DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 20, 2017
The Israeli drone that targeted the Syrian militiaman Yasser Sayad outside the Golan town of Quneitra Sunday, March 19, reinforced the hands-off message first carried by the Israeli Arrow 2 which shot down a Syrian SA-5 anti-air missile Friday.
DEBKAfile Special Report February 18, 2016
The IDF has declined comment on the report that three Israeli missiles struck Syrian military outposts on the road between Damascus and the southern Syrian town of Daraa, where rebel positions are under heavy Russian and Syrian air attack. The Syrian army and Hizballah have denied the report. If it is confirmed, it would indicate the Israeli has drawn a line against the approach to its northern border of Syrian, Iranian and Hizballah forces and a flood of refugees from the fighting..
DEBKAfile Special Report December 30, 2015
Israel’s military and political leaders became intensely anxious Tuesday, Dec. 29, when they saw how concentrated Russian air strikes were swiftly dislodging anti-Assad rebels from southern Syria and beginning to open the door for the Syrian and Hizballah armies to come dangerously close to the Israeli border. debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report that Russian air strikes in other parts of the country have tapered off.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 18, 2015
On Sunday, Oct. 18, Russian and Israeli air force headquarters near Latakia n Syria and Tel Aviv began practicing procedures for using the hot line they established last week to coordinate their operations in Syrian skies. debkafile: Arab-speaking flight controllers will no doubt man the Russian end of the hot line at Al-Hmeineem, while US and other Western air controllers will join Israeli officers at the Tel Aviv end to coordinate their own flights over Syria with the Russian command.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 22, 2015
The headlines claiming that the Russian and Israeli armies have agreed to establish a coordination center for their operations in Syria, run way past Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s disclosure, after his talks with President Vladimir Putin Monday, Sept. 21: He spoke of agreement on “a mechanism to prevent misunderstandings and clashes.” The gap reflects the absence of tangible plans for real coordination between the continuously-ramped up Russian forces in Syria and the IDF, because neither army means to level with the other in advance of its operations.
DEBKAfile Special Report September 21, 2015
As Binyamin Netanyahu heads to Moscow for critical talks with Vladimir Putin, the impending arrival of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles in Syria raises serious questions about Russia’s real intentions in the country. Israel faces dilemmas in dealing with this and other unexplained aspects of the Russian buildup. Netanyahu has taken the bold step of taking with him to the Kremlin IDF chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkot and the head of military intelligence, Maj. Gen. Hertzi Halevi. debkafile reports that Putin will be attended by his national security advisor, Nikolai Patrushev.
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