Syria threatens Spanish peacekeepers in Lebanon if Madrid extradites Syrian arms trafficker to US<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 27, 2007, 1:53 PM (GMT+02:00)
Gen. Assaf Shawqat, head of Syrian military intelligence and president Assad's brother-in-law wrote to his opposite number in Spain: "If you think we are going to ignore the affront inflicted by north-American henchmen on our brother, you don't really know us and you are no friends of the Syrian people."
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Assad bids for share in US nuclear amnesty granted Iran. He claims he spurned Pakistani nuclear arms offer in 2001 <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 23, 2007, 8:47 AM (GMT+02:00)
In an interview with the Austrian daily Die Presseon Dec. 19, the Syrian ruler claimed he turned down a sales pitch from A.Q. Khan, the Pakistani nuclear black marketeer. debkafile's military and intelligence sources assess this claim as a transparent attempt by Assad to jump aboard the US ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Tehran secretly deploys air defense batteries around Damascus in wake of Israel's Sept. 6 attack on Syrian nuclear reactor<br/
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 20, 2007, 8:47 AM (GMT+02:00)
Tehran is providing the Syrian capital with an air defense shield at a time when Washington is avidly bidding to win president Bashar Assad away from his alliance with Tehran. In return for sending a delegation to the international conference at Annapolis on Nov. 26, he is being offered an ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: The Golan Heights at issue between Israel and Syria is tagged onto the Annapolis peace conference agenda - over Israel's head<
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 11, 2007, 7:00 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert and defense minister Ehud Barak made welcoming sounds about Syria's possible presence at the conference, as though they had come up with the plan after careful consideration. In fact, debkafile's Middle East and intelligence sources report, US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice presented ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: Washington clamps sanctions on four close Assad allies including his contact-man with North Korea <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 7, 2007, 11:51 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Bush administration is applying the stick-and-carrot treatment to Syrian president Bashar Assad. Three days after secretary of state Condoleezza Rice invited Damascus to the Annapolis peace conference at a meeting in Ankara with Syrian foreign minister Walid Mualem, the US Treasury for the first time imposed stiff sanctions and ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Nuclear watchdog chief Mohammed ElBaradei asks Washington and Israel for satellite images of nuclear activity in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 3, 2007, 10:17 PM (GMT+02:00)
Dr. ElBaradei put in the request before his outburst Sunday, Oct. 28, against the US and Israel "for taking the law into their own hands" by bombing Syria's nuclear compound.
debkafile reports Dr. ElBaradei requested any imagery, data or other evidence of such activity in Syria. He also turned ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: US and Israeli intelligence acquire proof of Assad's personal involvement in North Korean nuclear deal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 2, 2007, 2:14 PM (GMT+02:00)
Documents signed by Syrian president Bashar Assad contain directions for the transaction. On some, Assad added in his handwriting that 100,000 tons of Durham wheat should be shipped to North Korea every year for five years. The total value of $120 million is equivalent to the price of a North ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 27, 2007, 11:24 PM (GMT+02:00)
President Bashar Assad was personally involved in Damascus' nuclear deal with Pyongyang. Documentary proofs of this, obtained from the presidential bureau and signed by Assad in person, are now in the hands of the US and Israeli intelligence services, debkafile's intelligence sources report. In one, Assad hands down ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 26, 2007, 2:35 PM (GMT+02:00)
For the first time since they began working together, President George W. Bush and his secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice are visibly divided on two major foreign policy issues, both related to Israel: The Middle East peace conference in Annapolis, which is still sans date, participants or agenda, and Israel's ...
The nuclear watchdog is checking US spy satellite images of Syrian site hit by Israeli warplanes on Sept. 6 for signs of secret nuclear activity <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 24, 2007, 8:31 AM (GMT+02:00)
Diplomatic sources reported to AP that US intelligence agencies had sent the satellite images to the Inernational Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. debkafile's intelligence sources report that the credibility of the data Israel presented to Washington before the air strike continues to be questioned in some Washington quarters.
