338 articles tagged "Bashar Assad"
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Bashar Assad
The Dictator Has Nine Lives. But He Can’t Crack the Opposition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2014

Assad owes his nine lives and survivability to his army’s loyalty and the husbanding of his military resources and fire power for defending his regime.

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President Putin greets Egypt's Gen. El-Sisi in Moscow
Israel uneasy over Russian arms flooding into Syria in the north, Egypt to the south
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 16, 2014

Israel’s strategists have found a new cause for disquiet. On top of concern over the concentration of al Qaeda fighting strength around its borders, they are beginning to worry about Russian President Vladimir Putin capitalizing on America’s withdrawal from the Middle East, by means of military pacts with Syrian President Bashar Assad and Egypt's Gen. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. Since Egypt’s economic woes are incurable, El-Sisi plans to build a strong regime with Russian and Saudi support and lead a pan-Arab nationalist movement – potentially versus Israel.

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Barack Obama and Saudi King Abdullah
Prince Bandar Prepares Obama-Abdullah Summit. Washington Picks Its Favorite Prince
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2014

Riyadh demands a fence-mending summit for the king and Obama while flying in Washington’s face on the Muslim Brotherhood, Syria, Iran and Egypt.

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James Clapper, US Intelligence Director
US grants Iran a seat at the next round of Geneva II conference on Syria - alongside big powers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2014

The second round of the Geneva II conference on the Syrian conflict opens Monday, Feb. 10 – this time with a seat at the table for the Iranian delegation provided by Washington, debkafile reports exclusively. Last week the US banned Iranian participation. Washington’s turnabout now was relayed to the Iranian officials at the secret alternative conference taking place unannounced in Bern, where the real business is contracted – not at Montreux. The US has thus awarded Iran major power status for the first time at an international event determining an important Mid East issue.

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How Geneva-2 Mutated Secretly into Bern-1 – Open to Iran, Off-Limits to EU and Mid East Delegates
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2014

“The biggest diplomatic fraud in a decade" was how one Syria watcher called Geneva-2 which was staged as an exercise in misdirection to conceal the real conference in Bern with Iran at center stage.

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John Kerry
Like Helium Balloons, Kerry's Initiatives Soar High - But Don’t Come down to Earth
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 24, 2014

The delegation to Geneva 2 representing Bashar Assad holds most of the levers and will make sure that there is no resolution suggesting his removal. Iran denies accepting any dismantling of its nuclear infrastructure, and Kerry misses a visit to Israel and the Palestinians.

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Javad Zarif and Vladimir Putin
January 16, 2014 – The Day Iran Was Anointed Regional Power
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2014

The joint trip made to Moscow by the Iranian and Syrian foreign ministers on Jan. 16, marked the day the US stepped aside for Russia as Mid East kingpin and elevated Iran’s status over the heads of the Sunni powers and Israel.

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FM Zarif’s Government-Building Demo in Beirut Is Promo for Syria and other Trouble Spots
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 17, 2014

Iran’s foreign minister twisted Hizballah leader Nasrallah’s arm to accept a plan for sharing power with his rivals in a national unity government.

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Barack Obama
The US Is again Fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq – This Time with Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2014

World leaders are finding US foreign policy confusing, especially its partnership with Iran in Iran, which has run into Assad’s double game for playing all sides.

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Ankara and Tehran Draft Syrian Ceasefire Plan for Drawing Rebels out of US Orbit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 10, 2014

The thaw in Turkish-Iranian relations is producing a joint effort to snatch the Syrian opposition from the US and Saudi Arabia, while also circumventing the US-Russian takeover of Geneva 2.

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US and Iran’s First Joint Military Venture: Fighting al Qaeda in Iraq
DEBKAfile Video December 29, 2013

US weapons and Iranian Al Qods officers join the Iraqi army in a major anti-al-Qaeda offensive to foil Al Qaeda’s plan for its first caliphate across the Syrian-Iraqi frontier - but also to buttress the pro-Iranian Shiite crescent arching over the region. 

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Shadowy Iranian Gen. Morteza Rezaie Assumes Command of Syrian War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 20, 2013

The mysterious Rev. Guards officer has been secretly appointed commander of the Syrian war. His hidden record covers a long career of external operations in terrorist training, orchestration and execution on behalf of the Islamic regime.

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Syrian Islamist Front leader Hassan Aboud Abu Abdullah al-Hamawi
US explores ties with Syrian Islamist rebels, possibly Assad too - for a lineup to fight al Qaeda
DEBKAfile Special Report December 15, 2013

The Obama administration is again doubling back on its Syrian war policy. On Dec. 11, the Saudi-backed Islamic Front rebels inflicted a disastrous defeat on the pro-American Free Syrian Army in northern Syria. debkafile reports that Washington reacted by launching a secret approach to win over the Islamic Front, the most powerful force now battling the Assad regime. Voices in Washington are urging the White House to start talking to Bashar Assad, leading the administration to consider forming a Syrian lineup to save the country from falling to Al Qaeda.

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Tehran Already Performs Like a Nuclear Power. Is Washington Cheering from Behind?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 13, 2013

The Iranians, making like a world power, are thrusting their fingers into five major world pies, Syria, the Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon.

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Some Americans Say US Should Accept Assad, Engage Him Directly
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 13, 2013

The voices raised in Washington urging Barack Obama to talk directly with Bashar Assad, reflect his mounting war successes.

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Rev Guards Arrive to Set up Iranian Area of Influence in Syrian Kurdistan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2013

As it moves in on Syrian Kurdistan, Iran is taking all the various national Kurdish separatist movements under its wing and protection and filling its arsenals with arms and ammo.

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Mahmoud Abbas
Abbas Secretly Launches Pre-1948 Palestinian Refugee Resettlement Plan in Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 28, 2013

Abbas has gone behind US and Israeli backs to set up a mass transfer of Palestinian refugees from Syria to the Gaza Strip in fulfillment of his demand to accept the Palestinian refugees’ “rights” to return to their homes in pre-1948 Israel.

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Crumbling Syrian Rebel Militias Hijack Syria’s Oil Fields
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 23, 2013

Syrian rebel militias are falling apart and as they lose their foreign funding fight each other in a grab for Syria’s oil fields to replace lost revenue.

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How Geneva II Faded and Syria’s Big Chemicals Store Vanished
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 8, 2013

Assad spirited his main chemicals stock to safety out of Al Safira to secret hiding places. Obama dropped Geneva II and handing the conference on Syria’s future over to Putin.

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Bashar Assad
Moscow and Washington Scratch Their Heads Together on Ways to Get Rid of Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 31, 2013

Russia has been trying to form a Syrian delegation made up of second-tier Syrian officials and politicians who seek to preserve ties with Moscow and the existing ruling establishment – minus Assad.

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