321 articles tagged "Bashar Assad"
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Clilck here for HIzballah's invasion plan
Nasrallah: Hizballah can fight Israel without aid from Iran or Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 4, 2011, 1:35 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Lebanese Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah has briefed his unit commanders on updated operational plans for firing 10,000 rockets at Tel Aviv and Israel's air force and reserve mobilization bases in a surprise attack, debkafile's military sources report. "The Zionist enemy cannot stand up to a salvo on that scale," he said and assured them that Hizballah is capable of fighting Israel without Iranian or Syrian help. To boost morale, Nasrallah disclosed the arrival of advanced weapons from Libya and unveiled plans to capture parts of Galilee.

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Jericho missile
What Makes Israelis Sure a War with Iran Is impending?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 4, 2011, 1:33 AM (GMT+02:00)

It is feared in Jerusalem that the war will develop from a Syrian-Hizballah attack on Israel. If the US opts out of a strike against Iran, it will be left to Israel to do the job singlehanded.

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Aerial photo of Hasaka plant in Syria
NATO squeezes Assad: A Syrian uranium enrichment plant "discovered"
DEBKAfile Special Report November 1, 2011, 1:21 PM (GMT+02:00)

The disclosure Tuesday, Nov. 1, by the International Atomic Energy Agency - that a spinning factory built in the northeastern Syrian town of Hasaka in 2003 was in fact an enriched uranium site - had a purpose: To crowd Bashar Assad into talking to the leaders of the revolt against him instead of slaughtering them. debkafile's intelligence sources report that although the NATO commander firmly denied an alliance role in Syria, NATO is already there – and not just  members like Turkey. 

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Israel's port-city of Ashdod under fire
Jihad missile offensive starts second day. What Egyptian ceasefire?
DEBKAfile Special Report October 30, 2011, 7:23 AM (GMT+02:00)

Sunday morning, Oct. 30, Jihad Islami denied knowledge of a truce Egypt called for 0600 Sunday morning. By 0700 hours it had launched eleven Grad missiles and two mortar rounds from the Gaza Strip at Ashdod, Gan Yavne, Lahavim, Ashkelon and Shear Hanegev. This was the second day of its massive assault. Saturday, more than 35 missiles, most heavy Grads, battered eight towns, killed an Israel and injured seven. Schools there are closed Sunday amid a high security alert.

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Syrian soldiers mining Lebanese border
Syria sows mines along Lebanese, Jordanian, Turkish borders
DEBKAfile Special Report October 28, 2011, 10:06 AM (GMT+02:00)

In the last 48 hours, the Syrian engineering corps has laid minefields along the Jordanian, Turkish borders to cut down on the influx of weapons and armed manpower supporting the anti-Assad opposition and the outflow of army deserters.  debkafile's military sources add: By this action, Syria also aims to seal itself off against foreign military intervention. Since Muammar Qaddafi's death, Bashar Assad fears he is facing Arab military incursions backed by NATO.

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For Assad's Removal, Iran May Hook up with US, Saudi Arabia and Turkey
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 28, 2011, 12:16 AM (GMT+02:00)

Tehran has come around to deciding that Bashar Assad will have to be forced out of the Syrian presidency and may be willing to join forces with the US, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to accomplish this – provided the foursome can get past a whole thicket of animosities.

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Tehran Bets on Assad Going on the Warpath before NATO Attacks Him
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 28, 2011, 12:16 AM (GMT+02:00)

Iran and Hizballah declare NATO would never attack Syria, yet they are making military preparations for this very eventuality. Syria's only option to stem arms smuggling to the opposition is to seize large parts of Lebanon and Jordan, thus provoking a NATO assault.

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Three currencies used by Lebanese arms smuggler at Syrian border
Three Syrian generals disappear. Minority regions braced for civil war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 17, 2011, 5:42 PM (GMT+02:00)

Has Syrian President Bashar Assad started murdering his own generals? Three have disappeared. One body was discovered in hospital riddled with bullets and may have been liquidated by rebels. After quelling mass demonstrations, the regime faces rising opposition guerilla attacks. Fearing a descent into civil war, the Allawites and Druzes have formed armed militias to protect their domains. Strapped for cash by sanctions, the Assad regime is borrowing from Iranian banks.

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Bashar Assad parades his army chiefs
Moscow reaches out to Syrian opposition to head off Western military action
DEBKAfile Special Report October 10, 2011, 9:15 AM (GMT+02:00)

Five days after defeating a Western-backed UN Security Council resolution condemning Bashar Assad's savagery against his opposition, Moscow turned the heat on him by inviting an opposition delegation for a visit Monday, Oct. 10 and offering to host talks between the Syrian government and the opposition umbrella Syrian National Council.  Syrian Foreign Minister Wallid Moallem threatened unspecified "tough measures" against any countries recognizing the council, fearing a repeat of the Libyan rebel NTC exercise which toppled Muammar Qaddafi.

