418 articles tagged "Bashar Assad"
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Russia Lets ISIS into S. Syria to Bring Assad into Line in Geneva
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 24, 2016

Putin is punishing Assad for obstructing a Syrian political solution in Geneva by holding back air support from his army’s operations until he toes the line.

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Russia Pulls out of West Syria, Leaves US to Face ISIS in the East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2016

Russia pulls the bulk of its forces out of Syria after achieving its purpose, with hardly a shot fired against ISIS, whose strongholds in the eastern sector are left for the US-led coalition to fight.

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Why the Collective Gasp of “Surprise” over Putin’s Bombshell?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2016

It suited Washington and others to pretend to be surprised by Putin’s pullout order for Russian forces in Syria, when in fact he gave them due notice.

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Putin to Assad, Tehran: You want to carry on fighting? Count me out
DEBKAfile Special Report March 14, 2016

A deep rift with Tehran over the continuation of the Syrian war and an irreconcilable spat with Syrian ruler Bashar Assad over his future prompted Russian President Vladimir’s shock order Monday, March 14, for the “main part” of Russian military forces to quit Syria the next morning. This is reported by debkafile’s military and intelligence sources. Moscow retains its naval presence in Tartous and Hmeymim air base, but is committed to testing Syrian peace talks in Geneva, whereas Iran and Assad are deermined to keep on fighting.

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US-Led Forces Gear Up to Take Raqqa. Assad Deals with ISIS to Get There First
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2016

Assad is quietly scheming to get ISIS to voluntarily withdraw from Raqqa and other Syrian warfronts to Iraq, hoping to get in before the US-led coalition launches its projected battle to evict the Islamic State from its Syrian capital.

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The Close Russian-Iranian Duo for Syria Is on the Rocks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2016

Tehran was seriously affronted by the Putin-Obama rapprochement and most of all by Moscow’s consent to a Syrian ceasefire ahead of winding down the war, in place of their original deal for Russian intervention to support the war until Bashar Assad was victorious.

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Putin’s Double Game: Yes to Syrian Ceasefire – No to Halting Russian-led Offensive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2016

Putin, Rouhani and Assad plan to use the Syrian ceasefire loophole for further conquests. Their next targets are Idlib in the north, on the Turkish border and completing the takeover of the Syrian-Israeli and Syrian-Jordanian border strips in the South.

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Shoigu in Tehran to rescue Putin’s plan from Assad’s Iranian-backed obstructionism
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2016

President Putin this week sent Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to Tehran to unsnarl his blueprint for a solution of the Syrian crisis from the blockage placed in its path by none other than Bashar Assad, who refuses to hear of Moscow’s proposals for a political formula for ending the war, or even a ceasefire. debkafile reports that Assad has quietly gained Tehran’s support for his negativism, causing strains between Moscow, Damascus and Tehran that are blowing back on the working relations between the Russian, Iranian and Syrian commands running the Syrian war.
 

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Putin Is Not after a Syrian Victory, but Local Truces Ready for His New Order
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2016

Russian forces are in the middle of a major operation to seize Aleppo, imposing truces in central Syria and pummeling rebel forces in the south, in support of Syrian army, Hizballah and pro-iranian forces.

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Acrimony behind the diplomatic smiles
Iran and Russia in first major falling-out over Syrian war and Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2016

Ali Akbar Velayati, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s foreign affairs advisor, spent three days in Moscow Feb. 1-4 haranguing Russian leaders - not just on their handling of the Syrian war, but also the fate of President Bashar Assad. In his two conversations with President Vladimir Putin, Velayati demanded more inclusive Russian attacks on Syrian rebels. Putin shot back that Iran should send its own troops into the fray – not just generals. debkafile: Iran’s Guards don’t have troops available, and so the Iranian official left Moscow on a sore note.

 

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Putin Shapes Chechen-Style Regime for Syria after Assad’s Exit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2016

Putin conceives of a Chechen-style regime subservient to Moscow to take over from Bashar Assad in a few months. He prefers a single general to a military clique but is still looking.

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“Little Syria” Awaits Bashar Assad in Moscow Exile
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2016

The Russians are preparing a section of Moscow, or alternatively Minsk, to accommodate Bashar Assad in exile along with an entourage of 1,000-1,500 relatives, generals and hangers-on.

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Putin shortlists candidates to succeed Bashar Assad
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly February 2, 2016

The Syrian peace conference in Geneva has only one real task: to rubberstamp the quiet deals Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have struck for ending the Syrian war. Their pact was first revealed in last week’s DEBKA Weekly. The current issue out this Friday has the sequel, which exclusively covers Putin’s next steps. He is already studying a short list of candidates as Bashar Assad's successor. This issue also reveals US-Russian plans for eradicating ISIS by the targeted date of July 1.
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Secret Obama-Putin Entente to Enforce Syria Solution - Minus Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2016

The accord reached by Obama and Putin to end the Syrian war by forcing all the parties into line is the first dual superpower effort to solve a major Middle East crisis. Both sides made concessions, one of which was Russia’s consent to push Bashar Assad out.

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Putin Tries to Browbeat Netanyahu into Submission on S. Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2015

Russian-Israeli air force coordination went swimmingly until Moscow turned the screw on Netanyahu this week to force him to get out of the way of Putin’s plans for South Syria.

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Assad again controls Damascus thanks to Russian air strikes and intelligence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 26, 2015

Bashar Assad was given a big break by the Russian air strike that Friday, Dec. 25, killed Zahran Aloush, founder of the most powerful Syrian rebel group Jaysh al-Islam and his deputy.
It was a grave loss for the Syrian rebels fighting the Assad regime and will accelerate the breakup of their strongholds in and around Damascus, as well as hastening the removal of thousands of rebels from the capital under a UN-sponsored ceasefire. The UN also plans to evacuate several thousands ISIS fighters to Raqqa.

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Iran’s New Commander in Syria: Gen. Gholam-Hossein Gheyb-Parvar
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2015

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was so impressed by IRGC Gen. Gholam-Hossein Gheyb-Parvar’s success in crushing an anti-government uprising in the southern province of Fars, that he sent him to Damascus for a similar mission in Syria.

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Obama “Rewrites” His Role in Deposing Egypt’s Mubarak
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2015

Obama has tried unsuccessfully to gloss over his role in the Arab Spring ouster of Mubarak in 2012. But he can’t escape its consequences in the turbulence and strife of 2015

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US bows to Russian demand to keep Assad in office. Israel follows suit
DEBKAfile Special Report December 16, 2015

After two tries, US Secretary of State John Kerry finally turned President Barack Obama away from his insistence that Bashar Assad must go before the Syrian conflict can end. Tuesday night, Dec. 15, the Secretary announced in Moscow: “The United States and our partners are not seeking so-called regime change.” debkafile: Washington yielded to Moscow three days before a major international conference on Syria takes place in New York. But the US also yielded to Tehran, when the UN nuclear watchdog's board in Vienna closed its investigation into whether Iran sought atomic weapons. 

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Under secret Moscow-Cairo deal, first Egyptair passenger flights to Damascus, Aleppo
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 7, 2015

A new secret pact has been struck in the Middle East. Last week, Russian Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi secretly formulated a tripartite accord for strengthening the ties between Moscow, Cairo and the Assad regime. debkafile’s exclusive sources reveal. The pact had its first visible manfestation in the unannounced landing last Wednesday, Dec. 2, of the first Egyptair passenger flights to Damascus and Aleppo – a vote of support for Bashar Assad. Putin rewarded Cairo by ordering the resumption of Russian flights to Egypt.

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