Turkey Uses Bilateral Ties with Israel as Alibi
Erdogan fosters Israel's enemies in Tehran, Damascus and Lebanon, and betrays its US, Egyptian, Saudi and Kurdish allies. Should Israel let their détente be his alibi?
Aug 24, 2016, 10:11 AM (IDT)
US Nukes relocated from Incirlik to Romania
Erdogan tried holding US airmen to siege to gain control of nuclear arms.
Putin on Offensive over Charges of Meddling in US Elections
His new air base in Iran for air strikes in Syria is a major game-changer.
ISIS Regroups after Orderly Retreat from Manbij and Sirte
Jihadists head out of Sirte for long trek to desert rendezvous with AQIM.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Aug 22, 2016, 3:51 PM (IDT)

Monday, Aug. 22, just a week after the Russian defense ministry proudly released images of the first Russian bombardments in Syria to be launched from Nojeh airbase, which Tehran had granted Moscow near the Iranian town of Hamedan, the Iranian defense ministry snatched the concession back in a public rebuff for Moscow. The Russian mission “is finished  for now,” the ministry spokesman said.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 22, 2016, 7:58 AM (IDT)

Mechanical strikes against Hamas in reprisal for ISIS-linked attacks have long been bankrupt as an effective tactic. Even though Hamas works hand in glove with the Islamic State in Sinai, Egypt and Libya, the Palestinian group has no role in ISIS decisions to attack Israel or any influence over its considerations. The global Islamists may therefore be expected to follow up on their rocket attack on Sderot undeterred by the IDF response.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 20, 2016, 11:07 AM (IDT)

The near-clash between US and Syrian warplanes over Kurdish Hassaka in northern Syrian Friday Aug. 19 sprung out of the Obama administration’s decision the day before to try and draw the line on the growing Russian-Iranian-Turkish-Syrian collaboration in the conjoined Syrian-Iraqi arenas, DEBKAfile reports. It occurred when US jets flew in protective formation over the Kurdish positions, the day after they were attacked by Syrian (some say Russian) jets.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 18, 2016, 4:43 PM (IDT)

In an earthshaking Middle East development, the United States has begun secretly evacuating the tactical nuclear weapons it had stockpiled at the southern Turkish air base of Incirlik – another step towards folding American tents in the Middle East.



DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 16, 2016

Russian giant Antonov An-124 air freighters are ready to take off Wednesday, Aug. 17, carrying an array of advanced S-400 and S-300 air defense missiles bound for the Russian air base just completed at Nojeh, 50 km from the western Iranian town of Hamedan (Biblical Shushan). This is reported exclusively DEBKA from its military and intelligence sources.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 15, 2016

The US, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel too have warned the octogenarian Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas against holding the Oct. 8 municipal elections he has called for the Palestinian-ruled West Bank towns and locales and the Gaza Strip. 

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 11, 2016

The Mediterranean is fast filling up with bigger and more sophisticated warships than ever before, leaving the Israeli Navy lagging behind for meeting changing challenges, notably from seaborne terror. The IDF is therefore trying to speed delivery of advanced US littoral combat ships.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Aug 9, 2016

The talks between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Reccep Erdogen in St. Petersburg scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 9, are causing trepidation among Israel’s policy-makers and military leaders. Turkey appears to have opted to quit ties with the US and NATO and line up with a Russian-Shiite front led by Tehran in preference to an anti-Iran Sunni alliance.

DEBKAfile Special Expose Aug 6, 2016

The nuclear accord signed a year ago with Iran has become a hot US presidential campaign issue. On Thursday, Aug. 4, US President Barack Obama speaking at the Pentagon said the agreement “has worked exactly the way we said it would,” and even “Israeli defense officials are behind [it].” His contention was countered by the Israeli defense establishment in Tel Aviv.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jul 30, 2016

Iranian, Syrian and Hizballah sources are intimating that the “Syrian officer” injured on July 26 in Quneitra by Israel’s double Nimrod’ missile shot was none other than Revolutionary Guards Gen. Muhammad Resa Naghdi, head of the Basij, a pillar of the Iranian ayatollahs’ regime. 

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jul 24, 2016

President Vladimir Putin turns aside all Israel’s complaints about Russian arms supplies to Iran’s Lebanese proxy, Hizballah, which Israel sees as crossing a red line.

DEBKAfile Special Report Jul 20, 2016

Some 1,500 US airmen and their families were locked in the southern Turkish air base of Incirlik together with a stock if tactical nuclear bombs after President Reccep Erdogan crushed an attempted coup on Saturday, July 16.

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