221 articles tagged "Turkey"
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USS Abraham Lincoln
Tehran Suspects the US-Israel Rift Is a Subterfuge
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 20, 2012, 12:18 AM (GMT+02:00)

Iran will avoid a full-dress confrontation with superior US military might and trust to pinpoint harassment and provocations to carry the day. Tehran believes the apparent US-Israeli rift it’s a subterfuge to camouflage US-Israel war preparations against its nuclear sites.

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Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Al Qods commander
Iran's Al Qods cells for Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kuwait to hit oil and US targets
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 18, 2012, 10:39 AM (GMT+02:00)

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Turkey have alerted Washington to intelligence reports that Iranian Al Qods Brigades operatives are heading their way to blow up oil installations and American targets. They ask how the US intends to respond. For the second time in a week, a US spokesman Washington disclosed Jan 17 that Al Qods commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani secretly visited Damascus. debkafile reports: Part of his mission was to synchronize these Al Qods attacks with backing for Assad's crackdown on protest.

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Turkish FM Davutoglu with Iranian President Ahmadinejad
Turkey halts Iranian arms corridor to Syria, balks at nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 12, 2012, 10:46 AM (GMT+02:00)

When IDF Military Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi accused Iran and Hizballah Wednesday, Jan. 11of of supplying Bashar Assad with arms for suppressing protest, Turkey had just closed the Iranian corridor carrying those arms through its territory after its contribution to the Syrian army's success in beating down Hama, Homs and Idlib. debkafile discloses that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also warned Tehran that Ankara would not tolerate a nuclear Iran. It would retaliate by posting NATO troops on the Iranian border.

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Israeli Eitan drone
Israeli drone over Turkish-Syrian border. Battles in Syrian-Jordanian-Israeli border triangle
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 4, 2012, 11:48 AM (GMT+02:00)

Military tensions are building up around Syria's borders. Wednesday, Jan. 4, Turkish military sources reported an Israeli Eitan drone hovering for four hours over the Turkish Hawk Brigade 14 stationed on the Syrian border at Kirikhan in the Hatay district – the expected jumping-off point for any foreign military intervention in Syria.  In the south, fierce battles raged Tuesday, Jan. 3 between Syrian troops and the mutinous 38th Mechanized Brigade in the Syrian-Jordanian-Israeli border triangle. Sounds of gunfire were heard in Israel.

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The Cypriot and Israeli gas fields
Turkish warships shell narrow water between Israeli and Cypriot gas fields
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2011, 2:30 PM (GMT+02:00)

Cypriot President Demetris Christofias has warned Turkey to stop its warships shelling the strip of water dividing the Cypriot and Israeli gas exploration zones in the eastern Mediterranean.
debkafile's military forces report that Wednesday, Dec. 21, Turkish warships began turning their guns on the narrow strip dividing Israel's Leviathan gas field from Block 12 of Cyprus's Exclusive Economic Zone-EEZ. Estimates of the sizes of the two fields have been substantially upped of late. Both see prospects of becoming major gas suppliers to Europe.

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Tayyp Erdogan
For Obama, Loss of Senior Middle East Ally Comes at a Bad Time
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 22, 2011, 11:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

As news of Erdogan's grave illness trickles out, will Obama find a new Middle East partner to replace the pro-Western democratic Islamic ruler he chose as a model for Muslim rulers in the Arab world?

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NATO Airlifts Libyans to Rebels, Russia Feeds Intel to Syrian Ruler
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 22, 2011, 11:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

As NATO cargo planes airlifted Libyan fighters to join the anti-Assad Free Syrian Army units in Turkey, Syrian forces armed with Russian spy satellite intelligence waylaid FSA rebels and deserters, killing them where they stood. A large-scale exercise prepares Syrian army to repel a combined offensive.

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Leon Panetta signals new US Iran policy
Panetta: Iran is just months away from a nuke - a red line for US and Israel
DEBKAfile Special Report December 20, 2011, 11:43 AM (GMT+02:00)

"Despite the efforts to disrupt the Iranian nuclear program, they have reached a point where they can assemble a bomb in a year or potentially less," said US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in a CBS interview Tuesday, Dec. 20 marking a radical change in US administration policy. "That's a red line for us and that's a red line, obviously, for the Israelis," he said. Instead of warning Israel against striking Iran, Panetta said: "If we have to do it we will deal with it."

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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan
Erdogan's illness impacts events around Syria and Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 18, 2011, 10:48 PM (GMT+02:00)

Extreme concern was quietly voiced Sunday, Dec. 18, by American and European official circles over the state of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's health – and especially its impact on present and impending events in Syria and other parts of the Middle East, including Iran, debkafile's Western intelligence sources report. Those sources say Erdogan is suffering from Rectosigmoid cancer. The prolonged treatment he needs is already affecting policy-making and has sparked the first signs of a power struggle within his ruling AKP party.
 

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L-300P Bastion carrying Yakhont
Syria deploys Russian anti-sea missiles on coast, Scuds on Turkish border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 16, 2011, 2:06 PM (GMT+02:00)

Expanded Russian military support for the Assad regime was underscored by the deployment Friday, Dec. 16, of advanced Moscow-supplied Yakhont (SSN-26) shore-to-sea missiles along Syria's Mediterranean shore to fend off a potential invasion by sea. Last week, Russia airlifted to Syria 3 million face masks against chemical and biological weapons; and the Admiral Kutznetsov strike group headed out to Syria's Mediterranean port of Tartus. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Ankara; Syrian Vice President Farouk a-Shara in Moscow.

