738 articles tagged "Syria"
 
Syria accuses Israel of bombing unspecified targets. No confirmation from any other source<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 6, 2007
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 to the Syrian agency.
A Syrian spokesman warned "the Zionist enemy against repeating "aggressive action" and said his government reserved right to response.
Arab and European broadcasting media quote Syrian sources as accusing the Israeli air force of bombing empty areas in Syria.
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<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
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 with Israel regarding parallel dialogue with Washington and US participation in the peace process. But the Syrian ruler is also utterly committed to the diplomatic and military policies of his senior partner, Tehran.
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<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
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 army position at the meeting point of the Israel, Syria and Lebanese borders.
The IDF like Syria is building fortifications on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights.


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<span class="dnw">DEBKA-Net-Weekly</span>: Iran plots with Syrian military to overthrow Bashar Assad<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2007
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, Lebanon and Gaza, mistrustful of his repeated bids to mend his fences with Washington and offers of peace talks with Israel.
For an account of the plot and its ramifications, read DEBKA-Net-Weekly article below.
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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
"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 Israel wants any excuse to launch a war."
debkafile: In the Syrian vice president's vocabulary, terror is a legitimate form of "defense" or "resistance" rather than "starting a war", while any counter-action against Palestinian terror is perceived as "Israeli aggression".

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Iran Plots Syrian President's Ouster<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 12, 2007
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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 and military prop, the fierce Revolutionary Guards, into a perilous slide at home. To play it safe, DEBKA-Net-Weekly's Iran sources reveal they have hatched a plan to replace the vacillating figure in Damascus with a puppet at their beck and call, modeled on Hizballah's Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut.
Thus far, Assad has not strayed too far from the guidelines he and his Iranian allies laid down together, but Tehran can never be sure when he might swerve from the straight and narrow to make his peace with the Americans. The can only guarantee Syria stays in their pockets by installing a pro-Iran loyalist in the presidential palace in Damascus.
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<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
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 had rescheduled the start of hostilities against Israel on the Golan for the second two weeks of November, 2007, postponing their original planning by more than two months.
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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
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 offered to hold direct peace talks with the Syrian ruler anywhere without prior conditions. Assad called up the case of his predecessor Yitzhak Rabin who gave up land for peace.
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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
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 carry through its plans against the Lebanese government.
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Syrian troops enter Lebanon, fortify positions to depth of three kilometres
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2007
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 radicals have been fighting Lebanese troops for close to two months in the still unresolved battle of Nahr al-Bared near Tripoli.

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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
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 Damascus-Golan road to Quneitra to civilian traffic for the first time in 40 years.
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Syria Winds up Planning for Campaign of Terror on Golan<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2007
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 were removed, except for two - one at the entrance to Qunetra from the Syrian end and one at the town's exit to Israeli Golan. DEBKA-Net-Weekly's military sources report that this measure went mostly unnoticed, although it made Israeli military intelligence sit up.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly's intelligence sources disclose that a year ago, in June 2006, Syrian military intelligence recruited several hundred Golan refugees for a new framework called the Front for the Liberation of the Golan Heights. They were trained for terror operations, blowing up roads and bridges, attacks on military camps and convoys and hostage-taking.
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<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
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 agree, debkafile's Middle East sources report Abbas threatened to publicly expose Syria's active role in abetting Hamas' takeover of the Gaza Strip.
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<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
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 supplies from Russia and Iran.
Tehran and Damascus are arming Hizballah and Hamas to inflame three fronts against Israel.
Read debkafile's exclusive report below for the war prospects as seen from Tehran and Damascus.
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Syrian and Iranian Generals in Intensive War Consultations
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 9, 2007
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 talks with Syrian leaders on coordinated preparations for a Middle East war in the coming months.
The regime heads in Tehran are basing their common front with Damascus on intelligence reports whereby the US and Israel have drawn up plans for coordinated military action against Iran, Syria and Hizballah in the summer.
According to this hypothesis, Iranian leaders foresee the next UN Security Council in New York at the end of June or early July ending with an American announcement that the sanctions against Tehran are inadequate because Russia and China has toned them down. Therefore, the military option is the only one left on the table.
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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
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 Assad had shifted units from the Iraqi to the Lebanese border shortly after the Winograd panel had slammed the Olmert government for its mishandling of the Lebanon War.
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<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
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.
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<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
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 US defense secretary Robert Gates' Middle East tour last week.
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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
"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 resolution ending Hizballah-Israel hostilities.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Assad handed US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a four-point plan for Syria and Iran to help solve the Iraq crisis<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 12, 2007
The plan was presented to Nancy Pelosi when she met president Bashar Assad in Damascus Wednesday, April 4. debkafile's Middle East sources report that she and the members of her delegation were given to understand - although this was not spelled out by Assad - that Tehran was willing to be part of the first stages of the plan's implementation.
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