321 articles tagged "Bashar Assad"
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Israel's MI Chief Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi on Syrian Golan border
New W. intelligence: Syrian rebels don’t have the numbers to win
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2012, 9:20 AM (GMT+02:00)

The revised estimates compiled by US and French intelligence agencies on the relative strength of Syrian government and rebel forces have given Washington and Arab capitals backing the Syrian opposition pause.  The Obama administration built its policies around an estimated 70,000 rebel fighters, whereas the new figure, disclosed by debkafile’s intelligence sources, appears to be around 30,000 – one tenth of them Al Qaeda-linked jihadis. Challenging Washington, French President Frances is urging direct intervention now to save the Syrian revolt.

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Hillary Clinton
The Anti-Assad Coalition’s Syrian No-Fly Zone Depends on US Green Light
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2012, 10:15 PM (GMT+02:00)

Turkey and three Gulf nations as well as France and Britain are pushing hard for a no-fly zone to be imposed on Syria to protect safe havens. Obama continues to resist direct US military intervention. Without a US lead, the no-fly plan is a non-starter.

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Russian Early Warning Stations Shut down in Syria, Missile Defense Systems Recalled
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 7, 2012, 12:17 AM (GMT+02:00)

Russia has indeed left Assad high and dry by shutting down its early warning stations which warning Syrian air and missile defense batteries of oncoming threats and turning back a Russian warship carrying SA-17 missile interception batteries for Syria.

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Thousands of Sunni Jihadists Rally on Three Continents to Fight Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2012, 10:49 PM (GMT+02:00)

Sunni and Shiite Soldiers of Allah are on the march against each other. They are preparing for a clash of arms in the embattled Syrian arena. A mobilization campaign is drawing foreign jihadists to fight Assad out of many corners of the Sunni world, including lands now ruled by ...

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Assad Builds Tehran-Backed Shiite Army to Fight Sunni-led Rebel Forces
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2012, 10:49 PM (GMT+02:00)

Seeing he cannot defeat the rebels, now boosted by an influx of foreign jihadists, Assad is stiffening his army and loyal militias with a large injection of Shiite volunteers from Iran, Lebanon, Africa and the Gulf. However, the foreign Sunni and Shiite fighters will soon be at each other’s ...

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Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton
Clinton Leads Big Guns Pushing for US Military Intervention in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 24, 2012, 12:04 AM (GMT+02:00)

Hillary Clinton leads a powerful State Department and Pentagon faction pushing for US military intervention in Syria. It is beginning to take effect. Obama called British and French leaders to tie up the ends of the assignment for small special operations teams to go into Syria and secure chemical ...

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Prince Bandar
Saudi Prince Bandar Tells Syrian Rebels to Regroup and Conquer the Alawite Mountains
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 24, 2012, 12:04 AM (GMT+02:00)

Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar, having concluded that the battles for the cities have made no headway toward removing Assad or breaking his army, has formed a new strategy aimed at capturing his ultimate retreat, the Allawite Mts..

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Syrian CBW ordnance
Syria’s neighbors braced for chemical threat. Assad warns Turkey on Stingers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 17, 2012, 10:14 AM (GMT+02:00)

The disclosure Thursday night, Aug.16 by an American source that a worst-case scenario could require up to 60,000 ground troops for securing Syria's chemical and biological weapons sites was meant as psychological preparation for chemical warfare, say debkafile’s military sources, as Syria’s neighbors make ready.
Assad, armed with Tehran’s pledge of all-out support delivered by Saeed Jalilee, threatens to give Turkish PKK Kurdish rebels SA-8 anti-air missiles if any more Stingers are delivered to the Syrian rebels. Ankara: That would mean war.

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Chemical bomb shells
US sets up teams with Israel, Jordan, Turkey against chemical attack
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 12, 2012, 12:51 PM (GMT+02:00)

The United States last week began laying plans for the contingency of Syrian chemical warfare by setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan. All three are feared under threat by Syrian president Bashar Assad, debkafile reports - as are US military facilities there. The White House, the CIA and the Pentagon’s DIA are laying odds on a Syrian unconventional attack, and all three countries under potential threat have ordered their medical services to make preparations.

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Bashar Assad and Saeed Jalili
Tehran Invokes 2008 Mutual Defense Pact with Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 10, 2012, 12:47 AM (GMT+02:00)

Iran’s Saeed Jalili visited Beirut and Damascus for military coordination with Bashar Assad and Hassan Nasrallah on their respective roles in retaliating for a potential US/Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear sites and the regime in Damascus being squeezed into a danger zone. They decided that in either case, the mutual Iranian-Syrian defense pact would be invoked.

