332 articles tagged "Bashar Assad"
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Lebanese Tripoli catches fire from Syrian conflict
Tripoli clashes after direct orders from Assad to Lebanese army
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2012

Bashar Assad has stepped in directly to halt the covert war his Western and Arab foes are waging against his regime through Lebanon. debkafile’s military sources disclose he is now sending Lebanese army commanders direct orders for cutting arms, money, fighters and medical supplies to the rebels, especially in Homs. Last week, Lebanese Chief of Staff Gen. Jean Kahwagi was given a crude ultimatum: Take care of the Syrian rebels’ backers in Tripoli, or else the Syrian army will enter Lebanon and do the job.

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Bomb Blasts in Damascus, Heavy Weapons for Rebels, Multinational Force on Syrian Border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 11, 2012

Foreign intervention in Syria is expanding, hemming the Assad regime in with escalating bombing attacks, rebels armed with heavy weapons or a 17-nation special forces “exercise” across the border in Jordan. How will his backers in Tehran and Moscow react?

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Assad scrambles for cash to fund his war
China steps back from supporting Assad, parts ways with Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 22, 2012

Beijing has distanced itself from the Assad regime, according to a secret exchange of messages with the Obama administration, revealed here exclusively by debkafile. China will no longer be a problem for America in dealing with Assad. That leaves only Russia, said the last message. Washington counts this change as a return on its nuclear appeasement of Tehran. The Chinese decided to accommodate US policy on Syria now that the loosening of the embargo on Iranian oil is in sight. Assad has started selling off gold reserves in Dubai.
 

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Russian guided missile destroyer
Assad offers Moscow, Beijing bonds worth $30bn. Russian warships off Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 15, 2012

Announcing he is not responsible for the UN observers, President Bashar Assad has set in motion steps for prolonging his war on the Syrian people. For essential funding, debkafile discloses, he has offered Moscow and Beijing $30 billion worth of government bonds to replenish his depleted war chest. And at the UN Security Council, while Russia’s Vitaly Churkin voted for a UN observer team to secure the erratic Syrian ceasefire, Moscow quietly sent warships to Syrian shores to secure the Assad regime.

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Watching the North Korean missile launch
Obama’s election politics empowers Iran, North Korea, Syria before Istanbul talks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 13, 2012

In their different ways, the rulers of Iran, North Korea and Syria this week tried to throw US President Barack Obama off balance by exploiting the foreign policy balls he is juggling to win the November election – a combination of tough talk and maneuvers for staying clear of military confrontation. They will continue to try and throw the US off-balance by extreme provocations, especially at the nuclear talks starting in Istanbul Saturday, April 14, between Iran and six world powers.

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With empty hands against Syrian heavy armor
Syria launches its heaviest air-ground assault yet against the opposition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2012

Certain he is safe from Western-Arab intervention, Bashar Assad Sunday, April 8 unleashed an across-the board offensive against the last surviving rebel locations in 30 towns and villages.  debkafile reports that for the first time, heavy long-range artillery as well as air force helicopters pounded the last rebel positions in the northern mountains of Idlib, attesting to Assad’s determination to finish his opponents once and for all with no holds barred and backing to the hilt from Tehran and Moscow.

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Prof. George Sabra, last opposition leader to escape from Damascus
Clinton spurns despairing Syrian opp appeal for a token US-protected village
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 2, 2012

At the Friends of Syria 2 in Istanbul, opposition representative Prof. George Sabra failed to convince US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that a US-protected token safe haven village near Idlib would start splintering the hard face of army loyalty to Bashar Assad. The meeting ended as it began with a US commitment of funding for humanitarian aid and “communications gear for opposition forces” (to fight Assad’s tanks?), leaving Assad under no compulsion to implement any part of the Annan peace plan.

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Hillary Clinton chats with Saudi King Abdullah
By securing Assad and its alliance, Iran gains upper hand for nuclear talks
DEBKAfile Special Report March 31, 2012

Iran, Syria and Hizballah are celebrating Assad’s victory over the 12-month uprising against him and counting the advantages it confers on Tehran against the US and Saudi Arabia. The Iran-Syria-Hizballlah axis is now successfully shored up against the Obama administration’s strategy of isolation and sanctions for squeezing Iran into making concessions at the nuclear negotiations in two weeks.  Both are fading. It also serves as a warning to those Israelis who advocate passing the buck for preempting a nuclear Iran to Washington.

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Talking about war
Assad to Annan: Syrian missiles will pre-empt any military intervention
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2012

The Middle East has unknowingly been living for ten days under threat of a regional war, which debkafile’s military sources disclose was delivered by Syrian president Bashar Assad to UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan Saturday, March 10. Assad warned him that Syrian missiles would reach any countries preparing for military intervention in Syria before they moved. debkafile: Four European naval and air forces stand ready to seal off security zones in Syria against Assad’s troops and planes.

