366 articles tagged "Bashar Assad"
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Russian airborne troops for Syria
Russia gearing up to be first world power to insert ground forces into Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 1, 2015

All of the steps being taken by Russia to lay the groundwork for the intervention of its ground forces in the Syrian civil war are being carried out in coordination with the US and Iran. As their coordination tightens, so are the preparations for the first direct big-power military intervention in the Syrian war picking up speed. Those preparations were further accelerated by the ISIS advance on Aug. 31 closer to central Damascus than any anti-Assad group has ever achieved. Moscow is not ready to allow Bashar Assad’s rule to be endangered.
 

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Egyptian-made missile in Zabadani
Egypt sends Assad secret arms aid, including missiles, with Russian funding
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2015

Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi has begun supplying Bashar Assad’s army with weapons, including missiles, after concluding a secret deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his consent to pick up the tab, debkafile reveals. The first batch of short-range Egyptian-made surface missiles has reached the Syrian forces battling rebels over the strategic town of Zabadani. (See picture.)  Ukrainian freighters are making the deliveries. The El-Sisi-Putin deal marks a certain parting of the ways between Moscow and Tehran on Syrian policy.

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ISIS "mobile defense SVBIED" in action in Iraq
Resolving the Syrian war is not the silver bullet for stopping ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 29, 2015

Ongoing world power talks on ways to stop ISIS are stumped, as they move next week from Moscow to Washington. Vladimir Putin last week offered three worried Arab leaders nuclear reactors and other aid, but in plans for ending the Syrian war - on which they pinned high hopes – no silver bullet was found for stopping the inexorable Islamist advance. When Barack Obama meets Saudi King Salman in Washington next week, he will not find a customer to buy his reliance on Iran, which has failed to pull the anti-terror wagon out of the mud.

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Tehran Ready to Scrap Past Dogma for Quick Solutions to the Syrian Crisis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2015

Iran is in a hurry for a quick solution for the Syrian war and ready to give up is total support for Bashar Assad to win big power support for imposing a solution on Damascus.

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Kurdish PKK Command Bolts from Qandil to Iran, Gives Tehran a Coup
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2015

Tehran has scooped Turkey and the US on the Kurdish issue by engineering a moonlight flit from their northern Iraqi bases and command centers to Iran, thus grabbing control of the central Kurdish issue.

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Bashar Assad’s Backing from Iran and His Own Sect Is Melting Away
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2015

Young Alawis are deserting the army and fleeting the country in despair from what they see as Bashar Assad’s losing battle. Iran too is sidelining the Syrian ruler.

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Russian MiG-31 interceptors
Six Russian MiG-31 interceptor aircraft land in Damascus to rescue Assad regime
DEBKAfile Special Report August 18, 2015

Six Russian MiG-31 Foxhound interceptor aircraft from Moscow landed Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Mezze Airbase in Damascus international airport, debkafile discloses. They were followed shortly after by giant An-124 Condor transports carrying 1,000 Kornet-9M133 third-generation anti-tank guided missiles. This airlift to Damascus betokens Moscow’s continued support for the Syrian ruler against peace plans currently afloat which all entail his removal, and is a move to block US-Turkish plans for a no-fly zone over Syria or any other direct intervention.

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Embattled Zabadani on July 6
After Zarif’s visit, Hizballah troops pulled back from Zabadani in first retreat from Syrian war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2015

A 200-truck convoy rolled out of the Hizballah-Syrian positions around the strategic town of Zabadani, early Thursday, Aug. 13. debkafile: Their exit, after failing to break the Syrian rebels’ grip on the town, marked the Hizballah’s first retreat from a major Syrian battleground in the three years of its intervention in the Syrian war alongside Assad’s army. The withdrawal followed visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif’s talks in Beirut Tuesday with Hizballah chief Hassan Nasrallah and with President Bashar Assad in Damascus the next day.

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Obama Puts Moscow & Iran at Helm of Their Next Mid East Venture. Saudis Opt out
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2015

The US, Russia and Iran combine to launch a new Middle East venture for resolving current conflicts in ways that are expedient to all three. The Saudis prefer their own path and choices.

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Lavrov, Kerry, Al-Jubeir at Doha
Russia and US woo Saudis to help save Assad - albeit putting Israel and Jordan in danger from S. Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report August 9, 2015

Building on the nuclear accord, the Obama administration has been in close communion with Moscow and Tehran on moves to save the Assad regime as the key to ending the Syrian conflict and a united front against the Islamic State. This initiative was to have peaked at the Doha foreign ministers’ meeting on Aug. 3, except that it was blocked by Saudi refusal to acknowledge Assad. The US and Russia hope to change Riyadh’s mind when Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir visits Moscow on Aug. 11. But then, Israel and Jordan would face great peril from southern Syria.

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US and Russia Head up New Grouping for Fighting ISIS, Sustaining Assad in Power
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 6, 2015

The US, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf have lined up to fight ISIS, after each gives up on primary issues. Bashar Assad stays, by common consent, and the Houthis lose the Yemen war.

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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

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Netanyahu Hopes Congress Blocks Obama’s Nuclear Deal, While Striving for a Unity Government
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 16, 2015

Netanyahu still hopes Congress will throw out Obama’s nuclear deal, but is on guard for emergencies by a bid for a unity government and warning the armed forces to stand ready for unexpected regional changes.

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Troops Heavily Reinforced on Jordan’s Borders against Iranian-Hizballah Menace
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 16, 2015

King Abdullah has deployed almost half of his army for the defense of Jordan’s borders against threats coming in from Tehran and Hizballah accompanied by subversion and incitement to destabilize the throne.

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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.

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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.

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The Druze village of Khader - another flashpoint
Syria, Hizballah torpedo understanding between Druze and Syrian rebel Nusra Front near Israeli border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 28, 2015

Bashar Assad and Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah went all out to stir up adversity between the Druze of the Golan and Israel, and the Syrian rebel Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front. To torpedo the armistice deal brokered between them by the US, Jordan and Israel, they pumped 200 Syrian and Hizballah troops into the Druze village of Khader on the Syrian Golan, 3 km from the Israeli border. debkafile: Nusra then gave the Druze an ultimatum: stop cooperating with Syria and Hizballah or face retribution in another smaller Jabal Druze village - Skaska.

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Kings Salman & Abdullah Plan to Redraw the Mid East Map to Contain and Shrink ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2015

The Saudi and Jordanian kings are moving forward on a scheme to bring the Sunnis of Iraqi Anbar and southern Syria under the Jordanian Crown and build an anti-ISIS barrier for Saudi Arabia.

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Salman Seeks a Russian Safety Net in Case Saudi-US Collaboration Fails to Oust Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2015

Saudi King Salman is not sure that the US will last the course in their joint effort to topple Bashar Assad. He sent his son to Moscow with generous incentives for Putin to provide him with a safety net.

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ISIS moves in on Syrian Kurdish town of Hasakeh
Exclusive: Tehran expected to invoke defense pact for large-scale troop deployment to Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 4, 2015

Reliable sources in Tehran expect the government to invoke the 2006 Iranian-Syrian defense pact “in the coming hours” to urgently airlift substantial numbers of Iranian troops to Syria to save Bashar Assad’s regime and his army from collapse. This is reported exclusively by debkafile. Syrian army divisions are breaking up under the ISIS assault on the northern Kurdish town of Hasakeh, and the onslaught of the Syrian opposition Army of Conquest on the southern town of Deraa. The troops are fleeing the front lines of both embattled cities.

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