11 articles tagged "arms shipment"
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Iranian submarine at Port Sudan
Iran secretly building in Port Sudan military supply base for Syria, Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2013, 10:24 AM (GMT+02:00)

A logistics base for handling tanks, missile systems, self-propelled artillery bound for Syria and Hizballah is secretly under construction at Port Sudan, debkafile reports exclusively. Iranian Revolutionary Guards engineers in civilian dress are overseeing the hundreds of Sudanese workmen laboring flat out to build Iran’s second Red Sea base after Assab in South Eritrea. It is designed to handle Iran’s largest warships and submarines with a large arms depot that will cut in half the sea route for Iranian heavy arms to reach Iran’s Syrian and Hizballah allies.

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At odds on Syria
First European & NATO heavy arms for Syrian rebels. Russian reprisal expected
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2013, 9:55 AM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile exclusive: In the last 48 hours, Europeans and NATO have delivered to the Syrian rebels shipments of the long-demanded anti-air and tank missiles as well as recoilless 120 mm cannons.They landed in Turkey and Jordan and were transferred to southern Syria and Aleppo, where Syrian rebels are poised to fend off a major Syrian army offensive backed by 2,000 Hizballah troops. Accordingly, the Obama-Putin meeting went badly at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland. Widely expected Russian reprisals portend a longer Syrian war.

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Hollande, Obama, Cameron - no longer a threesome on Syria
France, Britain flout US objections on arms to Syrian rebels
DEBKAfile Special Report March 16, 2013, 9:45 AM (GMT+02:00)

Britain and France have for the first time parted ways with the US on its policy against sending Western arms to Syrian rebels fighting Bashar Assad. As the EU summit in Brussels voted March 14 against their motion to lift the Syrian arms embargo, debkafile reveals that Jordan’s top soldier arrived in Brussels to discuss shipping British arms through his country – and select the rebel recipients. France’s Francois Hollande used this issue to even the score for Barack Obama’s lack of military support for his Mali expedition. 

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Russian warships in Tartus
Russia lifts nationals out of Syria. Moscow, Iran arm Assad for major armored push
DEBKAfile Special Report January 21, 2013, 10:19 PM (GMT+02:00)

Moscow Monday, Jan. 21 said two Russian planes would land in Beirut Tuesday to evacuate 100 Russians from Syria, and contingency plans were in hand to lift 30,000 Russians from the embattled country. debkafile: This was decided after Bashar Assad told his high command to organize mobile armored strike groups for a big push to evict rebel forces from the places they captured. Russia and Iran have stepped up their arms deliveries to Assad’s army by sea and by air in support of Assad's coming offensive.

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Iran's Khark helicopter carrier posted in the Red Sea
Iranian arms ship carries fresh, improved Fajar supplies for Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 19, 2012, 1:37 PM (GMT+02:00)

An Iranian freighter departed Bandar Abbas port Sunday, Nov. 18, with 220 short-range missiles and 50 improved long-range Fajar-5 rockets for the Gaza Strip, debkafile reports. The ship turned toward the Bab al-Mandeb Straits and the Red Sea. The new Fajar-5s have a 200-kilo warhead, packing a bigger punch than the 175 kilo-payload of the rockets now in use with the Palestinian terrorists of Gaza.  Hamas has removed part of this payload to extend their range as far as Tel Aviv 85 kilometers away.

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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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Russian arms ship in suspense
Russian arms ship turned away from Syria. President Putin’s first misstep
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2012, 11:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

Vladimir Putin, after taking stock of the early days of his third presidency, concludes that Moscow’s handling of the al-Houla massacre and Syria’s ongoing collapse into civil war will go down as a Russian foreign policy failure. He personally comes out of it as the patron of a bloodthirsty tyrant. He has quietly ordered the Russian arms ship Professor Katsman to leave the Syrian port before unloading its cargo. Putin is now taxed with determining his next steps on Syria.

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Syrian T-72 on fire
Obama secretly approves top-of-the-line anti-tank arms for Syrian rebels
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2012, 12:01 PM (GMT+02:00)

Syrian rebels have received their first “third generation” anti-tank weapons, 9K115-2 Metis-M and Kornet E, debkafile reports.  They are supplied by Saudi and Qatari intelligence agencies following a secret message from President Barack Obama upping the military stake in the effort to oust Assad. It is hoped that the sight of blazing tanks will undermine morale in the Syrian army and regime. Ankara was also advised to start providing Syrian rebels with IEDs for roadside bombing of government vehicles.

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Turkish FM Davutoglu with Iranian President Ahmadinejad
Turkey halts Iranian arms corridor to Syria, balks at nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 12, 2012, 10:46 AM (GMT+02:00)

When IDF Military Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi accused Iran and Hizballah Wednesday, Jan. 11of of supplying Bashar Assad with arms for suppressing protest, Turkey had just closed the Iranian corridor carrying those arms through its territory after its contribution to the Syrian army's success in beating down Hama, Homs and Idlib. debkafile discloses that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also warned Tehran that Ankara would not tolerate a nuclear Iran. It would retaliate by posting NATO troops on the Iranian border.

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Heavy mortar shell in A.S. Victoria weapons cargo
Israeli navy intercepts vessel carrying arms delivered by Iranian warships
DEBKAfile Special Report March 15, 2011, 4:08 PM (GMT+02:00)

Israeli Navy commandos intercepted the German-owned A.S. Victoria Tuesday, March 15 about 320 kilometers off Israel's Mediterranean coast on its way from the Turkish port of Mercin to Egypt.
The Liberian-flagged vessel was carrying a large consignment of weapons bound for the Palestinian Hamas in the Gaza Strip. debkafile reports the Victoria  collected the weapons at the Syrian port of Latakia, where they had been offloaded by the two Iranian warships which transited the Suez Canal February 22.

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