320 articles tagged "Bashar Assad"
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Assad Pulls Ahead in Syrian War. Putin, Khamenei Are Co-Victors
DEBKAfile Video February 26, 2013, 3:42 AM (GMT+02:00)

Syrian peace talks are set to open in Moscow on March 5 between the Syrian opposition and Assad regime representatives, debkafile reveals. The ...

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Bashar Assad
Assad Is Way Ahead of the Syrian Revolt. His Co-Victors are Khamenei & Putin
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2013, 1:09 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Syrian opposition and rebels have come to terms with their inability to beat Assad’s army on the battlefield and are ready to talk. Assad won’t hear of stepping down and is preparing to run for another presidential term in 2014. Moscow which is hosting the talks stands behind ...

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Syrian rebels occupy Golan
Assad’s troops retreat from Golan, leaving Islamist rebels to confront Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 19, 2013, 12:50 PM (GMT+02:00)

Bashar Assad has evacuated most of the troops of his 5th Army Division from their permanent bases on the Golan opposite Israeli forces and transferred them along with their artillery to Damascus, debkafile’s military sources report. This step was intended by Assad to reinforce the defense of his capital, while at the same time providing the al Qaeda-linked fighters in rebel ranks direct access to the Israel border. In no time, the jihadists are expected to turn their guns and missiles on Israel.

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IRGC General Hassan Shateri
Iran points finger at Israel for IRGC general’s death, vows revenge
DEBKAfile Special Report February 15, 2013, 7:29 PM (GMT+02:00)

Tehran believes the precision of the attack which killed IRGC General Hassan Shateri is evidence of deep intelligence penetration, and has placed Israel in its sights for payback. DEBKAfile: The general's last assignment was the formation of a guerrilla army of 5,000 Revolutionary Guardsmen and 5,000 Hizballlah operatives to fortify the defenses of Bashar Assad’s governing institutions and secure the main Syria-Lebanon route. Iran is determined to get Hizballah’s advanced weapons transferred from Syria to Lebanon, whatever it takes.

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Herman Nackaerts
Khamenei’s Notice: No Nuclear Dialogue until Oil and Bank Sanctions Are Lifted
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 15, 2013, 1:13 AM (GMT+02:00)

No one is listening to Ali Khamenei when he says there will be no substantial nuclear negotiations until sanctions are lifted on oil revenues and banks. Iran is furnishing the Assad regime with $1 bn per month in aid despite sanctions.

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Hangar at the Syrian al-Jarra airfield
Syrian jets bomb northern air base seized by Islamist-led rebels
DEBKAfile Special Report February 12, 2013, 10:48 PM (GMT+02:00)

 

Tuesday night, Feb. 12, the Syrian Air Force began bombing the large al-Jarra air base which rebels led by Islamist battalions conquered near the northern city of Aleppo. Bashar Assad ordered his air force to destroy dozens of its own fighter-bombers: L-29 trainer planes, Sukhoi Su-22M bombers and Mig-23 interceptors. Their loss deprives the Syrian ruler of the means to wipe out rebel forces from the air. Had they possessed air crews, the rebels could have used their prize to bomb the presidential palace.

 

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DEBKAfile: North Korea N-bomb test sites attended by Iranians
North Korea and Iran – partners in nuclear and missile programs
DEBKAfile Special Report February 12, 2013, 1:42 PM (GMT+02:00)

 

US and Israel are aware that the North Korean nuclear test carried out Tuesday, Feb. 12, brings Iran that much closer to conducting a test of its own. Shortly before the test, Ahmadinejad’s boast that Iran will soon place a satellite in orbit at an altitude of 36,000 kilometers - and Tehran’s claim to have sent a monkey into space – highlight the longstanding division of labor and pooling of knowledge between North Korea and Iran: the former focusing on nuclear armament and the latter on long-range missiles to deliver it.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama
Obama Decides to Take on Iran’s Nuclear Program and Its Damascus-Hizballah Axis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2013, 12:47 AM (GMT+02:00)

Obama’s preoccupation with Iran and Syria was signaled by his green light for Israel’s air strike in Syria and the announcement of his coming visit to Israel for consultation with Binyamin Netanyahu on those subjects, leaving the peace process with the Palestinians for a later date. This change of ...

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Massed Israeli border forces, Air Patrols Buzzing Syria and Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2013, 12:47 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Syrian and Israeli armies have been on a high state of preparedness for two months ready a) for Assad to pay Israel back for its attack and b) for Israel to strike weapons transfers to Hizballah in Lebanon. Israel meanwhile imposes no-fly zones over three Syrian borders.

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Assad Deploys Chemical Weapons for Capital’s Defense as Al Qaeda Takes the Rebellion to Lebanon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2013, 12:47 AM (GMT+02:00)

As Syrian rebels advance on the heart of Damascus, Assad arms the 4th Division with chemical weapons for use if necessary to halt the advance. Al Qaeda has moved shop to Lebanon and is harassing Hizballah with nightly raids.

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Assad Is Pushed Hard by Iran to Transfer Weapons to Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2013, 12:46 AM (GMT+02:00)

Iran is squeezing Assad hard to push Hizballah’s weapons out of Syrian stores across the border into Lebanon. He is too heavily dependent on Tehran to refuse. Assad is also waiting for the weather to clear to settle his accounts with Israel with a limited military strike.

