1420 articles tagged "Israel"
Assad Is Pushed Hard by Iran to Transfer Weapons to Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2013

Iran is squeezing Assad hard to push Hizballah’s weapons out of Syrian stores across the border into Lebanon. He is too heavily dependent on Tehran to refuse. Assad is also waiting for the weather to clear to settle his accounts with Israel with a limited military strike.

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Obama Gave the Nod for Israel’s Military Strike against Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 1, 2013

Obama was convinced that by sundering Assad’s military links with Hizballah, Iran would be isolated and Assad bereft of his regime’s most active support and shield.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
The Israeli War Alert Peaked in Time with Twin Chemical Threats
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 1, 2013

Israel’s war alert unfolded in five days from Jan. 25 to 29 as Hizballah came close to seizing a major Syrian chemical arsenal and jihadists fighting in Syrian rebel ranks threatened to capture another chemical store.

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US Navy strikes groups idle in dock
US reluctant to step in vs. Syrian chemical threat, urges neighbors to cope
DEBKAfile Special Report January 28, 2013

Comments by US President Barack Obama and Ambassador Dan Shapiro lack a US commitment to step in against the Syrian chemical threat. Obama is concerned with juggling his global military priorities against a shrinking defense budget. debkafile: The onus for coping with the chemical peril is being passed by Washington to Turkey, Jordan and Israel. US aid will be confined to setting targets, providing intelligence and coordinating Israeli-Turkish-Jordanian military operations if necessary to take control of the dangerous arsenal. 

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Free Syrian Army displays used ordnance
Iran actively weighs Syrian-Israeli clash. Iron Dome posted in N. Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 27, 2013

Tehran is looking seriously at a limited Syrian-Lebanese clash of arms with Israel – possibly using Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons as a trigger, debkafile discloses.  Israel reacted to this news by announcing Sunday, Jan. 27, the deployment of Iron Dome anti-missile batteries in northern Israel and Haifa port.  A clash would serve Tehran by sidetracking Israel from striking Iran’s nuclear facilities and help spin out its nuclear talks with the Six Powers. Israel has got plans ready for current military challenges.

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Bashar Assad
Assad Senses Success. The Rebels Start Thinking about Reconciliation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 11, 2013

Since the US pulled its fleet away from Syrian shores and the rebels’ arms supplies began drying up, Turkey and Israel assumed defensive postures vis a vis Syria, while the rebels began thinking about reconciliation with Bashar Assad.

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Early Signs of the Chemical Weapons’ Presence in the Syrian Conflict
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 4, 2013

The early emergence of Syria’s chemical weapons capabilities confused the Americans, produces US warnings and Israeli threats. Turkey soon applied to NATO for Patriot missiles.

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Syria Notches up Chemical War Preparations in Face of US Warnings
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 4, 2013

Obama again warns Assad not to use chemical weapons, but instead the Syria ruler starts moving them north and getting them ready for operations. US Congressman Mike Rogers says they are in condition use at a moment's notice.

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Jordan Is Prime Target, Followed by Israel and Turkey
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 4, 2013

Syria launches Scuds against the rebels as they near the Al Safira chemical weapons depot. Lavrov asserts that the weapons are under control – for now. Netanyahu goes to Amman for talks with King Abdullah.

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A Conspiracy of Silence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 4, 2013

The US, Russia and Israel fail to prevent Assad depositing chemical weapons in Hizballah’s Lebanese strongholds. Not enough is being done to keep them out of al Qaeda hands either.

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Victim of Syrian army poison gas attack in Homs
Failed Syria envoy Brahimi’s mission brings chemical war closer
DEBKAfile Special Report December 30, 2012

Both sides to the Syrian conflict appear to have launched a form of poison chemicals against their foes. Western and Middle East military sources say pro-Assad forces may have brought into the Homs battle of Dec. 23 imported gas grenades which Iran used to quell the 2009 Tehran riots. debkafile: Although Jordan claimed Sunday it “would not enter into any alliance to protect itself,” large NATO and US forces have prepared the kingdom for chemical attack. Some intelligence sources estimate Turkey or Israel may be next after Jordan.

