267 articles tagged "Russia"
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Bashar Assad
Assad Hardens His Negotiating Position
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2013, 9:57 PM (GMT+02:00)

Moscow talks delayed as Assad holds out for victory in the coming chemical war. The rebels are meanwhile receiving financial aid for buying arms from US and Russia alike.

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Ehud Barak greeted by Chuck Hagel at Pentagon
Washington: Hizballah has got hold of chemical weapons
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 6, 2013, 6:55 AM (GMT+02:00)

When Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon Tuesday, March 5, he heard for the first time in years American criticism of the Israeli army for under-reacting – in this case to the chemical weapons threat emanating from Syria. Israel was also berated for under-estimating this menace and failing to take into account the likely need to send troops into Syria. Barak received official US confirmation that chemical weapons had reached HIzballah.

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Assad Pulls Ahead in Syrian War. Putin, Khamenei Are Co-Victors
DEBKAfile Video February 26, 2013, 3:42 AM (GMT+02:00)

Syrian peace talks are set to open in Moscow on March 5 between the Syrian opposition and Assad regime representatives, debkafile reveals. The ...

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Bashar Assad
Assad Is Way Ahead of the Syrian Revolt. His Co-Victors are Khamenei & Putin
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2013, 1:09 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Syrian opposition and rebels have come to terms with their inability to beat Assad’s army on the battlefield and are ready to talk. Assad won’t hear of stepping down and is preparing to run for another presidential term in 2014. Moscow which is hosting the talks stands behind ...

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Downing the Israeli Drone Stretches Its Confrontation Line up to Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2013, 1:09 AM (GMT+02:00)

If Russian personnel pushed the button of the anti-air missile that allegedly downed an Israeli done over the Lebanese Beqaa Valley, it carried a message from Moscow to Jerusalem to that Lebanon as well as Syria is under its protection.

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Syrian Rebels Fight with Heavy Weapons Supplied by… the Kosovo Army
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 15, 2013, 1:14 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Islamist factions of the Syrian rebellion are now getting anti-tank missiles from Serbia, Kosovo and Albania through Kosovo Liberation Army contacts. The new heavy arms have brought the rebels three victories in one week.

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Israeli Air Force F-15 Eagle takes off
Russia slams Israeli attack on Syria. US forces in Jordan on alert
DEBKAfile Special Report January 31, 2013, 9:51 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Israeli air strike on a military site near Damascus announced by Syria Wednesday, Jan. 30, was strongly condemned by Moscow as “blatantly violating the UN Charter and unacceptable, no matter the motives to justify it.“ debkafile: High military alerts declared across the region including Syrian Golan units, the Turkish, Jordanian, Lebanese and Israeli armies, US units in Turkey and Jordan and Russian warships off Syria. Western intelligence agencies predict more military action between Israel, Syria, Hizballah and possibly Iran.

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Vladimir Putin
Moscow Hides behind Iran for Secret Bid to Regain Influence in Cairo
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 25, 2013, 1:40 PM (GMT+02:00)

Moscow and Tehran are capitalizing on President Barack Obama's withdrawal of US forces from the Middle East and his maneuvers for avoiding military involvement in its trouble spots.  Russia is quietly riding piggy-back on Iran's overt drive for influence in Cairo, hoping to recover the high standing enjoyed by the Soviet Union up until 1972. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have sent their aides to Cairo to coordinate their moves.

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Russian warships in Tartus
Russia lifts nationals out of Syria. Moscow, Iran arm Assad for major armored push
DEBKAfile Special Report January 21, 2013, 10:19 PM (GMT+02:00)

Moscow Monday, Jan. 21 said two Russian planes would land in Beirut Tuesday to evacuate 100 Russians from Syria, and contingency plans were in hand to lift 30,000 Russians from the embattled country. debkafile: This was decided after Bashar Assad told his high command to organize mobile armored strike groups for a big push to evict rebel forces from the places they captured. Russia and Iran have stepped up their arms deliveries to Assad’s army by sea and by air in support of Assad's coming offensive.