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Damascus Places Scud Missiles on Turkish Border, Orders 3 Million WMD Masks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 15, 2011, 11:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

Syria has moved Scud missiles, some tipped with chemical warheads, to its border with Turkey, reinforced its tank units on the Jordanian border and airlifted from Russia three million face masks against chemical and biological weapons.

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Joe Biden
Secret US Headquarters for Toppling Assad at Gaziantep, Turkey
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 15, 2011, 11:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

President Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan have developed relations of mutual trust which allowed the US to set up its headquarters for the campaign to oust Bashar Assad in southwest Turkey. The next US-inspired step is to foment a campaign of civil obedience against the Assad regime, starting ...

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Protesters hang Assad in effigy
US has secret plan for Bashar Assad's ouster
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly December 13, 2011, 12:00 PM (GMT+02:00)

By deploying US troops on the Jordanian-Syrian border, the Obama administration played the last piece of its master game for Bashar Assad's ouster – in conjunction with Turkey, France, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Qatar. DEBKA-Net-Weekly's latest issue out Friday offers glimpses of covert US action in Syria alongside counter-steps pursued by Damascus, Tehran and Hizballah.
The next in our series of US RQ-170 exclusives reveals not just how Iran tampered with the stealth drone technology but also with the satellite controlling it.

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Western-Arab Military Intervention in Syria Has Begun
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 1, 2011, 10:35 PM (GMT+02:00)

Small Western special forces units have begun filtering into Syria to prepare the ground for a major military operation by the US, several more NATO members and Gulf emirates, to captured northern Syria and use it as a beachhead to eventually dominate the rest of the country.

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Israel military post on Lebanese border
Katyusha fire on Israel was Syrian warning. Turkey ready for any scenario
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 29, 2011, 2:39 PM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile reports that the Katyusha rocket volley from S. Lebanon which hit Galilee in northern Israel in the small hours of Tuesday, Nov. 29, was initiated by Hizballah commanders in South Lebanon, although claimed by the al Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades. Hizballah activated a Palestinian cell it controls in the Ain Hilwa refugee camp on behalf of its Damascus ally, after a group of NATO and Arab officers quietly established a command in Turkey for intervention in the Syrian crisis.

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Russian Yakhont blockade breaker
Arab sanctions find Syria's 7 neighbors on alert. Russian missiles for Assad
DEBKAfile Special Report November 27, 2011, 6:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

Twenty-four hours before the Arab League Sunday, Nov. 27, clamped down sanctions on the Assad regime, the first ever against a member state, the armies of Syria's seven neighbors were already scrambling into position on standby for retaliation. debkafile: Israeli armored brigades moved up to the Lebanese and Syrian borders; Ankara placed three armored brigades, its air force and navy on the ready, likewise Hizballah and the Lebanese and Jordanian armed forces. Russia is sending Bashar Assad siege-breaking missiles.

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The USS Bush enters Syrian waters
US carrier strike force enters Syrian waters. Russian carrier en route
DEBKAfile Special Report November 26, 2011, 11:33 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Syrian crisis assumed a big power dimension this week with the build-up of rival US and Russian air carrier armadas in Syrian waters – ranged against and in support of Bashar Assad, debkafile's military sources report. The USS George H.W. Bush arrived Wednesday, Nov. 23, with 70 fighter-bombers and 8 guided missile cruisers and destroyers. Russia's only air carrier the Admiral Kuznetsov is due in mid-week to boost the three Russian warships already anchored off the Syrian port of Tartus.

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The Civil War in Syria Becomes a Duel among World Powers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 18, 2011, 12:48 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Arab League was not first to make the Syrian crisis a regional concern. Big power rivalry got there first. The US and France, like the Sunni rulers, seek Bashar Assad's downfall, while Russia and China are propping him up as their firewall for the Islamic regime in Tehran.

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Assad as the angel of death
Syrian army deserters strike first big security facility at heart of Assad regime
DEBKAfile Special Report November 16, 2011, 12:59 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Assad regime suffered a shock Wednesday Nov.16 when self-styled "Free Syrian Army" deserters firing shoulder-borne rockets and heavy machine guns struck its biggest security complex at Harasta west of Damascus. This was the first rebel attack on a major strategic target and a potential game-changer. debkafile: It was undoubtedly part of a well-laid plan drawn up by Turkey, the Persian Gulf states led by Saudi Arabia and Qatar and Jordan to topple Iran's closest ally, Bashar Assad.

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Syrian soldiers mining Lebanese border
Syria sows mines along Lebanese, Jordanian, Turkish borders
DEBKAfile Special Report October 28, 2011, 10:06 AM (GMT+02:00)

In the last 48 hours, the Syrian engineering corps has laid minefields along the Jordanian, Turkish borders to cut down on the influx of weapons and armed manpower supporting the anti-Assad opposition and the outflow of army deserters.  debkafile's military sources add: By this action, Syria also aims to seal itself off against foreign military intervention. Since Muammar Qaddafi's death, Bashar Assad fears he is facing Arab military incursions backed by NATO.

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