328 articles tagged "Bashar Assad"
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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

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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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Qatari emir gives Iranian president a piece of his mind
Assad may opt for war to escape Russian, Arab, European ultimatums
DEBKAfile Special Report August 30, 2011

Monday night and Tuesday, Aug-29-30, three international heavyweights - Russia, the European Union and  key Muslim nations – gave Syrian President Bashar Assad tough ultimatums for ending his barbaric crackdown on protest. Nevertheless, on Monday, his troops shot dead 17 people in Syrian cities - even as he received Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov who arrived in Damascus with a last warning from President Dmitry Medvedev. Pushed into a tight corner, Assad may opt for war on his neighbors.

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Qaddafi and Assad Both Have Chemical Weapons and Nerve Gas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2011

The US and NATO claim that Muammar Qaddafi's chemical weapons stockpile is secure but this is not borne out by the facts. He almost certainly replenished his old stocks with purchases on the black market. The quantities stocked by Bashar Assad are far greater and he would have less inhibitions about using them to save his skin.

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Bashar Assad and Ahmet Davutoglu
How Diplomacy Morphed into a Paroxysm of Violence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2011

Bashar Assad took the extra 10-15 days awarded him by US and Turkey as a grace period to finish his military slam against protest and introduce reforms. This was not intended and so Barack Obama finally told him he must go.

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Syrian Middle Class May Seek Army Rule if the Economy Keeps Sinking
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2011

Rumors have started that Syria generals have deposed Assad in a secret putsch and left him in place as a front. They reportedly struck as middle class and army support for Assad was fading fast as the economy kept sinking – a deterioration exacerbated by President Obama telling him it is time to go and freezing all Syria's assets.

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The Potential for War on Israel Ripping through the Mid East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2011

After ruling out direct military intervention, most governments concerned in the drive to oust Bashar Assad find that arming the rebels and pumping thousands of Sunni volunteers into Syria are the only feasible option.  But before this plan is up and running, he is expected to preemptively employ the Lebanese Shiite Hizballah for heating up the Lebanese-Israel border or even spark an all-out conflagration between the two long-time foes which would quickly ignite the Golan border between Syria and Israel. 

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Saudi King Abdullah and Turkish President Abdullah Gul
Turkey Links up with Saudi Arabia's Nascent Sunni Bloc. Its First Target Is Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2011

Saudi Arabia, which embarked on building a strategic Sunni Muslim bloc six months ago, has done a lot better in a shorter time than even king Abdullah's strategic and intelligence advisers predicted. Harnessing Turkey, a major military power and NATO member, to their grouping is an unforeseen windfall.       By jumping aboard the Saudi grouping Turkey opened the door to rapprochement between King Abdullah and President Obama. They talked last week for the first time in months about the Syrian crisis.

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Bashar Assad uses the Palestinians to promote his crackdown
Assad exploits the Shalit affair to play his Palestinian card
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 17, 2011

New Israeli concessions to Hamas for the release of the Israeli soldier Gilead Shalit have not produced momentum because the kidnapped soldier has become a pawn in the power plays between Cairo, Hamas and Damascus. Khaled Meshaal's trip to Cairo came out of an Egyptian overture to Syria. Bashar Assad took the Palestinian card  to serve his crackdown on the opposition and counter-balance his massacre of Latakia's Palestinians.

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Syrian-Palestinian battlefield in Latakia
Syria tanks enter Homs while fighting Palestinians in Latakia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 15, 2011

Taking advantage of the 15-day leeway granted him by the US and Turkey, Bashar Assad Monday, Aug. 15, sent tanks and mechanized infantry into Homs, a town of 1.5 million inhabitants. Heavy shelling rings out as clouds of smoke rise over the city. Homs is Syria's third largest town and the biggest the Syrian military has attacked. In Latakia, Syrian tanks continue to battle armed Palestinians and in Brussels, NATO and Turkey get set to send the rebels anti-tank weapons.

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Syrian protesters flee tank divisions
Obama and Erdogan grant Assad 15 days to finish uprising. Call-up in Turkey
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2011

Thursday night, Aug. 11, US President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan agreed to set Syrian President Bashar Assad the deadline of Aug. 27 for extinguishing the popular uprising against his rule and starting to implement genuine democratic reforms. This decision followed Erdogan's report to Obama on the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's six-hour conversation with Assad Tuesday, Aug. 9. Turkey has called up reserves for transfer to the Syrian border.

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Bashar Assad and Ahmet Davutoglu
Turkey and US Waver over Military Intervention against Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 12, 2011

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's Damascus mission started with a military ultimatum and ended on a weak note which drew a contemptuous reaction from Bashar Assad. Damascus is working against the clock. Assad hopes to have broken the back of the anti-Assad protest. Otherwise, zero military conscription will break the army.

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Ali Habib
Why Is the Syrian Army Fighting without a Chief of Staff?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 12, 2011

The House of Assad has seized all-inclusive control of the ferocious assault on the opposition by getting rid of one general, defense minister Ali Habib, promoting another, chief of staff Dawoud Rajha, in his place, and so removing all the obstacles in the path of the president's brother-in-law Deputy Army chief Asif Shawqat for taking complete charge of the war on whole Syrian cities in the name of the ruling family.

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Syrian tanks in action near Turkish border
Syria goads Turkey by attacking towns along their border
DEBKAfile Special Report August 10, 2011

Less than 24 hours after Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu handed Bashar Assad in Damascus "a final warning," to stop the bloodshed or else, Assad demonstrated coolly that he is not scared by the prospect of Turkish or NATO military intervention or deterred by new US sanctions against Syria's biggest bank and mobile phone company. The day after his Turkish guest departed, Wednesday, Aug. 10, Assad launched provocative military assaults on three towns in the Turkish border region - following receipt of a missile shield guarantee from Iran.

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Syrian President and Turkish Foreign Minister talk for six hours
Assad sends Davotuglu away empty-handed
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 9, 2011

Turkey's foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu left Damascus empty handed after six hours of talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad Tuesday, Aug. 9. Assad indicated the military operation against the protesters would soon be over, but refused to commit to a deadline. That was up to the rebels, he said, not him or the Syrian army. He pledged to "pursue the terrorists." It remains to be seen whether Turkish Prime Minster Tayyip Erdogan makes good on his ultimatum of military intervention unless the bloodshed ends.

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