23 articles tagged "Damascus"
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Israeli air strike
Mid-East sources: Israel’s air strikes hit Russian top-line air defense missiles sent to Syria & Hizballah
DEBKAfile Special Report December 7, 2014

Israel’s air strikes near Damascus international airport and the Syrian-Lebanese border Sunday, Dec. 7, are depicted by Middle East sources as Israel’s first overt military clash with Russia in the course of the Syrian war. Those sources assert that the strikes demolished components of Russian SA-25 or other types of top-line anti-air missile systems that Moscow had shipped in for Syria and the Lebanese Hizballah. The raid came less than 24 hours after Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov shook hands with Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut.

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Bashar Assad
Huge Al Qaeda Incursion of Syria Slows Demand for Assad’s Ouster
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 24, 2013

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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Al Qaeda's Nusra Front in Syria raises the  jihadist flag in Aleppo
Syrian rebel factions in deals with local army commanders - both under Al Qaeda assault
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 20, 2013

Some Syrian rebel chiefs controlling Damascus outskirts are clinching private ceasefire deals with local government army officers, a trend spreading to other cities. debkafile: These local deals are evolving into joint patrols of rebel-held districts. This trend offers the prospect of wide areas seized by the rebels reverting to government control without a fight and the two camps joining forces to combat the spreading encroachments of Al Qaeda. Assad hopes he will start looking better in Washington and ease the pressure over the chemicals issue.

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First, Hesitant Steps toward Domestic Reconciliation Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2013

The mainstream Syrian rebel FSA is for the first time willing to discuss local ceasefires in parts of Damascus, Aleppo and Homs, with officers of Assad’s army.

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Damascus under alleged chemical attack
The Assad regime, like Tehran, crosses “red lines” under cover of Western doubletalk
DEBKAfile Special Report August 22, 2013

By two comments, Israel confirmed Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 21 and 22, that the Assad regime had used chemical weapons on civilians in the region of Damascus – the first came from Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who said "The use of chemical weapons by the regime is not a first,” and the second from Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz, who reported corroborative intelligence. Yet no one anywhere admits that Syria, any more than Iran, has crossed US and Israeli red lines and that this necessitates direct action.

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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

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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Iron Dome missile interceptor on the Golan
Syria: Israeli attack equals declaration of war. Iron Domes at Haifa and Safed
DEBKAfile Special Report May 5, 2013

Syria's Faisal Mekdad said the strike at Syria overnight Sunday, May 5, represented a "declaration of war" by Israel.  Russia Today claimed killed at least 300 members of the Syrian Army’s 501st Unit. debkafile: This unit operates the Mt. Qassioun chemical weapon facility.

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Israeli rockets over Damascus
Second Israeli air strike against Damascus
DEBKAfile Special Report May 5, 2013

Israeli rockets early Sunday, May 5, struck the Jamraya military research center just north of Damascus, causing powerful explosions. debkafile: The Israeli operation in Syria is ongoing as the Syrian army continues to pass Scud D and Fateh-110 missiles to Hizballah units fighting in Syria.

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Bomb blast in Sabaa Bahrat, Damascus
Syrian Army ousts rebels from E. Damascus, lifts threat to capital
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2013

The Syrian army’s 4th Division-Republican Guard cleared most of the rebels out of the eastern suburbs of Damascus Monday, April 8, debkafile reporst. Bashar Assad’s brother Maher at the head of the 4th Division, executed a surprise pincer movement spearheaded by tank and artillery fire, in time to impede the rebel advance on the center of Damascus and the international airport. This major operation is assumed to have been designed by Assad’s foreign advisers, Iranian or Russian, and averted a chemical attack.

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Rebels Launch New High-Tech Anti-Tank, Anti-Air Weapon in Damascus Offensive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2013

The rebel fighters’ newly-acquired antitank guided missiles-ATGM (of both Russian and American manufacture) are knocking over the T-72 tanks of the 4th Republican Guard Division and the 3rd Division, the backbone of the capital’s defenses, while their portable MANPAD air defense systems have brought practically all takeoffs and landings at Damascus International Airport to a standstill.

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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

 

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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Israeli Air Force F-15-E figher-bombers
Israel Air Force now holds key to fate of Damascus, Assad regime
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 9, 2013

The Israeli Air Force, deployed densely over Syria’s borders with Israel, Jordan and Lebanon to guard against Assad’s promised payback for the IAF’s air strike against Jamraya on Jan. 30 and block the transfer of Hizballah’s advanced weapons to Lebanon, is also in position as potential game changer in the contest between the Syrian army and rebels. Assad is scheming how to move the weapons without evoking an attack, wherea the rebels plan to provoke an Israel-Syrian clash for an opportunity to ride into Damascus.

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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

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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Mikhail Bogdanov
Moscow Weight Russian Military Enclaves in Post-Assad Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 14, 2012

Moscow is looking ahead to the post-Assad era and planning to set up permanent military enclaves at Damascus and Aleppo airports.

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Syrian tanks in Damascus
Assad rebuilds fighting command, retaliates against Turkey
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 22, 2012

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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He Relocated to a Palace Furnished with Secret Tunnels for Escape
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2012

Bashar Assad didn’t leave Damascus as widely rumored only to another palace furnished with adequate secret tunnels of escape. He also housed his general staff in a fortified complex likewise equipped with secret underground routes to key military installations and escape.

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Assad and Rebels Both Set to Fight with Chemical Weapons
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2012

Tehran and Damascus have decided to initiate their war on Israel with terrorism, reserving chemical weapons for use first against the rebels and Jordan. Syria’s rebels have also procured chemical weapons from Libya.

 

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A bomb hits Assad's inner circle
Assad’s top four men killed by hidden bomb. Urgent consultations in Washington, Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Special Report July 18, 2012

Four top members of Bashar Assad’s inner circle were killed in Damascus Wednesday, July 18:  His brother-in-law Security Chief Assif Shawqat, Defense minister Gen. Dawoud Raijiha, Interior Minister Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ibrahim Shaar and Vice-Presidential aide Gen. Hasan Turkmani.  debkafile: Their deaths were caused by a hidden bomb in the cabinet conference room – not a suicide bomber as previously reported. Top-level consultations are under way in Washington, Jerusalem and other Mid East capitals to second-guess Assad’s expected reaction
 

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Southern Damacus pounded
South Damascus embattled. Syrian high command moves to fortified site
DEBKAfile Special Report July 17, 2012

Bashar Assad has gathered in his army to defend Damascus, concentrating armored vehicles in the center.  Six srengthened Shabiha battalions have cut off the roads to the center from the two southern suburbs of Meidan and Tadmon seized by the rebels Monday, July 16, and are trying the pound them into extinction.  The Syrian general staff prepared for the last battle for Damascus by relocating its command headquarters to a well-fortified complex on Shuhada Street in the capital’s center.

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Deadly Damascus explosion
At least 27 dead in Damascus bombings. Russians man Syrian air defenses
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2012

Two car bomb attacks on Air Force Intelligence and Security Police Headquarters in Damascus killed at least 27 people and wounded 97 Saturday, March 17. A third bomb exploded on a bus carrying members of the pro-Iranian Palestinian Liberation Army in the Al Yarmouk suburb.
debkafile: As well as Syria and the Gaza Strip, Iran’s hand links a widening circle of Middle East violence. Russian technicians man the Pantsyr-1 air and missile defense batteries shielding Syria from foreign intervention.

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