320 articles tagged "Bashar Assad"
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How Geneva II Faded and Syria’s Big Chemicals Store Vanished
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 8, 2013, 12:19 AM (GMT+02:00)

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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Moscow and Washington Scratch Their Heads Together on Ways to Get Rid of Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 31, 2013, 11:49 PM (GMT+02:00)

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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Mahmoud Abbas and Bashar Assad
Did Russian Secret Service Pull Strings for Palestinian Deal with Bashar Assad?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 24, 2013, 11:31 PM (GMT+02:00)

In the secret cooperation pact forged between Mahmoud Abbas and Bashar Assad, Syria’s Palestinian have-seekers gain repatriation and protection for opting out of the war.

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Huge Al Qaeda Incursion of Syria Slows Demand for Assad’s Ouster
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 24, 2013, 11:31 PM (GMT+02:00)

The largest al Qaeda fighting concentration in the world is overrunning Syria, providing Bashar Assad for claiming support for his rule as the only figure capable of stemming the jihadi tide.

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They sign a secret deal behind everyone's backs
DEBKAfile Exclusive: Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas signs cooperation accord with Bashar Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 23, 2013, 9:19 PM (GMT+02:00)

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas this week signed a secret cooperation agreement with President Bashar Assad, debkafile reveals here for the first time. They concluded the deal unbeknownst to US Secretary of State John Kerry, shortly before he sat down in Rome Wednesday, Oct. 23, with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. Abbas is the first Arab leader to break ranks with the united Arab front against Assad. He acted on behalf of an anti-regime minority, i.e. the Palestinians.

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Iran's foreign minister and deputy at Geneva
Obama tells Tehran to come back with a better proposal
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly October 22, 2013, 1:55 PM (GMT+02:00)

Contrary to the upbeat hype trumpeted by the US, British and Iranian media, Washington has quietly told Tehran through their regular backdoor lines that the “proposals” put to last week’s Geneva conference were too meager for further nuclear diplomacy. “Go back and start from scratch,” was the message. DEBKA Weekly’s next issue out Friday has the next chapter of the unpublished top-level US-Iran dialogue and its impact on the Middle East - as well as revelations on plans for Bashar Assad’s ouster bandied between Washington, Moscow and Riyadh.
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Syrian army's Al Safira military base
Long Syrian convoy transports chemical arms from Al Safira to Hama
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2013, 8:07 AM (GMT+02:00)

A convoy of about 100 Syrian army trucks was sighted Monday, Oct. 15, transporting a large consignment of chemical weapons from their big depot at the Al Safira military base east of Aleppo to another facility in the town of Hama, some 160 kilometers to the south, debkafile discloses. This was the first time in the more than two and-a-half years of the Syrian civil war that a large shipment of chemical weapons has been moved out of Al Safira, where also CW-capable Scud missiles are stored.

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Hizballah Begins Pulling its Troops out of Syria, Goes for National Consensus in Beirut
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2013, 1:08 AM (GMT+02:00)

Hizballah begins pulling its troops out of Syria in obedience to a directive from Tehran and turns his attention to building a national consensus in Beirut in order to foster a pacific and stable climate in Lebanon.

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Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu behind Putin's shoulder
Moscow pulls away from Kerry-Lavrov deal on Syrian chemical disarmament. Assad gets to keep his WMD
DEBKAfile Special Report September 20, 2013, 9:20 AM (GMT+02:00)

Russian leaders have picked apart the Kerry-Lavrov understanding for Syria’s chemical disarmament - less than a week after it was unveiled in Geneva. Thursday, Sept. 19, Vladimir Putin said he was not 100 percent certain the plan would succeed. His Defense minister Sergey Shoigu denied Russian plans to destroy Syria’s chemical stockpiles on its territory, while Bashar Assad mocked the option of their destruction in America. At the Security Council, Russia’s UN delegate blocked the measure for underpinning the deal, as Secretary of State John Kerry fought to retrieve it.

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Syria Keeps Chemicals, Iran Its Nuclear Program – under Russia’s Military Aegis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 19, 2013, 10:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

As the Kerry-Lavrov deal unravels and Obama’s Iran diplomacy progresses, Syria looks like keeping the bulk of its chemical weapons and Iran its nuclear program.

