North Korean ballistic missile explodes
North Korea launches new missile. US sabotages
Another North Korean ballistic missile test failed early Saturday, apparently sabotaged like the first one on April 16. Trump reproves Pyongyang for “unsuccessful” launch.
Apr 29, 2017, 7:54 AM (IDT)
The Bad Guys Not (Yet) Impressed by the New Sheriff
Trump’s military steps have not deflected Kim Jong-un or Ayatollah Khamenei from their nuclear goals.
New ISIS Tactics Slow US Military Assault on Mosul
Small units armed with dozens of bomb cars are forcing US, Iraqi troops to fall back.
Trump and Tehran Trade Conciliatory Signals
Khamenei’s favorite in Iran’s May 19 presidential election advocates withdrawal from Syria.
DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 27, 2017, 9:14 AM (IDT)

Early Thursday, April 26, a mixed Syrian-Iranian-Hizballah force embarked on a general offensive in southern Syria ready for a leap on Israel’s Golan border. They moved forward in the face of Israeli warnings that were relayed from Moscow to Tehran and Hizballah.

DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 26, 2017, 9:00 AM (IDT)

​The US early Wednesday, April 26, began moving THAAD missile defense systems to central South Korea opposite the border with the North months ahead of schedule. Tuesday, the USS Michigan nuclear submarine docked in South Korea, after the North began a large-scale, long-range artillery fire drill in Wonsan on the east coast. More than 4,000 artillery guns reported to be taking part in the “exercise.” 

DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 24, 2017, 10:47 PM (IDT)

In view of escalating threats from North Koreaall 100 US senators were invited to the White House Wednesday for a rare classified briefing on the crisis from the administration’s top security chiefs: President Donald Trump, who spoke Sunday with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: The status quo in North Korea is unacceptable. It’s a big problem, has been for decades and we must finally solve it.”

DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 23, 2017, 10:16 PM (IDT)

US Defense Secretary James Mattis arrival in Djibouti Sunday, April 23 coincided with Egyptian President Abdul-Fatteh El-Sisi’s landing in Riyadh. Both capitals are pivotal for the Arab face-off with Iran over control of the strategic Red Sea. Djibouti is both key to Bab el-Mandeb Strait and a springboard for US offensive operations against Al Qaeda in Yemen and Somalia.



DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Apr 22, 2017

The Syrian shells exploding on the Golan were ringing in Israel’s ears on Friday, April 21, when US Secretary of Defense James Mattis flew out after talks with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. 

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Apr 18, 2017

The US Mediterranean fleet is moving into position ready for a decision to launch Tomahawk cruise missiles for a crushing assault on the Islamic State’s mountain strongholds in central Sinai, debkafile reports. 

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Apr 16, 2017

A North Korean ballistic missile exploded seconds after it was launched Sunday, April 16, from a site near the port city of Sinpo. debkafile picks the four most likely methods the Americans may have applied to thwart the launch:

DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 13, 2017

The US Thursday, April 13, dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal, the 21,000lb Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), in Afghanistan on an ISIS target in the Nangathar Province east of Kabul. This was the first time it was used in combat. 

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Apr 12, 2017

It is hard to see US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson coming way from the talks he is holding with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow Wednesday, April 12, with a neatly wrapped diplomatic package for cooling the boiling tensions between their governments. President Vladimir Putin seems more than ready to turn up the heat.

New US air bases in Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Apr 8, 2017

US engineering teams are working round the clock to build a big new air base in northern Syria after completing the expansion of another four. They are all situated in the Syrian borderland with Iraq, debkafile reports. The Trump administration is going full steam ahead on the massive project of pulling US air force units out of the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey and transferring them to the Syrian complex..

The USS Porter in action
DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 7, 2017

The US military launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield late on Thursday, April 6, in the first direct American assault on the government of President Bashar al-Assad since that country’s civil war began six years ago.

Many of the gas victims were children
DEBKAfile Special Report Apr 6, 2017

The Trump administration is clearly on the brink of military action against the Assad regime judging by the thunderous rhetoric of its highest officials Wednesday night, April 5. A clash with Russian forces must be avoided. 


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