546 articles tagged "Syria"
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Syrian commandos invade seven N. Lebanese villages outside Tripoli
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 20, 2008
Two Syrian commando battalions accompanied by reconnaissance and engineering corps units have crossed into Lebanon in the last 48 hours and taken up positions in seven villages, most of them Allawite Muslim, outside Tripoli, debkafile's military sources reported Saturday, Sept. 13. Damascus has signaled to Washington and Paris: Don't interfere.
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Assad to host four-way Damascus summit for dictating peace terms to Israel<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 5, 2008
French president Nicolas Sarkozy's talks with Bashar Assad in Damascus will be joined Thursday, Sept. 4, by Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan and Qatar ruler Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani of Qatar.
Their meeting on Middle East issues will end by calling on Israel to clear the way for peace by agreeing to cede the Golan to Syria.
debkafile's Middle East sources note: In view of the Olmert government's paralysis in external affairs, the four leaders will be free to shunt Israel's interests aside and endorse the Syrian position - even as the French and Turkish leaders pose as friends of the Jewish state.
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Syrian sources confirm death of Assad confidential aide and his nuclear link<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 11, 2008
Damascus Sunday broke its silence about the mysterious assassination of Gen. Muhammad Suleiman in Tartus early Saturday, Aug. 2 and confirmed debkafile's disclosure that the general played an important role in adminstering the al Kibar plutonium reactor. Officials in Damascus leaked to Middle East media that Suleiman was a member of the Syrian Research Commission, the government body in charge of missile, chemical and biological weapons and nuclear development.
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Iran, Syria sign secret new intelligence cooperation accord
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 12, 2008
The accord signed secretly in Tehran June 27 belies the contention of French president Nicolas Sarkozy and prime minister Ehud Olmert, accepted also by Washington, that the Syrian regime is about to desert its close alliance with Tehran and embrace the West.
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Damascus court secretly sentences alleged Israeli spy to 20 years<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2008
debkafile intelligence sources report that Jamal Hassan Neba'a was sentenced to 20 years in jail this week by Syria's Supreme Court for State Security on the charge of spying for the Israeli Mossad intelligence agency. He was arrested in Damascus on July 23, 2006, eleven days into the Second Lebanon War between Israel and Hizballah.
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Damascus belatedly admits prison riot erupted Saturday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 8, 2008
No mention was made of casualties although the London-based human rights group reported that scores were killed Saturday, July 5, when military police opened fire on the rioters in the Sidnaya prison north of Damascus. The riots are said by the group to have continued into Sunday in the jail, most of whose 5,000 inmates are Islamist and political prisoners. Some officers were taken hostage. The violence was sparked by claims of brutal beatings and desecration of the Koran.
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Damascus Talks Peace, Bids for Sophisticated Military Hardware<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 8, 2008
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When Damascus confirmed peace talks with Israel on May 21, a secret high-powered military purchasing delegation, headed by air force-air defenses commander Gen. Akhmad Ratyb, was already in Moscow. With a $5 billion allocation in hand from Tehran, the delegation was bidding for the most advanced products of Russia's munitions industry.
The six main categories of interest to Damascus are disclosed by DEBKA-Net-Weekly's military sources as -
1. The latest model of the Russian Iskander-E, a surface-to-surface tactical missile with a range of 280 km and a 480-kilo warhead. This missile is considered one of the most advanced of its type in the world today, partly because of its cruise attributes which enable it to home in on target undetected and with high precision. Iskander-E can be guided by pilot-less air vehicles or satellites.
2. Fifty of the latest MiG-29SMT fighter-bombers.
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Exclusive: Syrians and UN nuclear inspectors play hide and seek
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 30, 2008
debkafile's military and intelligence sources report that the three-man International Atomic Energy Agency team which inspected the El Kibar site bombed by Israel last September, returned to Vienna Wednesday, June 25, with soil and building materials samples gathered secretly without Syrian knowledge.
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Tehran offers to share its "nuclear experience" with Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 23, 2008
The offer came from Iran's ambassador to Syria, Sayyed Ahmed Moussavi. He cited July 7 as the date for their officials to meet.
debkafile's military sources say Iran's willingness to defy its obligations under the non-proliferation treaty by offering a nuclear capability to Syria across the border from Israel brings Tehran's threat to wipe Israel off the map much closer to home. It is a mark of contempt for Washington and the US-led Western sanctions.
The circumstances surrounding Tehran's brazen step are uncovered in the latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly out Friday.
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Analysis: Assad now wants Golan - plus a slice of Sea of Galilee shore
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 9, 2008
In his interview in Dubai on June 2, president Bashar Assad raised his price for a peace deal with Israel, debkafile's political source note. The Golan, which Syria's invading army lost to Israel in the 1967 war, is not enough; Assad is also demanding a strip of the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, which Damascus considers demilitarized territory held by Israel against international law.
The last round of peace talks eight years ago broke down over this very demand.
The strip Assad referred to is crowded with the Israeli kibbutzim, Ha'on, Tel Katzir, Shear Hagolan and Massada, which in the 1950s and 1960s lived under constant Syrian shelling from the Golan plateau overhead.
