DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2016
Putin has never given up on a Russian air base in Iraq after getting his way in Syria. He now has a good chance of Obama’s nod to him gaining an air base in Shiite dominated southern Iraq near the old fields.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 17, 2016
Putin is settling accounts with Tehran for reneging on its promise of ground troops for Syria by leaving Iran in the lurch.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2016
Spetsnaz special operations teams have been posted at all Russian facilities in Syria against hostile attack. Covered by attack helicopters, they have declared large spaces around those facilities sterile areas.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 10, 2015
The US is building its first air base on Syrian soil at the disused Abu Hajar airport in northern Kurdish territory. It will reduce flying time for air strikes against the ISIS capitals, Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 3, 2015
The Russian Al-Shayarat air base near Homs will provide space for two Iranian air squadrons for joint operations first to recover Palmyra.
DEBKAfile Special Report February 12, 2013
Tuesday night, Feb. 12, the Syrian Air Force began bombing the large al-Jarra air base which rebels led by Islamist battalions conquered near the northern city of Aleppo. Bashar Assad ordered his air force to destroy dozens of its own fighter-bombers: L-29 trainer planes, Sukhoi Su-22M bombers and Mig-23 interceptors. Their loss deprives the Syrian ruler of the means to wipe out rebel forces from the air. Had they possessed air crews, the rebels could have used their prize to bomb the presidential palace.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 3, 2012
As Syrian ruler Bashar Assad stood before parliament in Damascus Sunday, June 3, declaring, “Not even monsters could have carried out the Houla massacre,” rebels attacked a Syrian Air Force base east of the southern town of Deraa opposite the Israeli Golan border – their first such attack in the 14-month uprising, debkafile’s military sources report. Several rebel teams firing mortars set fire to fighter aircraft and assault helicopters in their hangars at the As Suwayda air base and ripped up runways.
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