546 articles tagged "Syria"
Rebel Fragmentation Speeded by 'Talibanization' of Aleppo and Idlib
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2013

Pakistani Taliban operatives arrived in Syria to join the revolt against Bashar Assad only to find the rebel movement torn by internal strife and bitter over its desertion by the West and the US.

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Israel soldier on the Golan
Syrian soldiers shoot at IDF Golan patrol after unidentified infiltrators move in
DEBKAfile Special Report July 17, 2013

The Golan saw a chain of unexplained incidents after midnight Tuesday, July 16: Unidentified gunmen stole into an unmanned IDF position in the demilitarized zone of the Golan to the east of the Israeli-Syrian border. An Israeli patrol came under fire near Tel Fares from Syrian soldiers when it went to investigate. Israeli helicopters were then scrambled over the scene of action. IDF officers suspect that the Syrian troops tried to use the mystery infiltrators to fire off shots at the Israeli patrol. No one was hurt.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
Suspected Israeli Strikes Delay Syrian-Hizballah Aleppo Offensive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2013

The explosions of big Syrian arsenals in Latakia are still a mystery. However, the weapons piled up for the Syrian-Hizballah Aleppo offensive were destroyed, as well as the advanced Russian Yakhon anti-ship cruise missiles.

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How Saudi and Gulf Rulers Scooped the US and Qatar in Egypt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2013

Saudi King Abdullah banked the Egyptian military to save its coup from plunging the country into chaos and to stall Qatari ambitions.

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Another Sunni Bloc Takes Shape, This One Centering on Saudi Arabia and Egypt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2013

Saudi Arabia and UAE who aided the Egyptian putsch plan to use it as a lever for a new Sunni bloc. King Abdullah wants Bashar Assad’s ouster at the top of its agenda.

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Moscow & Beijing Welcome Egyptian Islamist Downfall as US Comedown
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2013

The Islamist downfall in Cairo suits the plans of Moscow and Beijing and their against the encroachments of radical Islam. It is also welcomed as a comedown for Barack Obama in the Middle East.

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Bashar Assad
Iran’s Challenge to Sunnis in Syria Raises Specter of Global Muslim War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2013

Iran is stirring up Shiite-Sunni warfare in Syria to promote its drive for Middle East hegemony. Tehran is lighting a match that could raise up Sunni radicals like al Qaeda and send flames shooting across the Muslim world.

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Vladimir Putin at G8 summit
Putin will address G8 summit as head of winning Syrian war camp
DEBKAfile Special Report June 17, 2013

The conditions Vladimir Putin will lay down for a G8 consensus on Syria are that Bashar Assad remains in power in any political solution and Iran be part of that solution. He will address the summit opening Monday in Northern Ireland in the interests of his allies, Bashar Assad, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Hassan Nasrallah and demand that the summit acknowledge them as winners of the war. Putin will block any attempt by Barak Obama to use the election of Hassan Rouhani as Iran’s president to counter those successes.

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Obama’s New National Security Team Can’t Dodge the Middle East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2013

Barack Obama’s new appointees, Susan Rice, National Security adviser, and Samantha Power, ambassador to the UN, favored US intervention in Libya but not Syria. They prefer to help the president achieve his pivot to Asia, but neither al Qaeda nor Iran will give them the chance.

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Russian MiG-29M2 fighter-bomber
Moscow‘s smoke screen obscures Assad’s next Syrian war moves
DEBKAfile Special Report May 31, 2013

Word from Moscow Friday, May 31, of a new contract discussed for the sale to Syria of MiG-29 M/M2 fighters, was a Russian tactic to disguise the next Syrian war moves. debkafile: The MiG 29 is the tool Bashar Assad needs to try and overcome the Israeli Air Force’s electronic superiority.

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Al Qaeda’s Entire Iraqi Fighting Strength Migrates to Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2013

Al Qaeda-Iraq has relocated to Syria and completed its merger with Jabhat al-Nusra. They control key areas of eastern Syria including a producing oil field and access to the Jordanian border and are posed to serve as a counterweight to the Shiite Hizballah.

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Opening Shots of Syrian-Iranian-Hizballah War of Attrition on Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2013

Israeli leaders play down the approaching menace of the Syrian-Hizballah war of attrition backed by Tehran. Bt Prime Minister Netanyahu has set up a war room in his Jerusalem office for keeping track.

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Barack Obama
John Kerry Loses Clout for Middle East Diplomacy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2013

John Kerry finds the ground slipping from under his feet as he pursues Middle East peace initiatives on behalf of a boss beleaguered by scandal.

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Putin and Netanyahu talk three hours at Sochi
Putin again warns Netanyahu hands off Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report May 14, 2013

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spent three hours with President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Tuesday, May, 14, trying to head off advanced Russian anti-air S-300 missile systems sales to Syria. Instead, the Russian leader issued a warning relating to Israel’s air strikes against Damascus.

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Russian nuclear submarine
Russia staffs Mediterranean fleet. Turkey weighs payback for Syrian bombings
DEBKAfile Special Report May 12, 2013

Russian Navy Admiral Viktor Chirkov said Sunday, May 12, that a permanent staff of 20 officers is in place to run Russian fleet operations in the Mediterranean Sea. debkafile: Russia’s step aims at safeguarding the Assad regime and securing its Hizballah and Iranian allies. It also signals Moscow’s Middle East comeback.

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Russian S-300 anti-air missiles system
US to arm Syrian rebels: Putin’s rebuke for Netanyahu
DEBKAfile Special Report May 7, 2013

Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu, while in Shanghai, faced a sharp dressing-down from President Vladimir Putin Monday, May 6 and a warning that further Israeli attacks on Damascus would not be tolerated.  Putin said highly advanced Russian weapons, including S-300 air defense systems, would be supplied at speed to Syria. 

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Damascus blasted by Israeli rockets
US set to act on Syria, which threatens war of attrition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 6, 2013

Israel insists its  air force attacks on Syria targeted Hizballah and its Iranian weapons shipments. This does not cover explain the targeting Sunday, May 5, of Mt. Qassioun, moving Assad to threaten a war of attrition. The US plans to follow the Israeli operation with arms supplies for Syrian rebels and US air strikes.

 

 

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Israeli troops in combat gear on Golan border
Israel jets over E. Lebanon after Syria strikes
DEBKAfile Special Report May 4, 2013

Israeli military activity was reported Saturday, May 4 in Lebanon too - and not just over Syria.
US sources said earlier Israeli warplanes had struck targets in Syria including a chemical weapons depot outside Damascus, firing missiles remotely from Lebanese air space and the Golan.

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Iran's Basij militiamen land in Syria
Iranian troops face Israel from Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report May 3, 2013

US officials recently gave a video demonstration of an upgraded bunker buster bomb able to destroy Iran’s Fordo underground enrichment plant - in a bid to dissuade Israel from a unilateral attack on Iran, while thousands of Basij militiamen arrived in Syria from Iran.

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Iranian Basij Goons Imported for “Duty” in Southern Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2013

Iran’s Basij are paramilitary troops trained for crushing urban unrest that jeopardizes the regime in Tehran. They have been deployed in Damascus and are relieving the Hizballah units guarding the Shiite Syrian villages along the Lebanese border.

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