536 articles tagged "Syria"
Barack Obama
A Limited US Strike on Syria Would Give Putin, Assad and Khamenei Upper Hand
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2013, 12:44 AM (GMT+02:00)

By promising to pull his punches, President Barack Obama gave America’s rivals, Russia, Iran and Syria the advantage in their bout over Syria – even before the punches were delivered.

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Barack Obama and Bashar Assad
The Pared down US "Strike" Will Leave Syrian Air Force, Arsenals and WMD Intact
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2013, 12:44 AM (GMT+02:00)

By sticking to Tomahawks as the only weapon for attacking Syria, Barack Obama reduces the list of targets and leaves Assad’s chemical arsenal, missiles, air force and regime unharmed.

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The US May Face a Russian Surprise and Iranian Cyber Ambush
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2013, 12:44 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Russians will not seek a military brush with the Americans but may seize Syrian territory to keep it safe in case Bashar Assad is forced to flee Damascus. The Iranians may try and disrupt US destroyers at sea by a cyber ambush of their systems.

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President Barack Obama interviewed on Syria
Obama says no decision yet on strike on Syria. DEBKA: He stalls for deal with Putin on softened strike
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 29, 2013, 8:35 AM (GMT+02:00)

Although Barack Obama had decided to attack Syria over its use of chemical weapons – either Friday-Saturday, Aug. 31, or after Labor Day of Sept. 2 -  he now says there is no decision yet.  debkafile: Obama is stalling in order to buy time for Secretary of State John Kerry to strike a secret deal with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: the US would soften its strike on Syria, reducing it to a token blow, following which the US and Russian presidents would announce the convening of Geneva-2 for ending the civil war.

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Mid-East including Israel on high alert after Obama’s failed last-ditch bid for Syria deal with Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2013, 11:16 PM (GMT+02:00)

Monday night, Aug. 25, saw Middle East countries, including Israel, on high military alert after learning of US President Barack Obama’s failure to reach an understanding with Tehran to avert a US-led operation against Syria over its chemical attacks. debkafile: Obama’s two emissaries were Deputy UN Secretary Jeffrey Feltman and Sultan Qaboos of Oman. Tehran’s rebuff signaled orders to US military assets in the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf to go on high preparedness. Iran, Russia and Syria redeployed in readiness for Syria to face attack.

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Tehran Doubles its Military Strength in Syria, Adds Revolutionary Guards
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2013, 12:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

Because of the coup in Egypt, Iran doubled its military strength in Syria in fear of losing its last Arab foothold. Protecting Shiite shrines is a useful rallying cry for volunteers.

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey Aids US Plan to Oust pro-Iranian Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Maliki
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2013, 12:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

Erdogan’s peace package with the Kurdish PKK is falling apart. Iran is trying to plant agents in the PKK for a proxy clandestine war on Turkey. Erdogan is helping the US devise a plan for getting rid of Iraqi PM Nuri Maliki, Tehran’s pawn in Baghdad.

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Vladimir Putin and Prince Bandar bin Sultan
The Saudis Proposition Moscow for a Syria Deal - Israel Pushes for US Intervention against Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 9, 2013, 12:23 AM (GMT+02:00)

Saudi Arabia awaits Putin’s reply to a proposition $15bn for scaling back Russian backing for Bashar Assad. Until then, the planned US-Arab operation against Assad hangs fire, despite heavy pressure from Israel to save Aleppo.

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Turkey and Iraqi Kurds Join Hands to Found Syrian Kurdistan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 2, 2013, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)

Turkey has signed an epic pact with the Kurdish Regional Republic of Iraq to cooperate in founding a self-ruling Kurdish entity in northern Syria. Ankara guarantees an air and military umbrella and its pipeline for brining Syrian Kurdish oil and gas to Europe.

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North Syria today
IDF faces oncoming Al Qaeda tide on three Israeli borders: Golan, Lebanon, Sinai
DEBKAfile Special Report July 24, 2013, 8:45 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Netanyahu government’s wrong turn in its policy of non-intervention in the Syrian conflict was manifested by the warning from the IDF’s military intelligence (AMAN) chief Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi Tuesday night, July 23, when he said that Syria had become a global battleground for al Qaeda. Gen. Kochavi, just back from talks in Washington, remarked that the peril from Syria is also closing in from Sinai. debkafile:  Coordinated attacks on Israel are beginning to shape up from Syria, where Pakistani Taliban has just arrived, as well as Sinai.

