553 articles tagged "Syria"
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IDF reservists on sudden call-up maneuver
Assad warns Jordan against war game like Turkey and Israel
DEBKAfile Special Report October 7, 2011

Israel and Turkey embarked on large-scale mobilization maneuvers near Syrian borders Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 5-6 and the Jordanian armed forces were urged by the US and Turkey to follow suit. But Bashar Assad decided that having to build up his forces on two Syrian borders was enough. He sent a messenger to threaten Jordan's King Abdullah that if he staged an exercise, the Syrian air force would bomb Jordanian towns and if Israel intervened, he would attack them with missiles.

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No More Military Adventures for NATO in Syria or Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 7, 2011

The consensus of US and Western intelligence chiefs at their closed door meeting in Langley was that NATO should count itself out of further military interventions in Arab uprisings in the coming year – especially in Syria - after its mistakes in Libya. Reliance on Turkey was seen as a letdown. The Yemeni crisis was judged more dangerous to broader regions of the Middle East and East Africa than the Syrian conflict.

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Syrian troops facing Turkey
Turkish military exercise on Syrian border. Assad threatens Tel Aviv if attacked
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 4, 2011

War tensions between Turkey, NATO and Syria shot up again Tuesday, Oct. 4, with the announcement from Ankara that Turkey embarks Wednesday on a 10-day "mobilization" exercise in the southern province of Hatay along the Syrian borderwhere 7,000 Syrian refugees are sheltering. A visit by the Turkish prime minister is also expected. Earlier, debkafile reported exclusively that Bashar Assad had been threatening for three months to destroy Tel Aviv within six hours of an attack on Syria.

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Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu
Turkey boasts successful Syrian policy as Assad terminally smashes protest
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 19, 2011

"We sided with the Syrian people because regimes will go but the people always stay," said Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu Sunday, Sept. 18 in a bid to vindicate the "zero conflict" doctrine against its many critics. In fact, debkafile reports, most of "the Syrian people" had gone to their graves when Davutoglu made his remark: Bashar Assad and his army had virtually smashed their six-month protest, aided substantially by Turkey reneging on its pledge of military backing for "the people."

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Moscow Races to Save Assad; Washington to Head off a Turkish-Israeli Military Clash
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2011

The Arab revolts have resolved themselves ten months on into a US effort to damp down the Turkey-Israel, Egypt-Israel fires before they blow up - at best into limited military confrontations, whereas Russia, disenchanted with America's removal of Muammar Qaddafi, has stepped in to rescue Syria's Assad.

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Bashar Assad
The Syrian Crisis Tests Muslim Brotherhood's Future in the Region
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2011

The Muslim Brotherhood's role in post-revolt Arab capitals – sought by Barack Obama – faces counter-pressure from Russia, China and Iran – particularly in Damascus. Not just Iran, but Russia and China too have stepped up their arms consignments to the regime, loath to see fundamentalist Muslim power reigning in any Middle East capital. In Damascus, Moscow has set up a military-diplomatic headquarters.

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Syrian tanks hunt Turkish command center at Jabal Al-Zawya
Syrian units pull back from Israeli border for big offensive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 8, 2011

The Syrian ruler has ordered his military chiefs to get set to launch their biggest operation to destroy the protest movement bedeviling his regime for nearly six months, debkafile's military sources report exclusively. All units are deployed on full preparedness around the protest centers for coordinated strikes in the coming days and all leaves cancelled.The five divisions posted on the Israeli border have been pulled back. Aleppo has staged its first major anti-Assad rally.

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Qatari emir gives Iranian president a piece of his mind
Assad may opt for war to escape Russian, Arab, European ultimatums
DEBKAfile Special Report August 30, 2011

Monday night and Tuesday, Aug-29-30, three international heavyweights - Russia, the European Union and  key Muslim nations – gave Syrian President Bashar Assad tough ultimatums for ending his barbaric crackdown on protest. Nevertheless, on Monday, his troops shot dead 17 people in Syrian cities - even as he received Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov who arrived in Damascus with a last warning from President Dmitry Medvedev. Pushed into a tight corner, Assad may opt for war on his neighbors.

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Mohammed Abdul Jalil
NATO May Fight Gulf Arab Wars, Starting with Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2011

NATO, Britain and France are too broke to finish the job the started in Libya. The Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council is ready to provide financing but wants a NATO military arm for overthrowing the Assad regime in Syria and promoting its other interests. The Obama administration welcomes the hook-up to relieve the US for some of its financial burdens.

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Qaddafi and Assad Both Have Chemical Weapons and Nerve Gas
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2011

The US and NATO claim that Muammar Qaddafi's chemical weapons stockpile is secure but this is not borne out by the facts. He almost certainly replenished his old stocks with purchases on the black market. The quantities stocked by Bashar Assad are far greater and he would have less inhibitions about using them to save his skin.

