114 articles tagged "Syrian war"
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Russian airborne troops for Syria
Russia gearing up to be first world power to insert ground forces into Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 1, 2015

All of the steps being taken by Russia to lay the groundwork for the intervention of its ground forces in the Syrian civil war are being carried out in coordination with the US and Iran. As their coordination tightens, so are the preparations for the first direct big-power military intervention in the Syrian war picking up speed. Those preparations were further accelerated by the ISIS advance on Aug. 31 closer to central Damascus than any anti-Assad group has ever achieved. Moscow is not ready to allow Bashar Assad’s rule to be endangered.
 

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Tehran Ready to Scrap Past Dogma for Quick Solutions to the Syrian Crisis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2015

Iran is in a hurry for a quick solution for the Syrian war and ready to give up is total support for Bashar Assad to win big power support for imposing a solution on Damascus.

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Iran Talks with Syrian Rebels, Engineers Five New Fronts against Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2015

Tehran has opened talks with Syrian rebels, radical Palestinians, Druze and other extremists for launching two new terror fronts against Israel from the Golan and the West Bank.

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Iran: Just Give Us a Free Hand and We’ll End the Syrian War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2015

Tehran grabs the diplomatic initiative for ending the Syrian war, racing for a conclusion before Assad’s army and Hizballah buckle and Syria sinks into anarchy. Saudis, Turks and Jordanians offered extravagant lures to stay out.

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Bashar Assad’s Backing from Iran and His Own Sect Is Melting Away
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2015

Young Alawis are deserting the army and fleeting the country in despair from what they see as Bashar Assad’s losing battle. Iran too is sidelining the Syrian ruler.

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Embattled Zabadani on July 6
After Zarif’s visit, Hizballah troops pulled back from Zabadani in first retreat from Syrian war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2015

A 200-truck convoy rolled out of the Hizballah-Syrian positions around the strategic town of Zabadani, early Thursday, Aug. 13. debkafile: Their exit, after failing to break the Syrian rebels’ grip on the town, marked the Hizballah’s first retreat from a major Syrian battleground in the three years of its intervention in the Syrian war alongside Assad’s army. The withdrawal followed visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif’s talks in Beirut Tuesday with Hizballah chief Hassan Nasrallah and with President Bashar Assad in Damascus the next day.

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Lavrov, Kerry, Al-Jubeir at Doha
Russia and US woo Saudis to help save Assad - albeit putting Israel and Jordan in danger from S. Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report August 9, 2015

Building on the nuclear accord, the Obama administration has been in close communion with Moscow and Tehran on moves to save the Assad regime as the key to ending the Syrian conflict and a united front against the Islamic State. This initiative was to have peaked at the Doha foreign ministers’ meeting on Aug. 3, except that it was blocked by Saudi refusal to acknowledge Assad. The US and Russia hope to change Riyadh’s mind when Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir visits Moscow on Aug. 11. But then, Israel and Jordan would face great peril from southern Syria.

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Nusra Front Wipes out a Model CIA-Trained “Moderate Syrian Rebel Force”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 6, 2015

The Nusra Front’s defeat of a CIA-trained rebel force under the command of Natim al-Hassan may deepen US intervention in the Syrian conflict.

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New "ninja" uniforms for Hizballah's Radwan Force
Hizballah presses elite Radwan Force for conquering Galilee into saving stalled Zabadani battle
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 1, 2015

debkafile exclusive: On July 30, Hassan Nasrallah pressed into service the elite Hizballah Radwan Force, designed to conquer Israel’s Galilee, for extricating the combined Hizballah-Syrian armies from their month-long failure to recapture the key town of Zabadani - or even breach Al-Qaeda affiliated rebel Nusra Front defenses. This has become a make-or-break challenge for Hizballah, the test of its boasted prowess to win big battles, including a war on Israel, after failing to drive 1,200 Nusra rebels out of the 9-km sq.Zabadani arena, despite Syrian military,artillery and air support

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Despite Grave Military Reverses, the Syrian Army and Hizballah Are Not Done Yet
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2015

It has always been dangerous to predict Bashar Assad’s downfall, even now after his army and Hizballah have experienced grave military reverses. The US-backed rebels in the south are not doing too well either.