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Rebel Fragmentation Speeded by 'Talibanization' of Aleppo and Idlib
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2013, 1:11 AM (GMT+02:00)

Pakistani Taliban operatives arrived in Syria to join the revolt against Bashar Assad only to find the rebel movement torn by internal strife and bitter over its desertion by the West and the US.

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Israel soldier on the Golan
Syrian soldiers shoot at IDF Golan patrol after unidentified infiltrators move in
DEBKAfile Special Report July 17, 2013, 12:40 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Golan saw a chain of unexplained incidents after midnight Tuesday, July 16: Unidentified gunmen stole into an unmanned IDF position in the demilitarized zone of the Golan to the east of the Israeli-Syrian border. An Israeli patrol came under fire near Tel Fares from Syrian soldiers when it went to investigate. Israeli helicopters were then scrambled over the scene of action. IDF officers suspect that the Syrian troops tried to use the mystery infiltrators to fire off shots at the Israeli patrol. No one was hurt.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
Suspected Israeli Strikes Delay Syrian-Hizballah Aleppo Offensive
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2013, 11:02 PM (GMT+02:00)

The explosions of big Syrian arsenals in Latakia are still a mystery. However, the weapons piled up for the Syrian-Hizballah Aleppo offensive were destroyed, as well as the advanced Russian Yakhon anti-ship cruise missiles.

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How Saudi and Gulf Rulers Scooped the US and Qatar in Egypt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 11, 2013, 9:41 PM (GMT+02:00)

Saudi King Abdullah banked the Egyptian military to save its coup from plunging the country into chaos and to stall Qatari ambitions.

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Another Sunni Bloc Takes Shape, This One Centering on Saudi Arabia and Egypt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2013, 1:32 AM (GMT+02:00)

Saudi Arabia and UAE who aided the Egyptian putsch plan to use it as a lever for a new Sunni bloc. King Abdullah wants Bashar Assad’s ouster at the top of its agenda.

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Moscow & Beijing Welcome Egyptian Islamist Downfall as US Comedown
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2013, 1:32 AM (GMT+02:00)

The Islamist downfall in Cairo suits the plans of Moscow and Beijing and their against the encroachments of radical Islam. It is also welcomed as a comedown for Barack Obama in the Middle East.

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Bashar Assad
Iran’s Challenge to Sunnis in Syria Raises Specter of Global Muslim War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2013, 11:52 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran is stirring up Shiite-Sunni warfare in Syria to promote its drive for Middle East hegemony. Tehran is lighting a match that could raise up Sunni radicals like al Qaeda and send flames shooting across the Muslim world.

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Vladimir Putin at G8 summit
Putin will address G8 summit as head of winning Syrian war camp
DEBKAfile Special Report June 17, 2013, 11:04 AM (GMT+02:00)

The conditions Vladimir Putin will lay down for a G8 consensus on Syria are that Bashar Assad remains in power in any political solution and Iran be part of that solution. He will address the summit opening Monday in Northern Ireland in the interests of his allies, Bashar Assad, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Hassan Nasrallah and demand that the summit acknowledge them as winners of the war. Putin will block any attempt by Barak Obama to use the election of Hassan Rouhani as Iran’s president to counter those successes.

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Obama’s New National Security Team Can’t Dodge the Middle East
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 7, 2013, 12:20 AM (GMT+02:00)

Barack Obama’s new appointees, Susan Rice, National Security adviser, and Samantha Power, ambassador to the UN, favored US intervention in Libya but not Syria. They prefer to help the president achieve his pivot to Asia, but neither al Qaeda nor Iran will give them the chance.

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Russian MiG-29M2 fighter-bomber
Moscow‘s smoke screen obscures Assad’s next Syrian war moves
DEBKAfile Special Report May 31, 2013, 8:00 PM (GMT+02:00)

Word from Moscow Friday, May 31, of a new contract discussed for the sale to Syria of MiG-29 M/M2 fighters, was a Russian tactic to disguise the next Syrian war moves. debkafile: The MiG 29 is the tool Bashar Assad needs to try and overcome the Israeli Air Force’s electronic superiority.

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