321 articles tagged "Bashar Assad"
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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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Saeb Erekat, John Kerry and Tzipi Livni
The Real Israeli-Palestinian Track - Indirect and Blanketed in Total Secrecy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 2, 2013, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)

John Kerry has undertaken two impossible goals: Reaching a final-status accord in nine months of Israel-Palestinian negotiations and holding them in total secrecy.

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Bashar Assad
Assad Refurbishes His Image, Plans Summit with Putin and Rouhani
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 25, 2013, 11:05 PM (GMT+02:00)

Bashar Assad is so sure of eventually winning the war waged against him that he has hired PR experts to refurbish his image. As rebels begin to desert, he plans a foreign trip and international summit.

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Why is the Muslim Brotherhood in Decline in the Arab World?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2013, 1:11 AM (GMT+02:00)

There are five good reasons why the Muslim Brotherhoood’s single term in power in Cairo – and only for one year – will not be repeated.

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Muslim Brotherhood casualties in Cairo gunfire
Violent Ramadan ahead: Egypt’s army chief says no to dialogue with Brotherhood. Assad nixes ceasefire
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2013, 10:14 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Muslim Ramadan beginning in the Middle East Tuesday, July 9, heralds more, rather than less, bloodshed. After at least 51 deaths in a Cairo shootout Monday, Egypt’s military chief Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi rebuffed US efforts for national dialogue and is preparing rapid action to meet the Muslim Brotherhood’s “intifada” in Egyptian towns and Sinai. Iran and Russia are rushing military supplies to Bashar Assad, who is pressing ahead with his projected Syrian-Hizballah battle for Aleppo after rejecting a Ramadan ceasefire.

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Gen. Abdul al Aygedi
Assad Set for Two Simultaneous Warfronts: Aleppo and Golan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2013, 11:52 PM (GMT+02:00)

Rebel factions in Aleppo are deeply fractured and disorganized. They say promised US weapons never arrived. Assad plans to stage a terrorist campaign against Israel from the Golan to steal attention from expected atrocities for conquering Aleppo.

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Bashar Assad
US Set to Aid Syrian Rebels. Russians Contrive Military Intervention
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2013, 10:20 PM (GMT+02:00)

Barack Obama has left it too late to change the course of the Syrian war by saving the rebels from defeat at the hands of the Syrian army. The Russians are already lined up counter-measures for stalling US aid to the rebels and step into its shoes.

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Iraqi troops provide service for Bashar Assad
First clash between Syrian rebels and Iraqi soldiers. Baghdad bankrolls Assad’s war
DEBKAfile Special Report June 9, 2013, 10:53 PM (GMT+02:00)

Syrian rebel forces attacked two Iraqi military positions at the southern tip of their common border Sunday, June 9. They failed to beat the Iraqi troops back although a number of Iraqi officers and soldiers were killed. This was the Syrian rebels' first engagement with the Iraqi army, although it is unlikely to be the last. debkafile: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has even outdone Hassan Nasrallah in the generosity of his assistance for propping Assad up – advancing Damascus unlimited credit and a dip into Iraq’s multibillion-dollar oil revenues for his war chest.

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The Iranian-Russian-Iraqi-Hizballah Bloc is the Winning Formula behind Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2013, 12:20 AM (GMT+02:00)

Bashar Assad could hardly lose the war with the hefty backing of Russia, Iran, Iraq and Hizballah. Hizballah tilted the fighting against the rebels, while Iraq is feeding his war chest with billions of petrodollars.

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Moscow Throws down the Gauntlet for Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2013, 11:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

Moscow is challenging Israel to make good on its threats to knock out the S-300 or lose credibility. But Israel needs a US guarantee of military backup in case its action spirals into a major conflict with Syria and its allies.

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Russia Slaps down Tentative Western Military Moves for Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2013, 11:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

Moscow’s strong military momentum on Bashar Assad’s behalf includes the positioning of Russian troops within easy reach of Syria. But are Russian missiles a match for the Israeli Air Force? Only real combat can provide the answer.

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Russian S-300 anti-air missiles system
Israeli intelligence denies first Russian S-300s arrive in Syria - contrary to Assad’s claim
DEBKAfile Special Report May 30, 2013, 5:52 PM (GMT+02:00)

Senior Israeli intelligence sources insisted to debkafile Thursday May 30 that Syria had still not received any Russian S-300 anti-missile batteries – contrary to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s claim that the first batch had arrived. Israel says it will destroy them before they are operational.

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Hassan Nasrallah stokes the Damascus inferno
Hizballah fires rocket toward Israeli Metula, calls up reserves, enters Damascus
DEBKAfile Special Report May 27, 2013, 12:37 PM (GMT+02:00)

A Hizballah rocket fired from Lebanese Marjayoun Monday, May 27 landed harmlessly in Israel’s northernmost town of Metula. debkafile: 48 hours after Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s war speech, his terrorist group joined Syria’s war of attrition against Israel.

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Why an International Syria Conference Can’t Succeed
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2013, 1:11 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Obama administration has maneuvered itself out of a major role in reaching a political solution to the Syrian conflict. Bashar is building on his battlefield successes to demand a key role in any settlement.

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Lt. Gen.Benny Gantz inspects Syrian Golan positions
Israel’s dithering over Golan strikes gives Assad go-ahead for war of attrition
DEBKAfile Special Report May 22, 2013, 12:50 PM (GMT+02:00)

Some Israeli defense strategists still refuse to admit that Bashar Assad, Hassan Nasrallah and Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei are pulling ahead in the Syrian war - contrary to their hopes that defeat would snap their bonds.
This uncertain assessment gives Assad and Nasrallah the gift of the initiative at war.

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USS Kearsarge which docked in Eilat
Syrian-Israeli war of words via Putin edges into Syrian-Hizballah war of attrition.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2013, 10:58 AM (GMT+02:00)

Binyamin Netanyahu left his meeting with Vladimir Putin Tuesday certain that Moscow had given Assad the go-ahead for his threat to make the Syrian Golan the platform for a war of attrition against Israel with the help of Hizballah armed with advanced weapons and other proxies. 

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Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin
The Assad Bandwagon: Putin’s Fulcrum for Expanding His Middle East Assets
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2013, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)

As Obama ponders his options on Syria and is increasingly abandoned by allies, Putin pushes supplies of heavy weapons to the Syrian army, along with high-class intelligence for Assad and his high command and a cooperation deal with Hizballah.

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Facing a tough decision
Obama’s non-response to Assad’s chemical weapons would encourage a nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report April 26, 2013, 7:04 PM (GMT+02:00)

President Barack Obama faced a tough decision Friday, April 26, after warning that Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons would be “game changer.” His failure to take firm action would render the US president’s red lines meaningless. Israel is concerned by the application of this loss of credibility to a nuclear Iran.

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Free Syrian Army Chief: We Can’t Stand up to Syrian Army and Hizballah Firepower
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2013, 10:39 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Free Syrian Army commander informed Secretary of State John Kerry this week that the rebels have not chance of standing up to the superior firepower of the Syrian army and Hizballah.

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Hizballah drone
White House to Congress: Assad has used chemical weapons. Israeli jets down Hizballah drone opposite Haifa
DEBKAfile Special Report April 25, 2013, 6:56 PM (GMT+02:00)

In a striking reversal, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Abdu Dhabi Thursday, April 25, that US intelligence now believes the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against its own people.

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