563 articles tagged "Syria"
Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan
Obama Nixes Lebanese Revenge for Dead Security Chief
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 26, 2012

Washington acted fast to hold back Lebanon’s anti-Syrian Lebanese forces from avenging the assassination of Lebanon’s top intelligence chief, Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan to save Lebanon from being ripped apart by a civil war. Assad and Nasrallah were allowed to get away with it.

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Vladimir Putin and Nouri al-Maliki
Iraqi Skies Are Main Corridor for Russian, Iranian Arms Lifts to Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 26, 2012

Russia has won from Baghdad the same privilege as Iran for using Iraqi air space as a corridor for delivering military supplies to Bashar Assad in Damascus. The huge arms deal Putin and Maliki signed this month provides Syria with a reserve arsenal across the border in Iraq.

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While Fighting Turkey, Assad Orders “Scorched Earth” Campaign across Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 18, 2012

Eight nations are embroiled on both sides of the Syrian civil war, although the governments concerned pretend they are keeping to a policy led by the Obama administration of non-intervention. Amid cross-border clashes with Turkey, Bashar Assad has embarked on a scorched earth policy against his country.

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Tehran Lets Bahrain Be, Goes after Saudi Arabia through Its Back Door – Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 18, 2012

Tehran has shifted its expansionist focus from Bahrain to punishing Saudi Arabia for backing the Syrian rebels fighting Bashar Assad. Iran is hitting the Saudis through their back door by buying up South Yemeni anti-government rebels.

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Spreading Iranian cyber attacks hit Israeli military, US financial and Gulf oil targets
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 13, 2012

An Iranian cyber offensive has hit US banks, Israeli military defenses, Saudi oil and Qatari gas websites. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the US will retaliate for a “cyber Pearl Harbor.” The Wall Street Journal reports 100 Iranian hackers are conducting the offensive. debkafile: Tehran is telling Washington that US-led sanctions will continue to be punished and further pressure on Syria’s Bashar Assad will be met with assaults on Israel’s military or even nuclear sites. Without a response, Iran will keep going.

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No US Objections to Turkey Tightening the Noose around Assad’s Neck
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 11, 2012

French President Francois Hollande convinced President Barack Obama to reverse his position against intervention in the Syrian with all possible speed to prevent Assad winning the war against the rebels. Turkey was given the green light to pursue steps against Syrian flights and airspace with a view to clearing a no-flight zone.

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Turkish armed forces on full alert
Turkey's army on high state of readiness, first step for Syria no-fly zone
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 11, 2012

War tensions over Syria shot up again early Thursday, Oct. 11, when the Turkish army was placed on high readiness and its chiefs pledge stronger responses to Syria. An authoritative US source told debkafile that Turkey had - by forcing a Syrian civilian flight en route from Moscow land in Ankara and banning flights over Syria - begun creating a no-fly zone over Syria. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta again cited the threat of chemical warfare. US sources don’t expect Assad or Iran to take Turkish actions lying down.

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Turkish Air Force
Turkish F16s force Syrian flight from Moscow to land. Ankara: Syrian air space no longer safe
DEBKAfile Special Report October 10, 2012

Turkish air force jets forced a Syrian 35-passenger Airbus A320 bound from Moscow to Damascus to land in Ankara Wednesday night, Oct. 10. Ankara also announced Syrian air space was no longer safe for civilian flights – a signal that Ankara will stop civilian air traffic over Syria. Turkey has not indicated whether military aircraft or Iranian civilian planes frequenting Syrian skies are included in the ban, but it begins to look as though Turkey has take steps toward imposing Syria’s first no-fly zone.

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Prince Bandar bin Sultan
Saudi Prince Bandar Pursues TV War on Assad. US Intelligence Is at Sea in Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 5, 2012

As US intelligence gropes in the dark in Syria – unable to pin down the rebel leader or a suitable candidate to follow Sadat - Saudi secret service chief Prince Bandar uses Al Arabiya TV to release “classified Syrian security documents” for his propaganda campaign against Assad and other targeted parties.

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Hillary Clinton
The Anti-Assad Coalition’s Syrian No-Fly Zone Depends on US Green Light
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2012

Turkey and three Gulf nations as well as France and Britain are pushing hard for a no-fly zone to be imposed on Syria to protect safe havens. Obama continues to resist direct US military intervention. Without a US lead, the no-fly plan is a non-starter.

