378 articles tagged "Vladimir Putin"
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Putin shortlists candidates to succeed Bashar Assad
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly February 2, 2016

The Syrian peace conference in Geneva has only one real task: to rubberstamp the quiet deals Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have struck for ending the Syrian war. Their pact was first revealed in last week’s DEBKA Weekly. The current issue out this Friday has the sequel, which exclusively covers Putin’s next steps. He is already studying a short list of candidates as Bashar Assad's successor. This issue also reveals US-Russian plans for eradicating ISIS by the targeted date of July 1.
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Secret Obama-Putin Entente to Enforce Syria Solution - Minus Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2016

The accord reached by Obama and Putin to end the Syrian war by forcing all the parties into line is the first dual superpower effort to solve a major Middle East crisis. Both sides made concessions, one of which was Russia’s consent to push Bashar Assad out.

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No Leeway for Turkey and Gulf Nations in Obama-Putin Pact for Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2016

Turkish and Gulf rulers were clearly hostile to the US-Russian blueprint for Syria presented them this week by VP Biden and Secretary Kerry, especially since they were sidelined by the dominant Russian military role.

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Gen. Dvornikov: Russia’s combined C-in-C and top diplomat in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2016

In his Damascus posting, Gen. Alexander Dvornikov has been given control of the twin Russian commands in Damascus and Baghdad. They function as two halves of the same war room. They are fully coordinated under a single overall commander, enabling the Russian general to stay on top of events and in control of decisions 24/7. This is a key position of enormous authority and extreme diplomatic sensitivity. The Saudis see him as major foe, while the Iranians resent Moscow’s understandings with Israel. 

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Nasrallah Threatens Israel with War to Disrupt Moscow’s Plans for Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2015

The Samir Quntar hit showed Nasrallah that he has no Russian shield in Syria and his own fate may be up for grabs if Tehran had to choose between him and Assad.

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Putin Tries to Browbeat Netanyahu into Submission on S. Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2015

Russian-Israeli air force coordination went swimmingly until Moscow turned the screw on Netanyahu this week to force him to get out of the way of Putin’s plans for South Syria.

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Assad again controls Damascus thanks to Russian air strikes and intelligence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 26, 2015

Bashar Assad was given a big break by the Russian air strike that Friday, Dec. 25, killed Zahran Aloush, founder of the most powerful Syrian rebel group Jaysh al-Islam and his deputy.
It was a grave loss for the Syrian rebels fighting the Assad regime and will accelerate the breakup of their strongholds in and around Damascus, as well as hastening the removal of thousands of rebels from the capital under a UN-sponsored ceasefire. The UN also plans to evacuate several thousands ISIS fighters to Raqqa.

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Obama “Rewrites” His Role in Deposing Egypt’s Mubarak
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2015

Obama has tried unsuccessfully to gloss over his role in the Arab Spring ouster of Mubarak in 2012. But he can’t escape its consequences in the turbulence and strife of 2015

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Gen. Alexander Dvornikov
Introducing Col. Gen. Alexander Dvornikov, C-in-C of Russian Forces in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2015

Putin chose this ground forces commander as chief of Russian military operations in Syria and Iraq - both as a trusted longstanding associate and because he plans Russian ground troops to be involved in his massive intervention in the war.

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US bows to Russian demand to keep Assad in office. Israel follows suit
DEBKAfile Special Report December 16, 2015

After two tries, US Secretary of State John Kerry finally turned President Barack Obama away from his insistence that Bashar Assad must go before the Syrian conflict can end. Tuesday night, Dec. 15, the Secretary announced in Moscow: “The United States and our partners are not seeking so-called regime change.” debkafile: Washington yielded to Moscow three days before a major international conference on Syria takes place in New York. But the US also yielded to Tehran, when the UN nuclear watchdog's board in Vienna closed its investigation into whether Iran sought atomic weapons. 

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First US Air Base in Syria: The Game Changer Left out of Obama’s Speech
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 10, 2015

The US is building its first air base on Syrian soil at the disused Abu Hajar airport in northern Kurdish territory. It will reduce flying time for air strikes against the ISIS capitals, Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.

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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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The Secret Euphrates Pact between Obama and Putin
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2015

Both the US and Russian presidents opted to take charge of Kurdish areas in Syria and Iraq, using the Euphrates as the dividing line between them.

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Russians and Israelis Fly Alone over Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2015

Coalition forces have resumed air strikes on the eastern edges of Syria to stay out of range of the Russian S-400 missiles. Russia and Israel alone are free to fly over Syria by mutual agreement.

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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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Russia Races Fast Forward with Iran to Dominate Syria and Iraq
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 26, 2015

Believing he was cheated by Obama, Putin has joined up with Tehran to seize control of Syria and Iraq at the expense of American interests.

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Egyptian Army Officer Deserters Orchestrated the Russian Airliner Disaster
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 26, 2015

A small group of renegade Egyptian officers of high rank who found shelter with Sinai Bedouin were paid millions of dollars to orchestrate the bombing of the Russian airliner by planting a time bomb aboard.

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French anti-terror police
Hollande, Obama lack the troops and will for total war on ISIS. Mid East rulers are even more reluctant
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 16, 2015

When French President Francois Hollande declared war on ISIS and called the attack in Paris an “act of war,” he gave the terrorist organization’s leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi an unexpected boost: respect as a head of state. US President Barack Obama was more cautious, declaring at the G-20 summit in Antalya that his country and France would fight together against terror, without specifying how. That is because no ruler of any Muslim country has dared declare total war on ISIS, or wants to do so, and no Arab army is able or willing to undertake this war. 

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US and Israel on Tenterhooks for Putin’s Reaction to Israeli Air Strikes near Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 12, 2015

Two days after Obama and Netanyahu reached understandings on Syria, the Israeli Air force struck near Damascus, targeting Iran and shaking the Assad regime. This was a challenge to Putin and a test of those new understandings.

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St. Petersburg mourns air disaster victims
Putin halts flights to Egypt until “true causes” known for Metrojet crash
DEBKAfile Special Report November 6, 2015

President Vladi­mir Putin halted all Russian flights to Egypt Friday, Nov. 6, “until we know the true causes of the incident” .i.e. the cause of the Russian Metrojet flight crash over Sinai Saturday which killed all 224 people aboard. Several European and Gulf Arab governments suspended flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, but Russia was the first to halt all outbound flights to Egypt. debkafile: Moscow broke ranks with Cairo over playing down the terrorist factor in the face of compelling evidence of an explosion collected by Russian investigators.

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