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Is Syria the World’s Killing Field for Al Qaeda?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 4, 2013, 12:02 AM (GMT+02:00)

The evidence is piling up that the US, Russia, the European Union and even China are luring al Qaeda and affiliated jihadists to Syria to vent their trouble-making capabilities on its killing fields in the hope that they will not return.

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A Conspiracy of Silence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 4, 2013, 12:01 AM (GMT+02:00)

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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Chemical weapons store
Israel backs Russia’s avowal that Syrian chemical arms are secure “for now”
DEBKAfile Special Report December 23, 2012, 12:42 PM (GMT+02:00)

“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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Russia's airborne special forces
Russian forces take Syrian chemical, biological weapons under control
DEBKAfile Special Report December 22, 2012, 2:48 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Syrian chemical warfare threat took an epic turn Saturday, Dec. 22 with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s statement that “Syria has “consolidated its chemical weapons in one or two locations… and they are under control.”  Russian military advisers training Syria’s military,” he said, “have kept close watch over its chemical arsenal.” debkafile: This was Moscow’s assurance to Washington that Russia had taken care of the danger of Syria’s WMD falling into Islamist terrorist hands, which came close Friday with the rebel assault on al-Safira.

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Assad’s deadly agenda: First, chemicals, next, Iskander 9K720
DEBKAfile Video December 19, 2012, 11:28 AM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile Exclusive: The Russians have given Bashar Assad his most sophisticated weapon thus far – the Iskander cruise missile which has a hypersonic ...

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Obama Freezes in Face of Russian Cruise Missiles for Syria and North Korean Unha-3
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 14, 2012, 12:44 AM (GMT+02:00)

Moscow has answered the US Patriots in Turkey with the top-line Eskandar missiles for Syria for which the West has no answer. This compounded the bad news coming from Pyongyang of North Korea’s first successful long-range three-stage missile test. To neither does Obama seem to have an answer.

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Mikhail Bogdanov
Moscow Weight Russian Military Enclaves in Post-Assad Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 14, 2012, 12:44 AM (GMT+02:00)

Moscow is looking ahead to the post-Assad era and planning to set up permanent military enclaves at Damascus and Aleppo airports.

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RQ-170
Russian & Chinese Experts Help Iran Reverse-Engineer the US RQ-170 Stealth Drone
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 11, 2012, 11:54 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran’s nuclear chief Abbasi is in charge of the conversion of the captured US Sentinel by Iran and the work of mixed Iranian-Russian-Chinese teams to transfer its secret systems to Iranian drones.

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Turkish armed forces on full alert
Turkey's army on high state of readiness, first step for Syria no-fly zone
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 11, 2012, 8:24 AM (GMT+02:00)

War tensions over Syria shot up again early Thursday, Oct. 11, when the Turkish army was placed on high readiness and its chiefs pledge stronger responses to Syria. An authoritative US source told debkafile that Turkey had - by forcing a Syrian civilian flight en route from Moscow land in Ankara and banning flights over Syria - begun creating a no-fly zone over Syria. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta again cited the threat of chemical warfare. US sources don’t expect Assad or Iran to take Turkish actions lying down.

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Russian Early Warning Stations Shut down in Syria, Missile Defense Systems Recalled
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 7, 2012, 12:17 AM (GMT+02:00)

Russia has indeed left Assad high and dry by shutting down its early warning stations which warning Syrian air and missile defense batteries of oncoming threats and turning back a Russian warship carrying SA-17 missile interception batteries for Syria.

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Russian Navy in Tartus
Russia is disengaging from Syria: Arms shipments stopped, warships exit Tartus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 29, 2012, 4:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

Russian naval vessels have unexpectedly departed the Syrian Mediterranean port of Tartus and Russian arms shipments to Syria have been suddenly discontinued. debkafile’s military sources reveal that those and other military steps indicate that the Russians are rapidly drawing away from the Syrian arena to avoid getting caught up in the escalating hostilities expected to arise from military intervention by the US, Europe and a number of Arab states. Russian intelligence seems certain that this foreign intervention is imminent.

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