Russian marine and air power head for Syria versus Western intervention – “to defend Russian citizens,” says Moscow
DEBKAfile Special Report June 19, 2013, 5:32 PM (GMT+02:00)
Just one day after Western G8 leaders failed to ram past Vladimir Putin a resolution mandating Assad’s ouster, Moscow said Wednesday that two warships carrying 600 Russian marines are heading for Syria "to protect Russian citizens." Russian Deputy Air Force Commander Maj.-Gen. Gradusov said an air force umbrella would be there if needed. debkafile: This was a thinly disguised Russian flexing of muscle against continuing Western arms supplies to the Syrian rebels.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2013, 9:55 AM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile exclusive: In the last 48 hours, Europeans and NATO have delivered to the Syrian rebels shipments of the long-demanded anti-air and tank missiles as well as recoilless 120 mm cannons.They landed in Turkey and Jordan and were transferred to southern Syria and Aleppo, where Syrian rebels are poised to fend off a major Syrian army offensive backed by 2,000 Hizballah troops. Accordingly, the Obama-Putin meeting went badly at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland. Widely expected Russian reprisals portend a longer Syrian war.
DEBKAfile Special Report June 15, 2013, 2:41 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Obama administration and Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on a visit to Washington backed away Friday, June 14, from any effective response to the Syrian ruler’s proven use of chemical weapons against rebel forces. On the ground, debkafile’s military sources reported Hizballah and Syrian army movements were detected heading toward the Golan and the Jordanian border from the military concentrations building up in the last two weeks around the nearby town of Deraa. Those sources also concluded that Hizballah has been awarded “limited-use” chemical weapons
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2013, 10:20 PM (GMT+02:00)
Barack Obama has left it too late to change the course of the Syrian war by saving the rebels from defeat at the hands of the Syrian army. The Russians are already lined up counter-measures for stalling US aid to the rebels and step into its shoes.
DEBKAfile Special Report June 9, 2013, 10:53 PM (GMT+02:00)
Syrian rebel forces attacked two Iraqi military positions at the southern tip of their common border Sunday, June 9. They failed to beat the Iraqi troops back although a number of Iraqi officers and soldiers were killed. This was the Syrian rebels' first engagement with the Iraqi army, although it is unlikely to be the last. debkafile: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has even outdone Hassan Nasrallah in the generosity of his assistance for propping Assad up – advancing Damascus unlimited credit and a dip into Iraq’s multibillion-dollar oil revenues for his war chest.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2013, 1:11 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Obama administration has maneuvered itself out of a major role in reaching a political solution to the Syrian conflict. Bashar is building on his battlefield successes to demand a key role in any settlement.
DEBKAfile Special Report May 19, 2013, 10:08 PM (GMT+02:00)
Shortly after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pledged Sunday, May 19, to maintain Israeli operations in Syria against advanced Iranian weapons for the Lebanese Hizballah, Syrian troops and their Hizballah comrades captured Al-Qasayr, gaining command of the high road to Lebanon’s Hermel Mountains.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 8, 2013, 10:13 PM (GMT+02:00)
As the Syrian army makes further gains against rebel forces, debkafile reports Hizballah and Israel appear to be in the process of relocating their lines of confrontation from Lebanon to Syria. An Israeli enclave is forming around the IDF medical facilities on the Golan, while Hizballah is taking command of three pockets.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2013, 10:39 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Free Syrian Army commander informed Secretary of State John Kerry this week that the rebels have not chance of standing up to the superior firepower of the Syrian army and Hizballah.
DEBKAfile Special Report April 13, 2013, 1:42 PM (GMT+02:00)
After the Damascus units, the Syrian army has distributed protective suits to units in southern
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2013, 12:42 AM (GMT+02:00)
The rebel fighters’ newly-acquired antitank guided missiles-ATGM (of both Russian and American manufacture) are knocking over the T-72 tanks of the 4th Republican Guard Division and the 3rd Division, the backbone of the capital’s defenses, while their portable MANPAD air defense systems have brought practically all takeoffs and landings ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 28, 2013, 11:13 AM (GMT+02:00)
Syrian rebels in Aleppo are obtaining their first heavy weapons – 220-mm MLRS rocket launchers – through a large-scale supply operation run by Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, debkafile reports exclusively. In Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo, his agents snapped up Russian-made MLRS (Smerch) and Hurricane 9K57 launchers capable of firing scores of 220-mm rockets to a distance of 70 kilometers. Bandar hopes these weapons will expedite the rebels' capture of the big Syrian air base of Nairab near Aleppo.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 20, 2013, 8:07 AM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile reports from western military sources that present in the rocket which exploded in the Aleppo neighborhood of Khan al-Assal Tuesday March 19 were phosphorus, chlorine and Agent 15 or BZ. Although the Assad regime and the Syrian rebels charged each other with firing the rocket, which killed 15-31 people and injured more than a hundred, it was not possible to verify which side was responsible. The White House denied it was the rebels, while Moscow backed Damascus by insisting that it was.
DEBKAfile Special Report March 16, 2013, 9:45 AM (GMT+02:00)
Britain and France have for the first time parted ways with the US on its policy against sending Western arms to Syrian rebels fighting Bashar Assad. As the EU summit in Brussels voted March 14 against their motion to lift the Syrian arms embargo, debkafile reveals that Jordan’s top soldier arrived in Brussels to discuss shipping British arms through his country – and select the rebel recipients. France’s Francois Hollande used this issue to even the score for Barack Obama’s lack of military support for his Mali expedition.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 14, 2013, 9:40 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Moscow talks on Syria were stalled by Assad’s defeat by al Qaeda-led rebel forces in the battle for the Euphrates River region. Eastern Syria has slipped into rebel hands with local residents protesting the imposition of strict Sharia law.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 8, 2013, 6:51 PM (GMT+02:00)
A new US-led contingency headquarters for joint US, Israeli, Jordanian and Turkish operations inside Syria will go into action if any or all these allies should come under chemical or biological attack. This was the upshot of the talks US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel held with visiting Israeli defense Minister Ehud Barak at the Pentagon Tuesday, March 5. Hagel forecast imminent chemical warfare that would be kicked off by Al Qaeda-linked militias to further their territorial expansion plans and quickly spill over Syria's borders..
DEBKAfile Video February 26, 2013, 3:42 AM (GMT+02:00)
Syrian peace talks are set to open in Moscow on March 5 between the Syrian opposition and Assad regime representatives, debkafile reveals. The ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2013, 1:09 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Syrian opposition and rebels have come to terms with their inability to beat Assad’s army on the battlefield and are ready to talk. Assad won’t hear of stepping down and is preparing to run for another presidential term in 2014. Moscow which is hosting the talks stands behind ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 19, 2013, 12:50 PM (GMT+02:00)
Bashar Assad has evacuated most of the troops of his 5th Army Division from their permanent bases on the Golan opposite Israeli forces and transferred them along with their artillery to Damascus, debkafile’s military sources report. This step was intended by Assad to reinforce the defense of his capital, while at the same time providing the al Qaeda-linked fighters in rebel ranks direct access to the Israel border. In no time, the jihadists are expected to turn their guns and missiles on Israel.