474 articles tagged "Syria"
Syria has no intention of waging war against Israel to regain the occupied Golan Heights, says Syrian VP Farouq al-Shara<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2007, 8:40 AM (GMT+02:00)
"Israel knows we don't want war. We should always be ready to respond to Israeli aggression, but Syria will not start a war," Shara said Tuesday.
"People will not accept anything less than Israeli withdrawal from the whole of the occupied Golan Heights, he added. "Any Syrian preparations were defensive, while ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 12, 2007, 9:54 AM (GMT+02:00)
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Buoyed up by the triumphs of Hizballah's war offensive against Israel in 2006 and Hamas' takeover of Gaza, the clerical rulers of Tehran have invested so heavily in their expanding power structure across the region that a fiasco could push their regime ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Damascus has deferred its war plans from late summer to November
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 4, 2007, 6:09 PM (GMT+02:00)
This piece of intelligence was behind the Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert's comment Tuesday, July 31: "I think this summer and fall will be less hot than we expected."
debkafile's military sources report that the latest intelligence update on Syria's intentions indicated that Syria's political and military leaders ...
Bashar Assad calls for indirect peace talks with Israel - but only after a guarantee for the Golan's restoration <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 21, 2007, 12:22 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's sources: Assad was in fact asking Israel to send officials to "proximity talks," probably in Ankara, with Turkey playing the role of go-between. He made the offer at the inauguration of his second term as president of Syria Tuesday, July 17. The Israeli prime minister has repeatedly ...
UN envoy Michael Williams reports his "impression" that peace deal progress with Israel would change Damascus' relations with Iran, Hizballah and Hamas<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 14, 2007, 11:02 AM (GMT+02:00)
This impression was gained from "talks with Syrian leaders in recent months." debkafile notes: Williams admits he was not conveying a signal - only his impression. There is no way Syria would abandon its ties with Iran, Hizballah and pro-Damascus radical Palestinian groups, on whom it depends to ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2007, 9:43 AM (GMT+02:00)
Lebanese security sources report the intruding force backed by bulldozers has taken up position near Yanta in east Lebanon's Beqaa Valley and is digging hundreds of trenches and bunkers in more than one area along the Lebanese border. This explains why Syria Wednesday reopened the Joussia-Qaa border post. Damascus-backed Palestinian ...
Syria quietly opens Damascus road to Quneitra, tying up last tactical ends of plan for cross-border terrorist campaign in Golan<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2007, 7:25 PM (GMT+02:00)
On July 4, Radio Damascus' political commentator said the large-scale Israeli military exercise which ended that night on Golan means Israel is about to go to war against Syria. However, a week before the Israeli maneuver, DEBKA-Net-Weekly's military sources discovered that Syria had on June 26 quietly opened the ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2007, 10:50 AM (GMT+02:00)
On June 26, Syria opened the Damascus-Golan road to Quneitra to civilian traffic for the first time since the Six-Day War of 1967. No announcement was made. The dozens of military roadblocks studding the 60 km high road connecting the capital with the Syrian part of Golan for 40 years ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Abbas gets nowhere in bid for Syria's Assad to condemn Hamas coup d'etat in Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2007, 12:10 PM (GMT+02:00)
Voices were raised in their two-hour telephone conversation Sunday, June 17.
Mahmoud Abbas asked the Syrian president to follow in his father's footsteps and recognize a single Palestinian authority, the PLO and himself as its head, while treating Hamas as an occupying force in Gaza.
When Assad did not immediately ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Damascus and Tehran are certain a US-Israeli attack Is in store
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2007, 3:13 PM (GMT+02:00)
The strategic allies have taken further steps to tighten coordination between their armed forces from the top down. They are acting on Iranian intelligence's prediction that the US and Israel have drawn up joint plans to attack Iran, Syria and Hizballah in the coming months. Syria is taking fresh weapons ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 9, 2007, 12:07 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's intelligence and Middle East sources take a look at the actions behind the words issuing from Damascus officials affirming Syria's willingness to go into peace talks with Israel.
During most of last week, two high-ranking Iranian delegations spent time in Damascus. One was composed of generals who held ...
Despite Syrian military border build-up, Israel has no plans to attack but stands ready to ward off a surprise Syrian strike<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2007, 11:05 AM (GMT+02:00)
Reporting that this message had been relayed from Jerusalem to Damascus, Israeli Ambassador to US Salai Meridor said in Washington Wednesday night that Syria has amassed on Israel's borders strength and missiles capable of reaching every part of the country. On April 30, debkafile reported exclusively that Bashar ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Assad shifts units from Iraqi to Lebanese border shortly after Lebanon War panel slams Olmert government<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 4, 2007, 12:25 AM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources say this move diverts an infantry brigade from the Iraqi border for beefing up the Syrian 14th Commando Division deployed opposite Golan and the sensitive Mt. Hermon- Shabaa Farms sector where the Lebanese, Syrian and Israeli borders converge.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: A large, high-ranking Syrian delegation of 40 generals on secret mission to Tehran<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 28, 2007, 9:23 AM (GMT+02:00)
Led by Maj. Gen. Yahya L. Solayman, War Planning chief at the Syrian armed forces General Staff, the delegation represents all branches of the Syrian armed forces.
In Washington and Jerusalem, there is little doubt that the two allies timed the Syrian delegation's mission to Tehran as a rejoinder to ...
Senior US official: Syria or Iran still sends arms to Lebanese Hizballah in violation of UN arms embargo<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2007, 2:00 PM (GMT+02:00)
"The border between Lebanon and Syria remains highly porous," assistant secretary of state David Welch told a Congressional panel Wednesday, April 18.
He said he agreed with the report by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon confirming "serious breaches" of the arms embargo imposed by the Security Council last year in a ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Assad handed US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a four-point plan for Syria and Iran to help solve the Iraq crisis<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 12, 2007, 9:01 AM (GMT+02:00)
The plan was presented to Nancy Pelosi when she met president Bashar Assad in Damascus Wednesday, April 4. debkafile's Middle East sources report that she and the members of her delegation were given to understand - although this was not spelled out by Assad - that Tehran was ...
Turkish and Syrian leaders hold lengthy talks ahead of US House Speaker's talks with Assad in Damascus Wednesday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2007, 7:52 PM (GMT+02:00)
Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited president Bashar Assad at his palace in Aleppo Tuesday, as the Syrian press hailed the Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Damascus, against the White House wishes, as a diplomatic victory for the Assad regime. In Aleppo, Erdogan and Assad were said to have ...
Israeli military and government sources report Syria has positioned thousands of rockets on its border with Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2007, 11:47 AM (GMT+02:00)
Quoting three Israeli military and two government sources, the French news agency AFP reports the Syrian army has accelerated its deployment of medium and long-range rockets capable of striking major towns across northern Israel.
debkafile's sources note the timing of the unusual disclosure.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>'s security sources say Israeli intelligence chiefs' overlook key factors when they rule out a Syrian-Israeli war this year
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 4, 2007, 5:25 PM (GMT+02:00)
This optimistic determination appears in the annual report Military Intelligence-AMAN, the Shin Bet and the Mossad submits to the government Sunday, Feb. 25. debkafile's security sources say it is hasty and fails to take vital considerations into account, such as the possible effect of the Syrian ruler's extreme ...
Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei advises visiting Syrian president to support the Iraqi government<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 19, 2007, 6:34 PM (GMT+02:00)
Bashar Assad, on the second day of his talks in Tehran, was advised by Khamenei to support Nouri al-Maliki and the national aspirations of the Lebanese people. Before his arrival, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Lebanon and Iran were "limbs of the same body."
The supreme ruler also called on his ...