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Chemical weapons store
Israel backs Russia’s avowal that Syrian chemical arms are secure “for now”
DEBKAfile Special Report December 23, 2012

“At the moment, [Syria’s] chemical weapons are under control,” said senior Israeli defense official Amos Gilad Sunday, Dec. 23, echoing the statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Saturday that Syrian chemical weapons “are under control for the time being.” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu then predicted early far-reaching changes in the Syrian regime with effect on "the sensitive weaponry present there.” debkafile: A foreign force commandeered the chemical stocks at al Safira after forcing the Syrian army and rebels to hold their fire.

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Assad’s deadly agenda: First, chemicals, next, Iskander 9K720
DEBKAfile Video December 19, 2012

debkafile Exclusive: The Russians have given Bashar Assad his most sophisticated weapon thus far – the Iskander cruise missile which has a hypersonic speed of 1.3 miles per second. The Syrian ruler now has at his disposal a fearsome armory of chemical weapons and a top-line missile.

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Hermes-450 UAV made in Israel
Azerbaijan nabs Iranian agents setting trap for Israel-made drone
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2012

debkafile Special: Last week, the Azerbaijani police picked up six Iranian secret agents looking for the air bases housing the drones their government purchased from Israel. The agents carried cash, fake passports, automatic pistols, advanced electronic equipment for tracking aircraft and electronic warfare devices for jamming them. Their capture foiled an Iranian plot to trap one of the UAVs as it flew over the Azerbaijani-Iranian Caspian Sea border. As the agents’ clandestine handler, the Iranian culture attaché was barred form returning to Baku.

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William Burns
Qatari and Egyptian Rulers Put a Spoke in Obama’s Middle East Master Plan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 14, 2012

The Qatari rulers have again swung like a pendulum for and against President Obama’s Middle East goals, joined now by Egyptian President Morsi. Qatar is shifting is focus towards a radical solution of the perennial Palestinian problem, junking standing peace accords and processes.

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Iran Sets a Trap for an Israeli Drone over the Caspian Sea
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 14, 2012

Tehran is set on capturing an Israel drone like the American UAVs it has downed. Iranian spies in Azerbaijan went looking for the bases where drones purchased from Israel were held – and were arrested.

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Anti-contamination gear for chemical warfare
What comes first – a Syrian chemical attack or a US-led military showdown?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 9, 2012

US, Israeli, Jordanian and Turkish special forces are on the ground in Syria, armed with special gear for combating chemical arms. They are close enough to count the convoys carrying poison gas weapons, augmented by US military surveillance satellites and drones able to pinpoint their position at any moment. But it is feared that Bashar Assad has moved the chemical arms to secret caches and so US and other Western forces are poised opposite Syria’s borders ready to strike for any unforeseen move.

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Obama and Assad Play Chemical Poker before Big Confrontation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2012

President Barack Obama is holding back from ordering an attack on the Syrian army’s chemical units – just as the Syrian ruler is abstaining from issuing the “go” order to use those weapons. It seems that neither wants to go first. Stormy weather is a complicating factor which plays to Assad’s advantage.

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Tehran Demonstrates Two Methods for Downing American Drones
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2012

If the US and Israeli are counting on swarms of drones to carry out an attack on Iranian nuclear sites, they had better think again.

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US: Sarin bombs ready for Assad’s “go” order. Israel's odd silence
DEBKAfile Special Report December 6, 2012

American officials said Wednesday, Dec. 4, that they believed bombs had been made ready with sarin gas, but not yet loaded onto fighter planes and Assad had not issued the “go” order. The USS Eisenhower Strike Group has reached the Syrian coast with 8 fighter bomber squadrons and 8,000 servicemen. With the USS Iwo Jima, the US has posted opposite Syria 70 fighter-bombers, 17 warships and 10,000 American fighting men – all in apparent readiness for US intervention in the Syrian conflict.

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