555 articles tagged "Syria"
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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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War with Israel is possible and we are getting ready - Assad<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2008
The Syrian ruler Bashar Assad made this statement in a speech in Damascus reported Thursday, April 17.
Earlier this week, debkafile's military sources reported that Damascus has deployed the 10th armored corps at the Massaneh crossing of Mount Hermon. It links up with the northwestern positions the 14th division took up last month on the Syrian-Israeli border which cuts through the Hermon range.
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Exclusive: Major row in Assad regime delays Sunday publication of Mughniyeh probe findings <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 11, 2008
debkafile's Middle East and intelligence sources report that President Bashar Assad has fallen out with his brother-in-law Gen. Asif Shawqat, sacked him as military intelligence chief and appointed Gen. Aly Younes in his place.
Our Washington sources report that Assad decided at the last minute to hold back the report promised for Sunday, April 7, on the killing of Hizballah leader Imad Mughniyeh last February, until after April 17, when the US House Intelligence Committee hears the details of Israel's reported Sept 6, 2007 strike on a nuclear installation Syria was building with North Korean assistance. He will the decide how to play it.
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Ominous war signals are again flashing between Syria and Israel<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 8, 2008
How real are they and how far are Iran and Hizballah involved?
The latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly's exclusive offers forward insights to judge whether these sparks are a flash in the pan or the portents of a real conflagration.
It also reveals how Iran exploited the Basra crisis for major inroads on southern Iraq and its oil.
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Exclusive: Barak calls off German trip next week as Damascus raises war alarm
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2008
Israel's security cabinet convened Wednesday, April 2, to examine the homeland's preparedness for war. It decided to redistribute the bio/chemical warfare masks a few months after they were called in. debkafile's military sources disclose intelligence data indicating the possibility that Syria may transfer to Hizballah chemical or biological warheads known to have been developed for its war arsenal.
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Exclusive: Damascus lines its borders with troops ahead of semi-boycotted Arab summit <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2008
debkafile: The Lebanon crisis and its divisive effect on the Arab world loomed large over the annual conference which opened in the Syrian capital March 29. The Syrian hosts were anxious to divert attention from Lebanon by focusing on the Palestinian-Israeli issue and the violence in Gaza. Any resolutions will lack credibility given the absence of high-profile Arab rulers.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly reported Friday:
Syrian president Bashar Assad has inexplicably responded to the partial boycott of the Arab League "summit" by lining up army units on his borders with Iraq, Lebanon and Israel, as well as pushing contingents across the border into Lebanon proper.

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Syria masses three army divisions on Lebanese border<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 27, 2008
debkafile's military sources report that the Syrian deployment is backed by the concentration of pro-Syrian Palestinian factions in the Beqaa valley of Lebanon, amid rising war tensions between Hizballah and Israel.
Hassan Nasrallah declared Hizballah would wage "open war" with Israel at the end of the 40-day mourning period the group observed for Imad Mughniyeh who was killed in Damascus February 12.
Monday, March 24, Nasrallah will address a big memorial rally in South Beirut.
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Damascus Seizes on Mughniyeh Killing for Lebanon Comeback<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2008
Bashar Assad's strategists are not losing a moment to cash in on the abundant conspiracy theories surrounding the death, to plant one of its own: Mughniyeh, they say, was killed in their capital by their Lebanese enemies.
Therefore, it is feared in Washington and Jerusalem that, while plotting revenge on Israel, Hizballah, backed by the Syrian commando units, will launch attacks on Lebanese national intelligence and Druze targets in Beirut and Mt. Lebanon - they point a finger at Druze leader Walid Jumblatt. Their immediate goal would be to overthrow the pro-Western, anti-Syrian government headed by Fouad Siniora and stir up a new civil war. The door would then re-open for Syria to make a comeback to the troubled country and move troops in for the first time since they were thrown out in 2005, in contravention of UN Security Council resolutions.
Syria's machinations give substance to Director of US National Intelligence Mike McConnell's assertion to Fox TV Sunday, Feb. 17, that, while Hizballah is blaming Israel, "...there's some evidence that it may have been internal Hezbollah. It may have been Syria.
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Damascus Smears Lebanese PM Siniora as "Israeli agent"<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 16, 2008
Syrian militlary intelligence, the main subversive arm of the Bashar regime in Lebanon, has launched a campaign in minor Syrian, Lebanese and Persian Gulf media to blacken the pro-Western prime minister Fouad Siniora as an agent of the Israeli Mossad.
In a tale planted in various websites, blogs and small papers, he is accused of spying for Israel for 34 years. His controller is named as Lt. Col. Aharon Goldbard. The Syrian sources try to pin on them both the intrigue to murder former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri three years ago.
Damascus also sees Mossad machinations in the Syrian army.
Defense minister Gen. Hassan Turkemeni has told army officers to beware because, "The Mossad has been able to penetrate the officer elite with gifts of satellite tetephones linked to Israeli spy satellites.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Syria uses Mughniyeh death as lever to repossess Lebanon<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 23, 2008
debkafile's military and intelligence sources report fears in Washington and Jerusalem that while plotting revenge on Israel for Iman Mughniyeh's death, Syria may well launch a series of military incursions, spearheaded by Hizballah, to unseat the pro-Western Fouad Siniora government.
Is this typical Syrian opportunism or something more sinister? Director of US National Intelligence Mike McConnell suggested Sunday, Feb. 17, that "...there's some evidence that it may have been internal Hezbollah. It may have been Syria."
Read more about Damascus' fast-reflex machinations in the debkafile Exclusive Report below.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Syrian military intelligence heaps allegations on Israeli Mossad, blackens Siniora <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 14, 2008
Its agents are planting tales that an Israeli Mossad officer, abetted by the pro-Western Lebanese prime minister, Fouad Siniora, colluded in orchestrating the assassination of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri three years ago. This tale seeks to turn suspicions away from President Bashar Assad's closest aides in Damascus. Another tale going around minor Syrian, Lebanese and Gulf media, quotes Chief of Staff Gen. Hassan Turkemeni as directing his senior officers to beware of planted Israeli satellite phones.
More about the Syrian campaign against the Israeli Mossad in debkafile Exclusive Report below.
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Syria threatens Spanish peacekeepers in Lebanon if Madrid extradites Syrian arms trafficker to US<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 27, 2007
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."
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