87 articles tagged "Syrian rebels"
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Lakhdar Brahimi
US Military Aid Injected to Foster Foothold in Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2014

The US reverses its non-intervention policy for Syria and decides to arm three selected Syrian rebel militias to gain a foothold in Damascus and help defeat Hizballah on Mt. Qalamoun.

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Syrian Islamist Front leader Hassan Aboud Abu Abdullah al-Hamawi
US explores ties with Syrian Islamist rebels, possibly Assad too - for a lineup to fight al Qaeda
DEBKAfile Special Report December 15, 2013

The Obama administration is again doubling back on its Syrian war policy. On Dec. 11, the Saudi-backed Islamic Front rebels inflicted a disastrous defeat on the pro-American Free Syrian Army in northern Syria. debkafile reports that Washington reacted by launching a secret approach to win over the Islamic Front, the most powerful force now battling the Assad regime. Voices in Washington are urging the White House to start talking to Bashar Assad, leading the administration to consider forming a Syrian lineup to save the country from falling to Al Qaeda.

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Some Americans Say US Should Accept Assad, Engage Him Directly
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 13, 2013

The voices raised in Washington urging Barack Obama to talk directly with Bashar Assad, reflect his mounting war successes.

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Funeral of Hizballah officer Ali Bazzi killed in Syria
US in quiet talks with Hizballah as Syrian rebels lose Qalamoun strongholds in crushing defeat
DEBKAfile Special Report December 9, 2013

Bashar Assad’s army achieved a signal strategic breakthrough Sunday, Dec. 8, by its conquest of Nabuk in the Qalamoun Mountains. The rebel forces have been thrown into disarray, leaving only Jabhat al Nusra and the Iraqi branch of Al Qaeda fit to fight Assad. Syrian rebels have therefore found Washington turning a cold shoulder and developing indirect contacts with pro-Assad army elements and, through British diplomats, Hizballah. On the Syrian uprising’s 1,000th day, the same US-Russian-Iranian coalition which fixed the Geneva nuclear accord is moving into position for a Syrian solution.

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Crumbling Syrian Rebel Militias Hijack Syria’s Oil Fields
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 23, 2013

Syrian rebel militias are falling apart and as they lose their foreign funding fight each other in a grab for Syria’s oil fields to replace lost revenue.

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Ankara and Tehran Set up Profitable Ties behind America’s Back
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 8, 2013

Turkish-Iranian intelligence cooperation has produced an operation against Syria rebel supplies through Turkey. Tehran wants to redirect Turkish exports from its Israeli route back to Syria, and use the Turkish route to promote Iranian products in Europe.

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Al Qaeda's Nusra Front in Syria raises the  jihadist flag in Aleppo
Syrian rebel factions in deals with local army commanders - both under Al Qaeda assault
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 20, 2013

Some Syrian rebel chiefs controlling Damascus outskirts are clinching private ceasefire deals with local government army officers, a trend spreading to other cities. debkafile: These local deals are evolving into joint patrols of rebel-held districts. This trend offers the prospect of wide areas seized by the rebels reverting to government control without a fight and the two camps joining forces to combat the spreading encroachments of Al Qaeda. Assad hopes he will start looking better in Washington and ease the pressure over the chemicals issue.

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Syrian army's Al Safira military base
Long Syrian convoy transports chemical arms from Al Safira to Hama
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2013

A convoy of about 100 Syrian army trucks was sighted Monday, Oct. 15, transporting a large consignment of chemical weapons from their big depot at the Al Safira military base east of Aleppo to another facility in the town of Hama, some 160 kilometers to the south, debkafile discloses. This was the first time in the more than two and-a-half years of the Syrian civil war that a large shipment of chemical weapons has been moved out of Al Safira, where also CW-capable Scud missiles are stored.

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Riyadh Moves to Sabotage US-Russian Steps on Syria and other US interests
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 11, 2013

Riyadh has gone into action to sabotage US-Russian steps in Syria and US interests in Turkey and Egypt as acts of hostility against Obama administration policies.

