555 articles tagged "Syria"
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Hillary Clinton and Ahmet Davutoglu
A Coalition No-Fly Zone over Syria - Hinging on US Military Input
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 10, 2012

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyin Erdogan has an ambitious new plan for a combined coalition effort to end the violence in Syria. But it all depends on President Obama's willingness to back it up with an air and naval umbrella against Syrian missile and air might backed by the Russian navy. The US president is in no hurry to jump in.

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Vladimir Putin
Russia Is Prepared to Use Military Power to Defend Iran and Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 10, 2012

Russia has a comprehensive long-term plan to overtake - or at least match - America as a world superpower and it therefore extends a helping hand to any Middle East and Arab power, principally Syria and Iran, willing to defy Washington. Moscow is also betting on Bashar Assad winning the Syrian conflict.

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1,000 Israeli paratroops jump in big drill
Americans talk about an Israeli strike on Iran, but prepare own offensive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2012

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has been outspoken about a possible Israeli offensive being launched against Iran from April, but has not leveled about massive US war preparations. The question is no longer if armed hostilities are afoot, but when. Tehran too is gearing up with a new three-week "exercise" and calling allies to the flag, including Syria. There, the appalling bloodbath has reached a scale – 350 Saturday, Feb. 4 alone – which potentially rivals nuclear Iran as the trigger for a Middle East confrontation.

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A Western-Arab Undercover Exercise Afoot to Oust Bashar Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2012

To pierce the layers of armor devised by Syrian, Russian and Iranian strategists to keep Assad afloat, the Western-Arab bloc is recruiting top Syrian generals to march on Damascus and unseat the dictator.

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Israel's Military Girds up to Strike Iran This Spring
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 3, 2012

Israel's military (the IDF) is no longer hiding from view its preparations for an attack on Iran's nuclear program – most probably from the spring – and its expectation of armed hostilities erupting consequently on at least three fronts, Syria, the Lebanese Hizballah and the Palestinian Hamas in Gaza. On Jan. 31, a division exercise was held for drafting reservists under fire.

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Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and Jordan's King Abdullah
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood uses Palestinian Hamas as channel to Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 1, 2012

Hamas-Damascus, contrary to Western reports, is firmly maintaining its ties with the Assad regime and the Iranian officials posted to the Syrian capital and Beirut as well as Hizballah, debkafile's sources report. Neither is Hamas seeking to break its ties with Iran, its arms and cash supplier for years. Indeed, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is seizing on the coming Tehran visit by Hamas' Gazan Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh as opening a back door for mending its fences with the Iranian leadership.

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Regime Change in Damascus? Only If Tehran Wills it
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 26, 2012

The Syrian ruler is still fully in control in Damascus, contrary to the reports propagated by the opposition. He is still backed by the high army command and supported by Iran and Russia. The Assad regime will be in danger only if two of those three backers turn against him.

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Gen. Martin Dempsey
US Refuses to Co-Opt Israel to a Military Strike against Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 12, 2012

The US and Israel, while bound tightly by military bonds, are at loggerheads over Iran. The Obama administration wants to cut Israel out of military action against Iran's nuclear sites and prevent it hitting back for an Iranian reprisal. Israel is withholding a commitment to abstain from striking Iran unilaterally.

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Turkish FM Davutoglu with Iranian President Ahmadinejad
Turkey halts Iranian arms corridor to Syria, balks at nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 12, 2012

When IDF Military Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi accused Iran and Hizballah Wednesday, Jan. 11of of supplying Bashar Assad with arms for suppressing protest, Turkey had just closed the Iranian corridor carrying those arms through its territory after its contribution to the Syrian army's success in beating down Hama, Homs and Idlib. debkafile discloses that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also warned Tehran that Ankara would not tolerate a nuclear Iran. It would retaliate by posting NATO troops on the Iranian border.

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Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kutznetsov in Syrian port
Russian, French warships off Syria, Iran, US drones over Iranian coast
DEBKAfile Special Report January 9, 2012

US, Russian, French and British air and naval forces are gathering around the Syrian and Iranian coasts on guard for fresh developments at the two Middle East flashpoints. The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov put in earlier than planned at Syria's Tartus port Sunday, Jan. 8, together with two more Russian warships. British and French naval craft head to the Persian Gulf, while the giant US RQ-4 Global Hawk drone has begun monitoring Iranian coastlines from the USS Stenning aircraft carrier.

