553 articles tagged "Syria"
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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Israel's Golan border with Syria
Israeli reserves called up for Syrian, Lebanese borders. Military drill starts Sunday
DEBKAfile Special Report April 30, 2013

The Israeli reserves call-up for the Syrian and Lebanese borders will continue until the end of the week, ready for a "military maneuver" next Sunday, May 5, debkafile reports.
 

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Al Qusayr battlefield where Hizballah was routed
Hizballah loses two high officers in major defeat at al-Qusayr near Homs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 29, 2013

debkafile reports Hizballah’s elite Al Qods Brigade suffered a grinding defeat – its gravest since first intervening in the Syrian civil war - and heavy losses at al Qusayr in the Homs sector Monday, April 29 in a surprise ambush. The rebels were reinforced by radical Salafists from Lebanon armed with Grad rockets.

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Obama’s 20,000-Troop “Surge” to Shield Jordan from Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2013

The incoming US troops are to shield Jordan and preserve the throne against Syrian attack, al Qaeda incursions or domestic upheavals, as well opening up an option for military intervention in the Syrian civil war. Israel is actively involved in the military boost for the Jordanian king.

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Establishing Israel-Controlled Buffer Zones in Southern Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2013

Under the plan, which Barack Obama has approved, Israeli military and intelligence officers will establish, arm, fund and train local militias to police the two enclaves under their command

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Israeli-Turkish Military Intelligence Cooperation on Syria Is up and Running
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2013

Pushed hard by the US, Turkish officials opened discussions with Israel on the revival of their former military and intelligence collaboration, especially in relation to the Syrian conflict on which they agreed to pool intelligence and work together in Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in Israel
Boston terror focuses Hagel ME trip on Syria & al Qaeda - instead of Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 21, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Middle East trip was supposed to present the $10 billion US arms sales to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE as a signal for deterring a nuclear Iran. The Boston bombings shifted the onus of his trip to Syria and al Qaeda. Russian cooperation was a vital source of intelligence for nabbing the two bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Friday, April 19. Russian President Vladimir Putin will almost certainly claim his quid pro quo in Syrian currency.

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A New IDF Military Framework to Guard borders and Fight Al Qaeda
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2013

Al Qaeda’s rocket attack on Eilat from Sinai caught Israeli, US and Egyptian intelligence nappy. Israel is getting its act together with new units to man the three borders facing the new al Qaeda presence in Sinai, Syria and Iraq.

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Al Qaeda in Iraq, Once Assad’s Paying Guests, Gangs up Against Him
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 12, 2013

Jabhat al-Nusra operated in Syria for years as a clandestine movement, the brainchild of the notorious Jordanian master terrorist Musab Abu-Zarqawi of Iraq who used Syria as his logistical hub. Al-Nusra is now revealed It now emerges as a part of al Qaeda of Iraq - The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

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Kim Jong-Un
US Moves in Korean Crisis Watched Keenly by Xi Jinping, Putin, Khamenei and Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2013

Amid detailed coverage of Korean crisis through North Korean and American moves, important Chinese and Russian military movements are ignored. Moscow and China are unlikely to bring Kim Jong-Un to heel until Washington agrees to link the Korean case to its disputed policies on Iran and Syria.

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Assad Issues Two Loyal Army Divisions with Protective Gear for Chemical War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2013

Officers and troops of the loyal 4th and 3rd army divisions are outfitted with gas masks and protective suits for continuous combat in a contaminated atmosphere. Assad is planning a short, sharp offensive to break the deadlock in the war with rapid victory, even if it can only be achieved with chemical weapons.

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US, NATO, Israel, Turkey and Jordan Gird up for Syria Operation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2013

Before ending his Middle East trip, Barack Obama finalized with Israeli, Turkish and Jordanian leaders his plans for a US-led military intervention in Syria to liquidate its chemical and biological arsenals.

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Admiral Stavridis Would Get Rid of Assad without US Boots on Syrian Soil
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2013

NATO commander Adm. James Stavridis’s Plan B for Syria would aim straight at Bashar Assad’s ouster but would not require the participation of US forces – only NATO units led by the Turkish military and supported by small special ground contingents from Britain, France, Holland, Poland and the Czech Republic.

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Syrian soldiers kitted up for chemical warfare
Joint US, NATO, Israeli strike awaits Syria
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly March 26, 2013

 

The latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly out Friday expands on its disclosure of last week that during his visit to Israel, US President Barack Obama struck a deal with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for military action against Syrian chemical weapons. The new issue fleshed out that core decision with exclusive revelations on NATO’s role in setting up the expedition, its participants, targets and ramifications, including likely responses by Moscow and Tehran.
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