DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2013, 12:20 AM (GMT+02:00)
As it moves in on Syrian Kurdistan, Iran is taking all the various national Kurdish separatist movements under its wing and protection and filling its arsenals with arms and ammo.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 24, 2013, 11:31 PM (GMT+02:00)
The largest al Qaeda fighting concentration in the world is overrunning Syria, providing Bashar Assad for claiming support for his rule as the only figure capable of stemming the jihadi tide.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2013, 1:08 AM (GMT+02:00)
The mainstream Syrian rebel FSA is for the first time willing to discuss local ceasefires in parts of Damascus, Aleppo and Homs, with officers of Assad’s army.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 29, 2013, 8:08 AM (GMT+02:00)
Three months after the fall of Al Qusayr, the combined Syrian and Hizballah armies have captured the key city of Homs, 162 km northeast of Damascus. Its fall opens the way for Syrian-Hizballah forces to move in on Aleppo for a decisive victory. debkafile: Washington, Jerusalem and Ankara have run out of time for quibbling over whether to step into the Syrian conflict. The Obama administration must decide fast whether to let Assad and his Russian and Iranian backers win the Syrian civil war or stop them at Aleppo.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2013, 1:11 AM (GMT+02:00)
Pakistani Taliban operatives arrived in Syria to join the revolt against Bashar Assad only to find the rebel movement torn by internal strife and bitter over its desertion by the West and the US.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2013, 11:02 PM (GMT+02:00)
The explosions of big Syrian arsenals in Latakia are still a mystery. However, the weapons piled up for the Syrian-Hizballah Aleppo offensive were destroyed, as well as the advanced Russian Yakhon anti-ship cruise missiles.
Violent Ramadan ahead: Egypt’s army chief says no to dialogue with Brotherhood. Assad nixes ceasefire
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2013, 10:14 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Muslim Ramadan beginning in the Middle East Tuesday, July 9, heralds more, rather than less, bloodshed. After at least 51 deaths in a Cairo shootout Monday, Egypt’s military chief Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi rebuffed US efforts for national dialogue and is preparing rapid action to meet the Muslim Brotherhood’s “intifada” in Egyptian towns and Sinai. Iran and Russia are rushing military supplies to Bashar Assad, who is pressing ahead with his projected Syrian-Hizballah battle for Aleppo after rejecting a Ramadan ceasefire.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2013, 11:52 PM (GMT+02:00)
Rebel factions in Aleppo are deeply fractured and disorganized. They say promised US weapons never arrived. Assad plans to stage a terrorist campaign against Israel from the Golan to steal attention from expected atrocities for conquering Aleppo.
Lavrov: Russia will honor its S-300 missile contract with Damascus. Two Russian warships head for Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report June 21, 2013, 9:47 AM (GMT+02:00)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday, June 20, that Moscow will honor its controversial contract to deliver S-300 air defense missile systems to Syria. He spoke the day after the announcement that two warships carrying 600 Russian marines were heading for Syria "to protect the Russian citizens there” along, with air force cover “as needed.” debkafile: Russia and the West are pumping more arms into Syria ahead of the decisive battle for Aleppo between the HIzballah-backed Syrian army and heavily mobilized rebel forces.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2013, 12:12 AM (GMT+02:00)
In the five months up to the next Obama-Putin encounter, Washington and Moscow will pump up their military investment in either side of the Syrian conflict in the hope of tipping the scales.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2013, 12:12 AM (GMT+02:00)
More than 35 flights flew weapons to the Syrian rebels through Turkey over the weekend before the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland. The first deliveries of heavy weapons caused the Syrian army to hold up its assault on Aleppo because its tanks needed extra armor to withstand the new missiles.
DEBKAfile Special Report June 14, 2013, 5:53 AM (GMT+02:00)
The White House said Friday that the US would provide “direct military support” for the first time to the Syrian opposition after obtaining proof that the Syrian government had used the chemical weapon sarin against rebel forces. The nature of the package was not specified. The rebels responded to this apparent evasion by demanding anti-aircraft and other advanced arms against deadly Syrian air bombardments. An earlier White House statement amounted to President Barack Obama’s refusal to step in to save Aleppo and Idlib from a decisive Syrian army defeat.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2013, 10:20 PM (GMT+02:00)
The battle for Aleppo opened up the last window for US to influence the course of the Syrian war by establishing a limited no-fly zone over the battle arena to deprive the Syrian army of air support. This too was rejected Thursday by Barack Obama.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 14, 2012, 12:44 AM (GMT+02:00)
Moscow is looking ahead to the post-Assad era and planning to set up permanent military enclaves at Damascus and Aleppo airports.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 10, 2012, 12:47 AM (GMT+02:00)
Syrian rebels were stretched too thin and short of arms for winning Aleppo or for using Syrian army withdrawals from the rest of the country to establish safe havens. The opted for winning Aleppo – and have mostly likely lost.
DEBKAfile Special Report August 4, 2012, 4:04 PM (GMT+02:00)
Day by day, new Syrian militias spring up to fight the Assad regime – five in the last 48 hours. They fall into three main categories: a Syrian ethnic minority or another – Kurdish, Turkmen and Muslim Brothers; Islamists streaming in from Libya, the Gaza Strip and Sinai; or rebels groups armed and backed by Arab and Muslim intelligence bodies. US intelligence predicts their number will rise to 100 in weeks. Saturday, MiG fighter jets went into action against rebel positions in Aleppo to break the tie in fighting.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 3, 2012, 12:43 AM (GMT+02:00)
Assad hastened to redeploy his tank forces to block rebel control of the strategic highway and smash through the Aleppo districts harboring rebel forces.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 30, 2012, 10:19 AM (GMT+02:00)
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta commented Monday, July 30 on his way to the Middle East that the assault on Aleppo, “will ultimately be another nail in Assad’s coffin.” He spoke after the Free Syrian Army’s Saudi and Qatari intelligence backers based in Apaydin, Turkey, admitted that the ferocious Syrian government onslaught had derailed for now their safe haven scheme for the Aleppo region which was to have housed the FSA forward command and a Benghazi-style transitional government. Rebel-held Salaheddin has fallen.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 8, 2011, 6:26 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Syrian ruler has ordered his military chiefs to get set to launch their biggest operation to destroy the protest movement bedeviling his regime for nearly six months, debkafile's military sources report exclusively. All units are deployed on full preparedness around the protest centers for coordinated strikes in the coming days and all leaves cancelled.The five divisions posted on the Israeli border have been pulled back. Aleppo has staged its first major anti-Assad rally.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 28, 2011, 11:09 PM (GMT+02:00)
The big drug transit center in the Syrian town of Aleppo run jointly by the Assad regime and Hizballah keeps the city from joining the popular uprising for fear of extreme punishment that stops at nothing. The protesters struck at Assad's thriving drug trade only once by derailing a ...