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Iranian Al Qods Brigades Special Forces
Iranian officers reshape Assad’s Shabbiha militia into a second al-Qods
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 26, 2012

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has leapt into the Syrian battle arena, undertaking to transform Assad’s loyal Alawite Shabbiha militia into a new corps, retrained and reorganized on the model of the elite Al Qods Brigades. More than 2,200 Iranian military instructors have so far been airlifted into Syria along with up-to-date weapons for the newly trained militiamen. At the project's end, Bashar Assad – if he survives that long – will have a new highly-trained force of 50-60,000 elite troops, nucleus of a Syrian Revolutionary Guards Corps.

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Sinai terrorists attack Israel
Hamas signs binding military commitment to Iran-led war on Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 23, 2012

Hamas leaders Mahmoud A-Zahar and Deputy commander of its military arm Marwan Issa spent the second week of September in Beirut and Tehran finalizing and signing protocols covering a detailed and binding commitment by the radical Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip to join Iran, Syria and Hizballah in a war on Israel, debkafile’s exclusive sources disclose. Israelis now ask what guarantees Cairo offers to offset the threat of an Iranian-orchestrated Hamas war operation against Israel from the Gaza Strip or Sinai.

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Ehud Barak and Rahm Emanuel in Chicago
Washington’s Iran war game vs. real Iranian, Israeli war preparations
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 22, 2012

Not all the Israeli units taking part in a major military exercise on the Syrian-Lebanese borders on Sept 19 returned to base after Iran airlifted elite al Qods fighting strength and weapons into Syria and Lebanon. An estimated two IDF divisions are in place in case Syria and Hizballah with Iranian reinforcements go on the offensive against Israel. The Iranian buildup continues. US intelligence sources have since accused Iran of “secretly transporting to Assad large quantities of weapons and military personnel by civilian aircraft - almost daily.”

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Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari
Iranian Al Qods Elite Forces Shore up Syrian, Hizballah War Strength
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 21, 2012

As Israel and Hizballah teetered on the brink of war, Iran airlifted elite Al Qods units into Lebanon and Syria to shore up the war capabilities and retilt the military balance against Israel.

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Syrian CB weapons
Chemical threat is back. Hizballah, Israel close to clash
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 8, 2012

The first US-Turkish backed steps for creating safe havens in Syria and possible Western bombardment of the Syrian army have brought the Middle East close to two dangerous junctures: The Syrian army’s use of chemical and biological weapons, and an outbreak of hostilities between Hizballah and Israel – which nearly happened in mid-week, debkafile reports.
Washington disclosed Friday that Syria’s chemical arsenal was bigger and more widely scattered than suspected hitherto and, therefore, the US may have lost count.

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Military Planners on Iran: A Second Strike Will Count More than a First
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 7, 2012

US, Iranian and Israel planners have moved past discussion on whether Israel can be prevented from attacking Iran before the November election and are now talking about their various versions of a second strike option, which all agree will be more devastating than the first.

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Russian Early Warning Stations Shut down in Syria, Missile Defense Systems Recalled
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 7, 2012

Russia has indeed left Assad high and dry by shutting down its early warning stations which warning Syrian air and missile defense batteries of oncoming threats and turning back a Russian warship carrying SA-17 missile interception batteries for Syria.

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FSA Rebels Start Liquidating Foreign Islamists across Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 7, 2012

Turkey is finally getting its safe haven plan off the ground by bringing two Syrian rebel brigades under Turkish command for capturing large segments of northern Syria. The Free Syrian has meanwhile begun liquidating foreign Islamists including al Qaeda who have streamed into Syria to fight Assad.

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Putin gave Obama more time
US disowns Israel over Iran strike: No weapons or military backup
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 1, 2012

By US Gen. Martin Dempsey’s assertion Thursday, Aug. 30 that the US would not be “complicit” in an Israel strike against Iran, President Barack Obama was telling Israel: You are on your own! See how you manage without special US weapons and US military backup, including a shield against missile counter-attack. debkafile: A secret US-Russian deal is in the works. President Putin has cut off military ties with Iran and Syria, but Obama is having a hard time reciprocating by making Netanyahu give up on force against Iran.

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Thousands of Sunni Jihadists Rally on Three Continents to Fight Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2012

Sunni and Shiite Soldiers of Allah are on the march against each other. They are preparing for a clash of arms in the embattled Syrian arena. A mobilization campaign is drawing foreign jihadists to fight Assad out of many corners of the Sunni world, including lands now ruled by Islamists, who too want a quiet life free of troublemakers.

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