582 articles tagged "Syria"
Russian Nikolai Filchenkov landing ship for Syria
Obama and Putin hold unproductive face-to-face. US pulls non-essential staff from Beirut, SE Turkey
DEBKAfile Special Report September 6, 2013

The US Friday, Sept. 6, ordered the withdrawal of non-emergency workers from the embassy in Beirut and the consulate general in Adana, southeast Turkey, and warned Americans against traveling to those areas. The State Department acted after an unscheduled 20-minute one-on-one meeting between Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin on the G20 sidelines at St. Petersburg apparently ended in discord on the Syrian crisis. Another Russian landing craft is headed for the Mediterranean carrying a “special cargo” thought to contain S-300 batteries against a US attack.

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The Israeli Ankor (Sparrow) target missile
Israel conducts joint missile interception test with US in Mediterranean
DEBKAfile Special Report September 3, 2013

The US and Israeli Tuesday, Sept. 3, carried out a joint anti-missile missile test in the Mediterranean ahead of possible Syrian-Hizballah reprisals against Israel and Jordan for a US military strike on Syria. The Israeli Ankor (Sparrow) served as the target missile. debkafile: The test indicated that President Barack Obama has upped his plans from “a narrow, limited” attack to a broader offensive for degrading the Assad regime. It also pointed to US-Israeli concurrence that Iran, Syrian and Hizballah were serious about their threats of retaliation.

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Iranian parliamentarian Ala-Eddin Borujerdi in Damascus
Iran, Russia advise Assad to transfer chemical stockpile to Tehran - to avert US attack
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 2, 2013

The Iranian parliamentarians visiting Damascus Sunday, Sept. 1, advised Bashar Assad to move his chemical stockpile out of Syria for temporary storage in Tehran under Iranian and Russian military supervision, so as to ward off an American military strike, debkafile reveals. Chairman of the Majlis Foreign Affairs Committee Ala-Eddin Borujerdi suggested destroying the chemical arsenal as an alternative. Tehran wants to prevent a US attack on Syria – both to conceal the Iranian provenance of the nerve agents and to avoid any precedent for a strike against Iran.

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Israel's Chariot tanks on the Golan
Obama’s climb-down on Syria attack spells “military nightmare” for allies Israel, Turkey, Jordan
DEBKAfile Special Report September 1, 2013

President Barack Obama’s about-turn Saturday night, Aug. 31 on the planned US military operation against Syria’s chemical weapons has shaken up the volatile Middle East balance of strength, giving Israel, Jordan and Turkey “a military nightmare.” By suspending the US military threat, Obama has given Iran, Syria and Hizballah the time and freedom to stage a pre-emptive strike against America and its regional allies. Israel’s authorities are taking no chances and keeping in place the military and security preparedness on the country’s Syrian and Lebanese borders.

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Obama delays Syria strike indefinitely by turning decision over to Congress
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2013

President Barack Obama shocked a tense world Saturday, Aug. 31, when he dodged a decision on a US strike on Syria by referring it to Congress. In a speech to the American people, he said the use of chemical weapons by Bashar Assad must be “confronted not just investigated,” but then said, “We are ready to strike whenever we choose. This operation could take place tomorrow, next week, or next month. In so saying, Obama granted Assad and Co. time galore for counter-moves and put Israel in a tight spot.

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John Kerry accuses Bashar Assad
Countdown on for US strike on Syria. Kerry: Assad's chemicals killed 1,429 Syrians, 426 children
DEBKAfile Special Report August 30, 2013

Friday, Aug. 30, US Secretary of State John Kerry accused Bashar Assad of responsibility for poison gas attack on 11 Damascus sites on Aug. 21, causing 1,429 deaths, including 426 children. His words signaled the start of the countdown for the US military strike on Syria, which debkafile’s military sources estimate could be launched from this moment until US Labor Day on Sept. 2.  America cannot look the other way, he said. He also cited US concern for the proximity to Syria of US friends Israel, Jordan and Turkey.

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Barack Obama
A Limited US Strike on Syria Would Give Putin, Assad and Khamenei Upper Hand
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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