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Assad’s Complete Recovery of Aleppo Would Save His Alawite Warship
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 10, 2012, 12:47 AM (GMT+02:00)

Syrian rebels were stretched too thin and short of arms for winning Aleppo or for using Syrian army withdrawals from the rest of the country to establish safe havens. The opted for winning Aleppo – and have mostly likely lost.

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Saeed Saeed Jalili and Bashar Assad - closer than ever
Jalili in Damascus underscores Iran’s commitment to Assad
DEBKAfile Special Report August 7, 2012, 9:20 PM (GMT+02:00)

Tehran gave Bashar Assad its strongest avowal of support yet Tuesday, Aug. 7, while heaping threats on the heads of his enemies, especially the US, Turkey and Israel.  Saeed Jalili, head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, sat alongside the Syrian ruler in Damascus at the end of their talks and vowed not to let Iran’s “close partnership with the Syrian leadership to be shaken by the uprising or external foes” or the “axis of resistance (Iran, Syria, Hizballah) be broken.” Assad pledged to purge Syria of terror.

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Khamenei's emissary breaks fast with Nasrallah
High Iranian official in Beirut for urgent talks with Hizballah on Syria, Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 7, 2012, 1:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

Monday, Aug. 6, the head of Iran’s National Security Council Saeed Jalili touched down in Beirut shortly after Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani declared: "The fire that has been ignited in Syria will take the fearful (Israelis) with it. Jalili (not Larijani as misreported earlier) came for urgent on-the-spot coordination with Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah before continuing Tuesday to Damascus. They discussed  ways of stamping Iran’s mark on Syria after Bashar Assad’s exit. Military plans against Israel are part of their schemes.

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Model of a fortified Iranian nuclear site
Iran prepares for 60 percent uranium enrichment
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 3, 2012, 10:07 AM (GMT+02:00)

An Iran war has become inevitable since international diplomacy gave Iran the time and freedom to accelerate its progress towards a nuclear bomb. While rapidly fortifying its nuclear facilities against bombardment, Tehran is also raising the level of uranium enrichment, developing dirty bombs and sending terrorists to blow up Israelis abroad. Sanctions have failed to force Iran to give up its drive for a nuclear weapon or the development of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. These dangerous developments are generating the current an eve-of-war climate.

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A Pro-US Kurdish State Rises in Northern Syria - Between Irbil and Aleppo
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 3, 2012, 12:43 AM (GMT+02:00)

The US has quietly crafted a new Kurdish state in northern Syria. It is linked to the self-governing Kurdish republic of Iraq and defers to its rulers. Turkey and Iraq feel betrayed by Barack Obama, fearing their own Kurdish minorities like Iran’s Kurds will be swallowed up by the long dreamed-of ...

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The Battle for Aleppo-Damascus M1 Highway Is Decisive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 3, 2012, 12:43 AM (GMT+02:00)

Assad hastened to redeploy his tank forces to block rebel control of the strategic highway and smash through the Aleppo districts harboring rebel forces.

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Inept US-Israeli Handling of Assad’s Chemical-Biological Arsenal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 27, 2012, 12:40 AM (GMT+02:00)

Although six governments are helping the Syrian rebels, Israel and Jordan are Assad’s primary targets for chemical weapon retaliation. Unmoved by US and Israeli warnings, he keeps those weapons ready for use at a time of his choosing.

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Fighting in Aleppo, Syria's second city
IDF: Syrian chemical threat targets Israel. Obama warns Assad against “tragic mistake”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 23, 2012, 11:09 PM (GMT+02:00)

Senior Israeli military officers, referring to the Syrian foreign ministry statement Monday, July 23, that Syria would only use chemical weapons against “external aggression” said this was a direct threat by the Assad regime to turn those weapons against Israel. There was no denial of their potential transfer to Hizballah against which Israel has vowed to use force. debkafile: Assad keeps carte blanche for chemical warfare. Obama warns Assad he will be held accountable if he makes tthe “tragic mistake” of using chemical weapons.

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Syrian tanks in Damascus
Assad rebuilds fighting command, retaliates against Turkey
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2012, 11:30 AM (GMT+02:00)

Assad quickly recovered from the loss of his four top allies last Wednesday, July 18 and replaced them with a new command for fighting the rebels headed by his brother Gen. Maher Assad, debkafile reports exclusively. Gen. Ali Mamloukh is new General Security Service head; Gen. Hafez Makhlouf military commander of Damascus; and Gen. Ali Hassan chief of the Alawite Shabiha militia. Assad retaliated against Turkey by letting Kurdish PKK rebels fighting Turkey from Iraq set up bases in Syria, from which they launched their first attack.

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Assad Has Already Replaced His Murdered Henchmen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2012, 11:45 PM (GMT+02:00)

Bashar Assad kept his cool after losing his closest intimates and senior axe men of his savage campaign against the rebels. He replaced them all in a jiffy and carried on his war without breaking stride.

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