, 2007, 9:54 AM (GMT+02:00)
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Buoyed up by the triumphs of Hizballah's war offensive against Israel in 2006 and Hamas' takeover of Gaza, the clerical rulers of Tehran have invested so heavily in their expanding power structure across the region that a fiasco could push their regime ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Damascus has deferred its war plans from late summer to November
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 4, 2007, 6:09 PM (GMT+02:00)
This piece of intelligence was behind the Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert's comment Tuesday, July 31: "I think this summer and fall will be less hot than we expected."
debkafile's military sources report that the latest intelligence update on Syria's intentions indicated that Syria's political and military leaders ...
Bashar Assad calls for indirect peace talks with Israel - but only after a guarantee for the Golan's restoration <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 21, 2007, 12:22 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's sources: Assad was in fact asking Israel to send officials to "proximity talks," probably in Ankara, with Turkey playing the role of go-between. He made the offer at the inauguration of his second term as president of Syria Tuesday, July 17. The Israeli prime minister has repeatedly ...
UN envoy Michael Williams reports his "impression" that peace deal progress with Israel would change Damascus' relations with Iran, Hizballah and Hamas<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 14, 2007, 11:02 AM (GMT+02:00)
This impression was gained from "talks with Syrian leaders in recent months." debkafile notes: Williams admits he was not conveying a signal - only his impression. There is no way Syria would abandon its ties with Iran, Hizballah and pro-Damascus radical Palestinian groups, on whom it depends to ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2007, 9:43 AM (GMT+02:00)
Lebanese security sources report the intruding force backed by bulldozers has taken up position near Yanta in east Lebanon's Beqaa Valley and is digging hundreds of trenches and bunkers in more than one area along the Lebanese border. This explains why Syria Wednesday reopened the Joussia-Qaa border post. Damascus-backed Palestinian ...
Syria quietly opens Damascus road to Quneitra, tying up last tactical ends of plan for cross-border terrorist campaign in Golan<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2007, 7:25 PM (GMT+02:00)
On July 4, Radio Damascus' political commentator said the large-scale Israeli military exercise which ended that night on Golan means Israel is about to go to war against Syria. However, a week before the Israeli maneuver, DEBKA-Net-Weekly's military sources discovered that Syria had on June 26 quietly opened the ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2007, 10:50 AM (GMT+02:00)
On June 26, Syria opened the Damascus-Golan road to Quneitra to civilian traffic for the first time since the Six-Day War of 1967. No announcement was made. The dozens of military roadblocks studding the 60 km high road connecting the capital with the Syrian part of Golan for 40 years ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Abbas gets nowhere in bid for Syria's Assad to condemn Hamas coup d'etat in Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2007, 12:10 PM (GMT+02:00)
Voices were raised in their two-hour telephone conversation Sunday, June 17.
Mahmoud Abbas asked the Syrian president to follow in his father's footsteps and recognize a single Palestinian authority, the PLO and himself as its head, while treating Hamas as an occupying force in Gaza.
When Assad did not immediately ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Damascus and Tehran are certain a US-Israeli attack Is in store
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2007, 3:13 PM (GMT+02:00)
The strategic allies have taken further steps to tighten coordination between their armed forces from the top down. They are acting on Iranian intelligence's prediction that the US and Israel have drawn up joint plans to attack Iran, Syria and Hizballah in the coming months. Syria is taking fresh weapons ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 9, 2007, 12:07 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's intelligence and Middle East sources take a look at the actions behind the words issuing from Damascus officials affirming Syria's willingness to go into peace talks with Israel.
During most of last week, two high-ranking Iranian delegations spent time in Damascus. One was composed of generals who held ...
Despite Syrian military border build-up, Israel has no plans to attack but stands ready to ward off a surprise Syrian strike<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2007, 11:05 AM (GMT+02:00)
Reporting that this message had been relayed from Jerusalem to Damascus, Israeli Ambassador to US Salai Meridor said in Washington Wednesday night that Syria has amassed on Israel's borders strength and missiles capable of reaching every part of the country. On April 30, debkafile reported exclusively that Bashar ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Assad shifts units from Iraqi to Lebanese border shortly after Lebanon War panel slams Olmert government<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 4, 2007, 12:25 AM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources say this move diverts an infantry brigade from the Iraqi border for beefing up the Syrian 14th Commando Division deployed opposite Golan and the sensitive Mt. Hermon- Shabaa Farms sector where the Lebanese, Syrian and Israeli borders converge.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: A large, high-ranking Syrian delegation of 40 generals on secret mission to Tehran<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 28, 2007, 9:23 AM (GMT+02:00)
Led by Maj. Gen. Yahya L. Solayman, War Planning chief at the Syrian armed forces General Staff, the delegation represents all branches of the Syrian armed forces.
In Washington and Jerusalem, there is little doubt that the two allies timed the Syrian delegation's mission to Tehran as a rejoinder to ...
Senior US official: Syria or Iran still sends arms to Lebanese Hizballah in violation of UN arms embargo<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2007, 2:00 PM (GMT+02:00)
"The border between Lebanon and Syria remains highly porous," assistant secretary of state David Welch told a Congressional panel Wednesday, April 18.
He said he agreed with the report by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon confirming "serious breaches" of the arms embargo imposed by the Security Council last year in a ...