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Syria ready for truce, Assad stays, US is left out
DEBKAfile Special Report December 29, 2016

The Russian-Turkish initiative brings the Syria war the closest it has ever been to conclusion. Its success will be tested by a ceasefire at midnight on Thursday, Sept. 29, and the coming peace talks in Kazakhstan.

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Putin Heaps First Obstacle for Trump in the Middle East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 22, 2016

He invited Iran to take a leading role in resolving the Syrian conflict.

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For evacuating Aleppo
Russian role in Aleppo’s fall impacts US politics
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 16, 2016

Aleppo's fall brought down the entire architecture of US-backed positions in northern Syria. The US-backed rebel groups all melted away. Putin's role in taking the Syrian town was an extra tool for the Democrats for condemning Russian inerference in the election campaign.

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With One Phone Call, Trump Fits China into his Evolving Policy Toolbox
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 8, 2016

Taken with his détente with Putin, it was a gambit for driving a wedge between China and Russia.

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US, Russia on brink of military showdown in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 30, 2016

There is a sense in Washington and Moscow alike that a military showdown between the US and Russia is inevitable – direct this time, not through proxies.

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How the Radical Nusra Chief Upset the Obama-Putin Applecart for Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2016

The Syrian rebel movement gangs up against the US as well as Russia.

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Russia: Dissolve US-Arab-Israeli Syria war room
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2016

In another move to grab control of the Syrian arena, the Kremlin marked the start of the US-Russian brokered ceasefire in Syria with a push for the US to dissolve its war room in Amman that is manned also by Jordanian, Saudi, Israeli, Qatari and United Arab Emirates officers.

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How Syria, Ukraine crises tie in with US elections
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 5, 2016

Instead of grappling with global crises, the G20 summit is revealed as a platform for a further plunge in the cold war relations revived afresh between the United States and Russia. 

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US and Russia on Verge of Separate No-Fly Zones in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 25, 2016

The US plans to collaborate with Turkish, Israeli and Jordanian air forces to secure three zones.

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How a French-Saudi Scheme Tricked Palestinian Abbas into Fatally Provoking Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 4, 2016

France and Saudi Arabia tricked Abbas into meeting Iran’s deadliest enemy.

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Netanyahu’s Bid for a Moderate Coalition Partner Misfires
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 19, 2016

Unfortunately Lieberman is the last Israeli official that Obama wants to see in Washington.

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Exclusive Details of Second US-Russian Accord for Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 5, 2016

The Russians also consented to negotiations on the future of senior Syrian military commanders.

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Suddenly Russia consents to consider Assad’s ouster
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 4, 2016

Washington and Moscow have made dramatic progress over the last few days in marathon telephone talks between Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on ending the war in Syria. Russia agreed for the first time to discuss the possibility that Syrian President Bashar Assad will step down, and the conditions under which such a process will take place.    

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Abu Mazen rebuffs Kerry’s appeal to cool Palestinian terror against Israelis
DEBKAfile Special Report February 23, 2016

US Secretary of State John Kerry came away empty-handed from his latest meeting with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazen) in Amman on Sunday, Feb. 21,- which shouldn’t have surprised him. debkafile reports that Kerry was finally persuaded that Abbas would not give Israel an inch on any political or security-related matters. The Palestinian leader has never swerved from his conviction that it is the duty of the international community to force Israel to present the Palestinians with a state - without negotiations.

 

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Shoigu in Tehran to rescue Putin’s plan from Assad’s Iranian-backed obstructionism
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2016

President Putin this week sent Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to Tehran to unsnarl his blueprint for a solution of the Syrian crisis from the blockage placed in its path by none other than Bashar Assad, who refuses to hear of Moscow’s proposals for a political formula for ending the war, or even a ceasefire. debkafile reports that Assad has quietly gained Tehran’s support for his negativism, causing strains between Moscow, Damascus and Tehran that are blowing back on the working relations between the Russian, Iranian and Syrian commands running the Syrian war.
 

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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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Russian S-400 anti-air missile in Syria
Russian hands-off warning to US, Saudis, Turks amid crucial Aleppo battle
DEBKAfile Special Report February 6, 2016

The five-year old Syrian civil war faces its most critical moment. Saturday, Feb. 6, a combined force of Syrian army and Hizballah troops and an Iraqi Shiite militia under Iranian officers, were led by Russian air and Spetsnaz (special forces) officers into pressing forward to encircle 35,000 rebels trapped in Aleppo, the country’s largest city. The biggest refugee exodus of the Syrian war is blocked at the Turkish border. Moscow hints it will fight off any US, Saudi or Turkish interference.

 

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No Leeway for Turkey and Gulf Nations in Obama-Putin Pact for Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 28, 2016

Turkish and Gulf rulers were clearly hostile to the US-Russian blueprint for Syria presented them this week by VP Biden and Secretary Kerry, especially since they were sidelined by the dominant Russian military role.

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US Must Now Fight to Save “Landmark” Nuclear Accord from Iran’s Mistrust
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2016

To save the nuclear accord, the US must fight Iran’s avowed mistrust and resist its attempts to collaborate with Russia to push the United States out of the Middle East.

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Iran Extracts Last-Minute US Concessions on Nuclear Accord Deadline Day
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2016

Zarif extracted concessions on centrifuges from Kerry as the six foreign ministers waited ready in Vienna, hour after hour, to declare the nuclear accord in force and start lifting sanctions.

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