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Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin
The Obama-Putin Deal Saves the Assad Regime, Drops Syrian Opposition in Limbo
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2013, 11:53 PM (GMT+02:00)

DEBKA Weekly exclusively reveals the high points of the Obama-Putin-Iranian deal for Syria’s chemical weapons and its extrapolation for Iran’s nuclear program. While Obama agrees to starve the rebels of military support, he accepts massive Russian arms supplies to the Syrian army.

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Was a Clandestine Foreign Hand Behind the Chemical Outrage in Damascus?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2013, 11:53 PM (GMT+02:00)

President Obama believes that the recipe for forcing Syrian ruler, Bashar Assad to relinquish his weapons of destruction will work just as well for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, compelling him to give up the enriched uranium Tehran has accumulated for building a nuclear bomb.

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Syrian rebels lose heart
Western strike force for Syria disperses. Syria launches offensive near Israeli border
DEBKAfile Special Report September 12, 2013, 10:52 PM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile: The Western military armada built up opposite Syria in the past two weeks is breaking up as the US president’s resolve for military action faded under relentless pressure from Moscow. The British and French ships headed out Wednesday, Sept. 11, through the Suez Canal, and the American warships pulled back to waters between Crete and Cyprus. Obama has thus caved in on his original intention to keep the war armada in place for heat on Assad to comply with the Russian plan for the elimination of his chemical weapons.

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Chemical shell shrapnel in Saraqeb, Idlib
Assad is off the US military hook and keeps his chemical weapons. Israel is the loser of this round
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 10, 2013, 12:38 PM (GMT+02:00)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have patted themselves on the back for a balanced and cautious stance that kept Israel secure during the Syrian conflict. However, President Barack Obama’s decision Tuesday, Sept. 10 to put US military action on hold leaves Israel exposed to a second major WMD threat: Bashar Assad keeps his chemical capability intact.  An international control mechanism would take a year or more to put in place and meanwhile, Assad is off the hook for a crushing assault on Aleppo.

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Bashar Assad interviewed by PBS
Assad hints he is weighing a secret new US proposal pushed by Europeans
DEBKAfile Special Report September 8, 2013, 10:45 PM (GMT+02:00)

Bashar Assad’s remark that he was “not necessarily expecting the United States to intervene” was the key phrase in an interview to be aired on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS Monday night, Sept. 9. It indicated that something new was afoot. Assad also denied he had anything to do with the chemical attack last month near Damascus. debkafile: Washington has handed the Syrian ruler a secret proposal for ending the crisis, which European powers are pushing hard. The momentum for US military action has slowed but the door remains open.

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IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz
Damascus, Hizballah jack up threats on Israel in absence of Obama-Netanyahu coordination on Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report September 2, 2013, 11:00 PM (GMT+02:00)

Senior IDF circles are concerned by the unrealistic mood of the country on New Year’s eve as though Israel and the US were fully coordinated on Syria and Hizballah and the danger of Syria repeating its chemical attack – this time on Israel – had receded. In fact, since US President Barack Obama aborted the US strike on Syria, Damascus and Hizballah have stepped up their threats to attack Israel in the coming weeks, prompting a warning from Netanyahu that “Anyone wishing to do us harm should know what awaits him.”

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A Limited US Strike on Syria Would Give Putin, Assad and Khamenei Upper Hand
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2013, 12:44 AM (GMT+02:00)

By promising to pull his punches, President Barack Obama gave America’s rivals, Russia, Iran and Syria the advantage in their bout over Syria – even before the punches were delivered.

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Barack Obama and Bashar Assad
The Pared down US "Strike" Will Leave Syrian Air Force, Arsenals and WMD Intact
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2013, 12:44 AM (GMT+02:00)

By sticking to Tomahawks as the only weapon for attacking Syria, Barack Obama reduces the list of targets and leaves Assad’s chemical arsenal, missiles, air force and regime unharmed.

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Tehran Doubles its Military Strength in Syria, Adds Revolutionary Guards
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2013, 12:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

Because of the coup in Egypt, Iran doubled its military strength in Syria in fear of losing its last Arab foothold. Protecting Shiite shrines is a useful rallying cry for volunteers.

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Vladimir Putin and Prince Bandar bin Sultan
The Saudis Proposition Moscow for a Syria Deal - Israel Pushes for US Intervention against Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 9, 2013, 12:23 AM (GMT+02:00)

Saudi Arabia awaits Putin’s reply to a proposition $15bn for scaling back Russian backing for Bashar Assad. Until then, the planned US-Arab operation against Assad hangs fire, despite heavy pressure from Israel to save Aleppo.

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