1001 articles tagged "Iran"
Fraternal Coup Bid Presages Breakup of Syria’s Assad Dynasty
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2016

The plot the youngest Assad brother, Gen. Maher hatched to displace President Bashar Assad was betrayed by one or two of the allies he sought to back him up, Moscow or Tehran. The president relieved him of his duties pending a decision on his future.

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Coming Raqqa Offensive May Net Russia an Iraqi Air Base
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2016

Putin has never given up on a Russian air base in Iraq after getting his way in Syria. He now has a good chance of Obama’s nod to him gaining an air base in Shiite dominated southern Iraq near the old fields.

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Putin Pays Iran Back for Withholding Ground Troops from Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2016

Putin is settling accounts with Tehran for reneging on its promise of ground troops for Syria by leaving Iran in the lurch.

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Israel Is Left with Iranian, Hizballah Forces up to Its Border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2016

Israel is left worse off by the Russian expedition to Syria and its partial termination, which leave Iranian and Hizballah forces at dangerously close quarters on its Golan border.

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Yemeni Rebels’ Stinging Slap for Their Sponsor - Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2016

The Saudis and Yemeni Houthi rebels have got together for a “calm border” truce, opening the way for ending the Yemen war and dumping Iran.

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Putin to Assad, Tehran: You want to carry on fighting? Count me out
DEBKAfile Special Report March 14, 2016

A deep rift with Tehran over the continuation of the Syrian war and an irreconcilable spat with Syrian ruler Bashar Assad over his future prompted Russian President Vladimir’s shock order Monday, March 14, for the “main part” of Russian military forces to quit Syria the next morning. This is reported by debkafile’s military and intelligence sources. Moscow retains its naval presence in Tartous and Hmeymim air base, but is committed to testing Syrian peace talks in Geneva, whereas Iran and Assad are deermined to keep on fighting.

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Sidelined in Syria, Saudis Target Hizballah on Its Lebanese Home Ground
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2016

Saudi Arabia has opened a new front in Lebanon against Shiite Iran and Hizballah, after being warned off by Russia and the US from intervention in Syria.

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As US & Russia Dicker over a Syria Ceasefire, the Obama-Putin Pact Is Firm
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2016

The dickering for a compromise on a ceasefire in Syria has not shaken the Obama-Putin pact which gives Russian the leading military role in the conflict. The ceasefire lines will reflect the US and Russian lines east and west respectively of the Euphrates River.

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Nimr Execution as Rallying-Point for King Salman and His Son’s War Policies
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2016

The Saudis put the Shiite cleric to death as a deliberate anti-Iran action to break up the US-Shiite bond and unify the warring princely factions engaged in power struggles behind the policies of the king and his son.

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Nasrallah Threatens Israel with War to Disrupt Moscow’s Plans for Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2015

The Samir Quntar hit showed Nasrallah that he has no Russian shield in Syria and his own fate may be up for grabs if Tehran had to choose between him and Assad.

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Iran’s New Commander in Syria: Gen. Gholam-Hossein Gheyb-Parvar
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2015

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was so impressed by IRGC Gen. Gholam-Hossein Gheyb-Parvar’s success in crushing an anti-government uprising in the southern province of Fars, that he sent him to Damascus for a similar mission in Syria.

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Israeli rockets killed infamous terrorist Samir Quntar in Damascus
DEBKAfile Special Report December 20, 2015

Syrian media confirmed early Sunday, Dec. 20, that Israeli rocket fire destroyed a building in eastern Damascus and killed Samir Quntar, head of Hizballah terror networks in southern Syria and the Golan.  Footage showed a multi-storey residential building collapsed and rescue workers digging through the rubble. Samir Quntar is notorious for the exceptionally vicious murder of a family in Nahariya in 1979. In 2008, Israel released him from life imprisonment in exchange for the bodies of two Israeli reservists killed by Hizballah in 2006..

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Russia Controls the Levers of the US-Iranian-Backed Battle for Ramadi
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2015

The Russian Baghdad command is collaborating closely with Iran and its Shiite militias over the Ramadi operation for updated intelligence on American movements in Iraq.

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Iran Ditches Yemen Rebels: “The Saudis Have the Ball.”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2015

Iran has suddenly left Yemen’s Houthi rebels high and dry consigning them to the mercies of a deal with Saudi Arabia for ending the civil war.

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Saudi and Egyptian marines capture Iran-held island at Red Sea chokepoint
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 11, 2015

In a pivotal breakthrough in the Yemen civil war, Thursday, Dec. 11, Saudi,  Egyptian and UAR marines seized from Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels the Greater Hanish island, part of the strategic archipelago commanding the Strait of Bab al Mandeb, debkafile reports. This strait links the Indian Ocean with the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea – i.e. Africa and Asia. The Arab forces no doubt received help in their operation since Iran had converted the island into a regional arms supply depot and observation point for regional shipping, including Israeli sea traffic from Eilat.

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Russia’s Second Air Base in Syria to Host Iranian Squadrons as well
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2015

The Russian Al-Shayarat air base near Homs will provide space for two Iranian air squadrons for joint operations first to recover Palmyra.

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US and Israel on Tenterhooks for Putin’s Reaction to Israeli Air Strikes near Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 12, 2015

Two days after Obama and Netanyahu reached understandings on Syria, the Israeli Air force struck near Damascus, targeting Iran and shaking the Assad regime. This was a challenge to Putin and a test of those new understandings.

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The Dangerous Slide into a Five-Sided Proxy War in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015

The contest between America and Russia has begun, joined by three other combatants.

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Consistent Misreading of the Syrian Conflict Leaves Israel Sidelined by Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015

Based on wrong intelligence analyses of the Syrian conflict, the Israeli government is at a loss for a Syrian policy, giving the advantage of Iran. Against all predictions, Hizballah has shaped up from a militia to a proper army.

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Putin Agrees to Strip Assad of Powers before He Steps down
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2015

Multilateral diplomacy for resolving the Syrian war is racing ahead now that both Russia and Iran see their way to letting Assad be phased out of the Syrian presidency.

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