546 articles tagged "Syria"
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Injured in Syrian-Israeli border clashes
Golan calm after Syrian bid to break through border Sunday
DEBKAfile Special Report June 5, 2011

Israel border units went on night alert Sunday, June 5 after a day spent beating back hundreds of Syrian-Palestinians attempting to storm the Golan border. Syrian TV reported a sit-in protest, claiming Israeli fire killed 20 people and injured 150 injured in round after round of assaults. Twice they breached the fortified border fence at Majd al Shams and Kuneitra but refrained from stepping across. Israeli troops arrested three would-be intruders. Sunday night, Israeli troops were attacked from behind by Majd al-Shams residents hurling rocks. 

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It's still not over for Bashar Assad?
Rekindled Syrian protests could revive Assad's threat to hit Israeli border
DEBKAfile Special Report June 4, 2011

Two unforeseen events Friday, June 3 rekindled Syrian protests with full force - just as Syrian President Bashar Assad was preparing to celebrate the suppression of the uprising against his regime with active Iranian and Hizballah help: The leaders of the Syrian opposition-in-exile meeting in Antalya under Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's aegis struck a deal with the Muslim Brotherhood which brought 100,000 Brotherhood loyalists back on the streets in Hama and evoked a fresh bloodbath.

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Riyadh's Hand in 10 Arab and Muslim Countries
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2011

King Abdullah is determined to save his friends from the fate suffered by Egypt's Hosni Mubarak. The second-generation Saudi royals have got together to pull the kingdom away from its long dependence on the US and command its own fate and interests, even at the price of clashing with Washington. Assertive as never before, the kingdom is actively involved in 10 Arab and Muslim countries.

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Assad Craves a Settling of Scores with all His Foes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2011

Bashar Assad's survival unscratched from the uprising against him would have been impossible without expert and active aid from Iran and Hizballah. It has left the radical Iran-led axis alive and kicking. And the Syrian experience has honed the Syrian-Iranian-Hizballah collaboration into a formidable pro-Shiite combined fighting force. Assad will now seek revenge on his foes.

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Big power sorting-out of the Arab Spring
US-Russian deal for two rulers who survived the Arab revolt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2011

Bashar Assad and Muammar Qaddafi look like surviving the "Arab Spring" revolts against them. Neither is buckling under the various batteries of US and Western pressure. Assad has begun regaining control of his country, while all five of Qaddafi's brigades have survived NATO pounding intact. To break the impasse, debkafile sources reveal that on the G8 sidelines, Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev closed a secret deal: Assad would stay and Qaddafi must go.

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Strife in Assad's Top Military and Intelligence Command
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2011

The military and intelligence cliques of Assad's inner circle are sharply divided among themselves over the handling of the Syrian uprising: One group calls for a letup and compromise, while the other threatens to resist any easing of the crackdown by force.

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Saudis Have Big Plans for a Divided Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2011

The Saudis plan to carve out a new Arab republic in southern Yemen under their thumb and let civil war divide the country in two. They have dumped Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and US objectives in the country.

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Dmitry Medvedev
Moscow Takes a Stand on Arab Revolts – Opposite Washington
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2011

After sitting on the fence for six months amid the Arab uprisings, Moscow now takes a stand, capitalizing on the positions slipping out of the United States grasp in the turbulent slipstream of the Arab Revolt.

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Israel's Military See Unavoidable Border Flare-ups in June
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2011

Israeli intelligence reports that young West Bank Palestinians are fired up by the Arab Revolt in other countries and preparing riotous disturbances against Israel. They may be timed to coincide with the next round of mass incursions planned by Syria, Hizballah and Hamas across Israel's borders.

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Gazans burn Israeli flag
Israel hunts Syrian, Hizballah spies who slipped in through Golan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 19, 2011

Army and security services across the West Bank are out hunting for between five and eight Syria and Hizballah secret agents believed to have slipped across the Golan border under cover of the May 15 Palestinian mob incursion. debkafile's sources report that Hamas and Hizballah West Bank cell members drove them to their hideouts.
Syria plans its next mob border assault for June 5. Hamas is staging a mass offensive to smash the Gaza-Israel border fence Friday, May 20.

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Israeli soldiers mend breached border fence
Assad tried pro-Palestinian Golan stunt to foil Egypt's Hamas takeover
DEBKAfile Special Report May 16, 2011

Syria's Bashar Assad and Hizballah had more than one objective in bussing thousands of demonstrators to Israel's Golan border Nakba Day, Sun. May 15. One was to show they could easily capture the enclave from Israel and the other, to put a spoke in Egypt's wheel for transferring Hamas' command centers from Damascus to the Gaza Strip. Israeli policymakers failed to appreciate this intelligence and so the IDF's Northern Command officers were taken off guard by the storming of Majd al-Shams.