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Slain Syrian Kurdish leader Mashaal Tammo
US: Assad must go. Five killed at funeral for assassinated Syrian Kurdish leader
DEBKAfile Special Report October 8, 2011, 6:11 PM (GMT+02:00)

Targeted assassinations now dominate Bashar Assad's savage confrontation with the popular opposition to his rule. The White House finally told the Syrian ruler to step down for the first time as 50,000 Syrian Kurds clashed with security forces at the funeral of the popular Kurdish leader Mashaal Tammo, 53, slain  by masked men at his home in Qamishli, northern Syria Friday, Oct. 7. debkafile: The killers were members of the Syrian Air Force Intelligence Directorate acting on direct orders from Assad.

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IDF reservists on sudden call-up maneuver
Assad warns Jordan against war game like Turkey and Israel
DEBKAfile Special Report October 7, 2011, 1:14 AM (GMT+02:00)

Israel and Turkey embarked on large-scale mobilization maneuvers near Syrian borders Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 5-6 and the Jordanian armed forces were urged by the US and Turkey to follow suit. But Bashar Assad decided that having to build up his forces on two Syrian borders was enough. He sent a messenger to threaten Jordan's King Abdullah that if he staged an exercise, the Syrian air force would bomb Jordanian towns and if Israel intervened, he would attack them with missiles.

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No More Military Adventures for NATO in Syria or Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 7, 2011, 12:56 AM (GMT+02:00)

The consensus of US and Western intelligence chiefs at their closed door meeting in Langley was that NATO should count itself out of further military interventions in Arab uprisings in the coming year – especially in Syria - after its mistakes in Libya. Reliance on Turkey was seen as a letdown. The Yemeni crisis was judged more dangerous to broader regions of the Middle East and East Africa than the Syrian conflict.

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Syrian troops facing Turkey
Turkish military exercise on Syrian border. Assad threatens Tel Aviv if attacked
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2011, 5:03 PM (GMT+02:00)

War tensions between Turkey, NATO and Syria shot up again Tuesday, Oct. 4, with the announcement from Ankara that Turkey embarks Wednesday on a 10-day "mobilization" exercise in the southern province of Hatay along the Syrian borderwhere 7,000 Syrian refugees are sheltering. A visit by the Turkish prime minister is also expected. Earlier, debkafile reported exclusively that Bashar Assad had been threatening for three months to destroy Tel Aviv within six hours of an attack on Syria.

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Khaled Meshaal in Jordan: Aug. 2009
To isolate Abbas, US prods Jordan to host Hamas-Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 30, 2011, 12:10 PM (GMT+02:00)

To punish the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas for submitting his application for UN membership in defiance of President Barack Obama's strong objections, Washington leaned on Jordan's King Abdullah II to allow a visit by Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal to discuss his political bureau's transfer from Damascus to Amman. Saudi Arabia helped persuade him. Obama was telling Abbas thereby that if Hamas should moderate its extremism, his role as sole Palestinian spokesman would face serious competition.

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Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani
The Arab Revolt Hits Al Jazeera TV
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2011, 11:47 PM (GMT+02:00)

Al Jazeera's Qatari owner Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani takes charge of editorial policy based on the vagaries of the Arab Revolt. He sacked two top editors and placed a safe family member at the top of the station's management.

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Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu
Turkey boasts successful Syrian policy as Assad terminally smashes protest
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 19, 2011, 9:39 AM (GMT+02:00)

"We sided with the Syrian people because regimes will go but the people always stay," said Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu Sunday, Sept. 18 in a bid to vindicate the "zero conflict" doctrine against its many critics. In fact, debkafile reports, most of "the Syrian people" had gone to their graves when Davutoglu made his remark: Bashar Assad and his army had virtually smashed their six-month protest, aided substantially by Turkey reneging on its pledge of military backing for "the people."

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Moscow Races to Save Assad; Washington to Head off a Turkish-Israeli Military Clash
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2011, 12:02 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Arab revolts have resolved themselves ten months on into a US effort to damp down the Turkey-Israel, Egypt-Israel fires before they blow up - at best into limited military confrontations, whereas Russia, disenchanted with America's removal of Muammar Qaddafi, has stepped in to rescue Syria's Assad.

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Bashar Assad
The Syrian Crisis Tests Muslim Brotherhood's Future in the Region
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2011, 12:02 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Muslim Brotherhood's role in post-revolt Arab capitals – sought by Barack Obama – faces counter-pressure from Russia, China and Iran – particularly in Damascus. Not just Iran, but Russia and China too have stepped up their arms consignments to the regime, loath to see fundamentalist Muslim power reigning in any Middle East capital. In Damascus, Moscow has set up a military-diplomatic headquarters.

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Barack Obama
US Reinvents ex-Al Qaeda as "pro-Democracy Converts" Fit to Rule
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 9, 2011, 1:27 AM (GMT+02:00)

Former Al Qaeda adherent Abdel-Hakim Belhaj is groomed by the US and other NATO allies as future ruler of Libya. They have cast him as the role model of the new Islamist elite "converted to democracy" for future government in Egypt, Tunisia and other countries targeted by the Arabian Spring.

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Syrian tanks hunt Turkish command center at Jabal Al-Zawya
Syrian units pull back from Israeli border for big offensive
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.

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