8 articles tagged "Russian buildup in Syria"
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Russian "loitering bomb"
Russia to give Syrian army high-precision weapons
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2017

Israeli officials and military chiefs, taken by surprise, are seriously concerned that some of this high sophisticated hardware will fall into Iranian and Hizballah’s hands.

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Russia revamps air force array in Syria & Mid East
DEBKAfile Special Report July 6, 2016

Moscow has decided to send additional advanced aircraft, including K-52 helicopter gunships, to Syria “in order to strengthen the Russian military grouping that takes part in anti-terrorist operations." 

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Massive foreign buildup in northern Syria
A new US-Russian-Turkish military buildup over Syria: In unison or at odds?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 25, 2016

The US and Russia are in the process of a military buildup in the Kurdish areas of northern Syria. It is ranged along a narrow strip of land 85 km long, stretching from Hassakeh in the east up to the Kurdish town of Qamishli on the Syrian-Turkish border. Facing them from across that border is a parallel buildup of Turkish strength. This highly-charged convergence of three foreign armies along a tense borderland is reported here by debkafile’s military sources. It is too soon to determine whether the three are operating in sync or at odds.

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Russia Boosts Syria Buildup with Flying Intelligence Platform, the IL-20 Coot
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2015

The IL-20 Coot spy plane moved into Syria is an intelligence pot of gold for Syrian and Hizballah forces and is intrusive enough to blanket Israel as well.

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Putin and his army chiefs
Putin’s slippery evasions for Netanyahu’s concerns about Iran
DEBKAfile Special Report September 21, 2015

As Binyamin Netanyahu heads to Moscow for critical talks with Vladimir Putin, the impending arrival of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles in Syria raises serious questions about Russia’s real intentions in the country. Israel faces dilemmas in dealing with this and other unexplained aspects of the Russian buildup. Netanyahu has taken the bold step of taking with him to the Kremlin IDF chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkot and the head of military intelligence, Maj. Gen. Hertzi Halevi. debkafile reports that Putin will be attended by his national security advisor, Nikolai Patrushev.


 

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Vladimir Putin deepens Russian stake in Syria
Netanyahu, Putin to discuss continued Israeli air force freedom of action over Syria
DEBKAfile Special Report September 16, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will discuss with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Sept. 21 the continued Israeli Air Force freedom of action against threats coming from Syria. This would necessitate coordination between the Russian and Israeli air commands to avoid accidental collisions between their warplanes. A deal on these lines, tacitly agreed between Washington and Moscow, enables US air strikes against ISIS. But Israel faces more complex threats derving from the Iranian and Hizballah presence in Syria, on which Putin may dig in his heels.

 

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Putin’s offer to shield & develop Israel’s gas fields predated Russia’s military buildup in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 13, 2015

Weeks ago, President Vladimir discreetly offered Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu a deal for Moscow to undertake responsibility for guarding Israel’s Mediterranean gas fields against possible Iranian or Hizballah sabotage, along with Russian investment of $7-10 billion for developing Leviathan and building a pipeline to Turkey, debkafile reports. Netanyahu did not give him a clear answer. The Russian military buildup in Syria meanwhile radically alters Israel’s strategic landscape in respect of its posture on Syria, the gas fields’ vulnerability and foreign investment prospects for development.

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Russian An-124 Condor transports fly to Syria
Russia eludes US ban on NATO airspace by roundabout route to Syria via Iraq and Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 9, 2015

Moscow opened a new route for flying military shipments from Sevastopol in Crimea and other South Russian bases to Syria, debkafile discloses. To circumvent US efforts to block the airspace of NATO nations, Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria, along the Mediterranean route, the Russian is senidng military transports over the Caspian Sea, northern Iran and Iraq, to reach Mezze airbase in Damascus and supply the new Russian base at Jablah.The White House warned Tuesday night, Sept. 8: “Russian military buildup would risk confrontation with the counter-ISIL coalition that included the US.”
 

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