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Israeli Eitan drone
Israeli drone over Turkish-Syrian border. Battles in Syrian-Jordanian-Israeli border triangle
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 4, 2012

Military tensions are building up around Syria's borders. Wednesday, Jan. 4, Turkish military sources reported an Israeli Eitan drone hovering for four hours over the Turkish Hawk Brigade 14 stationed on the Syrian border at Kirikhan in the Hatay district – the expected jumping-off point for any foreign military intervention in Syria.  In the south, fierce battles raged Tuesday, Jan. 3 between Syrian troops and the mutinous 38th Mechanized Brigade in the Syrian-Jordanian-Israeli border triangle. Sounds of gunfire were heard in Israel.

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Libyan ex-al Qaeda's Abdel Hakim Belhaj
Qatar builds Sunni intervention force of Libyan, Iraqi terrorists against Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 27, 2011

Qatar, encouraged by its successful participation in the campaign to overthrow Libya's Muammar Qaddafi, has established a Sunni Arab intervention force to expedite the drive for Syrian President Bashar Assad's ouster, debkafile's military sources report. The new, highly mobile force has boosted the anti-Assad Free Syrian Army with 2,500 ex-Libyan and active Iraqi terrorists and is commanded by the Libyan ex-al Qaeda militia commander Abdel Hakim Belhaj. Israel should be concerned that the new force may try and reach Gaza.

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Bombing scene in Damascus
Western Intelligence: Assad's security men staged Damascus bombings
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 23, 2011

By Friday night, Dec. 23, Western intelligence sources were attributing the twin suicide car attacks which claimed 53 lives and injured more than 100 outside the Syrian Security Directorate in Damascus earlier in the day to President Bashar Assad and his security chiefs. His motive? To keep the Arab League team, just arrived for an effort to start brokering peace in Syria, busy in Damascus instead of inspecting Homs where the bloody military crackdown continued during the day.

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NATO Airlifts Libyans to Rebels, Russia Feeds Intel to Syrian Ruler
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 22, 2011

As NATO cargo planes airlifted Libyan fighters to join the anti-Assad Free Syrian Army units in Turkey, Syrian forces armed with Russian spy satellite intelligence waylaid FSA rebels and deserters, killing them where they stood. A large-scale exercise prepares Syrian army to repel a combined offensive.

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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan
Erdogan's illness impacts events around Syria and Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 18, 2011

Extreme concern was quietly voiced Sunday, Dec. 18, by American and European official circles over the state of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's health – and especially its impact on present and impending events in Syria and other parts of the Middle East, including Iran, debkafile's Western intelligence sources report. Those sources say Erdogan is suffering from Rectosigmoid cancer. The prolonged treatment he needs is already affecting policy-making and has sparked the first signs of a power struggle within his ruling AKP party.
 

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Damascus Places Scud Missiles on Turkish Border, Orders 3 Million WMD Masks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 15, 2011

Syria has moved Scud missiles, some tipped with chemical warheads, to its border with Turkey, reinforced its tank units on the Jordanian border and airlifted from Russia three million face masks against chemical and biological weapons.

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Joe Biden
Secret US Headquarters for Toppling Assad at Gaziantep, Turkey
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 15, 2011

President Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan have developed relations of mutual trust which allowed the US to set up its headquarters for the campaign to oust Bashar Assad in southwest Turkey. The next US-inspired step is to foment a campaign of civil obedience against the Assad regime, starting in Aleppo.

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Saudi Crown Prince Nayef receives Iran's Heidar Moslehi
Iran propositions Saudis, seeks anti-US pact, offers nuclear cooperation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 14, 2011

Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi visited Riyadh Monday, Dec. 12 with a large delegation and a proposition for Crown Prince Nayef: For an anti-US and anti-Zionist pact on regional issues, Tehran would act to bring the Syrian opposition into government and open its nuclear program to Saudi participation. Moslehi boasted that after seizing top US secret drone technology by a successful cyber attack, Iran was unquestionably the top regional power. The Saudis moved fast to take the ayatollahs down a peg or two.

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Protesters hang Assad in effigy
US has secret plan for Bashar Assad's ouster
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly December 13, 2011

By deploying US troops on the Jordanian-Syrian border, the Obama administration played the last piece of its master game for Bashar Assad's ouster – in conjunction with Turkey, France, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Qatar. DEBKA-Net-Weekly's latest issue out Friday offers glimpses of covert US action in Syria alongside counter-steps pursued by Damascus, Tehran and Hizballah.
The next in our series of US RQ-170 exclusives reveals not just how Iran tampered with the stealth drone technology but also with the satellite controlling it.

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Bashir Assad
The Assads Prepare to Fight on from Alawite Mountain Stronghold
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 9, 2011

Bashar Assad is preparing to quit Damascus should civil war erupt and carry on fighting from a mountain stronghold in the Alawite Mountains. The encampment is already under preparation with protected premises for his Allawite following.

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