132 articles tagged "Syrian rebels"
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Putin Is Not after a Syrian Victory, but Local Truces Ready for His New Order
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2016

Russian forces are in the middle of a major operation to seize Aleppo, imposing truces in central Syria and pummeling rebel forces in the south, in support of Syrian army, Hizballah and pro-iranian forces.

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Acrimony behind the diplomatic smiles
Iran and Russia in first major falling-out over Syrian war and Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2016

Ali Akbar Velayati, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s foreign affairs advisor, spent three days in Moscow Feb. 1-4 haranguing Russian leaders - not just on their handling of the Syrian war, but also the fate of President Bashar Assad. In his two conversations with President Vladimir Putin, Velayati demanded more inclusive Russian attacks on Syrian rebels. Putin shot back that Iran should send its own troops into the fray – not just generals. debkafile: Iran’s Guards don’t have troops available, and so the Iranian official left Moscow on a sore note.

 

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Some Israeli Generals Are Strangely Prone to “Russification”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2016

The controversy in top Israel military and defense circles centers on the advantages and dangers of Russia’s military intervention in Syria.

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US, Russia Pour Troops into Syria to Buttress their New Pact
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2016

The Russians and Americans are pouring air and ground troops into Syria to underpin their strategy for ending the Syrian war. 

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US-Russian Plan Fails to Co-opt Al Qaeda-linked Syrian Rebels
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 10, 2015

The US and Moscow set out on a new road for a political solution of the Syrian conflict and ran into their first obstacle.

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Turkey suspends flights over Syria, Russia launches electronic warfare against Ankara
DEBKAfile Special Report November 27, 2015

Russia launched electronic warfare against Turkey Friday, Nov. 27 - two days after its bombers began smashing every Turkish vehicle present in Syria and destroying their main border crossing. Their bitter verbal and military showdown spiraled to the point of Tayyip Erdogan warning Vladimir Putin “not to play with fire.” Putin refused to meet the Turkish president at the Paris climate conference until he apologizes for the downing of the Russian jet this week. The state of war between them is very real though undeclared.

 

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The SU-24 Incident: A Tool for Pushing Erdogan out of Syria, Clobbering Syrian Rebels
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 26, 2015

Putin has determined to use the Su-24 attack as a golden opportunity to achieve his goals of pushing Turkey out of Syria, cutting off the connections between the two countries and severing Syrian rebels supply routes from Turkey, exposing them inadequately armed to attack.

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Who Is Knocking off High Iranian officers in Syria?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2015

Someone is tipping off Syrian rebels on the whereabouts of Iranian officers targeted for assassination. Eighteen IRGC officers have been murdered, five just in October.

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Russia Is Still a Very Long Way from Raqqa
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2015

Putin like Obama refuses to commit his own ground troops to Syria and so while rounding up Cuban and Iranian proxy fighters, he is courting Arab sponsors of anti-Assad rebels to switch sides.

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Iran Talks with Syrian Rebels, Engineers Five New Fronts against Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2015

Tehran has opened talks with Syrian rebels, radical Palestinians, Druze and other extremists for launching two new terror fronts against Israel from the Golan and the West Bank.

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Iran: Just Give Us a Free Hand and We’ll End the Syrian War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2015

Tehran grabs the diplomatic initiative for ending the Syrian war, racing for a conclusion before Assad’s army and Hizballah buckle and Syria sinks into anarchy. Saudis, Turks and Jordanians offered extravagant lures to stay out.

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Nusra Front Wipes out a Model CIA-Trained “Moderate Syrian Rebel Force”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 6, 2015

The Nusra Front’s defeat of a CIA-trained rebel force under the command of Natim al-Hassan may deepen US intervention in the Syrian conflict.

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Gen . Qassem Soleimani on the Iraqi warfront
Khamenei sacks Qassem Soleimani from command of the Syrian war
DEBKAfile Special Report June 24, 2015

Uproar in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has relieved Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Al Qods Brigades chief and supreme commander of Iran's Middle East forces, of his Syria command after a string of fiascos. He remains in charge of Iran’s military and intelligence operations in Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon. This is revealed exclusively by debkafile. Tehran was shocked to find it was too stretched for troops and funds to uphold its commitments on four warfronts – Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon - without straining the reserves for combating a potential ISIS attack.
 