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Bashar Assad and Ahmet Davutoglu
How Diplomacy Morphed into a Paroxysm of Violence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2011

Bashar Assad took the extra 10-15 days awarded him by US and Turkey as a grace period to finish his military slam against protest and introduce reforms. This was not intended and so Barack Obama finally told him he must go.

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Syrian Middle Class May Seek Army Rule if the Economy Keeps Sinking
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2011

Rumors have started that Syria generals have deposed Assad in a secret putsch and left him in place as a front. They reportedly struck as middle class and army support for Assad was fading fast as the economy kept sinking – a deterioration exacerbated by President Obama telling him it is time to go and freezing all Syria's assets.

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The Potential for War on Israel Ripping through the Mid East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2011

After ruling out direct military intervention, most governments concerned in the drive to oust Bashar Assad find that arming the rebels and pumping thousands of Sunni volunteers into Syria are the only feasible option.  But before this plan is up and running, he is expected to preemptively employ the Lebanese Shiite Hizballah for heating up the Lebanese-Israel border or even spark an all-out conflagration between the two long-time foes which would quickly ignite the Golan border between Syria and Israel. 

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Syrian protesters flee tank divisions
Obama and Erdogan grant Assad 15 days to finish uprising. Call-up in Turkey
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2011

Thursday night, Aug. 11, US President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan agreed to set Syrian President Bashar Assad the deadline of Aug. 27 for extinguishing the popular uprising against his rule and starting to implement genuine democratic reforms. This decision followed Erdogan's report to Obama on the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's six-hour conversation with Assad Tuesday, Aug. 9. Turkey has called up reserves for transfer to the Syrian border.

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Bashar Assad and Ahmet Davutoglu
Turkey and US Waver over Military Intervention against Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 12, 2011

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's Damascus mission started with a military ultimatum and ended on a weak note which drew a contemptuous reaction from Bashar Assad. Damascus is working against the clock. Assad hopes to have broken the back of the anti-Assad protest. Otherwise, zero military conscription will break the army.

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Ali Habib
Why Is the Syrian Army Fighting without a Chief of Staff?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 12, 2011

The House of Assad has seized all-inclusive control of the ferocious assault on the opposition by getting rid of one general, defense minister Ali Habib, promoting another, chief of staff Dawoud Rajha, in his place, and so removing all the obstacles in the path of the president's brother-in-law Deputy Army chief Asif Shawqat for taking complete charge of the war on whole Syrian cities in the name of the ruling family.

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Syrian tanks in action near Turkish border
Syria goads Turkey by attacking towns along their border
DEBKAfile Special Report August 10, 2011

Less than 24 hours after Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu handed Bashar Assad in Damascus "a final warning," to stop the bloodshed or else, Assad demonstrated coolly that he is not scared by the prospect of Turkish or NATO military intervention or deterred by new US sanctions against Syria's biggest bank and mobile phone company. The day after his Turkish guest departed, Wednesday, Aug. 10, Assad launched provocative military assaults on three towns in the Turkish border region - following receipt of a missile shield guarantee from Iran.

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Russia's NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin
Russia: NATO close to military steps in Syria for beachhead to attack Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report August 5, 2011

Twelve hours after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned Assad he faced a "sad fate" if he failed to introduce reforms, Moscow's envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin accused the Western alliance of planning a military campaign against Syria to help overthrow the Assad regime "with the long-reaching goal of preparing a beachhead for an attack on Iran."
In an Izvestia interview Friday, Aug. 5, Rogozin added: "This statement means that the planning [of the military campaign] is well underway."

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Bashar Assad
A Saudi Plan for a New Sunni State Straddling Euphrates River
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 5, 2011

While his bloody crackdown on Hama grabs headlines, and Bashar Assad's fights for his life against his people, Saudi Arabia eyes the eastern Euphrates Valley and its towns of Deir el-Zour and Abu Kamal for severance from Syria to link up with the Iraqi Anbar province and form a new Sunni Muslim republic under their protection.

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Nikolay Patrushev to visit Tehran Aug. 15
Moscow defends Assad, seeks nuclear deal with Iran by freezing sanctions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 2, 2011

As Moscow prepares to block strong UN Security Council condemnation of Syrian violence against protest, Russian diplomats Monday, Aug. 1, launched a quiet effort to start freezing sanctions imposed on Iran over its military nuclear program in return for Tehran satisfactorily answering the International nuclear watchdog's "questions and concerns," debkafile's Moscow and Washington sources report.
Iranian Foreign Minister Saeed Jalili visits Moscow Aug. 17. Washington is standing by for results.

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