52 articles tagged "US-Russia"
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USS George H.W. Bush off Syria's Mediterranean shore
US may preempt an Assad chemical strike in Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report June 27, 2017

Signs were gathering in Washington and the Middle East Tuesday, June 26 that the Trump administration was preparing a substantial military operation against the Syrian army and Bashar Assad’s allies, such as the foreign pro-Iranian Shiite militias and Hizballah. Some US military sources suggested that an American preemptive strike was on the way.

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New Russian base in SE Syria
First Russian base for SE Syria - near US garrison
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 23, 2017

A new Russian base is under construction in southeastern Syria at a small village called Khirbet Ras Al-Wa’r in the Bir al-Qasab district (see map.). It brings the Russian foothold to its most easterly point in Syria with a handle for controlling the volatile region, where American-backed and Iranian-backed forces are bidding for dominance from a point not far from the US garrison and the Israeli border.

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Mistrust Deepens as US and Russia Spar at Ever Closer Quarters in SE Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 22, 2017

They are struggling to control their allies in rival bids to dominate S. Syria.

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Russian warning: US planes in W. Syria are targets
DEBKAfile Special Report June 19, 2017

Moscow Monday, June 19, issued a sharp warning to the United States over its operations in Syria: "Any aircraft, including planes and drones belonging to the international coalition operating west of the Euphrates River will be targeted." This ramped up Russian-US military tensions in Syria to an unprecented level. 

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US, Russia Ratchet up Mid-East Military Cooperation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 30, 2017

Signs of this cooperation are popping up across the region from Syria to Egypt.

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Iran Offers Air Base to Break up Russia’s Syria Partnership with the US
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 30, 2017

Tehran also seeks Moscow’s backing for future reprisals against Israeli attacks.

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US-Russian steps vs Iran await new NSC chief
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 14, 2017

Michael Flynn’s resignation as National Security Adviser Feb. 13 was a catastrophe for the Middle East. He charted a US-Russian partnership whose core objective was to clip Iran’s wings as premier Middle East power conferred by Barack Obama. 

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Trump-Putin safe zones deal ousts Iran from Syria
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly January 26, 2017

 

Syria stands on the threshold of dramatic changes that will directly impact on the strategic and military situation along the Syrian borders with Israel and Jordan, debkafile reports exclusively. They derive from a deal struck this week by US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to establish US, Russian and Turkish security zones in Syria. This scheme will transfer military control of the country to those three powers and require Iranian and pro-Iranian forces to leave. More about this in the latest DEBKA Weekly (for subscribers).

 

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US & Russia to free Palmyra after Trump sworn in
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 15, 2017

debkafile reveals exclusively that a combined US, Russian, Syrian and Jordanian force is preparing for a major operation to liberate the Syrian heritage town of Palmyra from the Islamic State. More about this in DEBKA Weekly 

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Intelligence briefing to US Senate Committee
Why Trump and US intel clash over Russia
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 6, 2017

Donald Trump doesn’t propose rushing into détente with Moscow, but to restore relations to an even keel and end the disequilibrium of the past eight years, during which Obama just talked and Putin did what he wanted. 

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Israel jets mark go-it-alone policy on Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 30, 2016

Arab media described Israeli warplanes attacking targets in and around Damascus overnight Tuesday, Nov. 29, as firing “four long-range Popeye” missiles from Lebanese air space.

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U.S. and Russia team up to Seek Israel Pullback from Golan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2016

Obama and Putin are jointly supporting the return of the Golan Heights to Syria.

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Local Setbacks Slow US-Russian Momentum against ISIS in Iraq, Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 7, 2016

Moscow and Washington realize they can’t rely on Syrian or Iraqi troops to follow through in any major offensive against ISIS in Raqqa or Mosul and so they are moving forward in slow steps.

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Palmyra Citadel
Assad’s troops enter Palmyra after massive Russian air blitz to smash ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis March 27, 2016

Vladimir Putin after all took the momentous decision for Russian carpet bombing to level the Islamic State forces holding Palmyra since last May and so clear the way for Bashar Assad’s troops and allied forces to enter the heritage city Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27 and take control of several districts. He acted more in Moscow’s interest than in the Syrian ruler’s. Palmyra’s fall would consolidate and expand Russia’s grip on Syria.

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Russia Lets ISIS into S. Syria to Bring Assad into Line in Geneva
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 24, 2016

Putin is punishing Assad for obstructing a Syrian political solution in Geneva by holding back air support from his army’s operations until he toes the line.

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The Close Russian-Iranian Duo for Syria Is on the Rocks
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2016

Tehran was seriously affronted by the Putin-Obama rapprochement and most of all by Moscow’s consent to a Syrian ceasefire ahead of winding down the war, in place of their original deal for Russian intervention to support the war until Bashar Assad was victorious.

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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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Russia “Makes the Weather” in Syria under Deal with US
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2016

Putin’s “ceasefire” military plans bring the Syrian army and Hizballah ever closer to the Turkish border and will repeat the same exercise for asserting control of the Israeli border in the south.

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Munich Puts Stamp on Tightened US-Russian military cooperation in Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report February 12, 2016

An agreement for the cessation of hostilities in Syria was announced in Munich early Friday, Feb. 12. This accord, defined by Secretary of State John Kerry as “words on paper” subject to implementation, provided a formal framework for the existing US-Russian military collaboration in Syria, and a stamp for the secret Obama-Putin deal concluded in December for ending the war and shaping Syria’s future

 

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Russian S-400 anti-air missile in Syria
Russian hands-off warning to US, Saudis, Turks amid crucial Aleppo battle
DEBKAfile Special Report February 6, 2016

The five-year old Syrian civil war faces its most critical moment. Saturday, Feb. 6, a combined force of Syrian army and Hizballah troops and an Iraqi Shiite militia under Iranian officers, were led by Russian air and Spetsnaz (special forces) officers into pressing forward to encircle 35,000 rebels trapped in Aleppo, the country’s largest city. The biggest refugee exodus of the Syrian war is blocked at the Turkish border. Moscow hints it will fight off any US, Saudi or Turkish interference.

 

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