119 articles tagged "chemical weapons"
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Russian Syrian military drill
Israeli forebodings over widening Russian-Hizballah-Iraqi intervention in Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report May 29, 2013, 1:23 PM (GMT+02:00)

The widening military intervention by Russia, Iran, Hizballah and latterly Iraq has turned Syria’s civil war into a Russian-West contest and is propelling Iran up to the top regional power spot. All four are winning by default against an unresisting US-led West and Israel.

 

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Israel's Golan border with Syria
Israeli reserves called up for Syrian, Lebanese borders. Military drill starts Sunday
DEBKAfile Special Report April 30, 2013, 10:37 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Israeli reserves call-up for the Syrian and Lebanese borders will continue until the end of the week, ready for a "military maneuver" next Sunday, May 5, debkafile reports.
 

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Facing a tough decision
Obama’s non-response to Assad’s chemical weapons would encourage a nuclear Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report April 26, 2013, 7:04 PM (GMT+02:00)

President Barack Obama faced a tough decision Friday, April 26, after warning that Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons would be “game changer.” His failure to take firm action would render the US president’s red lines meaningless. Israel is concerned by the application of this loss of credibility to a nuclear Iran.

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Hizballah drone
White House to Congress: Assad has used chemical weapons. Israeli jets down Hizballah drone opposite Haifa
DEBKAfile Special Report April 25, 2013, 6:56 PM (GMT+02:00)

In a striking reversal, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Abdu Dhabi Thursday, April 25, that US intelligence now believes the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against its own people.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Tehran and Assad slide past US and Israeli red lines – nuclear and chemical
DEBKAfile Special Report April 23, 2013, 7:13 PM (GMT+02:00)

Red lines have been flattened by Iran’s rapid progress toward a nuclear weapon and by Bashar Assad’s mockery, backed by Tehran, of US President Barack Obama’s warning that “proof of chemical weapons use would be a game changer.” Two Israeli ex-intelligence chiefs Tuesday, April 23 underlined Israel-US differences.

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Israeli tanks on Golan border with Syria
Chemical warfare looms over Syria. Israel passes atropine to rebels
DEBKAfile Special Report April 13, 2013, 1:42 PM (GMT+02:00)

After the Damascus units, the Syrian army has distributed protective suits to units in southern Syria and the Golan, amid evidence that chemical weapons have already been used in the Damascus region. As signs abound of both sides’ readiness for chemical warfare, Israeli troops have started handing out atropine injections and IVs against sarin and VX nerve agents to rebels fighting Syrian troops on the Golan and along the Israel-Syrian border - Israel’s first intervention in the Syrian conflict to date.

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Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon looks into Syria from Golan
Israel’s Def Min inspects Golan line. Al Qaeda nears two Syrian chemical depots
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 3, 2013, 8:08 AM (GMT+02:00)

In fierce battles with Syrian troops, Al Qaeda’s al-Nusra front is spearheading the rebels’ advance on two Syrian army chemical weapons depots - at the Al-Safira base in the north and the Dumeir facility 40 km northeast of Damascus. Tuesday, April 2, Israel’s top security officials were on the Golan to inspect the IDF Golan border units’ state of readiness. On his first visit to the territory as defense minister, Moshe Yaalon said Israel would prevent the proliferation of weapons that “could threaten us.”

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Israeli military field hospital springs up on Golan
West embargoes arms to Syrian rebels over their resale to al Qaeda
DEBKAfile Special Report March 30, 2013, 2:45 PM (GMT+02:00)

The West has initiated an arms embargo against the Syrian rebels fighting Bashar Assad since discovering that some of the weapons are being resold to al Qaeda for its conquest of southern Syrian and takeover of positions on the Jordanian and Israel borders and Yarmuk River. This policy reversal was disclosed by French President Francois Hollande Friday, March 29. debkafile: Alarm over the Nusra Front’s territorial gains now tops concerns over chemical warfare in the deliberations of the joint US-Israeli, US-Jordanian and US-Turkish command centers. 

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Assad Issues Two Loyal Army Divisions with Protective Gear for Chemical War
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2013, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)

Officers and troops of the loyal 4th and 3rd army divisions are outfitted with gas masks and protective suits for continuous combat in a contaminated atmosphere. Assad is planning a short, sharp offensive to break the deadlock in the war with rapid victory, even if it can only be ...

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US, NATO, Israel, Turkey and Jordan Gird up for Syria Operation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2013, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)

Before ending his Middle East trip, Barack Obama finalized with Israeli, Turkish and Jordanian leaders his plans for a US-led military intervention in Syria to liquidate its chemical and biological arsenals.

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Iran and Russia Double Their Arms Airlifts for Syrian Army
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2013, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)

Iran and Russian step up their cooperation for boosting Assad’s army with continuous airlifts of war materiel, landed close to the war arenas against a prospective Western invasion of Syria. This could bring US and Israeli troops into direct confrontation with Iranian combatants.