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Druze celebrate ambulance attacks
Israeli and Syrian Druze join forces - complicating Israel’s military position vis-à-vis southern Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report June 23, 2015

When Israel spokesmen stated the IDF does not assort by organization injured Syrian rebels reaching the Golan border for treatment, they found that Druze serving in Israel’s armed forces and others living in Golan villages knew better. The two groups were so incensed by such past evasions, that they came together for violent action – hence the attacks Monday, June 22, on two IDF ambulances ferrying injured Syrian rebel fighters to hospital, whom they identified as members of  the hated Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front.

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IDF ambulance after Druze attack
Druze lynch mob attacks wounded Syrians in Israeli ambulance. Two Israeli soldiers hurt
DEBKAfile Special Report June 23, 2015

Monday night, June 22, a Druze mob from the Golan village of Majdal Shams ambushed an Israeli ambulance carrying seriously injured Syrian rebel fighters to hospital, seized the vehicle and beat them up. They attacked Israeli troops who tried to intervene. One Syrian died in hospital; the second is critical. Also Monday night, in South Syria, rebel groups fell out and started killing each other. In this highly heated atmosphere, the Druze issue is being pulled into the roiling heart of the Syrian conflict.  The fallout is slipping over into Israel.

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Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt
Syrian Druze gain non-belligerence commitment from rebels under joint US-Jordanian guarantee
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 20, 2015

Jabal Druze and southern Syrian Druze leaders have reached a mutual non-belligerence understanding with the Syrian rebel militias fighting in the region, including Al Qaeda’s arm, the Nusra Front. This is reported exclusively by debkafile. The US and the King of Jordan have guaranteed the deal concluded Friday June 10. On the spot, Jordan opened a corridor for military assistance and supplies to half million Druze in mountain villages. The southern Druze pledged not to allow the 8 Druze militias loyal to Bashar Assad to operate from their territory.

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Israeli Druze watch fighting from Golan
Syrian rebel force launches offensive near Golan to clear path to S. Damascus. Israel acts to protect Druze
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 17, 2015

Jaysh Hermon (the Army of Hermon) Wednesday, June 17, launched a broad offensive on Syrian army forces in the Quneitra and Hermon sectors bordering on Israel, to capture the Syrian army’s 68th Brigade headquarters Khan al-Shih which commands the main Quneitra-Damascus highway, debkafile reports. This would clear their path to the southern suburbs of Damascus from which to encircle government troops defending the capital. The US command in Jordan warned Jaysh Hermon not to harm Syrian Druzes, as Netanyahu, Yaalon and Eisenkott interceded personally for their safety.
 

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Syrian Druze militiaman
Israel’s Druze dilemma: To arm imperiled Syrian Druze community or open door to a flood of refugees
DEBKAfile Special Report June 11, 2015

Israel has a historic commitment to its Druze citizens and so the dangers besetting more than half a million of their distressed Syrian brethren on Jabal Druze, 88 km from its border, and 38 km from Jordan, confronts the Netanyahu government with a grave dilemma. Conceding to Israeli Druze leaders’ demand to send them arms would draw Israel out of its long abstention from direct involvement in the Syrian conflict. But refusing many thousands of Druze refugees admission, if put to flight by Islamists, is not an option, which may not be precluded anyway by sending weapons.

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ISIS moves in on Syrian Kurdish town of Hasakeh
Exclusive: Tehran expected to invoke defense pact for large-scale troop deployment to Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 4, 2015

Reliable sources in Tehran expect the government to invoke the 2006 Iranian-Syrian defense pact “in the coming hours” to urgently airlift substantial numbers of Iranian troops to Syria to save Bashar Assad’s regime and his army from collapse. This is reported exclusively by debkafile. Syrian army divisions are breaking up under the ISIS assault on the northern Kurdish town of Hasakeh, and the onslaught of the Syrian opposition Army of Conquest on the southern town of Deraa. The troops are fleeing the front lines of both embattled cities.

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Is Assad Turning Coat again for a Deal with ISIS to Save His Regime?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 4, 2015

Assad has done business with Al Qaeda in the past against the US in Iraq and with fellow-Baathist Saddam Hussein’s former top general, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri.

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