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Gen . Qassem Soleimani on the Iraqi warfront
Khamenei sacks Qassem Soleimani from command of the Syrian war
DEBKAfile Special Report June 24, 2015

Uproar in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has relieved Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Al Qods Brigades chief and supreme commander of Iran's Middle East forces, of his Syria command after a string of fiascos. He remains in charge of Iran’s military and intelligence operations in Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon. This is revealed exclusively by debkafile. Tehran was shocked to find it was too stretched for troops and funds to uphold its commitments on four warfronts – Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon - without straining the reserves for combating a potential ISIS attack.
 

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Khamenei Sacks Qassem Soleimani from Command of the Syrian War Arena
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2015

The Revolutionary Guards chief Gen. Jafari convinced Khamenei that Qassem Soleimani as expert on subversion and terror was not the right general for multiple warfronts. He was vindicated by the setbacks in Syria and Iraq.

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Israel Must Opt between Defending Syria’s Druze against ISIS - or Accept a Refugee Flood
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 11, 2015

Israel fears that responding to the Syrian Druze distress call against ISIS will force its entanglement for the first time in the Syrian conflict. A flood of Druze refugees from Jabal Druze would also be hard to absorb.

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Syrian and Hizballah Forces Driven out of Strongholds – with No Iranian Troops Coming to Their Aid
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 11, 2015

Syrian and Hizballah forces are being driven out of their strongholds by ISIS and rebel forces. Iran has not followed through on its promised of reinforcements.

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US Patriots stationed in Saudi Arabia
Two major Mid East escalations: Yemeni rebels fire Scuds at Saudi air base. ISIS warns Syrian rebels
DEBKAfile Special Report June 6, 2015

Riyadh reported Saturday, June 6, that Patriot batteries had intercepted Scud missiles fired by Yemen Houthi rebels at Khamis al-Mushait, the kingdom’s largest air base, from which Saudi jets take off to strike Yemeni rebels. debkafile’s military sources disclose that the Patriots, activated for the first time, were manned by American teams – the first direct US intervention on the Saudi side of the Yemen conflict. Khamenei’s statement on Iranian troops for Syria is awaited. ISIS meanwhile warns Syrian rebels in the south to break off contact with US-Jordanian and Israeli command centers.

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Iranian troops in fight to evict ISIS from Baiji refinery
No army in Mid East is challenging ISIS. Iran regroups to defend S. Iraqi Shiites, Assad to save Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis May 25, 2015

Not a single competent army capable of launching all-out war on ISIS in Syria or Iraq is to be found between the Jordan and the Euphrates and Tigris to the east, or Ramadi and Riyadh to the south. Assad and Hizballah are regrouping to defend Syrian cities; Tehran to save the Shiite towns and oil of S. Iraq. Sunday, May 24, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the Iraqi army had shown no will to fight. UK ex-army chief Lord Dannatt called for 5,000 British ground troops to fight the Islamists in Syria and Iraq.

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To Win the Oil Contest, Saudis Must First Win in Yemen and Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2015

King Salman is putting all his aspiration to stay on top of the world’s oil market in the Syrian and Yemeni war baskets.

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Assad Is Losing Battles - but Not Yet Losing Power
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 30, 2015

Heavy influx of US arms and Saudi cash is bringing the Syrian opposition, including the Islamist Nusra front, victories against Assad’s army. Assad has asked Tehran for new guarantees for his presidency.

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How does sanctions-ridden Iran find a multibillion war chest to fund 6 armies fighting in 4 Mid East wars?
DEBKAfile Special Expose April 24, 2015

According to figures reaching debkafile in March, Iran is spending a vast fortune - up to an estimated $6-8 billion per year - to keep six armed forces fighting in four Middle East war campaigns for expanding its sphere of influence.  Month after month, Tehran forks out close to half a billion dollars - and sometimes more - to keep those conflicts on the boil. How Iran manages to keep this war chest filled from an economy crippled by international sanctions has never been explained. debkafile has the details on how it is spent.

 

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How Does Sanctions-Ridden Iran Bankroll Four Major Mid East Wars?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 2, 2015

Iran spends $6-8 billion a year on six armies fighting in four war Middle East wars to promote its expansionist designs in the region. Where does the sanctions-ridden country find the cash?

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