279 articles tagged "Hizballah"
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Ravaged Homs falls to Assad's forces
Syrian army and Hizballah capture Homs - opening way to Aleppo and decisive Assad victory
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 29, 2013

Three months after the fall of Al Qusayr, the combined Syrian and Hizballah armies have captured the key city of Homs, 162 km northeast of Damascus. Its fall opens the way for Syrian-Hizballah forces to move in on Aleppo for a decisive victory.  debkafile: Washington, Jerusalem and Ankara have run out of time for quibbling over whether to step into the Syrian conflict. The Obama administration must decide fast whether to let Assad and his Russian and Iranian backers win the Syrian civil war or stop them at Aleppo.

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Moshe Yaalon and Benny Gantz
Why So Much Expert Resistance to Israeli Army Reform? Is It Too Risky?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 25, 2013

The slimmed down IDF budget and reform program are powerfully opposed by distinguished military figures at home who say that junking tanks and ground forces is too risky in the current Middle East climate.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
Suspected Israeli Strikes Delay Syrian-Hizballah Aleppo Offensive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2013

The explosions of big Syrian arsenals in Latakia are still a mystery. However, the weapons piled up for the Syrian-Hizballah Aleppo offensive were destroyed, as well as the advanced Russian Yakhon anti-ship cruise missiles.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Moshe Ya'alon at Golan drill
Israeli leaders rebut criticism of under-reacting to threats from Syria by hinting at covert operations
DEBKAfile Special Report June 28, 2013

Senior Israeli officers in the North estimate that the IDF’s performance is just 40 percent of what is required for defending Israel’s border against the threats building up from the Golan.  For too long, Israeli intelligence has been in thrall to the misconception that Bashar Assad’s days are numbered and underestimated Hizballah’s combat effectiveness in the Syrian war. Friday, an Iron Dome anti-missile battery was finally deployed to the northern town of Haifa, after a different kind of rhetoric came from Israeli leaders.

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Iranian submarine at Port Sudan
Iran secretly building in Port Sudan military supply base for Syria, Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2013

A logistics base for handling tanks, missile systems, self-propelled artillery bound for Syria and Hizballah is secretly under construction at Port Sudan, debkafile reports exclusively. Iranian Revolutionary Guards engineers in civilian dress are overseeing the hundreds of Sudanese workmen laboring flat out to build Iran’s second Red Sea base after Assab in South Eritrea. It is designed to handle Iran’s largest warships and submarines with a large arms depot that will cut in half the sea route for Iranian heavy arms to reach Iran’s Syrian and Hizballah allies.

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Chemical canister landing in Saraqeb, Idlib
Hizballah units near Golan. Some receive “limited-use” chemical arms
DEBKAfile Special Report June 15, 2013

The Obama administration and Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on a visit to Washington backed away Friday, June 14, from any effective response to the Syrian ruler’s proven use of chemical weapons against rebel forces. On the ground, debkafile’s military sources reported Hizballah and Syrian army movements were detected heading toward the Golan and the Jordanian border from the military concentrations building up in the last two weeks around the nearby town of Deraa. Those sources also concluded that Hizballah has been awarded “limited-use” chemical weapons

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Kuwait acts on the GCC resolution against Hizballah
Gulf begins mass expulsion of Lebanese Shiites over Hizballah’s role in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 12, 2013

Kuwait is the first Gulf emirate ready to act on the resolution of the recent Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Jeddah to punish Hizballah for its “flagrant intervention in Syria” against “freedom fighters.” The Interior Ministry in Kuwait is about to “end the residency of some 2,000 Lebanese Shiite citizens” and shut down their financial and commercial businesses. debkafile: The mass deportation of Lebanese Shiites from the Gulf region will raise tensions with Iran and Hibzallah and may even spark retribution by Iranian and Hizballah sleeper cells.

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The Iranian-Russian-Iraqi-Hizballah Bloc is the Winning Formula behind Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2013

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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Hassan Nasrallah
Hamas Twists in the Syrian Wind - Back to Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2013

Hamas has lost its financial sponsors. That is one reason to turn back to Tehran. Another is Assad’s offer to its war allies the chance of attacking Israel from Syrian soil. So why not switch back from the rebel side to Assad?

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Syrian tanks in Damascus
Battle for Damascus is over. Is Israel intelligence slow on Syrian war?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 4, 2013

When Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon informed a Knesset panel Monday, June 3 that Syrian rebels still occupied  four Damascus districts, debkafile’s intelligence sources reported the battle for the Syrian capital was all but over.  Senior IDF officers: Flawed intelligence may lead to faulty decision-making.

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Israel's Arrow II missile interceptor
Israeli Arrow II ready for Syrian missiles. US Patriots for Jordan. Moscow backs Hizballah
DEBKAfile Special Report June 2, 2013

The IDF has disclosed that Israeli Arrow II missile batteries stand ready to intercept Syrian missiles launched against Israel. debkafile reports close coordination between the Israeli Arrow and US Patriot deployments in Jordan and Turkey.

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Moscow Throws down the Gauntlet for Jerusalem
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2013

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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More than Half of Hizballah’s Eight Brigades Fight in Syria – Plus Missile Unit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 30, 2013

Hizballah has invested four of its eight brigades in Assad’s war on rebel forces. At least one brigade is equipped with heavy weapons, including ballistic missiles.

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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

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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Russian Syrian military drill
Israeli forebodings over widening Russian-Hizballah-Iraqi intervention in Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report May 29, 2013

The widening military intervention by Russia, Iran, Hizballah and latterly Iraq has turned Syria’s civil war into a Russian-West contest and is propelling Iran up to the top regional power spot. All four are winning by default against an unresisting US-led West and Israel.

 

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Funerals in Beirut of Hizballah Syrian war dead
Nasrallah pledges tens of thousands of volunteers to fight for Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 25, 2013

Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed Saturday night, May 25, to expand his movement’s military role in the Syrian civil war and muster tens of thousands of volunteers. Al Qaeda fighters were streaming into Syria, and Israel planned more attacks, he warned. 

 

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Al Qaeda’s Entire Iraqi Fighting Strength Migrates to Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2013

Al Qaeda-Iraq has relocated to Syria and completed its merger with Jabhat al-Nusra. They control key areas of eastern Syria including a producing oil field and access to the Jordanian border and are posed to serve as a counterweight to the Shiite Hizballah.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin
How Did Israel Wind up Facing a Russian-Syrian Front?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2013

Binyamin Netanyahu tried tackling Vladimir Putin on the sale of S-300 anti-air missiles to Syria but found that the missiles were already in place and the Russian leader unshakable in his support for the Assad regime – even to backing a war of attrition against Israel.

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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

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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Foreign Ministers Saud al Faisal and Ali Akbar Salehi
Saudis explore Iranian options for Syria & Lebanon
DEBKAfile Special Report May 13, 2013

Saudi Arabia is exploring dialogue with its great regional rival Iran for ending the Syrian conflict and assuring Lebanon’s political stability, after giving up on US policy for Syria, debkafile’s Gulf sources report. Monday, May 13, the Saudi and Iranian foreign ministers got together in Jeddah.

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