341 articles tagged "Vladimir Putin"
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Hollande, Obama lack the troops and will for total war on ISIS. Mid East rulers are even more reluctant
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 16, 2015

When French President Francois Hollande declared war on ISIS and called the attack in Paris an “act of war,” he gave the terrorist organization’s leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi an unexpected boost: respect as a head of state. US President Barack Obama was more cautious, declaring at the G-20 summit in Antalya that his country and France would fight together against terror, without specifying how. That is because no ruler of any Muslim country has dared declare total war on ISIS, or wants to do so, and no Arab army is able or willing to undertake this war. 

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US and Israel on Tenterhooks for Putin’s Reaction to Israeli Air Strikes near Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 12, 2015

Two days after Obama and Netanyahu reached understandings on Syria, the Israeli Air force struck near Damascus, targeting Iran and shaking the Assad regime. This was a challenge to Putin and a test of those new understandings.

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Putin halts flights to Egypt until “true causes” known for Metrojet crash
DEBKAfile Special Report November 6, 2015

President Vladi­mir Putin halted all Russian flights to Egypt Friday, Nov. 6, “until we know the true causes of the incident” .i.e. the cause of the Russian Metrojet flight crash over Sinai Saturday which killed all 224 people aboard. Several European and Gulf Arab governments suspended flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, but Russia was the first to halt all outbound flights to Egypt. debkafile: Moscow broke ranks with Cairo over playing down the terrorist factor in the face of compelling evidence of an explosion collected by Russian investigators.

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Moscow and Egypt Part Company in Responses to the Islamist Challenge
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015

ISIS targeted and struck two foes, Russia and Egypt, with a single Russian-made missile. Neither wants to admit this. The Islamists fearing retribution went to ground after shooting down the Russian airliner, but there was none.

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The Dangerous Slide into a Five-Sided Proxy War in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015

The contest between America and Russia has begun, joined by three other combatants.

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Putin Agrees to Strip Assad of Powers before He Steps down
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2015

Multilateral diplomacy for resolving the Syrian war is racing ahead now that both Russia and Iran see their way to letting Assad be phased out of the Syrian presidency.

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Amid Sinking Morale, Iranians and Lebanese Ask Why Their Sons Should Die for Putin
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2015

Tehran and Hizballah face rising poplar dissent against their armies’ participation in the Syria war. Iranians question the competence of IRGC officers on the Syrian battlefield, Hizballah leaders are sending their sons abroad to dodge the draft.

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Obama and Putin in Secret Deals on Assad’s Removal from Power, Collaboration against ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2015

Moscow and Iran agree to Assad’s phased exit after secret collaboration understandings are reached between Obama and Putin to fight ISIS together.

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Russian Military Intervention in Syria Is Short of Top-of-Line Weaponry
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2015

Russia’s military expedition to Syria has not got very far. It is held back by a shortage of advanced weapons and outdated aerial warfare tactics.

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Russia Is Still a Very Long Way from Raqqa
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2015

Putin like Obama refuses to commit his own ground troops to Syria and so while rounding up Cuban and Iranian proxy fighters, he is courting Arab sponsors of anti-Assad rebels to switch sides.

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Cuban Troops Join Iranian Guards in Russian-led Battle to Capture Ghab Plain
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 15, 2015

Putin has gathered in fighting proxies for Syria from Cuba to augment Iranian, Syrian and Hizballah troops ready for the major Ghab offensive now in preparation.

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Russia Also Grinds the Chinese Axe by Targeting Uyghurs in Syria. Ankara’s Stake
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2015

While China joins Russian forces in the Syrian war to seek out Uyghur jihadists fighting with Nusra Front and ISIS, Turkey builds up the Uyghur settlement in Syria with a view to annexation.

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Russia Sets Sights on Raqqa and Mosul for Routing ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2015

Putin aims to drive ISIS out of Mosul as well as Raqqa both to defeat ISIS and destroy its infrastructure and to gain a foothold in Iraq.

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Israel Is on Its Own against Palestinian Terror
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 8, 2015

The notion of a regional accommodation for the Palestinian issue is a non-starter because the relevant Arab rulers of Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are too busy with their own problems. Israel must cope alone with Palestinian terror.

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Nine Russian-Iranian Operational Commands Ready for Long-Term Warfare
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2015

Nine joint commands form the backbone of the Russian-Iranian-Syrian-Iraqi war machine and cover all aspects of collaboration for a full-scale war. Iran and Russian worked out the details while nuclear negotiations were still in progress.

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Moscow Determined to Remove Rebel Threat from Highway No. 5 to Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2015

The list of the Russian air campaign’s first targets in Syria is weighted heavily in favor of strikes in support of stabilizing the Assad regime.

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Air Collisions Are Unavoidable in Overcrowded Syrian Airspace
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2015

Russia evades coordination with the US and Israel for its operations in Syria, spelling chaos in the overcrowded Syrian sky.

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Russian warplanes head for missions over Syria
Russia enters Syrian war with air strikes, jolts the Mid East into new era
DEBKAfile Special Report September 30, 2015

That Russia launched its first air strikes in Syria Wednesday, Sept. 30 was confirmed by the Russian Defense Ministry in Moscow and criticized by US officials. Moscow stressed that it acted in support of Bashar Assad’s war on the Islamic State, assisted by other foreign powers including Iran and Iraq. They were working together from an allied command center in Baghdad. The Russian communiqués did not indicate which organizations were bombed around Homs and Hama.. 

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Putin warns Israel off targeting Iranian targets in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 29, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin is concerned about Israel’s repeated attacks in Syria, he said, after  talking for an hour and-a-half with President Barack Obama earlyTuesday, Sept. 29, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. This was Putin’s warning to Israel to keep its hands of Syria, after the IDF’s powerful Tamuz rockets hit back for Syrian rocket fire. While Israel has signaled it would not permit an Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah terror base to operate from the Syrian Golan, the Russian leader refuses to tolerate Israeli counter-terror operations because they weaken Bashar Assad.

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Putin Touts Russia’s Syrian Buildup as Lead-in to His Syrian Political Solution
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 24, 2015

The strategic intentions entertained by Putin in his continuous buildup of military strength in Syria have most pundits and analysts guessing. It is clear that they are there to stay with Assad’s concurrence for goals that transcend the Syrian arena.

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