536 articles tagged "Syria"
Turkish Air Force
Turkish F16s force Syrian flight from Moscow to land. Ankara: Syrian air space no longer safe
DEBKAfile Special Report October 10, 2012, 10:08 PM (GMT+02:00)

Turkish air force jets forced a Syrian 35-passenger Airbus A320 bound from Moscow to Damascus to land in Ankara Wednesday night, Oct. 10. Ankara also announced Syrian air space was no longer safe for civilian flights – a signal that Ankara will stop civilian air traffic over Syria. Turkey has not indicated whether military aircraft or Iranian civilian planes frequenting Syrian skies are included in the ban, but it begins to look as though Turkey has take steps toward imposing Syria’s first no-fly zone.

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Prince Bandar bin Sultan
Saudi Prince Bandar Pursues TV War on Assad. US Intelligence Is at Sea in Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 5, 2012, 12:12 AM (GMT+02:00)

As US intelligence gropes in the dark in Syria – unable to pin down the rebel leader or a suitable candidate to follow Sadat - Saudi secret service chief Prince Bandar uses Al Arabiya TV to release “classified Syrian security documents” for his propaganda campaign against Assad and other ...

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Hillary Clinton
The Anti-Assad Coalition’s Syrian No-Fly Zone Depends on US Green Light
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 27, 2012, 10:15 PM (GMT+02:00)

Turkey and three Gulf nations as well as France and Britain are pushing hard for a no-fly zone to be imposed on Syria to protect safe havens. Obama continues to resist direct US military intervention. Without a US lead, the no-fly plan is a non-starter.

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Iranian Al Qods Brigades Special Forces
Iranian officers reshape Assad’s Shabbiha militia into a second al-Qods
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 26, 2012, 6:47 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has leapt into the Syrian battle arena, undertaking to transform Assad’s loyal Alawite Shabbiha militia into a new corps, retrained and reorganized on the model of the elite Al Qods Brigades. More than 2,200 Iranian military instructors have so far been airlifted into Syria along with up-to-date weapons for the newly trained militiamen. At the project's end, Bashar Assad – if he survives that long – will have a new highly-trained force of 50-60,000 elite troops, nucleus of a Syrian Revolutionary Guards Corps.

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Sinai terrorists attack Israel
Hamas signs binding military commitment to Iran-led war on Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 23, 2012, 3:28 PM (GMT+02:00)

Hamas leaders Mahmoud A-Zahar and Deputy commander of its military arm Marwan Issa spent the second week of September in Beirut and Tehran finalizing and signing protocols covering a detailed and binding commitment by the radical Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip to join Iran, Syria and Hizballah in a war on Israel, debkafile’s exclusive sources disclose. Israelis now ask what guarantees Cairo offers to offset the threat of an Iranian-orchestrated Hamas war operation against Israel from the Gaza Strip or Sinai.

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Ehud Barak and Rahm Emanuel in Chicago
Washington’s Iran war game vs. real Iranian, Israeli war preparations
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 22, 2012, 11:01 AM (GMT+02:00)

Not all the Israeli units taking part in a major military exercise on the Syrian-Lebanese borders on Sept 19 returned to base after Iran airlifted elite al Qods fighting strength and weapons into Syria and Lebanon. An estimated two IDF divisions are in place in case Syria and Hizballah with Iranian reinforcements go on the offensive against Israel. The Iranian buildup continues. US intelligence sources have since accused Iran of “secretly transporting to Assad large quantities of weapons and military personnel by civilian aircraft - almost daily.”

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Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari
Iranian Al Qods Elite Forces Shore up Syrian, Hizballah War Strength
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 21, 2012, 12:45 AM (GMT+02:00)

As Israel and Hizballah teetered on the brink of war, Iran airlifted elite Al Qods units into Lebanon and Syria to shore up the war capabilities and retilt the military balance against Israel.

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Syrian CB weapons
Chemical threat is back. Hizballah, Israel close to clash
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 8, 2012, 12:16 PM (GMT+02:00)

The first US-Turkish backed steps for creating safe havens in Syria and possible Western bombardment of the Syrian army have brought the Middle East close to two dangerous junctures: The Syrian army’s use of chemical and biological weapons, and an outbreak of hostilities between Hizballah and Israel – which nearly happened in mid-week, debkafile reports.
Washington disclosed Friday that Syria’s chemical arsenal was bigger and more widely scattered than suspected hitherto and, therefore, the US may have lost count.

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Military Planners on Iran: A Second Strike Will Count More than a First
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 7, 2012, 12:17 AM (GMT+02:00)

US, Iranian and Israel planners have moved past discussion on whether Israel can be prevented from attacking Iran before the November election and are now talking about their various versions of a second strike option, which all agree will be more devastating than the first.