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Senior Israeli minister warns Golan handover would bring Iran to Israel's doorstep <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2008
Transport minister Shaul Mofaz said Tuesday, June 3, he was convinced that peace with Damascus is possible without this concession. In Dubai, Bashar Assad stated Israel must return "all Syrian lands occupied in the 1967 War as part of any peace deal." Briefing United Arab Emirates newspapers, the Syrian president said the 1967 borders must stretch to the Sea of Galilee - or else there will never be a "compromise."
The last peace talks broke down eight years ago over Damascus' demand for control of the lake shore.
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Washington asks nuclear watchdog to search for two more Syrian nuclear sites - report
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 5, 2008
According to the Washington Post, US officials have identified at least three suspected nuclear sites in Syria, two more than the Al Kibar reactor Israel bombed last year, and passed the information to the International Atomic Energy Agency. This confirms the Oct. 25, 2007, disclosure by debkafile military sources that the Israeli raid of Sept. 6 had destroyed at least two nuclear sites in Syria.
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Syria denies accord with Israel on core issues<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 3, 2008
Dr. Samir Taki, a close aide of Syrian president Bashar Assad, denied reports that Syrian-Israeli peace talks had reached the point of discussing core issues of water, borders, security and normal relations. In an interview with the Kuwait Al-Anba, Dr. Taki added that the talks were only just beginning and not yet matured.
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Exclusive: Syria places massive missile, warplane, sub order in Moscow
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2008
DEBKA-Net-Weekly 350 has revealed that Damascus, in the process of peace talks with Israel, sent a large military delegation to Moscow, headed by air force-air defenses commander Gen. Akhmad Ratyb with an Iranian $5 billion check, to buy the latest Russian missiles, warplanes and other military hardware for the Syrian armed forces.
debkafile adds: The makeup of Damascus' shopping list and its financing source do not support the contention that peace talks will pull Syria away from its alliance with Iran and sponsorship of terror.
The Syrian purchasing list was disclosed by DEBKA-Net-Weekly's military sources on May 23, and is reviewed in the article below.
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Exclusive: Olmert, Assad stage peace stunt to stave of political woes<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2008
The onset of indirect Israel-Syrian peace talks in Istanbul with Turkish mediation was announced simultaneously Wednesday, May 21, in Jerusalem, Damascus and Ankara.
debkafile's Middle East and Washington sources report fury in Washington with Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, who is accused of keeping President George W. Bush in the dark on the moves he has set in train with Syrian president Bashar Assad.
Both the Israeli and Syrian leaders are reported to have pounced on this step at very short notice to offset their gathering woes.
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Exclusive: Syria hardens positions, retracts peace feelers to Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 17, 2008
debkafile's Middle East sources report that in the last 48 hours, Damascus has broadcast new, intransigent policy positions through diverse channels under the influence of Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert's legal plight and the swift victories its ally, Hizballah, has achieved in Lebanon.
1. Leaders in Olmert's position are only capable of making war - not peace, according to leaks from Damascus to Arab media. For this reason, Syrian officials claim after the fact that they exposed the secret meeting scheduled to take place between Israeli and Syrian officials in Turkey to sabotage it.
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Exclusive: Damascus co-opted to Hamas-Cairo talks on Gaza truce<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2008
debkafile's Middle East sources report a new bump on the road to a truce in Gaza: The various Palestinian radical factions, led by Hamas, which are negotiating terms in Cairo, want to bring Syria into any ceasefire deal as co-sponsor with Egypt.
Damascus however has laid down its own conditions and thrown a spanner in the works.
Despite the setbacks, Cairo and Jerusalem believe a truce will eventually come about because Hamas is eager for a short pause in the fighting and a partial easing of the embargo against Gaza.
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Analysis: Assad's one half-truth and three lies to al Watan<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 3, 2008
In an interview Sunday, April 27 with the Qatari daily al Watan, Syrian president Bashar Assad said: "We don't want a nuclear bomb, even if Iran acquires one." debkafile's military sources say that was only half true.
What he omitted to mention was the division of labor agreed between Damascus and Tehran in a potential war against Israel: The Syrian reactor Israel destroyed last September would produce "dirty weapons," while Iran would go for a nuclear bomb.
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Analysis: Assad caught red-handed may now go for revenge
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2008
US and Israel intelligence experts upgrade the chances of president Bashar Assad retaliating for the Israeli attack, which irreparably damaged the secret nuclear North Korea built for him in eastern Syria - now that the episode is out in the open. debkafile quotes those experts as recalling Saddam Hussein's burning ambition to hit Israel's nuclear site at Dimona after Israeli jets smashed Iraq's French built nuclear reactor in 1981.
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Exclusive: Closest aide of Hamas hard-line Khaled Meshaal dies in suspicious "accident"
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2008
debkafile's counter-terror sources report that Hisham Faiz Abu Libda, Khaled Meshaal's chef de bureau, was killed in Damascus by a hit-and-run car. Syrian authorities have ordered a blackout on the incident. His was the second mysterious death of a high-profile terrorist in the Syrian capital in recent weeks after Hizballah's military chief Imad Mughniyeh was blown up in a high-security district on Feb. 13.
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