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The Iranian nuclear challenge is coming closer
Ahmadinejad lands in Cairo 4-6 months before Iran reaches nuclear capacity.
DEBKAfile Special Report February 5, 2013, 1:04 PM (GMT+02:00)

As Israeli parties haggle over a new government coalition, Bashar Assad, backed by Iran and Moscow, sits firmly in the saddle and plays hardball with the Syrian opposition. Former military intelligence chief Asher Yadlin says Iran can “achieve nuclear breakout in four to six months.” Ahmadinejad invites Egypt to join Syria, Hizballah and a nuclear Iran for an unbeatable coalition to “solve the Palestinian question” and wipe Israel off the map so that he can pray on Temple Mount, Jerusalem.

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Israel Air Force imposes no-fly zone
Assad set on arms transfers to Lebanon. Israel responds with no-fly zone
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2013, 12:06 PM (GMT+02:00)

Syrian ruler Bashar Assad has ordered the resumption of weapons transfers to the Lebanese Hizballah, debkafile reports exclusively.  He gave this assurance to Iran’s National Security Director Saeed Jalilee when they met Sunday, Feb. 3,  four days after Israel’s reported air strike on the Jamraya military complex near Damascus. Israel is anticipating tricks for smuggling the hardware across to Hizballah by sending round-the-clock air force patrols over the Lebanese-Syrian border for monitoring traffic and exercising control.

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Vehicles at the Jamraya complex near Damascus
Barak: Assad’s fall is imminent. Jalili, Assad weigh reprisal for Israel
DEBKAfile Special Report February 3, 2013, 2:36 PM (GMT+02:00)

After talks with Iran’s security director Saeed Jalili, Bashar Assad said Sunday, Feb. 3 that Syria was able to confront "current threats... and aggression.” debkafile: They discussed activating the secret mutual defense pact binding Iran, Syria and Hizballah in retaliation for Israel’s reported attack on a Syrian military complex. They took into account a harsh Israeli counter-response in the light of Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s tough warning in Munich that Assad’s fall was imminent and would be a major blow for Iran and Hizballah.

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Israeli warplanes attack Syrian arms depot
Syria: Israeli jets strike Jamaraya arms depot near Damascus
DEBKAfile Special Report January 30, 2013, 10:24 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Syrian government stated Wednesday night, Jan. 30 that the Israeli Air Force planes had struck an arms depot at Jamaraya near Damascus leaving dead and wounded and damaging military vehicles. There was no Israeli air strike on a Hizballah arms convoy, said the statement from Damascus in response to earlier reports that Israeli air sorties Wednesday had destroyed Hizballah missile and arms convoys ready to cross from Syria into Lebanon. No comment from Israel.

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Obama Steps Back from the Middle East, Turns to Pacific Orientation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 25, 2013, 1:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

Middle East leaders note the absence of an American military foothold in any of the region’s trouble spots, be they Syria, Mali, Algeria or Yemen. Obama is seen to have stepped back from the Middle East and turned his face toward the Pacific.

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Vladimir Putin
Moscow Hides behind Iran for Secret Bid to Regain Influence in Cairo
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 25, 2013, 1:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

Moscow and Tehran are capitalizing on President Barack Obama's withdrawal of US forces from the Middle East and his maneuvers for avoiding military involvement in its trouble spots.  Russia is quietly riding piggy-back on Iran's overt drive for influence in Cairo, hoping to recover the high standing enjoyed by the Soviet Union up until 1972. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have sent their aides to Cairo to coordinate their moves.

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Russian warships in Tartus
Russia lifts nationals out of Syria. Moscow, Iran arm Assad for major armored push
DEBKAfile Special Report January 21, 2013, 10:19 PM (GMT+02:00)

Moscow Monday, Jan. 21 said two Russian planes would land in Beirut Tuesday to evacuate 100 Russians from Syria, and contingency plans were in hand to lift 30,000 Russians from the embattled country. debkafile: This was decided after Bashar Assad told his high command to organize mobile armored strike groups for a big push to evict rebel forces from the places they captured. Russia and Iran have stepped up their arms deliveries to Assad’s army by sea and by air in support of Assad's coming offensive.

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Thousands of prisoners exchanged in Syria
Assad firm in the saddle, permits Syrian, Turkish Iranian POWs swaps
DEBKAfile Special Report January 9, 2013, 5:29 PM (GMT+02:00)

The three-way prisoner exchange of thousands of Syrian, Turkish and Iranian prisoners Wednesday, Jan. 9, was the first deal between Bashar Assad and the rebels. This turning-point in the 22-month Syrian conflict was made possible by the Syrian ruler’s confidence in his survival and the rebels’ realization that it was their only chance to save some of their war gains. The POW swap may lead to a lull in the fighting as both sides build up their resources – either to win the war or improve their future bargaining position.

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Syrian chemical weapons site
Israel: State of Syrian chemical weapons could change in a moment
DEBKAfile Special Report January 8, 2013, 6:36 PM (GMT+02:00)

“Syria’s chemical weapons are under control for now, but no one can tell what the situation will be five minutes from now,” a senior Israeli defense official told debkafile Tuesday, Jan.8. “The situation is dangerously fluid because there is no certainty about who is in control at any moment.” In late November, Israel sent the US satellite imagery showing a secret Syrian unit mixing sarin and filling 500-pound bombs for airplanes. debkafile: Those bombs are still active and ready for use at two hours' notice.

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