289 articles tagged "Turkey"
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Russia “Makes the Weather” in Syria under Deal with US
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2016

Putin’s “ceasefire” military plans bring the Syrian army and Hizballah ever closer to the Turkish border and will repeat the same exercise for asserting control of the Israeli border in the south.

Putin’s Double Game: Yes to Syrian Ceasefire – No to Halting Russian-led Offensive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2016

Putin, Rouhani and Assad plan to use the Syrian ceasefire loophole for further conquests. Their next targets are Idlib in the north, on the Turkish border and completing the takeover of the Syrian-Israeli and Syrian-Jordanian border strips in the South.

Turkey and Saudi Arabia Talk Big, But Are Peripheral to Syrian Crisis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2016

Obama and Putin have no intention of cutting Turkey and Saudi Arabia into their joint plans for the Syrian military conflict or future. Erdogan, while bitterly opposed to their sponsorship of the Kurds, will think twice before stepping into Syria.

Russian-Turkish clash building up over Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report February 14, 2016

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan clearly took a calculated risk when he ordered a two-hour cross-border artillery bombardment Saturday, Feb. 13 of Syrian army forces positioned around the northern Syrian town of Azaz and the Kurdish YPG militia units which two days earlier took control of the former Syrian military air base of Minagh some six kilometers from the Turkish border. All eyes are now on Moscow. Much depends on Russia’s comeback for the artillery bombardment of its Syrian and Kurdish allies. It is up to Putin to decide when and how to strike back – if at all.

Massive foreign buildup in northern Syria
A new US-Russian-Turkish military buildup over Syria: In unison or at odds?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 25, 2016

The US and Russia are in the process of a military buildup in the Kurdish areas of northern Syria. It is ranged along a narrow strip of land 85 km long, stretching from Hassakeh in the east up to the Kurdish town of Qamishli on the Syrian-Turkish border. Facing them from across that border is a parallel buildup of Turkish strength. This highly-charged convergence of three foreign armies along a tense borderland is reported here by debkafile’s military sources. It is too soon to determine whether the three are operating in sync or at odds.

Russia Prepares to Make Syria an “Anti-Access/Area Denial” Space
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2016

Russia is preparing an anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) space for Syria. It consists of layer upon layer of overlapping sophisticated and lethal surface-to-air missile systems. Moscow is also planning to strengthen the Syrian-Turkish border defenses.

The battles in N. Syria will determine the fate of the peace process
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 21, 2015

The northern Syria battlefield close to the Turkish border will have a greater impact on determining Syria’s future than any Security Council resolution. A very large mixed bag of combatants consists of Russia, the Kurdish YPG militia, most of the important rebel groups - including radical Sunni organizations tied to Al Qaeda, such as the Nusra Front and Ahram al-Sham - not to mention Iran and Shiite Hizballah and the jihadist Islamic State. So long as no one gains the upper hand, there will be progress in the talks starting next month for ending the war.

Russia Also Grinds the Chinese Axe by Targeting Uyghurs in Syria. Ankara’s Stake
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2015

While China joins Russian forces in the Syrian war to seek out Uyghur jihadists fighting with Nusra Front and ISIS, Turkey builds up the Uyghur settlement in Syria with a view to annexation.

Moscow Stretches its Syrian ‘Defensive Bubble’ in Latakia - Like Kaliningrad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2015

Russian warplanes’ breaches of Turkish airspace were no accident, but part of Putin’s strategy for stretching the Russian “defensive bubble” in Latakia, as in Kaliningrad.

Stabilize Assad, Assert Control of Aleppo, Fight ISIS, Destroy Chechens
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2015

The Russian force’s missions are to stabilize the Assad regime by bolstering his flagging military on all warfronts in collaboration with Iran, while attacking all rebel forces, especially those with Chechen fighters.