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Not enough Israeli troops guarded Syrian border fence
More in store from Syria after easy breach of Israel's Golan border
DEBKAfile Special Report May 15, 2011

On Sunday, May 15, Israel's enemies breached three of its borders – Syrian, Lebanese and Gazan - in an operation that caught its government, army and intelligence napping. Their reaction showed them to be muddled and incapable of an organized, rational tactical response to a multiple security crisis. The blanket directive to exercise "maximum restraint,"  a weakness which Tehran, Damascus, Beirut and Ramallah will have noted, paves the way for the next Syrian step – a military and terrorist offensive to "liberate the Golan."

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Majdal al Shams, Israeli Golan
Palestinians, Syrians, Hizballah smash through three Israeli borders
DEBKAfile Special Report May 15, 2011

Israeli forces on high alert for Nakba Day, Sunday, May 15, failed to seal three national borders on the Golan, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip against large-scale incursions. Dozens of Syrians and Hizballah invaders were able to overrun the Israeli Golan village of Majd al Shams and hoist Syrian and Palestinian flags in the main square; Hizballah-sponsored Palestinian demonstrators breached the Lebanese-Israeli border and damaged IDF installations; and hundreds battered the Erez crossing from the Gaza Strip.

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Barack Obama
A Last Chance to Snatch Almost Certain Success from the Syrian Ruler
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 13, 2011

Assad's harsh crackdown appears to be working. Unless he is explicitly condemned by the US president, the main cities of Damascus and Aleppo will continue to hold back from the popular anti-regime uprising. Syrian security chiefs have begun celebrating victory and preparing a massive purge of the opposition.

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Prince Bandar bin Sultan
Saudi Prince Butts Heads with Iranian General in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 13, 2011

In Syria, Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan is up against Iran's al-Qods boss, Maj.-Gen. Qassem Suleimani in backing the revolt against the Assad regime for which Tehran has lined up support.  Bandar's cameras are recording Assad's brutalities. In Yemen, the positions are reversed: Bandar has been helping President Abdullah Ali Saleh cling to power against pro-Iranian violence to unseat him.

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Assad's mouthpiece tycoon Rami Makhlouf
Cairo to move Meshaal to Gaza. Assad threatens war on Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 11, 2011

Egypt's military rulers are letting Hamas' political leader Khaled Meshaal move his base out of troubled Damascus to the Gaza Strip. The pledge came as an inducement for his signing the Palestinian unity pact with Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah on May 4, as disclosed for the first time by debkafile's intelligence sources.  In Damascus, Bashar Assad's cousin Rami Makhlouf threatened Syria would go to war against Israel if the US and Europe did not back off from supporting the anti-regime uprising. 

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Up to 80 percent of Syrian Troops Refuse to Open Fire
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 6, 2011

With every passing day Bashar Assad loses ground. His army is increasingly insubordinate, refusing orders to shoot protesters and his ruling Baath party elite drawing away in disgust at his brutal methods.

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Slaughter at Moaret Al-Noman near Homs
Western intelligence: 7 m. Syrians in revolt can no longer be suppressed
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2011

After shelling, tank assaults and siege left 100 protesters dead in the last 48 hours without quelling the unrest, Western intelligence sources believe the menace to the regime has careered too far for President Bashar Assad to hold it at bay - an assessment shared by Ankara. The protest is likely to keep on spreading and evolving into armed rebellion. Those sources estimate the uprising as already encompassing 6-7 million Syrians (out of a population of 26 million) and a third of its area.

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Barack Obama and Tayyip Erdogan
Obama Builds Strategic Understandings with Erdogan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 29, 2011

US President Barack Obama is building an alliance with Turkish premier Tayyip Erdogan to spearhead Washington's evolving Iranian and Middle East policies. Turkey, NATO's only Muslim member, is slated to replace Egypt as America's senior Middle East Muslim partner. The two leaders share the conviction that together they can come up with a coherent policy for shaping a democratic Middle East. 

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Obama and Erdogan let Syria off the hook
Obama dodges action against Syria by turning to Turkish leader
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 26, 2011

US President Barack Obama continues to avoid direct action against Bashar Assad's increasingly savage crackdown on dissidents by consolidating his partnership with Turkish Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan. After talking on the phone early Tuesday April 26, they voiced "deep concern over the unacceptable use of violence" in Syria – but no condemnation of the Syrian ruler or his tank charge against civilians. Assad has thus won another couple of days at least to finish off the brutal purge of his opponents.

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