162 articles tagged "Syrian war"
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The Dangerous Slide into a Five-Sided Proxy War in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015

The contest between America and Russia has begun, joined by three other combatants.

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Consistent Misreading of the Syrian Conflict Leaves Israel Sidelined by Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015

Based on wrong intelligence analyses of the Syrian conflict, the Israeli government is at a loss for a Syrian policy, giving the advantage of Iran. Against all predictions, Hizballah has shaped up from a militia to a proper army.

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Putin Agrees to Strip Assad of Powers before He Steps down
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2015

Multilateral diplomacy for resolving the Syrian war is racing ahead now that both Russia and Iran see their way to letting Assad be phased out of the Syrian presidency.

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Amid Sinking Morale, Iranians and Lebanese Ask Why Their Sons Should Die for Putin
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2015

Tehran and Hizballah face rising poplar dissent against their armies’ participation in the Syria war. Iranians question the competence of IRGC officers on the Syrian battlefield, Hizballah leaders are sending their sons abroad to dodge the draft.

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Russian Su-25 Frogfoot fighter-bombers in Syria
Israel is braced for Russian aerial intrusions over its Golan border
DEBKAfile Special Report October 9, 2015

Uncertainty hangs over Moscow’s intentions regarding its air force flights near the Israel’s Golan  border – even after two days of discussions ended in Tel Aviv Thursday, Oct. 8 between the Russian Deputy Chief of Staff Gen. Nikolay Bogdanovsky and his Israeli counterpart Maj. Gen. Yair Golan. A coordination mechanism between the two air forces was left as unfinished business for further discussion, debkafile reports. So it is still not clear to Israel what happens if Russian warplanes, while covering a Syrian-Hizballah operation in Quneitra, slip over into Israeli air space 

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Nine Russian-Iranian Operational Commands Ready for Long-Term Warfare
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2015

Nine joint commands form the backbone of the Russian-Iranian-Syrian-Iraqi war machine and cover all aspects of collaboration for a full-scale war. Iran and Russian worked out the details while nuclear negotiations were still in progress.

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Russian troops already engaged in battle against ISIS around Homs
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 17, 2015

Russia has sent the Syrian army advanced MIL MI-28 (Havoc) assault helicopters - belying one of two Moscow’s denials about its intentions in Syria, and, contrary to another denial, sophisticated Russian “mobile war rooms” and troop carriers transporting Russian marines were, according to debkafile, sighted on the Homs-Aleppo Highway 4. They were heading for battle to save beleaguered Aleppo from falling to the Islamic State. In Washington, opinions are divided over whether to accept Moscow’s proposal of military talks with the US.

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Dmitri Donskoy TK-208 submarine heads for Syria
Russian submarine with 20 ICBMs and 200 nuclear warheads is sailing to Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 7, 2015

The world’s largest submarine, the Dmitri Donskoy (TK-208), Nato-coded Typhoon, is sailing towards Syria, debkafile reports exclusively. Aboard are 20 Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles, each carrying 6-10 MIRV nuclear warheads. The Russian sub, escorted by two anti-sub warfare ships, is due to arrive in Syrian waters in 10 days time and so top up the new Russian military deployment in Syria. The coming DEBKA Weekly reveals Moscow’s operational planning for this mighty force and its potential impact on US Middle East policy – and Israel.

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Russian airborne troops for Syria
Russia gearing up to be first world power to insert ground forces into Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 1, 2015

All of the steps being taken by Russia to lay the groundwork for the intervention of its ground forces in the Syrian civil war are being carried out in coordination with the US and Iran. As their coordination tightens, so are the preparations for the first direct big-power military intervention in the Syrian war picking up speed. Those preparations were further accelerated by the ISIS advance on Aug. 31 closer to central Damascus than any anti-Assad group has ever achieved. Moscow is not ready to allow Bashar Assad’s rule to be endangered.
 

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Tehran Ready to Scrap Past Dogma for Quick Solutions to the Syrian Crisis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2015

Iran is in a hurry for a quick solution for the Syrian war and ready to give up is total support for Bashar Assad to win big power support for imposing a solution on Damascus.

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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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Bashar Assad’s Backing from Iran and His Own Sect Is Melting Away
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2015

Young Alawis are deserting the army and fleeting the country in despair from what they see as Bashar Assad’s losing battle. Iran too is sidelining the Syrian ruler.

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Embattled Zabadani on July 6
After Zarif’s visit, Hizballah troops pulled back from Zabadani in first retreat from Syrian war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2015

A 200-truck convoy rolled out of the Hizballah-Syrian positions around the strategic town of Zabadani, early Thursday, Aug. 13. debkafile: Their exit, after failing to break the Syrian rebels’ grip on the town, marked the Hizballah’s first retreat from a major Syrian battleground in the three years of its intervention in the Syrian war alongside Assad’s army. The withdrawal followed visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif’s talks in Beirut Tuesday with Hizballah chief Hassan Nasrallah and with President Bashar Assad in Damascus the next day.

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Lavrov, Kerry, Al-Jubeir at Doha
Russia and US woo Saudis to help save Assad - albeit putting Israel and Jordan in danger from S. Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report August 9, 2015

Building on the nuclear accord, the Obama administration has been in close communion with Moscow and Tehran on moves to save the Assad regime as the key to ending the Syrian conflict and a united front against the Islamic State. This initiative was to have peaked at the Doha foreign ministers’ meeting on Aug. 3, except that it was blocked by Saudi refusal to acknowledge Assad. The US and Russia hope to change Riyadh’s mind when Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir visits Moscow on Aug. 11. But then, Israel and Jordan would face great peril from southern Syria.

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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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New "ninja" uniforms for Hizballah's Radwan Force
Hizballah presses elite Radwan Force for conquering Galilee into saving stalled Zabadani battle
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 1, 2015

debkafile exclusive: On July 30, Hassan Nasrallah pressed into service the elite Hizballah Radwan Force, designed to conquer Israel’s Galilee, for extricating the combined Hizballah-Syrian armies from their month-long failure to recapture the key town of Zabadani - or even breach Al-Qaeda affiliated rebel Nusra Front defenses. This has become a make-or-break challenge for Hizballah, the test of its boasted prowess to win big battles, including a war on Israel, after failing to drive 1,200 Nusra rebels out of the 9-km sq.Zabadani arena, despite Syrian military,artillery and air support

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Despite Grave Military Reverses, the Syrian Army and Hizballah Are Not Done Yet
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2015

It has always been dangerous to predict Bashar Assad’s downfall, even now after his army and Hizballah have experienced grave military reverses. The US-backed rebels in the south are not doing too well either.

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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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Khamenei Sacks Qassem Soleimani from Command of the Syrian War Arena
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2015

The Revolutionary Guards chief Gen. Jafari convinced Khamenei that Qassem Soleimani as expert on subversion and terror was not the right general for multiple warfronts. He was vindicated by the setbacks in Syria and Iraq.

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