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Russian Early Warning Stations Shut down in Syria, Missile Defense Systems Recalled
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 7, 2012, 12:17 AM (GMT+02:00)

Russia has indeed left Assad high and dry by shutting down its early warning stations which warning Syrian air and missile defense batteries of oncoming threats and turning back a Russian warship carrying SA-17 missile interception batteries for Syria.

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FSA Rebels Start Liquidating Foreign Islamists across Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 7, 2012, 12:17 AM (GMT+02:00)

Turkey is finally getting its safe haven plan off the ground by bringing two Syrian rebel brigades under Turkish command for capturing large segments of northern Syria. The Free Syrian has meanwhile begun liquidating foreign Islamists including al Qaeda who have streamed into Syria to fight Assad.

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Putin gave Obama more time
US disowns Israel over Iran strike: No weapons or military backup
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 1, 2012, 10:04 AM (GMT+02:00)

By US Gen. Martin Dempsey’s assertion Thursday, Aug. 30 that the US would not be “complicit” in an Israel strike against Iran, President Barack Obama was telling Israel: You are on your own! See how you manage without special US weapons and US military backup, including a shield against missile counter-attack. debkafile: A secret US-Russian deal is in the works. President Putin has cut off military ties with Iran and Syria, but Obama is having a hard time reciprocating by making Netanyahu give up on force against Iran.

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Thousands of Sunni Jihadists Rally on Three Continents to Fight Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2012, 10:49 PM (GMT+02:00)

Sunni and Shiite Soldiers of Allah are on the march against each other. They are preparing for a clash of arms in the embattled Syrian arena. A mobilization campaign is drawing foreign jihadists to fight Assad out of many corners of the Sunni world, including lands now ruled by ...

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Assad Builds Tehran-Backed Shiite Army to Fight Sunni-led Rebel Forces
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2012, 10:49 PM (GMT+02:00)

Seeing he cannot defeat the rebels, now boosted by an influx of foreign jihadists, Assad is stiffening his army and loyal militias with a large injection of Shiite volunteers from Iran, Lebanon, Africa and the Gulf. However, the foreign Sunni and Shiite fighters will soon be at each other’s ...

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Vladimir Putin
Russia’s Wide Berth from Syrian Escalation and Strike on Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2012, 10:49 PM (GMT+02:00)

A plague on all your houses, says Vladimir Putin as he pulls Russia and its army away from escalating Middle East violence in consequence of the foreign intervention he anticipates in Syria and an attack on Iran. Russian arms deliveries are cut off to Iran and Syria.

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Russian Navy in Tartus
Russia is disengaging from Syria: Arms shipments stopped, warships exit Tartus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 29, 2012, 4:44 PM (GMT+02:00)

Russian naval vessels have unexpectedly departed the Syrian Mediterranean port of Tartus and Russian arms shipments to Syria have been suddenly discontinued. debkafile’s military sources reveal that those and other military steps indicate that the Russians are rapidly drawing away from the Syrian arena to avoid getting caught up in the escalating hostilities expected to arise from military intervention by the US, Europe and a number of Arab states. Russian intelligence seems certain that this foreign intervention is imminent.

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Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton
Clinton Leads Big Guns Pushing for US Military Intervention in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 24, 2012, 12:04 AM (GMT+02:00)

Hillary Clinton leads a powerful State Department and Pentagon faction pushing for US military intervention in Syria. It is beginning to take effect. Obama called British and French leaders to tie up the ends of the assignment for small special operations teams to go into Syria and secure chemical ...

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Crown Prince Salman and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Saudi-Iranian Non-Aggression Pact Hangs on Crown Prince Visiting Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 24, 2012, 12:04 AM (GMT+02:00)

Khamenei hastened to accept the Saudi offer to negotiate a non-aggression pact, using it as a lifeline and new lever for diplomatic maneuvering. But he insists on Saudi Crown Prince Salman visiting Tehran next month as the condition for continuing negotiations.

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US special forces kitted up for Syria
US, UK, French elite units on standby for seizing Syrian chemical weapons
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2012, 8:44 AM (GMT+02:00)

US C130 transports stand ready at Middle East air bases to fly into Syria US elite units especially trained in combat against chemical and biological weapons and tactics for securing their arsenals against their use or their fall into radical Islamic rebel fighters’ hands. Western intelligence sources reported Thursday, Aug. 23 that those units are on standby at bases in Israel and Jordan. debkafile: Direct American military involvement in the Syrian conflict has effectively begun before action against Iran, although this may follow.

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US Hornet F/A-18
Would US military intervention in Syria stop Israeli strike on Iran?
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly August 22, 2012, 10:34 AM (GMT+02:00)

A powerful US administration faction is pushing hard for military intervention in Syria now. It argues the time is ripe and fast action would have the added value of delaying an Israeli strike against Iran. Jumping into the fray, the latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly out last Friday judged the strength of the anti-interventionists surrounding President Barack Obama. Their only concession was the president’s threat this week to Bashar Assad against using chemical and biological weapons.
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