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Syrian tanks blast key town of Khan Arnabeh
Syrian tanks lay siege to key rebel-held town athwart Damascus-Golan highway
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2013

Large Syrian forces through Tuesday night, Oct. 8, tightened the siege on the rebel-held town of Khan Arnabeh which is the key to controlling the main highway from the capital, Damascus, to the Syrian Golan. The town is expected to fall quite soon. Its capture also provides the key to the central crossroads around the Golan town of Quneitra and will enable the Syria army to return to the UN-policed disengagement zone dividing the enclave between Syria and Israel. debkafile: The rebels are putting up no more than token resistance.

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First, Hesitant Steps toward Domestic Reconciliation Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2013

The mainstream Syrian rebel FSA is for the first time willing to discuss local ceasefires in parts of Damascus, Aleppo and Homs, with officers of Assad’s army.

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Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin
The Obama-Putin Deal Saves the Assad Regime, Drops Syrian Opposition in Limbo
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2013

DEBKA Weekly exclusively reveals the high points of the Obama-Putin-Iranian deal for Syria’s chemical weapons and its extrapolation for Iran’s nuclear program. While Obama agrees to starve the rebels of military support, he accepts massive Russian arms supplies to the Syrian army.

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Syrian rebels lose heart
Western strike force for Syria disperses. Syria launches offensive near Israeli border
DEBKAfile Special Report September 12, 2013

debkafile: The Western military armada built up opposite Syria in the past two weeks is breaking up as the US president’s resolve for military action faded under relentless pressure from Moscow. The British and French ships headed out Wednesday, Sept. 11, through the Suez Canal, and the American warships pulled back to waters between Crete and Cyprus. Obama has thus caved in on his original intention to keep the war armada in place for heat on Assad to comply with the Russian plan for the elimination of his chemical weapons.

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Barack Obama and Bashar Assad
The Pared down US "Strike" Will Leave Syrian Air Force, Arsenals and WMD Intact
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2013

By sticking to Tomahawks as the only weapon for attacking Syria, Barack Obama reduces the list of targets and leaves Assad’s chemical arsenal, missiles, air force and regime unharmed.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Moshe Ya'alon
Israel, Saudis Fear Obama's "Soft Blow" for Syria May Be Precedent for Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2013

Israelis and Saudis are concerned Obama will treat nuclear Iran as leniently as chemical Syria.

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Nerve gas reported used in Syria Aug. 21
Reported Syrian gas attack killing hundreds after first US-trained rebel incursion from Jordan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 21, 2013

Syrian opposition activists reported between 200 and 650 dead in a poison gas air strike by government forces on rebel-held areas of eastern Damascus Tuesday, Aug. 21. This has not been verified. The regime denied the accusation. debkafile reports the first major incursion Saturday, Aug. 17 of Syrian rebels from Jordan into southern Syria, after receiving US training in special operations. Bashar Assad has said that if Damascus was in danger, he would resort to chemical warfare and the entire Middle East including Israel would go up in flames.

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Abu Omar, Chechen chief of al Qaeda's North Caucasian brigade
Al Qaeda’s Chechen, Caucasian fighters win N. Syrian air base, execute captive troops
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 6, 2013

Al Qaeda fighters from Chechnya and the Caucasian seized the key northern Syrian air base of Minakh Monday, Aug. 5. debkafile: This was the first important gain by Al Qaeda’s North Caucasian brigade, Jaish al-Muhajireen wal Ansar, and its Chechen commander Abu Omar. They caught Syrian troops at the base and executed them by slashing their throats or beheading. If these jiahdists move on Syria’s borders, they will confront Israeli, Jordanian and US forces based in the Hashemite kingdom with a different and fearsome kind of terrorist savagery.

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Barack Obama
Obama’s Nod to US Military Intervention in Syria - Held Back over Dispute with Saudis and Emirates
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 2, 2013

Obama had finally approved military intervention in the Syrian conflict when the Saudis and the emirates vetoed his plans for fear they would lead to Syria’s disintegration instead of a unified Sunni state.

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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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William Burns
US, Western Policies in Disarray in Egypt and Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2013

US and EU diplomats arriving in Cairo barely received a hearing from Egypt’s generals. From Syrian rebels the US and the West heard bitter recriminations about their desertion.

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