76 articles tagged "Syrian rebels"
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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, 11:53 PM (GMT+02:00)

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, 10:52 PM (GMT+02:00)

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, 12:44 AM (GMT+02:00)

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, 12:44 AM (GMT+02:00)

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, 12:41 PM (GMT+02:00)

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, 3:15 PM (GMT+02:00)

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, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)

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, 1:11 AM (GMT+02:00)

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, 1:11 AM (GMT+02:00)

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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Gen. Abdul al Aygedi
Assad Set for Two Simultaneous Warfronts: Aleppo and Golan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2013, 11:52 PM (GMT+02:00)

Rebel factions in Aleppo are deeply fractured and disorganized. They say promised US weapons never arrived. Assad plans to stage a terrorist campaign against Israel from the Golan to steal attention from expected atrocities for conquering Aleppo.

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Tayyip Erdogan's U-turn on Syria
US troop buildup in Jordan after Turkey shuts US-NATO arms corridor to Syrian rebels
DEBKAfile Special Report June 22, 2013, 5:44 AM (GMT+02:00)

The US decision to upgrade Syrian rebel weaponry has run into a major impediment. debkafile reveals that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan informed President Barack Obama Wednesday, June 19, of his sudden decision to shut down the Turkish corridor for the transfer of US and NATO arms to the Syrian rebels. This will leave the Syrian rebels fighting in Aleppo virtually high and dry. Against this background, the US President decided Friday, June 22, to deploy another 700 combat-equipped American military personnel in Jordan.

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Russian S-300 anti-air missiles
Lavrov: Russia will honor its S-300 missile contract with Damascus. Two Russian warships head for Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report June 21, 2013, 9:47 AM (GMT+02:00)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday, June 20, that Moscow will honor its controversial contract to deliver S-300 air defense missile systems to Syria. He spoke the day after the announcement that two warships carrying 600 Russian marines were heading for Syria "to protect the Russian citizens there” along, with air force cover “as needed.” debkafile: Russia and the West are pumping more arms into Syria ahead of the decisive battle for Aleppo between the HIzballah-backed Syrian army and heavily mobilized rebel forces.

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Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin
Buildup for a US-Russian Military Clash in Syria, With Violent Side-Effects for Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2013, 12:12 AM (GMT+02:00)

In the five months up to the next Obama-Putin encounter, Washington and Moscow will pump up their military investment in either side of the Syrian conflict in the hope of tipping the scales.

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At odds on Syria
First European & NATO heavy arms for Syrian rebels. Russian reprisal expected
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.

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Chemical canister landing in Saraqeb, Idlib
Hizballah units near Golan. Some receive “limited-use” chemical arms
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

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Bashar Assad
US Set to Aid Syrian Rebels. Russians Contrive Military Intervention
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.

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Iraqi troops provide service for Bashar Assad
First clash between Syrian rebels and Iraqi soldiers. Baghdad bankrolls Assad’s war
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.

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Why an International Syria Conference Can’t Succeed
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.

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Syrian forces seize al-Qusayr
Syrian-Hizballah’s capture of Qusayr opens direct weapons route to Lebanon
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.

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Israeli field hospital on Golan
Israeli- and Hizballah-controlled enclaves inside Syria
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.

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