Posts Tagged ‘Syria’

 

Stormclouds over Syria

editor 26 August 2017

By Jonathan Spyer.. In the past five weeks, U.S. forces in Syria have struck directly at the Assad regime and its allies in Syria no less than four times. On May 18, 2017, U.S. warplanes struck regime and allied militia forces that breached a 34-mile exclusion zone around a U.S. outpost in southeastern Syria. Then on June 8 and June 20, 2017, the United States shot down Iranian-made drones as they approached the outpost. (more…)

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Why Trump’s Syrian Cease-fire Makes Israel Nervous

editor 26 July 2017

By David Makovsky.. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tepid reaction to the deal was telling, and it’s because of one thing: the rising threat of Iran. Israel has done all it could over the past six years to stay out of the maelstrom next door in Syria, where Bashar Assad’s regime has struggled for six years to beat back a peaceful uprising that became a bloody civil war. (more…)

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The Iranians are at the borders

editor 21 July 2017

By Avi Issacharoff.. With its ascendancy in Syria, the Islamic Republic is seeking to consolidate its position against Israel and the US. Eleven years have gone by since the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War, which began with the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. It ended 34 days later with a trumpet blast from Hezbollah, which had lost approximately 700 of its troops. [Photo top right: Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah addresses supporters in Beirut, Lebanon, on November 3, 2014. (AFP/STR)](more…)

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Iran leases air, land and sea bases in Syria

editor 20 July 2017

By Alex Fishman.. The leases are part of Iranian plan to permanently base fighter aircraft and roughly 5,000 militiamen capable of striking Israel; plan part of larger Iranian strategy to forge territorial and maritime contiguity in the Middle East. Iran has leased a military airfield from the Syrian government in the center of the country in order to station fighter aircraft. Iran is also negotiating with the Syrians to establish a land base for Shiite militiamen and a port in the city of Tartus. [Photo top right: Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Photo: Motti Kimchi)].  (more…)

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Netanyahu Warns Iran Over Syria Involvement After Golan Exchange

editor 29 June 2017

By Herb Keinon.. Day after spillover from Syria prompts retaliatory IDF strike, PM stresses that Israel will not allow the Islamic Republic to establish a permanent presences on the Golan. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran on Sunday (June 25, 2017) that Israel “views gravely” its attempts to set up a military presence in Syria and to arm Hezbollah with advanced weaponry via Syria and Lebanon. His comments at the weekly cabinet meeting came a day after the IDF responded to mortar fire from Syria by attacking Syrian army targets across the border. (more…)

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Can you cry for your enemy?

editor 27 May 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. Have you ever felt sick to your stomach? I mean that in a very literal sense. My throat feels clogged, my eyes are stinging. I almost can’t breathe. I’m not being dramatic. My son sits there reading from the computer and asks me if I had heard this news? He uses a Hebrew word, but I don’t recognize it. “Meesrepha” – “srepha” is a fire. I tell him I don’t know what that is, already feeling pressure inside. I can tell it’s bad from his face. “It’s what they used in the Holocaust,” he says, “to burn the bodies.” (more…)

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Bright Days and Dark Days

editor 21 April 2017

By Paula R. Stern.. For many in Israel, it has been a week of vacation, celebrating a holiday that starts off with a lot of work and then melts down to good food, good rest, good times with family. But interwoven in the good of the last week, there have been underlying elements of darkness that make me nervous. I’ve been watching the situation in North Korea and Syria. It takes so little to start a war, and so much to stop one and the people who suffer most are rarely those who press the Start button. (more…)

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How Iran Enables Syria’s Chemical Warfare Against Civilians

editor 19 April 2017

By Benjamin Weinthal.. The 59 Tomahawk missiles the US fired at the Shayrat Air Base served to punish dictator Bashar Assad for his use of chemical weapons against civilians. The strikes on April 6 also helped shine a spotlight on Iran’s role in Assad’s repeated use of nerve agents, because the mullahs’ Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps were at Shayrat. What the rapid-fire news cycle didn’t say early this month was that Tehran and Damascus jump-started a program to develop a sophisticated Syrian chemicals arsenal as early as 2004. (more…)

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Egypt and Turkey Soften Positions on Syria, Benefiting Assad

editor 8 December 2016

By Anne Barnard.. BEIRUT, Lebanon — The Syrian government, flush with pivotal battlefield gains and bolstered by support from Iran and Russia, is finding itself the beneficiary of an evolving regional realignment spurred by the war in SyriaEgypt and Turkey, countries that were once vocal opponents of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, have, to varying degrees, softened their positions. Egypt, the region’s most populous Sunni country and wary of Iran’s Shiite theocracy, has made its tacit, increasing support of the Syrian government public for the first time. And Turkey, a Sunni regional power, is reshaping the Syrian battlefield by edging closer to Russia and dampening its longtime support for rebels fighting Mr. Assad. [Photo top right:A ruined building Friday in Talbiseh, Homs Province. The Arabic graffiti reads, “From Homs, Save Aleppo.” Bombing has escalated in Syria in recent weeks. Credit Mahmoud Taha/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images] (more…)

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As Syria burns, the United Nations again bashes … Israel

editor 8 December 2016

By Post Editorial Board.. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault this week called the bloodshed in Syria, where Bashar al-Assad is butchering civilians, “a descent into Hell” and demanded an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. British Prime Minister Theresa May called the situation “horrific.” The Security Council didn’t act — but the UN General Assembly managed to pass six resolutions targeting Israel. [Photo top right: Syria. Photo: AP] (more…)

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