453 articles tagged "Bashar Assad"
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Why Putin sent a lost Israeli tank home
DEBKAfile Special Report May 30, 2016

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is willing to vouch that the Russian army stationed in Syria will prevent Iranian and Hizballah fighters from infiltrating or getting near the Israeli border.

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ISIS Zeroes in on Russian Military in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2016

ISIS attacks on Russian military in Syria expose security vulnerabilies.

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IRGC routed in Syria by new missile
DEBKAfile Special Report May 16, 2016

The defeat that Iran and Hizballah suffered on May 6 in a battle at the Syrian village of Khan Touman showed they cannot win the war for Syria’s President Assad. Seven days after the clash, the commander of Hizballah’s forces in Syria, Mustafa Bader Al-din, was killed in a ground-to-ground missile strike near the Damascus international airport. Later claims by various sources that he was killed in the battle were attempts to conceal the two biggest military blows suffered by the Iranians and Hizballah in Syria.

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Hizballah links US, Russia to Al-din’s killing
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2016

Intelligence sources in Syria and Lebanon said Friday that Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah  strongly suspects that US and Russian special forces assassinated Mustafa Bader Al-din, the commander of Hizballah forces in Syria, in a joint operation-despite the public allegation against amorphous rebels.    

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Falling-Out Between Russia, Iran and Syria Stymies Aleppo Offensive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 12, 2016

Falling-out between Russia, Iran and Syria stymies Aleppo offensive.

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US, Russia aim to ‘decapitate’ Syrian military
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2016

The US, Russia and the Syrian rebels started discussions this weekend over the composition of a list of Syrian generals who will be removed over war crimes they committed during the country’s civil war, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report exclusively. :

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Exclusive Details of Second US-Russian Accord for Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 5, 2016

The Russians also consented to negotiations on the future of senior Syrian military commanders.

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Suddenly Russia consents to consider Assad’s ouster
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 4, 2016

Washington and Moscow have made dramatic progress over the last few days in marathon telephone talks between Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on ending the war in Syria. Russia agreed for the first time to discuss the possibility that Syrian President Bashar Assad will step down, and the conditions under which such a process will take place.    

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Iran’s army chief takes command in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 2, 2016

The chief of staff of the Iranian military, Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, arrived in Damascus on April 30 to assume direct command of the Iranian and Hizballah forces fighting in Syria, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report. His arrival shifts Iran intervention in Syria into high gear.  

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GCC leaders reject Obama’s Middle East policy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 23, 2016

debkafile’s intelligence sources and its sources in the Gulf report exclusively that US President Barack Obama failed in his effort to convince the leaders of the six Gulf Cooperation Council member states, during their summit on April 22 in Riyadh, to support his Middle East policy and cooperate with Washington. 

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IDF’s drill secures Netanyahu-Putin summit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2016

The Israeli cabinet holds its weekly session Sunday April 17, on the Golan. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu will visit Moscow on Thursday, April 21 to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and to launch the most important battle of his political career, and one of Israel’s most decisive contests of the last 10 years: the battle over the future of the Golan Heights. 

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Local Setbacks Slow US-Russian Momentum against ISIS in Iraq, Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2016

Moscow and Washington realize they can’t rely on Syrian or Iraqi troops to follow through in any major offensive against ISIS in Raqqa or Mosul and so they are moving forward in slow steps.

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Tehran and Cairo Slam Aid Doors on Hamas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2016

Iranian and Egyptian officials turned down the urgent applications for aid by penniless Hamas because the Palestinian terrorists refused to meet either of their terms, whether to back Assad or to betray ISIS-Sinai.

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Fraternal Coup Bid Presages Breakup of Syria’s Assad Dynasty
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2016

The plot the youngest Assad brother, Gen. Maher hatched to displace President Bashar Assad was betrayed by one or two of the allies he sought to back him up, Moscow or Tehran. The president relieved him of his duties pending a decision on his future.

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Palmyra Citadel
Assad’s troops enter Palmyra after massive Russian air blitz to smash ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 27, 2016

Vladimir Putin after all took the momentous decision for Russian carpet bombing to level the Islamic State forces holding Palmyra since last May and so clear the way for Bashar Assad’s troops and allied forces to enter the heritage city Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27 and take control of several districts. He acted more in Moscow’s interest than in the Syrian ruler’s. Palmyra’s fall would consolidate and expand Russia’s grip on Syria.

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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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