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Bashar Assad
Assad’s Success Gives Russia the Edge over the US in the Middle East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 16, 2012

 

Russia like Iran was the prime helper and is the prime beneficiary of Bashar Assad’s success in crushing the armed revolt against him and gives Vladimir kudos at the start of his presidency. His foreign minister Sergey Lavrov was enabled to call the shots for the 22-member Arab League.

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Hillary Clinton
Iran’s Syrian Win Strengthens Its Position at Nuclear Talks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 16, 2012

 

Iran and Russia poured out every kind of assistance to shore Assad up – military, intelligence, financial, diplomatic and strategic as well as a supply of arms for crushing the opposition. Iran’s reward is the substantial strengthening of its alliance with Syria, Hizballah and Palestinian extremists. Hamas too is staying in the Iranian fold.

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US Gen. James Mattis, CENTCOM Chief
Top US danger rating for Syrian chemical-biological missiles - ahead even of Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2012

US military officials said Wednesday, March 7, that President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broke away from their dispute over an attack on Iran on March 5 for a serious discussion of the Syrian crisis and Bashar Assad's, hundreds of surface-to-surface missiles armed with chemical and biological warheads. Because this peril has risen to the top of America’s chart of the threats looming over Israel and Turkey, Obama advised Netanyahu to hurry up and mend ties with Ankara.  

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Asma and Bashar Assad
Syrian Chaos in Double Mirrors
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2012

Opposite the fragmented Free Syrian Army rebels, Assad’s army is suffering from the spreading malaise of “defections in place,” a mutiny of complete units with their officers who defy orders but refrain from crossing to the opposition. Why did the Syrian ruler prevent two Iranian warships from entering Tartus port?

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Baba Amr, Homs, after three-week bombardment
Obama rules out military intervention in Syria, weighs humanitarian corridors
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 29, 2012

US President Barack Obama Tuesday, Feb. 28, vetoed plans submitted to him last week for Western-Arab military intervention in the Syrian crisis, debkafile reports. He is weighing an alternative plan for setting up “humanitarian corridors” in the most embattled areas. That too would be contingent on Russian endorsement, because Obama believes Moscow holds the key to Assad’s consent - or at least abstention from sending his army to attack the aid routes.  No Russian response as yet to feelers from Washington.

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Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy
Sarkozy’s Safe Haven Plan Is on Obama’s Desk
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2012

The Sarkozy plan for Syria is based on reserving a quarter of Syrian territory as a safe haven protecting a quarter of its population under a coalition air shield. No foreign boots will touch the ground. After rounding up the UK, Italy, Turkey and Qatar, the French president is waiting for Obama’s nod because with the Americans the operation is not feasible.

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US National Security Adviser Tom Donilon
Iran names Istanbul for nuclear talks, joins Russia to buttress Assad
DEBKAfile Special Report February 19, 2012

Iran continues to behave as though it is calling the shots. The first formal announcement of the resumption of Iran-world powers nuclear talks (confirming debkafile’s exclusive) came from its Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Selahi who Sunday, Feb. 19, named the venue as Istanbul, Turkey. Saturday, two Iranian warships got away with delivering arms for Bashar Assad’s crackdown without US or Israeli interference. They docked at Tartus port Saturday alongside a Russian naval flotilla, symbolizing their joint effort to preserve Assad.

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Dennis Ross
Tehran Flexes Muscle, Shrugs off Sanctions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 17, 2012

Tehran was always willing to talk, less to listen. This time, Iran is preparing to enter into negotiations from a position of strength after demonstrating that US and European sanctions have not had the effect of blocking the bulk of its oil exports.

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Mikhail Fradkov
Vladimir Putin Deepens Russia’s Stake in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 17, 2012

Russia needs a presence in Syria to promote its interests in the Middle East, to keep the lid on Caucasian unrest and to pave the way to challenge the United States in the global arena.

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Idlib rebels march against Assad
Ramping up the war on Assad: Military intervention or heavy arms for rebels?
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly February 14, 2012

Bent on Bashar Assad’s ouster, the US and the Gulf Arab powers are swinging around an array of options – all of them military. The coming DEBKA-Net-Weekly out Friday weighs the chances of, say, an international militia, protected zones, a Western-Arab air umbrella for the Syrian resistance or, most probably, arming the Syrian Free Army with heavy weapons.
Decisions hinge heavily on the regional and international frictions pulling the US, Russia, the Sunni powers, Iran and Israel into the Syrian maelstrom.
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Syria frees al Qaeda mastermind Abu Mus’ab al-Suri
Saudis prompt Al Qaeda-Iraq move to Syria: Assad’s ouster top priority
DEBKAfile Special Report February 13, 2012

Saudi rulers, to save the Syrian opposition from defeat at Bashar Assad’s hands, are reported by debkafile’s intelligence sources as taking a hand in turning al Qaeda Iraqi cells loose against him. Saudi agents used their pull with Iraqi Sunnis to persuade al Qaeda leaders that Assad and his Alawite regime were their most dangerous foe and their overthrow the first Sunni priority. Al Qaeda’s Pakistan headquarters broadcast the same call-up. Up 1,000 al Qaeda jihadis reported now in Syria.

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