548 articles tagged "Syria"
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M-600 surface missile - now guided
Syrian, Hizballah's guided missiles defy Israel's aerial supremacy
DEBKAfile Special Report November 22, 2010

Israeli Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin warned the Israel cabinet Sunday, Nov. 21:  "Tel Aviv will be a front line in the next conflict."  debkafile's military sources report he was referring to the thousands of missiles with enhanced ranges of 300 kilometers Syria and Hizballah have received from Iran and which Iranian engineers are outfitting with guidance systems to challenge Israel's aerial capabilities and missile defenses. Syria's chemical warheads are now fully guided.

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Hizballah's Hassan Nasrallah threatens his own country
Hizballah, Syria, Iran sow alarm in Lebanon without a shot
DEBKAfile Special Report October 30, 2010

The speech Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Lebanon's Hizballah, delivered Thursday night Oct. 29 was taken in all sections of Lebanese society as a virtual declaration of war - a conflict which they fear will be even fiercer and crueler than the 1975 civil war.  It is widely believed, according to debkafile's Middle East sources, that the power-sharing order the diverse communities achieved after that conflict will be swept away and replaced with a pro-Iranian, pro-Syrian puppet regime.

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Bashar Assad lays ground for Hizballah coup in Beirut
Israel releases 1973 war papers to warn Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 6, 2010

By releasing the 1973 Yom Kippur War papers now, Jerusalem signaled Bashar Assad that his capital could be in peril if Syria and Hizballah go through with their plot against the Hariri government in Beirut. The papers reveal that 37 years ago, Israel's late Prime Minister Golda Meir denied defense minister Moshe Dayan and IDF chief David Elazar permission to bomb Damascus before and after Syrian and Egyptian forces advanced towards Israel at the war's outset.

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Damascus issues 33 warrants for war in Lebanon
Tehran, Damascus tell Hizballah to grab Beirut right after Ahmadinejad's visit
DEBKAfile Special Report October 4, 2010

The Iranian and Syrian presidents agreed in Tehran Saturday, Oct. 2, to support  Hizballah's grab of Lebanon's power centers, including the capital Beirut, right after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ends his controversial two-day visit to the country on October 13-14. They also decided to harass the Saad Hariri government until it dissolves the UN tribunal probing the Hariri murder - or is overthrown.

The arrest warrants for 33 individuals issued by Damascus amounts to a declaration of war.

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Maj. Gen. Jamil Sayyed
Hizballah set for Iran-backed coup in Beirut
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 19, 2010

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Bashar Assad finalized plans to back a Hizballah coup against the Lebanese government when they met in Damascus Saturday, Sept. 18, debkafile's military and Mid East sources report.  Hizballah called a general mobilization that same day and by Sunday had 5,000 armed men deployed in Beirut, ready to make good on its threat to seize power rather than let its leaders be indicted by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) for the Hariri murder.

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Mitchell to hand Assad Netanyahu's proposed Golan withdrawal map
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2010

After the two-day Israeli-Palestinian face-to-face supervised by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US Middle East envoy George Mitchell prepared for a major breakthrough during his visit to Damascus Thursday: The possible revival of Syrian-Israeli peace talks. He carries with him for Syrian president Bashar Assad a detailed withdrawal map drawn up by Binyamin Netanyahu covering much of the Golan. This map is a DEBKA-Net-Weekly Exclusive.

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Bashar Assad and Hassan Nasrallah
They Set up Joint Command for Coordinated War against Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2010

Bashar Assad and Hassan Nasrallah conclude a military cooperation pact for war against Israel on the premise that it will erupt in the near future. Damascus sets red lines for going to war against Israel. They set up a joint command staffed with Syrian and Hizballah officers working out of Damacus and Beirut.

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Bashar Assad
Radical Drive Gathers Momentum from the Mediterranean to Baghdad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2010

Syria and Hizballah collude to install a radical Shiite government in Baghdad, by forging an alliance between the two Iraqi Shiite foes - outgoing PM Nouri al-Maliki and radical cleric Moqtada Sadr.

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Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis - Al Qods planner of pre-emptive against Israel
Iran Guards chief secretly oversees war plans - in Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 24, 2010

Iranian Revolutionary Guards chief Gen. Mohamed Ali Jafari, who rarely leaves his country, paid a secret visit to Damascus a few hours before Tehran launched the Bushehr nuclear reactor Saturday, Aug. 21. With him were top Al Qods Brigades commanders in Lebanon, Iraq and the Palestinian territories. They conferred with Bashar Assad on roles for Syria and Hizballah in an Iranian reprisal for a US or Israel attack - or a "pre-emptive strike" against Israel.

