672 articles tagged "Syria"
Russian nuclear-capable Iskander missiles deployed in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 30, 2016

Russia has deployed its most advanced tactical missile system, the Iskander-M, in Syria in the last few days, debkafile reports exclusively. Capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, the Russian missiles (NATO codenamed SS-26) have a range of 500km - up to the outskirts of Ankara.

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US-Led Forces Gear Up to Take Raqqa. Assad Deals with ISIS to Get There First
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2016

Assad is quietly scheming to get ISIS to voluntarily withdraw from Raqqa and other Syrian warfronts to Iraq, hoping to get in before the US-led coalition launches its projected battle to evict the Islamic State from its Syrian capital.

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Zaman journalists protest takeover
Turkey and Saudi Arabia hit back for the Obama-Putin Syrian pact
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 5, 2016

Turkey and Saudi Arabia have taken separate steps to break free from Washington’s dictates on the Syrian issue and show their resistance to Russia’s highhanded intervention in Syria. They are moving on separate tracks to signal their defiance and frustration with the exclusive pact between Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin which ostracizes Riyadh and Ankara on the Syrian question. Turkey, saddled with three million Syrian refugees, is desperate for a no-fly, security zone to shelter them on Syrian soil.
 

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Sidelined in Syria, Saudis Target Hizballah on Its Lebanese Home Ground
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2016

Saudi Arabia has opened a new front in Lebanon against Shiite Iran and Hizballah, after being warned off by Russia and the US from intervention in Syria.

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Netanyahu in No Rush to Restore Ties with Turkey. Ankara Can’t Wait
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2016

After five years of hostile abuse from Ankara, the Israeli prime minister is playing hard to get against Turkey’s rush to bury the hatchet and resume normal relations. Still at issue is the Hamas operations base in Istanbul.

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Hizballah launches Chemicals & Dirty Bombs program at secret Syrian site
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 2, 2016

The Syrian town of Zabadani is the site of Hizballah’s new secret program for the development of chemical weapons and dirty bombs, debkafile reveals. Syrian and Iranian engineers and technicians are developing the chemical weapons and foreign experts were hired from outside the Middle East to help build radioactive weapons.

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Secret Hizballah Chemical Arms, Dirty Bombs Complex in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2016

Hizballah has converted the former resort town of Zabadani into a fortified compound for the secret manufacture of chemical weapons and dirty bombs.

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Netanyahu phones Putin for clarifications on the South Syrian ceasefire
DEBKAfile Special Report February 24, 2016

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu phoned President Vladimir Putin Wednesday Feb. 24, to find out how the partial Syrian ceasefire due to go into effect Saturday Feb. 27 will affect Israel’s northern border security.
 

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As US & Russia Dicker over a Syria Ceasefire, the Obama-Putin Pact Is Firm
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2016

The dickering for a compromise on a ceasefire in Syria has not shaken the Obama-Putin pact which gives Russian the leading military role in the conflict. The ceasefire lines will reflect the US and Russian lines east and west respectively of the Euphrates River.

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The US War on ISIS Is Fading – Both in Syria and Libya
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2016

US and Russian bombardments of ISIS targets have petered out in Syria, heavily outnumbered by intense Russian sorties for wiping out rebel resistance. The US-led operation to destroy ISIS in Libya is also on ice, as former Libyan generals join up with the Islamic State.

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Putin Is Not after a Syrian Victory, but Local Truces Ready for His New Order
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2016

Russian forces are in the middle of a major operation to seize Aleppo, imposing truces in central Syria and pummeling rebel forces in the south, in support of Syrian army, Hizballah and pro-iranian forces.

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Israel’s leaders opt to avoid action on three menacing fronts
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 1, 2016

Israel’s leaders are clinging to lame locutions – “good judgment and responsibility” - to avoid military action for dealing with the crisis situations fast coming to a head on three extremely dangerous fronts: armed Palestinian terrorists are now tying up traffic on a major highway to the Israeli capital; southern Syria is sliding into the control of Hizballah after this Iranian proxy was permitted to amass 100,000 missiles in S. Lebanon; and, this week, Israelis living near the Gaza Strip could hear Palestinians building terror tunnels under their homes.
 

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ISIS Strapped for Cash from Costly Foreign Terror Ops & WMD Development
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2016

The Islamic State’s illicit oil trade remains profitable like their other nefarious businesses. But their cash began to dry up after overspending on three months of costly foreign terrorist operations and heavy investments in developing hi-tech weapons and WMD.

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The US Will Field More than 10,000 Troops in Iraq by February
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2016

Ashton Carter is sending the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles back to Iraq to beat ISIS and recover Mosul and Raqqa.

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The Secret Euphrates Pact between Obama and Putin
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2015

Both the US and Russian presidents opted to take charge of Kurdish areas in Syria and Iraq, using the Euphrates as the dividing line between them.

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US-Israeli Intelligence Ties Fully Restored to pre-Iranian Deal Level
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 12, 2015

The well-choreographed Obama-Netanyahu summit went swimmingly. They agreed to go back to close intelligence ties and the president was receptive to Israel’s concerns regarding the threats emanating from Syria, and the complication of the Russian military presence.

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What coordination? Russia and Israeli warplanes play cat and mouse over Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report November 2, 2015

Syrian media reported an Israeli air force attack Sunday, Nov. 1, after two sorties Friday night against Syrian army and Hizballah bases in the Qalamoun Mountains on the Lebanese border. The IDF declined to confirm or deny these reports. Syrian sources described a large number of Israeli airplanes as bombing a Hizballah unit in the village of El Ain in northern Lebanon and the arms depot of the Syrian army’s 155th Brigade at Al-Katifa. The two targets are 70 km apart, therefore two key points along the Iranian arms supply route to Hizballah.

 

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US Forces Elbowed out of Iraqi Positions by Russian-led “Security Quartet”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2015

The new “Security Quartet” set up by Russia with Iran, Iraq and Syria, operates out of Baghdad and effectively runs the show in Syria and Iraq, and starting to push the Americans out.

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Moscow Determined to Remove Rebel Threat from Highway No. 5 to Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2015

The list of the Russian air campaign’s first targets in Syria is weighted heavily in favor of strikes in support of stabilizing the Assad regime.

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Putin warns Israel off targeting Iranian targets in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 29, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin is concerned about Israel’s repeated attacks in Syria, he said, after  talking for an hour and-a-half with President Barack Obama earlyTuesday, Sept. 29, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. This was Putin’s warning to Israel to keep its hands of Syria, after the IDF’s powerful Tamuz rockets hit back for Syrian rocket fire. While Israel has signaled it would not permit an Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah terror base to operate from the Syrian Golan, the Russian leader refuses to tolerate Israeli counter-terror operations because they weaken Bashar Assad.

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