Russian Gazprom Nears Takeover of Mediterranean Gas Pipeline Project
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2015

A new consortium is taking shape for building a Mediterranean gas pipeline linking Israel, Turkey Cyprus and possibly Italy. Gazprom has a good chance to take over investment and security.

Wrangling over Targets Brings Havoc to the US-Turkish Campaign against ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2015

The campaign against ISIS launched by the US and Turkey is running into havoc because Washington and Ankara are at cross-purposes on targets, with Ankara using it to hit Kurds.

Assad finds a winning streak
Assad in a position of strength after Vienna deal with Iran. Tehran revitalizes his depleted army
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 27, 2015

Syrian President Bashar Assad, in his first public speech in a year, Sunday, July 26, could afford to admit to loss of territory, after being handed Iran’s new rehabilitation plan for his army, debkafile reveals. Divisions and brigades are rebuilt into three armored commando super-divisions, one each for the northern, southern and Damascus fronts. The 4th Division would still defend Damascus. The 14th Division of Special Forces gets fresh officers under Iranian commanders. The US-Tehran nuclear accord effectively brings an Iranian military presence ever closer to the borders of Israel and Jordan

To gratify Tehran and Moscow, new US-Turkish anti-ISIS war campaign in Syria skirts Assad’s forces
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 25, 2015

After hree rounds of Turkish bombing attacks on the Islamic State in northern Syria, Ankara and Washington agreed Saturday, July 25, to name the security zone covered by a “partial no fly zone” they had declared in northern Syria the “Islamic State free zone.” This name represents a US-Turkish concession to Iran of immunity for its allies, Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hizballah, in order to gain Tehran’s cooperation in the campaign against ISIS. This deal advances Syrian-Hizballah hold on northern Syria against Islamist assaults, but drops the Kurds by the wayside.


F-16 warplane in action against ISIS
Jordan launches war on ISIS in Iraq, Turkish warplanes hit ISIS in Syria. US, Israel involved in both ops
DEBKAfile Special Report July 24, 2015

The Middle East woke up Friday, July 24, to two new, fully-fledged wars launched by Jordan and Turkey against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as its forces advanced on their borders. The US and Israel are involved in both campaigns. Jordanian armored, commando and air forces are already operating deep inside Iraq, aided by Cobra helicopters provided by Israel, while Friday morning, Turkey conducted its first cross-border air strike against ISIS targets in Syria. Both governments also carried mass arrests of suspected Islamist terrorists.

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.

Turkey and Jordan said preparing buffer zones inside Syria. Israeli air support mooted. Putin issues warning
DEBKAfile Special Report June 30, 2015

Turkish and Jordanian armies were reported on June 30 to be getting ready to cross into Syria and set up security buffer zones – to fight ISIS, oppose the Assad regime and stem the never-ending flow of refugees. It is not clear if they are coordinated. Turkey has prepared 18,000 troops for the operation. Its air force is to impose a no-fly zone against Syrian flights. The Jordanian army is also on the ready to go in and said to be seeking Israel’s air force participation for air cover and a parallel no-fly zone in the south.

How Iran’s Cyber Warriors Blacked out Turkey’s Cities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 2, 2015

Iran displayed exceptional cyber war skills by blacking out most of Turkey’s cities for twelve hours to punish Turkey for his policy shift towards the Saudi-led Sunni coalition.

King Salman and Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey joins Saudi-Pakistani Sunni Nuclear Partnership versus Iran’s Shiite Nuke
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 5, 2015

The Turkish and Pakistani prime ministers have worked on details of nuclear-sharing and military collaboration among the three Sunni powers initiated by Saudi King Salman to counter Iran’s drive for Shiite domination.

Mid East Shakeup Leaves Egypt and Israel Out on a Limb, Giving ISIS Benefits
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2015

Egypt and Israel are left out on a limb by the Saudi king Salman’s defection to supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and dialogue with Ankara, rather than helping Cairo to stand up to the new ISIS threat from next-door Libya and backing Egypt and Israel against Iran.

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