349 articles tagged "Vladimir Putin"
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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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Moscow and Egypt Part Company in Responses to the Islamist Challenge
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015

ISIS targeted and struck two foes, Russia and Egypt, with a single Russian-made missile. Neither wants to admit this. The Islamists fearing retribution went to ground after shooting down the Russian airliner, but there was none.

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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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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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Obama and Putin in Secret Deals on Assad’s Removal from Power, Collaboration against ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2015

Moscow and Iran agree to Assad’s phased exit after secret collaboration understandings are reached between Obama and Putin to fight ISIS together.

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Russian Military Intervention in Syria Is Short of Top-of-Line Weaponry
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2015

Russia’s military expedition to Syria has not got very far. It is held back by a shortage of advanced weapons and outdated aerial warfare tactics.

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Russia Is Still a Very Long Way from Raqqa
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2015

Putin like Obama refuses to commit his own ground troops to Syria and so while rounding up Cuban and Iranian proxy fighters, he is courting Arab sponsors of anti-Assad rebels to switch sides.

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Cuban Troops Join Iranian Guards in Russian-led Battle to Capture Ghab Plain
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2015

Putin has gathered in fighting proxies for Syria from Cuba to augment Iranian, Syrian and Hizballah troops ready for the major Ghab offensive now in preparation.

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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.

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