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Syrian Civil Defense Services Placed on the Ready
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 17, 2007, 10:55 PM (GMT+02:00)
Our military sources report exclusively that Thursday night, Oct. 11, Syria placed its civil defense services on a state of preparedness and mobilized their reservists.
Government and military hospitals across Syria have also been alerted.
In contrast, there is no change in the deployment of Syrian forces along the border with Israel ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Israel lifts military censorship on Sept. 6 Israeli air force attack Tuesday, 24 hours after Assad's partial admission<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 11, 2007, 11:55 AM (GMT+02:00)
Monday, Oct. 1, Syrian president Bashar Assad claimed to the BBC that Israel had struck an empty military installation on Sept. 6 and that for Syria to retaliate militarily would be playing by "Israel's rules." debkafile's intelligence sources report the Israeli military thereupon lifted its month-long ban on ...
US Gen. David Petraeus says Iranian ambassador to Baghdad is member of Revolutionary Guards al Qods Brigade <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 10, 2007, 8:57 AM (GMT+02:00)
The American military commander in Iraq accuses the Brigade, which is responsible for sponsoring external terrorism, of fomenting violence in Iraq and training and equipping militias to attack US troops. In some cases, they direct operations that have killed US soldiers, said Gen. Petraeus, speaking to reporters at a U.S. ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 6, 2007, 9:55 AM (GMT+02:00)
In an interview with the BBC's Arabic program, Syrian president Bashar Assad said military response was always an option. This need not be missile for missile, or bomb for bomb. There are other ways, he said, in reference to what he called an Israeli attack on a deserted military installation. ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> reports: Close Assad aide reiterates that Syria will respond to Israeli attack at a time and place of its choosing<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 23, 2007, 1:34 PM (GMT+02:00)
Minister of Expatriates, Butheina Shabaan, who is generally regarded as President Bashar Assad's personal mouthpiece, made this statement Tuesday, Sept 18. It was a replay of the one first issued by a junior official on Sept. 6, together with the initial accusation that Israeli warplanes had invaded Syrian air space.
North Korea denies secretly helping Syria develop a nuclear weapons facility, postpones six-party talks <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 20, 2007, 12:04 PM (GMT+02:00)
These charges, which followed the alleged Israeli air incursion over Syria, plus reports that Syria was holding technology or materials relating to North Korea's nuclear program were dismissed by the foreign ministry in Pyongyang as groundless and misleading.
No reason was offered for the postponement of the six-party talks due to ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Reports: Alert declared in Israeli Air and Air Defense Forces after Syria claimed Israeli jets penetrated its air space<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 18, 2007, 5:31 PM (GMT+02:00)
Leaves have also been canceled at IDF bases as Israel braces for a possible Syrian reaction to the incident in the coming hours.
Israeli official spokesmen declined to comment on the Syrian News Agency claim that Israeli warplanes entered its air space from the Mediterranean Sea Wednesday night and flew ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: A partial call-up of reserves is reported in Syria by Western sources in Lebanon<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 18, 2007, 12:08 PM (GMT+02:00)
Those sources say Syria has mobilized armored, missile, air crews and air defense units - partly in readiness for repeats of alleged Israeli incursions of Syrian airspace and partly in response to the partial call-up in Israel which began beginning last Thursday, Sept 6. The Syrian armed forces are on ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 6, 2007, 3:51 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Syrian News Agency SANA says Syrian air defenses opened fire on Israeli warplanes which entered its air space from the Mediterranean Sea heading northeast at dawn Thursday, forcing them to leave. The IDF spokesman said they know nothing of any such incident.
No" human or material loss" was caused, according ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span> Exclusive: Assad is willing to talk to Olmert without involving Washington - but not to abandon absolute commitment to Tehran<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2007, 9:32 AM (GMT+02:00)
This double message was brought to Jerusalem last week by Edward P. Djerejian from unpublicized meetings he held in Damascus with president Bashar Assad and Syrian military and intelligence chiefs. This former US ambassador to Israel and Syria reported that Assad is willing to drop his prior conditions for talks ...