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Will Hizballah Fight for Assad or Fend off an Israeli attack?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2013, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)

After sustaining a succession of setbacks and rejections in the Arab Revolt, Hizballah faces its most agonizing debacle at the hands of its sworn enemies, Israel and the United States, if they go ahead with an operation against Assad’s chemical weapons.

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Syrian soldiers kitted up for chemical warfare
Joint US, NATO, Israeli strike awaits Syria
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly March 26, 2013, 12:30 PM (GMT+02:00)

 

The latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly out Friday expands on its disclosure of last week that during his visit to Israel, US President Barack Obama struck a deal with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for military action against Syrian chemical weapons. The new issue fleshed out that core decision with exclusive revelations on NATO’s role in setting up the expedition, its participants, targets and ramifications, including likely responses by Moscow and Tehran.
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Al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra fighters on Golan
Al Qaeda brigade captures Syrian-Israeli-Jordanian border junction
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 25, 2013, 1:03 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Al Musanna Brigade of al Qaeda’s Syrian arm, Jabhat al-Nusra, captured the highly strategic intersection of the Syrian, Israeli and Jordan borders, just east of the Golan, on Passover Eve, Monday, March 25, debkafile reports exclusively. The jihadists have also seized Wadi ar-Raqqad which marks the Golan’s eastern boundary and is one of Israel’s water sources. Next door, Iraqi Al Qaeda is preparing to push trucks loaded with Chlorine gas-CI trucks into Syria for the jihadists to use against Assad’s forces.

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Obama, Netanyahu Stay out for Now, But Agree on Possible Action
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 22, 2013, 1:50 AM (GMT+02:00)

The US and Israel have agreed on the circumstances that would warrant their intervention in Syria’s use of chemical weapons. For now, they are holding off even though Assad promises more air attacks on Lebanon to bully President Michel Sleiman into expelling Syrian rebels.

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Barack Obama and Mahmoud Abbas
No Major Peace Initiative – Only Small Steps
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 22, 2013, 1:50 AM (GMT+02:00)

Obama pledges to extend the US military assistance program for Israel for another decade when it expires in 2017. Netanyahu said he would not order an attack on Iran without first consulting with Washington.

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Obama's Israel visit starts with good cheer
Obama and Netanyahu agree: No Israeli strike on Iran without US assent
DEBKAfile Special Report March 20, 2013, 11:30 PM (GMT+02:00)

On Day One of his visit to Israel, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu put to rest their long dispute over an Israeli strike on Iran. In principle, Israel had the right to independently defend itself, they acknowledged, but in practice would not exercise this principle without first consulting with Washington. The president reciprocated with a pledge of expanded military aid to Israel. Both deferred military intervention in the Syrian civil conflict – even for containing its expansion into chemical warfare.

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US President Barack Obama starts 50-hour visit to Israel
Obama, Netanyahu face wide differences on nuclear Iran, chemical Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report March 20, 2013, 1:14 PM (GMT+02:00)

President Barack Obama was greeted on his arrival in Israel midday Wednesday, March 20 with unprecedented ceremonial honors and fanfare. However, the omens augured major differences with his hosts. In the 48 hours before his arrival, Syria for the first time bombed targets inside Lebanon and fired a chemical warhead at Aleppo. While Israel is acutely concerned by this escalation just across its frontiers, the Obama administration withheld a practical response. The two governments are also divided on the handling of Iran’s nuclear program.

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Troops equipped for chemical warfare
DEBKAfile: Rocket fired in Aleppo contained Agent 15
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 20, 2013, 8:07 AM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile reports from western military sources that present in the rocket which exploded in the Aleppo neighborhood of Khan al-Assal Tuesday March 19 were phosphorus, chlorine and Agent 15 or BZ. Although the Assad regime and the Syrian rebels charged each other with firing the rocket, which killed 15-31 people and injured more than a hundred, it was not possible to verify which side was responsible. The White House denied it was the rebels, while Moscow backed Damascus by insisting that it was.

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USS Truman on standby for chemical warfare
Joint US-Israel-Turkish-Jordanian HQ to operate in Syria in chemical war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 8, 2013, 6:51 PM (GMT+02:00)

A new US-led contingency headquarters for joint US, Israeli, Jordanian and Turkish operations inside Syria will go into action if any or all these allies should come under chemical or biological attack. This was the upshot of the talks US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel held with visiting Israeli defense Minister Ehud Barak at the Pentagon Tuesday, March 5. Hagel forecast imminent chemical warfare that would be kicked off by  Al Qaeda-linked militias to further their territorial expansion plans and quickly spill over Syria's borders..

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