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Bashar Assad and Hassan Nasrallah
Israel Could Have Pierced Assad's and Nasrallah's Personal Security
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2010

The innermost security secrets of the two best-protected Arab leaders were long betrayed to Israel by no less an insider than Fayez Karam, 62, the person closest to Nasrallah's ally, the pro-Syrian, anti-West Michel Aoun, head of the Lebanese Christian Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) - until he was caught.
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Netanyahu Adjusts to the Fred Hof Roadmap
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2010

In his bid to sell the Syrian track to Obama, Netanyahu has adopted the main lines of a roadmap designed by the most pro-Syrian American diplomat, Fred Hof, which entails ceding most of Golan to Syria for an interim peace - though not its sources of water.

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Pantsyr-S1E
Ballistic Missiles, Anti-Tank Divisions, Chemical Weapons
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2010

Israel war planners aim for tanks to stand at Damascus' gates within five days. Syria is preparing a missile assault to smash Israel's infrastructure coupled with chemical weapons.

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Syria deepens its footprint in Lebanon
Syria, Hizballah are building a massive wall in eastern Lebanon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2010

This massive fortification will run from Rashaya Al Wadi on the western slopes of Mt. Hermon in the south to the Lebanese Beqaa Valley town of Aita el-Foukhar, in the north, debkafile's military sources reveal. When finished, the 22-km long structure running parallel to the Lebanese-Syrian border will be one of the biggest fortified structures in the Middle East, designed to block off any Israeli tank thrust through Lebanon to Damascus, and strengthen Syria's grip on the country.

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Benyamin Netanyahu and Gabi Ashkenazi
All Three Armies Are Practicing War Scenarios
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2010

Symptoms of approaching war proliferate around Israel, Syria and the Lebanese Hizballah this week. After Israel called up its reservists for a major war game, Hizballah accelerated the building of new fortifications in Lebanon.

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Dmitry Medvedev visits Damascus
New arms deal expected in Medvedev's Damascus visit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 10, 2010

debkafile's Washington and military sources report Russian president Dmitry Medvedev's first visit to Damascus is expected to produce major arms deals, also providing a back door for Iran to receive sophisticated Russian hardware thus far withheld. The Russian president's three-day visit is seen as an important boost for Bashar Assad and the Iran-Syria-Hizballah-Hamas bloc versus pro-Western Middle East powers and a failed mark for the Obama-Clinton drive to woo the Syrian ruler.

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MI Research Chief Brig. Gen. Yossi Baidatz
Israeli Military Intel downbeat about Palestinian flexibility in talks
DEBKAfile Special Report May 4, 2010

Israeli Military Intelligence Research Director Brig. Gen. Yossi Baidatz warned Tuesday, the day before proximity peace talks are launched by US envoy George Mitchell, "We do not recognize in Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas a true attempt to be flexible on the core issues." He will stall and then blame Israel.

The MI officer also told a Knesset panel the long-range solid-fuel rockets Syria has transferred to Hizballah can be launched from deep inside Lebanon.

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Bashar Assad
Assad the Juggler
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2010

Egypt's Mubarak won't receive Assad, but Medvedev will soon pay his first Middle East visit to Damascus to Washington's surprise. Why?

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Scud ground missiles
Syria sends Hizballah Scuds in disassembled batches
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2010

Syria has smuggled three consignments of disassembled Scud A ground missile components to the Lebanese Hizballah, debkafile discloses from Middle East intelligence and military sources. They do not add up to a complete set of parts for an operational Scud missile. However, another five shipments, awaiting handover at Syrian border bases will provide the missing elements for complete weapons.

Tehran urges Syria to hurry up deliveries.

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Syrian M-600 missile converted from Fateh-110
The "New Hizballah" built by Syria sparks ME summer war fear
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 18, 2010

debkafile's military sources disclose a master-plan charted in Tehran and Damascus for transforming the 25,000-strong Hizballah terrorist militia into an organized, mobile army with a whole range of sophisticated missiles and other weapons. The new Hizballah is being trained to carry out such offensive operations as capturing parts of Israel's Galilee and equipped with the hardware for knocking out warplanes, warships and armored strength. Deliveries have begun.

 

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Syria holds self-propelled Scud ready to hand to Hizballah
Scud missiles? Not yet across Syrian-Lebanese border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2010

Syria has not actually handed Scud missiles, A or SS-1B, to the Hizballah in Lebanon - only positioned them on the border ready for transit - and taught two Hizballah brigades how to use them, debkafile's military sources report, refuting the flurry of press reports that these ground missiles are already in Lebanon.
Israel has warned Damascus via Washington that their crossover into Lebanon in violation of UN resolutions would spark military action on both sides of the Syrian-Lebanese border.

 

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